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Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)

Alcohol support and screening platform

Alcohol support and screening platform

People are increasingly turning to online supports regarding concerns about their own alcohol use or the drinking of someone in their family. This has increas...



australia > ALL > both
30/10/2020 > 30/10/2021


  • Tackling Inequality - Health and wellbeing
  • Tackling Inequality - Individual / family support and welfare


  • People with a disability, illness or disease
  • People experiencing socio-economic disadvantage or vulnerability


People are increasingly turning to online supports regarding concerns about their own alcohol use or the drinking of someone in their family. This has increased during COVID-19.

Timely and appropriate services are critical at a time of need. A simple web search for alcohol advice brings up a multitude of websites. However there is no central point which brings together information and advice, and provides a triage platform to direct a person to the appropriate supports for their specific needs. This is vital because alcohol use can contribute to a range of harms and the supports needed span alcohol and other drugs, mental health, primary health care and family violence services.

Challenges like this can act as a barrier to people seeking help for themselves or a family member, when they most need it.

This Australian-first platform will deliver an anonymous service bringing together mental health, alcohol, counselling, family violence and other services into one ‘triage’ platform to support those seeking advice on their or a loved one’s alcohol use and support them in navigating health and community services. The platform will also share stories from people impacted by alcohol to tackle the stigma associated with alcohol use and harm.

The platform will be promoted via social and traditional media, not for profit organisations and through contact with General Practitioners and other health professionals.


The key outcomes will be:
- People who have problems with their own alcohol use will be able to identify where to go for information and advice at the time that they need it
- People who are impacted by the alcohol use of someone in their life will know where to go for support
- Service and information options from across a range of sectors (family violence, mental health, alcohol and other drug) are brought together in the one place to support people in need.

These will be measured by tracking the number of people accessing the platform and by tracking what information they are accessing, for example whether they are seeking support for their own alcohol use or that of a loved one or what specific services they are in need of e.g. family violence or mental health.

The information from this platform will support systems change in Australia by identifying the barriers in the alcohol public health sector that prevent people from accessing services and getting these people the right support for their individual needs.

This national platform will ensure people are receiving the support they need emerging from COVID-19 and to relieve pressure on burdened local health services.

Profile of Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)

FARE is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to stop the harm caused by alcohol. Alcohol harm in Australia is significant. Nearly 6,000 lives are lost every year and more than 144,000 people are hospitalised making alcohol one of our nation’s greatest preventative health challenges.

FARE works with communities, governments, health professionals and police across the country to stop alcohol harms by supporting world-leading research, raising public awareness and advocating for changes to alcohol policy.


TOTAL BUDGET: $267,401
Funding sourceAmount
Private donor$100,000
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$167,401
Expense itemAmount
Platform technical build and promotion to service users$143,050
Project management and resource development$48,850
Expert Advisory Group and testing$51,192
Project adminstration$24,309

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