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Open Access Review

High risk alcohol-related trauma among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Northern Territory

Rama Jayaraj1, Mahiban Thomas2, Valerie Thomson3, Carolyn Griffin3, Luke Mayo3, Megan Whitty3, Peter d’Abbs3 and Tricia Nagel3*

Author Affiliations

1 Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research and School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2 Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

3 Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2012, 7:33  doi:10.1186/1747-597X-7-33

Published: 3 August 2012

Abstract

High risk drinking is linked with high rates of physical harm. The reported incidence of alcohol - related trauma among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Northern Territory is the highest in the world. Facial fractures are common among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. They are often linked with misuse of alcohol in the Northern Territory and are frequently secondary to assault. This review focuses on alcohol-related trauma in the Territory and draws attention to an urgent need for preventative health approach to address this critical issue.

Keywords:
Facial trauma; Indigenous Australians or Aborginal and Torres Strait Islanders; Alcohol related injury; Culturally appropriate intervention