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Project Officer to Tackle Alcohol Abuse

Project Officer to Tackle Alcohol Abuse

11 November 2009

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) has moved forward in its campaign against alcohol abuse and related risky behaviour by young people in the Victorian Jewish community.

JCCV Social Justice Committee chairperson Rimma Sverdlin stated today:

“I am pleased to announce that the JCCV has engaged Ms Debbie Zauder to develop a community education strategy to encourage responsible consumption of alcohol. This has been facilitated by a grant from the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation.

Debbie has a Masters degree in Applied Social Research and considerable experience in research, evaluation and program development in a number of health‐related areas, including issues related to alcohol and other drugs. She currently sits on a number of boards and committees under the Monash Division of General Practice and the Department of Human Services. As a mother of young children, Debbie also has a personal commitment to confronting problem drinking in both the Jewish and larger communities. I am confident that she will be a great asset.”

Nonetheless the challenge is a formidable one, according to Ms Sverdlin.

“This project has four main goals, namely:

  • To tackle underage drinking by utilising a collaborative approach involving community organisations, schools, synagogues and health services.
  • To reduce levels of underage drinking occurring in the Victorian Jewish community.
  • To increase awareness among parents and the general community of the harmful effects of underage drinking and its risks.
  • To develop a long term educational campaign that will be embedded in the curricula of the Jewish day schools.

Our committee members are not so naïve as to believe that we will find a comprehensive solution for problem drinking. However we are hopeful that this project will at least result in positive changes to attitudes about drinking and hence to individual lives. That wouldn’t be a bad outcome.”

Please address any queries to Geoffrey Zygier 03 9272 5579

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