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The Alcohol Intervention Training Program (AITP) : a response to alcohol misuse in the farming community

Brumby, Susan A., Kennedy, Alison J., Mellor, David, McCabe, Marita P., Ricciardelli, Lina A., Head, Alexandra and Mercer-Grant, Catherine 2011, The Alcohol Intervention Training Program (AITP) : a response to alcohol misuse in the farming community, BMC public health, vol. 11, no. 242, pp. 1-6.

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Title The Alcohol Intervention Training Program (AITP) : a response to alcohol misuse in the farming community
Author(s) Brumby, Susan A.
Kennedy, Alison J.
Mellor, David
McCabe, Marita P.
Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Head, Alexandra
Mercer-Grant, Catherine
Journal name BMC public health
Volume number 11
Issue number 242
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London
Publication date 2011-04-19
ISSN 1471-2458
Keyword(s) alcohol use
alcohol-related behaviours
Sustainable Farm Families (SFF)
Alcohol Intervention Training Program (AITP)
Australia
Summary Background
Farm men and women in Australia have higher levels of problematic alcohol use than their urban counterparts and experience elevated health risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption. The Sustainable Farm Families (SFF) program has worked successfully with farm men and women to address health, well- being and safety and has identified that further research and training is required to understand and address alcohol misuse behaviours. This project will add an innovative component to the program by training health professionals working with farm men and women to discuss and respond to alcohol-related physical and mental health problems.

Methods/Design
A mixed method design with multi-level evaluation will be implemented following the development and delivery of a training program (The Alcohol Intervention Training Program {AITP}) for Sustainable Farm Families health professionals. Pre-, post- and follow-up surveys will be used to assess both the impact of the training on the knowledge, confidence and skills of the health professionals to work with alcohol misuse and associated problems, and the impact of the training on the attitudes, behaviour and mental health of farm men and women who participate in the SFF project. Evaluations will take a range of forms including self-rated outcome measures and interviews.

Discussion
The success of this project will enhance the health and well-being of a critical population, the farm men and women of Australia, by producing an evidence-based strategy to assist them to adopt more positive alcohol-related behaviours that will lead to better physical and mental health.
Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
Field of Research 111710 Health Counselling
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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