Alcohol Harm Reduction in South Western Sydney – Webinar Series (Sept 2020)

SWSLHD Population Health and Drug Health Services invite you to attend any, or all, of 3 free webinars to explore strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm.  All interested health, welfare and community workers are invited.  Discussion will focus on issues for communities in South Western Sydney.

Please note: you will need to register separately for each webinar via the specific links provided.

Alcohol Harm Reduction in South Western Sydney

Webinar 1:   Setting the Scene 

Wed 2 Sept  1.00 – 2.30

Register for Webinar 1:

Keynote presentations:

 Effective Prevention of Alcohol Harms –   Emeritus Professor Ian Webster AO

– FARE fight? Opposing Woolworths, Australia’s Alcohol Giant – Di Martin, Public Interest Manager, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)

This session will include a discussion led by SWSLHD A/Director Population Health and General Manager Drug Health Services about alcohol issues in south western Sydney and services to reduce alcohol-related harms. Plus a personal story from someone who has dealt with significant alcohol issues in her life.

Alcohol Harm Reduction in South Western Sydney

Webinar 2:   Making a Difference

Wed 9 Sept  1.00 -2.30

Register for Webinar 2:

Program includes:

– SWSLHD Aboriginal Health Directorate

– implications and opportunities arising from the state’s 24Hour Economy Legislation and liquor licensing regulations

– Ministry of Health initiatives to support local action around liquor licensing applications and alcohol harm reduction

– a successful campaign in a local community to stop an unwelcome liquor licensing development 

– an exciting pilot program Planet Youth being implemented in the Blue Mountains and Marrickville

Alcohol Harm Reduction in South Western Sydney

Webinar 3:   Working Together

Wed 16 Sept  1.00 -2.30

Register for Webinar 3:

Program includes:

– Social Policy Research Centre UNSW on alcohol promotion and consumption during COVID-19

– walk through the range of programs and support provided by the  Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF)

– discussion of a culturally responsive approach to reducing alcohol harms among CALD communities from the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Centre

– Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use on two evidence-based programs for young people: Climate Schools and Strong and Deadly Futures

Social Infrastructure and health

The issue

Liverpool City Council is planning for the redevelopment of social infrastructure in Miller, South Western Sydney. Social infrastructure includes the delivery and maintenance of public services such as libraries, parks, swimming pools and community spaces. Social infrastructure planning is an opportunity for SWSLHD Population Health to collaborate with Liverpool City Council with a focus on the connections between health and wellbeing. The planning work provides an opportunity to build planning collaboration and research capacity, potentially centred around a Health Impact Assessment. The dual purpose of the collaboration is to provide evidence and information to inform the planning for Miller and to influence decisions within the Council about what to focus on in planning and investment.

The project

The project involves the development of a report describing the health impacts of social infrastructure/links between social infrastructure and health and wellbeing. This will be achieved through a literature review and grey literature analysis. 


Patrick Harris or Karla Jaques 

The SWSLHD Equity Framework and COVID-19

Presented by Evelyne de Leeuw (2 June 2020)

Presentation for the plenary of the Division of Population Health of the South Western Sydney Local Health District about the (health and social) equity dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences – including changed use and access to emergency departments, income and employment, and social isolation.

SWSLHD Equity Framework to 2025

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Link to the map on unemployment and poverty due to COVID-19 in Australia :