New funding and a new look for CAPR

7 September 2012: Australia’s world-leading alcohol policy research institute, the Centre for Alcohol Policy and Research (CAPR) celebrated its achievements, new branding and a new website at the official launch event at the Arts Centre in Melbourne last night.

Hosted by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), over 120 people joined in the celebrations and were on hand as FARE introduced CAPR’s striking new visual identity and online presence. FARE also announced its commitment to extend funding to CAPR through until 2014 with the provision of an additional $2.1 million dollars in funding.

Announcing the funding, FARE Chairman Cheryl Bart noted that CAPR informs FARE’s work providing access to valuable evidence-based research.

“FARE is very proud to continue to support the work of internationally renowned Professor Robin Room and the team at CAPR. It is crucial that alcohol policies are being developed based on the evidence and that we ensure that limited government resources are being spent on what is proven to actually work,” Ms Bart said.

Acknowledging CAPR’s new branding, Ms Bart said the new look was a great fit for such an esteemed research facility.

“The new branding and website successfully communicates the essence of CAPR’s work, and its credibility as one of the world’s leading alcohol policy research centres,” Ms Bart said.

In 2006 FARE established CAPR in a joint venture with the Victorian Government, University of Melbourne and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. Ms Bart acknowledged that CAPR exists as a very successful partnership and thanked the partner organisations for their valuable contributions.

The official launch was an opportunity to applaud CAPR’s staff for their significant efforts to date. Such is the quality and importance of CAPR’s research, the Centre is shaping policy discussions not only in Australia, but also the direction of the World Health Organization’s efforts on alcohol policy.