An investigation into drink driving among aboriginal and Torres strait islander peoples in regional and remote Queensland and the development of the 'Hero to Healing' program

Fitts, Michelle Susannah (2015) An investigation into drink driving among aboriginal and Torres strait islander peoples in regional and remote Queensland and the development of the 'Hero to Healing' program. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

This program of research investigated the factors facilitating drink driving in Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland. Drink driving-related road crashes are a significant health burden for Indigenous people, as they die in road crashes at three times the rate of other Australians and are 30% more likely to be seriously injured. This research provided information to develop and pilot a culturally-specific program, 'Hero to Healing'.

The main motivation to drink drive was related to 'kinship pressure; where drivers were pressured by family members to drive after drinking. The underlying responsibility for transporting family members was related to cultural values and involved responding to family needs as a priority. Exposure to older family members drink driving was considered to play a role in normalising the behaviour, leading to imitation into adulthood. The research highlighted the need to treat drink driving as a community issue, rather than an individual phenomenon.

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ID Code: 89760
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Palk, Gavan & Lennon, Alexia
Additional Information: The Faculty has embargoed this thesis until the 29th April 2016.
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, drink driving, road safety, risk factors, protective factors, community reinforcement approach, alcohol, therapeutic program, program acceptability
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2015 06:47
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 14:00

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