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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has just released a report on substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, focusing on the three main areas of tobacco use, alcohol consumption and illicit drug use (including petrol sniffing). The report showed that there was a small decline in tobacco use, however approximately half of all Indigenous adults still smoked; almost a third of Indigenous Australians abstained from alcohol consumption; and recent illicit substance use remained stable, with just under a quarter of Indigenous people reporting recent use. Published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, online only.

Contacts

Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
GPO Box 570
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6244 1146
Email: fadwa.al-yaman@aihw.gov.au

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Last updated: 9 February 2011
 
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