Specialising in supporting young people's health and wellbeing, the YH&E Section of CCDE covers a wide range of community-focused, youth-developing fields of interest: from research into youth wellbeing in schools, through to youth justice and community care developments, issues affecting gender and sexuality, to applications of new media in young people's lives. The emphasis is on empowering young people and their communities, to support strengths-based developments in partnership with elders and adult mentors. The research approaches use mixed methodologies, to involve young people wherever feasible, and to encourage them to consider research pathways as possible future vocational choices. Combining qualitative and quantitative methods brings together the strongest evidence for improving support for young people and their communities across the Northern Territory, Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
Long term evaluation of the Norseman voluntary liquor agreement
This study evaluates the long term effects of voluntary restrictions on the sale of packaged liquor in the Western Australian town of Norseman. This study replicates and extend the first evaluation, which was undertaken immediately after the restrictions were introduced in 2008, and employs the same mixed methodology. Long term alcohol consumption will be analysed for trend, as will alcohol-related health and law and order data. The views of stakeholders and community members, as to the long term impact of the restrictions, will also be collected. The findings from this research will provide greater understanding of how voluntary alcohol agreements work in the longer term, and whether initial benefits persist over time.