Skip to content

Key resources

  • Bibliography
    Bibliography
  • Health promotion
    Health promotion
  • Health practice
    Health practice
  • Yarning places
    Yarning places
  • Programs
    Programs
  • Organisations
    Organisations
  • Conferences
    Conferences
  • Courses
    Courses
  • Funding
    Funding
  • Jobs
    Jobs
Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Social impacts

Please select category from the dropdown list below.

2014

Degenhardt L, Larney S, Gisev N, Trevena J, Burns L, Kimber J, Shanahan M, Butler T, Mattick RP, Weatherburn D (2014)

Imprisonment of opioid-dependent people in New South Wales, Australia, 2000–2012: a retrospective linkage study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(2): 165–170

Lee KSK, Harrison K, Mills K, Conigrave KM (2014)

Needs of Aboriginal Australian women with comorbid mental and alcohol and other drug use disorders.

Drug and Alcohol Review; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12127):

Stevens M, Paradies Y (2014)

Changes in exposure to 'life stressors' in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2002 to 2008.

BMC Public Health; 14: 144

Retrieved 11 February 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-144

2013

Abhilash D, Kemp R, Ward J, Henderson S, Williams S, Smirnov A, Plotnikova M, Najman JM (2013)

Findings from the Queensland injecting drug survey (QuIDS): comparing hepatitis C risk behaviours among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who inject drugs.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 37 - 40

Australian Medical Association (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health report card 2012 - 2013: the healthy early years - getting the right start in life.

Canberra: Australian Medical Association

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card for 2012-13 focuses on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous children. It outlines the current research and evidence on the factors in the early life of Indigenous children may determine health outcomes later in life. It also provides evidence for policies, programs and measures that work to protect them against adverse social and physical conditions in early life. On the basis of that evidence, the 2012-13 report card makes a range of recommendations to governments to improve health and wellbeing in the early years, in the following areas:

  • development of a comprehensive plan for maternal and child services
  • support for families at risk
  • measures to keep children at school
  • strengthening community capacity
  • improving the living environment
  • ensuring better data, research and evaluation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Campbell D (2013)

Economic rationality in choosing between short-term bad-health choices and longer-term good-health choices.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(11): 5971-5988

Forsythe L (2013)

Measuring mental health in criminology research: lessons from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program.

Canberra, ACT: Australian Institute of Criminology

Human Rights & Discrimination Commissioner (2013)

Legal issues in Australian public health: a series of 7 papers on the impacts of discrimination and criminalisation on public health approaches to blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.

Canberra: ACT Human Rights Commission

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2013)

An economic analysis for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders: prison vs residential treatment.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

This report was commissioned by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee to:

  • identify the patterns and prevalence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the prison system
  • outline the impacts and implications of incarceration for Indigenous Australians
  • analyse the costs and benefits of addressing Indigenous problematic substance use with treatment, particularly residential rehabilitation, as compared to prison.

A number of sources of information, including a scan of relevant literature and data repositories and consultations with key stakeholders, were used to inform the analysis.

The report highlights the cost and health benefits of diversionary programs and community residential rehabilitation for Indigenous people who have been convicted of non-violent, substance use related offences.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2013)

Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health: revised edition.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

This report provides a comprehensive examination of Indigenous incarceration in Australia. The report provides details on:

  • prison-related health risks
  • characteristics of Indigenous prisoners and detainees and trend information about Indigenous incarceration
  • Indigenous substance use issues and how they interact with the justice system
  • reasons for over-representation of Indigenous Australians in the correctional system
  • intervention opportunities within the criminal justice system
  • issues for consideration, including Indigenous participation in diversion programs, access to health care while in the correctional system and after release, recidivism, cost of incarceration, and the suitability of programs
  • recommendations.

This report provides an update to the Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health report released in 2009.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Paquette D, McEwan M, Bryant J (2013)

Risk practices among Aboriginal people who inject drugs in New South Wales, Australia.

AIDS and Behavior; 17(7): 2467-2473

Social Inclusion Action Research Group (2013)

Reducing stigma and discrimination relating to alcohol and other drugs in Western Australia: position paper.

Perth: Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

Spratley S, Donnelly N, Trimboli L (2013)

Health and wellbeing outcomes for defendants entering the Alcohol-MERIT program.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Stafford J, Burns L (2013)

Australian drug trends 2012. Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS).

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Topp L, Iversen J, Baldry E, Maher L (2013)

Housing instability among people who inject drugs: results from the Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey.

Journal of Urban Health; 90(4): 699-716

van Dooren K, Kinner SA, Forsyth S (2013)

Risk of death for young ex-prisoners in the year following release from adult prison.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(4): 377-382

Van Dooren K, Richards A, Lennox N, Kinner SA (2013)

Complex health-related needs among young, soon-to-be-released prisoners.

Health and Justice; 1

Retrieved 24 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2194-7899-1-1

2012

Allan J, Kemp M, Golden A (2012)

The prevalence of cognitive impairment in a rural in-patient substance misuse treatment programme.

Mental Health and Substance Use; 5(4): 303-313

Andrews JY, Kinner SA (2012)

Understanding drug-related mortality in released prisoners: a review of national coronial records.

BMC Public Health; 12: 270

Retrieved 4 April 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-270

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report, 2010-11: OATSIH services reporting - key results.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents the main findings from the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) Services Reporting data collection. Data were collected by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) from primary health-care services, substance use services and Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services that received funding through OATSIH in 2010-11. The health services included those provided through Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community controlled health organisations.

The information covered the number of clients seen, episodes of care and client contacts. This information helps to inform Indigenous health policy, and program development and implementation. Primary health care services provided 2.5 million episodes of care to about 428,000 Indigenous clients; substance use services provided treatment and assistance to about 28,600 clients and Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services were accessed by about 11,800 clients.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Berry SL, Crowe TP, Deane FP, Billingham M, Bhagerutty Y (2012)

Growth and empowerment for Indigenous Australians in substance abuse treatment.

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction; 10(6): 970-983

Berry SL, Crowe TP, Deane FP (2012)

Preliminary development and content validity of a measure of Australian Aboriginal cultural engagement.

Ethnicity & Health; 17(3): 325-336

Chenhall R, Senior K (2012)

Treating Indigenous Australians with alcohol/drug problems: assessing quality of life.

Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly; 30(2): 130-145

Clough AR, Jacups S, Robertson J, Rogerson B, Graham V (2012)

Listening to what Indigenous people in remote communities say about alcohol restrictions and cannabis use: “Good thing that the alcohol's gone, but the gunja has kept going” [letter].

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(5):

Gately N, Fleming J, Morris R, McGregor C (2012)

Amphetamine users and crime in Western Australia, 1999–2009.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Heffernan E, Anderson K, Dev A (2012)

Inside Out: the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody report.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Howard J, Alperstein D, Cox S, Zorz H, – LINC Owen Smith (2012)

Young men and yarndi: a pilot to diffuse information on cannabis, its use and potential risks among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Sydney: National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre

This edition of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) bulletin provides information on the Young men and yarndi program, a camp run in New South Wales that provides young Indigenous men with information about cannabis. This report provides information on:

  • the rationale for the program
  • the theoretical underpinnings of the program
  • the aims of the program
  • how the program is operated
  • lessons learned from the program.

This report also includes the slides of a Power point presentation about the Young men and yarndi program.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Howard J, Butt J, Wright T, Norberg M, Copeland J, Wilkes T (2012)

Raising awareness about cannabis, its use and impact on health and wellbeing among Indigenous Australians.

Randwick, NSW: National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre

Hunter EM, Gynther BD, Anderson CJ, Onnis L-A L, Nelson JR, Hall W, Baune BT, Groves AR (2012)

Psychosis in Indigenous populations of Cape York and the Torres Strait.

Medical Journal of Australia; 196(2): 133-135

Kuipers P, Appleton J, Pridmore S (2012)

Thematic analysis of key factors associated with Indigenous and non-Indigenous suicide in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 2235

Retrieved 31 December 2012 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2235

Given the impact of suicide on individuals, families and communities, particularly for rural, remote and Indigenous populations, the current study was undertaken to enhance understanding on this topic.

Thematic analysis was undertaken of 411 coroners' reports of completed suicides across a 10 year period, occurring in the Northern Territory, Australia. Data was extracted numerically and qualitatively, categorised and tallied.

Key factors associated with suicide in order of frequency of identification by coroners were:

  • alcohol and other drug abuse
  • conflict and relationship breakdown
  • mental illness and mental health concerns.

Considerable differences were noted between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cases.

An array of factors were associated with suicide and considerable variation was found between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cases. The relative importance of social and contextual factors is confirmed for people at risk of suicide in rural, remote and Indigenous populations. These findings suggest relative priorities for suicide prevention and postvention.

Abstract adapted from Rural and Remote Health

Lee L, Midford R, Malone S (2012)

The Dampier Peninsula Prevention Project: working with a group of remote Australian Aboriginal communities to address alcohol and drug use.

International Journal of Health Promotion and Education; 50(3): 111-124

Nicholas R, White M, Roche A, Gruenert S, Lee N (2012)

Breaking the silence: addressing family and domestic violence problems in alcohol and other drug treatment practice in Australia.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Taussig I, Jones C (2012)

Penalties and reconviction risk among offenders convicted of drug driving.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Thomson N, Burns J, McLoughlin N (2012)

The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children.

In: Beresford Q, Partington G, Gower G, eds. Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education: fully revised edition. Revised ed. Perth, WA: UWA Publishing: 202-234

The revised edition of Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education reflects on the challenges and achievements that have occurred for both teachers and students in this significant area of education since the book's original release in 2003. The chapter, The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children, reviews the specific health issues currently affecting Indigenous children, and how these issues impact on their education. The chapter provides a summary of key indicators of Indigenous health status.

Prevalent issues and indicators discussed include:

  • infant mortality and birthweight status
  • nutrition
  • substance use
  • anaemia
  • ear disease and hearing loss
  • infectious diseases
  • eye conditions
  • oral health
  • injuries
  • social and emotional wellbeing.

Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Thomson N, MacRae A, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2012)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Turner-Walker J (2012)

Clash of the paradigms : night patrols in remote central Australia.

Masters in Criminal Justice thesis, University of Western Australia: Perth, WA

Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit (2012)

The relationship between alcohol and drugs and mental health: a resource book for Aboriginal workers.

Fitzroy, Vic: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit

This book provides information on the relationship between mental health and alcohol and other drug use for the Aboriginal alcohol and other drug (AOD), and social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) workforce. The book covers the following topics:

  • drugs and the body and mind connection
  • mental illness
  • the relationship between mental health, and alcohol and other drugs
  • stages of change
  • interventions
  • treatment options
  • resources and services.

This book is one of three key resources produced as part of the of the Our healing ways project. It was developed by the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI) Education and Training Unit and funded by the Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division of the Department of Health Victoria.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2011

Attorney-General's Department (2011)

Government response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs report: Doing time – time for doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system.

Barton, ACT: Attorney-General's Department

This report is the Australian Government's response to the findings and recommendations provided by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in the Doing time - time for doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system report, released in June 2011. The report presents 40 specific recommendations on how the government aims to take action to reduce the over-representation of young Indigenous people in the criminal justice system.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bradford D (2011)

Sentencing snapshot: illicit drug offences involving amphetamines, 2009-2010.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Butler T, Indig D, Allnutt S, Mamoon H (2011)

Co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder among Australian prisoners.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 30(March): 188-194

Butler T, Lim D, Callander D (2011)

National prison entrants' bloodborne virus and risk behaviour survey report 2004, 2007, and 2010: prevalence of HIV, HBV, HCV, and risk behaviours among Australian prison entrants: national report.

Sydney: Kirby Institute

Entwistle P, Entwistle D, Piper K, Stothers K, Centre for Remote Health (2011)

AOD Indigenous Communities Project 2009-2011 : final evaluation report.

Darwin: Amity Community Services

Jones C (2011)

Intensive judicial supervision and drug court outcomes: interim findings from a randomised controlled trial.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Larney S, Toson B, Burns L, Dolan K (2011)

Opioid substitution treatment in prison and post-release: effects on criminal recidivism and mortality.

Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

May J (2011)

From the inside out: injecting drug use in the Australian prison system.

HIV Australia; 9(1): 29-31

Mission Australia (2011)

National survey of young Australians 2011: key and emerging issues.

Sydney: Mission Australia

Rychetnik L, Madronio CM (2011)

The health and social effects of drinking water-based infusions of kava: a review of the evidence.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 30(1): 74-83

Stafford J, Burns L (2011)

Australian drug trends 2010: findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS).

: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

2010

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (2010)

Improving Aboriginal participation in the MERIT program.

North Sydney, NSW: New South Wales Department of Health

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Indigenous family safety agenda.

Canberra: Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Dietze P, Stoové M, Miller P, Kinner S, Bruno R, Alati R, Burns L (2010)

The self-reported personal wellbeing of a sample of Australian injecting drug users.

Addiction; 105(12): 2141-2148

Gray D, Wilkes E (2010)

Reducing alcohol and other drug related harm.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This resource sheet provides an overview of approaches to reducing alcohol and other drug related harm amongst Indigenous Australians. Included is information on what is currently known about these approaches and what information needs to be developed in this area. This resource sheet was produced as part of a series by the Closing the gap clearinghouse to disseminate information which could be used to help develop solutions to 'close the gap'.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Nicholas R (2010)

An environmental scan on alcohol and other drug issues facing law enforcement in Australia 2010.

Hobart: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

Smith N, Trimboli L (2010)

Comorbid substance and non-substance mental health disorders and re-offending among NSW prisoners.

Crime and Justice Bulletin; 140(May 2010): 1-16

Stafford J, Burns L (2010)

Australian drug trends 2009: findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS).

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Willis M (2010)

Community safety in Australian Indigenous communities: service providers' perceptions.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

This report details the development, implementation and findings of a survey capturing service provider perceptions of community safety in Australian Indigenous communities. The research informed the development of a survey questionnaire specifically for use in Indigenous communities. The research aims to place perceived community safety issues within the context of the positive steps already taken by Indigenous communities to address community safety, and to contribute to increasing the willingness of victims to report victimisation and seek help by gaining a greater understanding of under-reporting of victimisation. There were a total of 159 service provider respondents across NSW, the NT, Qld and WA, covering remote communities, small country towns and larger towns/cities in almost equal numbers. The perceived community strengths and positive features were interpersonal relationships and community connections.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Wundersitz J (2010)

Indigenous perpetrators of violence: prevalence and risk factors for offending.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

2009

Anangu Lands Paper Tracker (2009)

APY Lands: monitoring the use of marijuana.

Adelaide: Anangu Lands Paper Tracker

Lee KSK, Conigrave KM, Patton GC, Clough AR (2009)

Cannabis use in remote Indigenous communities in Australia: endemic yet neglected [editorial].

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(5): 228-229

MacLean S, Bruun A, Mallett S, Green R (2009)

Social contexts of substance use for vulnerable 13-15 year olds in Melbourne youth drug reporting system.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2009)

Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Stafford J, Sindicich N, Burns L, Cassar J, Cogger S, de Graaff B, George J, Moon C, Phillips B, Quinn B, White N (2009)

Australian Drug Trends 2008: findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS).

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Urquhart B, Thomson N (2009)

Review of the misuse of kava among Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 9(3): 1-14

2008

Brown J, Hunter E, Conigrave K, d’Abbs P, Boffa J, Gallagher C (2008)

Multidisciplinary care in the management of substance misuse and mental health problems in Indigenous settings.

Perth: National Drug Research Institute

Catto M, Thomson N (2008)

Review of illicit drug use among Indigenous peoples.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 8(4): 1-32

Kinner SA (2008)

Passports to advantage: health and capacity building as a basis for social integration.

Flinders Journal of Law Reform; April(http://hdl.handle.net/2328/1839): 581-589

Robertson J, Dowie R (2008)

Cannabis: a cloud over our community.

Of Substance; 6(3): 28-29

 
Last updated: 17 April 2014
 
Return to top
spacing
general box

Contribute

Share your information » Give us feedback » Sign our guestbook »
spacing
spacing