Years of effective advocacy from the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth and award winning local advocate Samantha Menezes has been worthwhile. As a result, it will soon be illegal to supply alcohol to minors in your own home without consent of their parent or guardian.
The legislation against what is known as “secondary supply” has passed through both houses of the WA Parliament and will be formally introduced within the next few weeks. Alcohol consumption has been shown to have a dramatic effect on injury in Western Australia, with data from the Department of Health stating between 2007 and 2011, an estimated 7,012 people were hospitalised annually due to alcohol related injury, including falls, assaults and self-harm.
If you need a starting point to acquire skills and confidence to campaign for safer behaviour change, download the PHAIWA Advocacy in Action Toolkit. Effective communication skills to promote behaviour change can also be gained with short courses from Hancock Creative.
In the meantime, celebrate the new legislation as good news for the injury prevention sector!