Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; Tourism; Commerce; Science

    Major research projects funded to improve refugee mental health and reduce teenage alcohol abuse

    23/05/2018 11:25 AM
    • Healthway grants almost $1 million to research projects
    • Telethon Kids Institute receives $328,539 for a project to delay and reduce alcohol use in teenagers
    • Curtin University receives $617,661 to target mental health of refugee women and physical activity of culturally diverse women and their children 

    Health Minister Roger Cook today announced a suite of Healthway research grants totalling almost $1 million.  


    The Telethon Kids Institute will receive a funding boost of $328,539 for a research project aiming to increase parent-child communication and parents' skills to reduce teenage alcohol use.


    In 2016, about 44 per cent of 16-17 year olds consumed at least one standard alcoholic drink, and eight per cent of 12-17 year olds reported drinking five or more drinks on one occasion in the previous year.


    Curtin University will undertake two intervention research projects with a Healthway grant of $617,661. They will be led by Professor Jaya Dantas from the International Health Programme, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine and colleagues from the School of Public Health, Psychology and Occupational Therapy.


    The intervention projects will develop a culturally sensitive physical activity program for South Asian migrant women, and a peer mentoring program to prevent social isolation and improve the mental health of refugee women seeking employment.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "The State Government is committed to supporting the refugee and migrant community. It's important that we help to break down gender and cultural barriers, reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing.


    "While adolescent alcohol consumption rates in Western Australia have declined in recent years, this issue remains a public health concern which requires constant attention.


    "Providing parents with the necessary advice and strategies to reduce teenage drinking can only deliver further benefits for Western Australian families."


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