Developing an iPad app to help Indigenous Australians describe their drinking
People are asked to describe how much they drink in clinical settings or when they fill out surveys. National drinking surveys are used by governments to help allocate alcohol prevention and treatment funding. However researchers estimate that surveys on Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander drinking can be ‘out’ by a factor of seven. With NHMRC funding we set about designing and testing an iPad app to help people report their drinking more accurately.
This workshop will discuss issues that were thought through carefully to make assessment of drinking possible via an iPad app. These elements included: common drink types and drinking containers used, frequency and pattern of drinking and working out when people are hooked on drinking (dependent). In the workshop participants will discuss which of these elements, and which other issues, they find useful when assessing drinking in their clients.