Case Study of How Woolworths Tried to Build an Alcohol Megastore in the Center of Aboriginal Communities

Posted on June 11, 2023 in Asia-Pacific, Asia-Pacific

This case study of a proposed alcohol megastore in Darwin is, the first analysis of the impacts of corporate activities on Aboriginal health and wellbeing in Australia using a CDoH framework.
This study is a trailblazing attempt to analyze the impacts of the structures and practices of the alcohol industry on health inequity for Aboriginal people.
The case of the Woolworths proposal to build a Dan Murphy’s alcohol megastore in the NT is a prime example of the commercial determinants of Indigenous health (CDoIH). It involves a powerful commercial entity implementing activities designed to increase profits that are likely to have a negative impact on Aboriginal health and wellbeing through increased alcohol-related harm.
The fact that Woolworths’ plan was abandoned following a long advocacy campaign led by local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations, provides an important opportunity to understand how community advocacy can overcome powerful commercial interests when it comes to protecting Aboriginal health.

Aboriginal Rights, Advocacy, Alcohol Harm, Alcohol Industry Lobbyism, Availability, Big Alcohol, BigAlcoholExposed, Evidence, FARE Australia, Indigenous People, Science, Woolworths
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