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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin


Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet to launch new alcohol and other drug web resource

17 April 2014

The AIH Substance use team at the HealthInfoNet is pleased to inform all our users that we are developing a new web resource dedicated to providing the evidence-base to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Murri leaders urge government action on young people substance use

27 March 2014

Substance use and violent incidents have prompted calls for government action in the Brisbane district of Logan, Queensland.

Wyndham leaders unite to tackle impact of drug use

27 March 2014

Local community leaders and organisations gathered in Wyndham, Western Australia, to seek joint support for tackling issues related to alcohol and other drugs.

Palm Island to get non-sniffable Opal fuel

3 March 2014

The Federal Government has announced Palm Island will be the first Indigenous community in Queensland to receive Opal fuel.

Low aromatic fuel storage tank for the Top End

17 January 2014

A storage tank for low aromatic fuel (LAF) will be constructed in Darwin, Northern Territory, to support an expanded rollout of the Australian Government's Petrol sniffing prevention program in the Top End.

Call for Federal Government to use petrol powers to cut sniffing

15 January 2014

The Federal Government needs to start using its power to introduce Opal fuel to some outback petrol stations, the Central Australian Youth Link-Up (CAYLUS) Service has said.

Menzies research reveals marked decline in petrol sniffing

14 January 2014

A report by the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has revealed a significant decline in theprevalence of petrol sniffing in a number of Aboriginal communities across Australia coinciding with the introduction of low aromatic fuel.

New funding for drug and alcohol rehab centre in SA

18 December 2013

After several years of uncertainty, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre will be built at Port Augusta, South Australia.

2012-13 Australian Medical Association Indigenous health report card launched

10 December 2013

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card 2012-13, the healthy early years - getting the right start in life, was released today by Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, at Parliament House in Canberra.

Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) defunded

28 November 2013

Funding for the Alcohol and other Drugs Council (ADCA), the national peak body representing organisations and workers in the sector, has been defunded by the assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash.

Call for children's rehab centre in north Qld

27 November 2013

Substance use support workers are calling on the State Government to help set up a rehabilitation centre for young children in north Queensland (Qld) caught sniffing chemicals.

Complete recovery of brain function for chronic petrol users

25 November 2013

The final results of a ground breaking, long-term study prove that brain damage can be completely reversed when people stop sniffing petrol but the recovery can take years.

BushMob: Helping young people get back on track

18 November 2013

BushMob's intention is clear; they want young people in Central Australia who have lost their way to make some positive choices in their lives.

Hub to help young people most in need

15 November 2013

A one-stop hub to provide a holistic support service for young people, similar to the national Headspace model, could be established in Port Lincoln, South Australia (SA).

Tru stories on social media

8 November 2013

A young Indigenous artist from Dubbo, New South Wales (NSW), is one of three who are creating new works to feature in a state-wide arts and health campaign.

Australian band to donate proceedings of their new single to Indigenous organisation Red Dust

11 October 2013

Australian band In Hearts Wake, in conjunction with their label UNFD, has made available their new single 'Skydancer' in a 'pay what you want scheme' with 100% of the profits going towards supporting Indigenous cultures worldwide through three not-for-profit charity groups.

Early intervention key to reducing young people's deaths from volatile substance use

2 October 2013

A new report highlights the need to intervene early to prevent unintentional deaths from poisoning in young people in New Zealand.

New court giving bail to offenders if they take steps to make change

24 September 2013

The Queensland state government is trialling a new court which gives bail to offenders if they take steps to make changes in their lives.

Community campaign to make Bendigo a healthier place

13 September 2013

A partnership between leading health and welfare providers in Bendigo, Victoria is working to strengthen community resilience against drugs.

Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation's Coober to Oodnadatta bike ride adventure for 2013

11 September 2013

Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is again running the COBRA (Coober -Oodnadatta Bike Ride Adventure) for 2013.

Young leaders to advise on Indigenous healing

4 September 2013

A new youth-led initiative will support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make a difference in their communities and achieve healing.

Kalparrin drug and alcohol support service still fighting for federal support

27 August 2013

The former operator of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation service for Indigenous people in the Murraylands, South Australia, want the centre's funding worries highlighted as a federal election issue.

Innovative circus program boosts community pride

10 July 2013

An Aboriginal community has found the development of a local circus troupe has been successful in raising the self-esteem of young people and lifting the spirits of Elders.

Loss of SMART courts concerns Northern Territory Chief Magistrate

3 July 2013

The Northern Territory Chief Magistrate says the elimination of 'SMART courts' for substance use related crimes, will see recidivism rise in the Territory, and will not be fairly substituted by the Government's new mandatory rehabilitation scheme.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.

Snowdon lays down law on 'non-sniff' petrol sales

30 May 2013

Federal Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon has told a forum on petrol sniffing that if retailers do not decide to sell low aromatic fuel voluntarily, they will be compelled to do so.

Input sought for substance use policy

22 May 2013

Consultations are being held across the country during May 2013 to inform a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples drug strategy (NATSIPDS).

Survey finds young Aboriginal people place high value on finding a job

8 May 2013

A recent survey by Mission Australia on Australia's youth has found young Aboriginal people are more likely to be looking for work than their non-Aboriginal peers, however they are notably less likely to feel they can choose to go to university, travel or find a job upon finishing school than the latter group.

Supporting people to tackle volatile substance use

30 April 2013

A new report evaluating the effectiveness of the Australian Government's Petrol sniffing strategy (PSS) has found a reduction in petrol sniffing has been achieved primarily through the roll out of low aromatic fuel and the introduction of additional youth services.

WA justice system - expensive and ineffective

6 March 2013

A new report on the prison system in Western Australia (WA) calls for increased resources in justice reinvestment and a greater emphasis on evidence-based prevention and early intervention strategies for offending.

BushMob helping young people tackle substance use in Alice Springs

28 February 2013

The Australian Government is investing more than $1.8 million in BushMob, a successful program in Alice Springs that helps young people stay free of alcohol and other drugs.

$100 million boost for Aboriginal youth in Northern Territory

20 February 2013

The Australian Government is investing $100 million over the next 10 years in the Youth in communities program, a major initiative that is helping thousands of young Aboriginal people become more engaged with school, work and community life in the Northern Territory.

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.

Low aromatic fuel bill passed by Federal Parliament

12 February 2013

New legislation to control distribution of regular unleaded petrol and mandate the use of low aromatic fuels has been passed by the House of Representatives.

Plan to reduce alcohol and drug toll in Victoria

7 February 2013

The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.

Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012 passed by the Senate; to move to House of Representatives

5 December 2012

On 27 November 2012, the Senate passed the Greens' Low Aromatic Fuel Bill, making the roll out of low aromatic fuel mandatory in parts of the Northern Territory (NT), Western Australia (WA), South Australia (SA) and Queensland (Qld).

Increase in petrol sniffing recorded in Tennant Creek, NT

20 November 2012

The Central Australian youth link up service (CAYLUS) says there has been a recent outbreak of petrol sniffing in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory (NT).

HealthInfoNet cafe @ Local Drug Action Groups 2012 state conference in Perth

1 November 2012

The Local Drug Action Groups Inc.

Mary G touring WA Goldfields to promote 'No grog no drugs' message

25 October 2012

Mary G, the 'Queen of the Kimberley' is currently on a tour around the Goldfields towns of Western Australia (WA).

Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012 not recommended to proceed by Australian Parliament

3 October 2012

The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress has expressed its dismay at the news that the Senate Committee has recommended that the Low Aromatic Fuel Bill should not proceed.

Report into Aboriginal service delivery in the Northern Territory (NT) makes 12 recommendations

2 October 2012

A report into spending on service delivery in remote Aboriginal communities recommends a reassessment of priorities and greater transparency.

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

Standard on culturally secure practice in the AOD sector launched

4 September 2012

Minister for Mental Health, Helen Morton, launched the Standard on culturally secure practice (alcohol and other drug sector) [1st Ed.] on 28 August 2012.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

New contracts awarded to AOD services in the Kimberley and Pilbara

29 August 2012

Eight new contracts have been awarded to alcohol and other drug services in the Kimberley and Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA).

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Inaugural WA alcohol and other drug excellence award winners announced

21 August 2012

The inaugural Western Australian (WA) alcohol and other drug (AOD) excellence awards winners were recently announced by Mental Health Minister, Helen Morton.

Wugularr youth petrol sniffing prevention program helps provide a connection to culture

14 August 2012

Renewed efforts to tackle petrol sniffing in communities surrounding Katherine, in the Northern Territory (NT), will rely not on police powers, but on reconnecting sniffers with their culture and country.

Indigenous Health Minister supports mandated Opal fuel distribution proposal

7 August 2012

Indigenous Health Minister, Warren Snowdon, has given his support to a proposed Federal mandate that would make the sale of low-aromatic fuel in 'problem areas' compulsory.

HealthInfoNet attending the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference on 7 August

6 August 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be running a cafe tomorrow the 7 August (2012) at the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference.

NSW Aboriginal prenatal health campaign to raise awareness of services available to pregnant women

31 July 2012

A new campaign to raise awareness among Aboriginal women about the risks of alcohol and other drug consumption during pregnancy was launched on 27 July, 2012.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

Federal funding issues for volatile substance use programs

24 July 2012

Two different volatile substance use prevention programs are experiencing uncertain funding futures due to confusion over contracts.

Positive responses received from HealthInfoNet Substance use survey

23 July 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet recently conducted a survey on the substance use section of its website - including alcohol use, illicit drug use, volatile substance use, and tobacco use.

Boodjari yorga program improves birth outcomes for Aboriginal women

18 July 2012

A program designed to reduce pregnancy and birth problems for Aboriginal women is breaking down cultural barriers and making important inroads into improving maternal and child health in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia (WA).

Application lodged for Indigenous substance use rehabilitation facility in Canberra

29 June 2012

A development application for a substance use rehabilitation facility for Indigenous people has been lodged with the ACT Planning and Land Authority.

2012 National Drug and Alcohol Award winners announced

25 June 2012

The 2012 National Drug and Alcohol Award winners were announced on Friday 22 June at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne.

Indigenous Wellbeing Centre takes part in Drug action week campaign

21 June 2012

The Indigenous Wellbeing Centre, located in Bundaberg, Queensland, will provide information on alcohol and illicit drug use as part of national Drug action week, running from 17-23 June 2012.

Funding announced for national alcohol and other drug research centres

21 June 2012

Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler, announced on 20 June 2012 that $24 million over three years is to be invested into alcohol and other drug (AOD) research.

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards winners announced

11 June 2012

The winners of the inaugural National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards were announced on Thursday 7 June, 2012, during the 2nd National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference.

Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work launched at NIDAC conference today

7 June 2012

The Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work was launched today (7 June 2012) at the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference in Fremantle, Western Australia (WA).

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol (NIDAC) conference underway tomorrow, 6 June

5 June 2012

The 2nd National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference is underway from tomorrow 6 June, 2012, at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, in Western Australia (WA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet named a finalist for the National Drug and Alcohol Awards 2012

29 May 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet was recently nominated in the National Drug and Alcohol Awards 2012 for its work on the substance use section of its website.

Three year extension of funding granted to some AOD service providers

24 May 2012

Following recent announcements that some alcohol and other drug (AOD) service providers would no longer receive Federal Government funding as part of the Budget 2012-13, some services have been granted a three-year reprieve.

Call for further remote area rehabilitation services

23 May 2012

An Aboriginal legal aid organisation says the Northern Territory (NT) Government must provide more alcohol rehabilitation services in remote Indigenous communities.

Do you use the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's substance use section? Take our survey

22 May 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is undertaking a survey to find out information on users accessing the website, particularly its 'substance use' section.

Western Australian Yabu Band promoting Indigenous wellbeing through songs

18 May 2012

The Yabu Band, formed by brothers Delson and Boyd Stokes, have created a powerful, unique desert rock sound.

Applications open for Criminal property confiscation grants program

9 May 2012

Attorney General Christian Porter launched the latest round of the Criminal property confiscation grants program on 2 May 2012.

Government funding withdrawn from successful SA substance use treatment service

3 May 2012

The Federal Government has withdrawn funding from a South Australian (SA) Aboriginal community controlled organisation after 38 years of operation.

DoHA shortlists applicants for substance use funding initiatives

2 May 2012

The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) has now assessed and shortlisted organisations who submitted applications for funding to address substance use issues.

Northern Territory Budget 2012 delivers $20 million investment into correctional services

26 April 2012

A $20.2 million investment in correctional services was announced by Correctional Services Minister Gerry McCarthy on 22 April 2012.

Bourke community to launch awareness campaign targeting alcohol and other drug use

24 April 2012

On Wednesday 2 May 2012, the Bourke Alcohol and drug working group (BAWG) will launch an alcohol and other drug awareness campaign in Bourke, New South Wales (NSW).

Warburton's Indigenous youth part of community effort to reduce petrol sniffing

18 April 2012

Indigenous children from the Warburton community in the Northern Territory have helped produce a music video as part of a community project aimed at reducing volatile substance use.

Safe and sober support service - making a difference in Alice Springs

11 April 2012

The Safe and sober support service, an alcohol and other drug treatment service in Alice Springs, is making a difference in the community.

Dual-purpose alcohol and other drug centre to open in Carnarvon

2 April 2012

A new centre providing day and night treatment services for people in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia (WA) with alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems is set to open.

Reducing alcohol and other drug use in remote Northern Territory communities

30 March 2012

The Australian Government is investing $2.31 million to tackle the impact of alcohol and other drug use in Katherine, Tiwi, the Daly region, and the greater Darwin region in the Northern Territory (NT).

Community push for introduction of Opal fuel in Katherine, Northern Territory

30 March 2012

A collection of community interest groups in Katherine (Top End of the Northern Territory) have moved to support the introduction of a low aromatic fuel in their town.

New Victorian Coalition Government campaign to combat volatile substance use

26 March 2012

The Victorian Coalition Government is launching a campaign to help combat solvent use.

Midnight basketball program helps reduce youth crime in Kempsey

22 March 2012

The New South Wales town of Kempsey has implemented a social inclusion program for its youth to help reduce substance use and criminal activity.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.

Recipients of Strong spirit strong mind awards announced

15 March 2012

The Strong spirit strong mind awards were announced on the 14 March 2012 at the Western Australian (WA) Aboriginal drug and alcohol worker forum.

Government considers possibility of Opal fuel in Katherine

13 March 2012

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon says that the Government would consider a roll-out of Opal fuel in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory.

Victorian healing program a success for Indigenous participants

5 March 2012

A unique Aboriginal initiative in Victoria is helping break the cycle of addiction and despair by combining indigenous spirituality with conventional treatment.

Proposed new legislation to regulate fuel available in the Northern Territory

2 March 2012

The Greens introduced legislation on the 1 March 2012 into Federal Parliament which would give the Commonwealth the power to regulate which fuels are sold in regional areas of the Northern Territory (NT).

Plain language background information for volatile substance use now available

1 March 2012

The plain language background information for the volatile substance use web resource is now available online.

Extra funding for Indigenous communities to address substance use

1 March 2012

Certain Indigenous communities will receive extra funding under the government's Breaking the cycle of alcohol and drug abuse in Indigenous communities initiative.

New Indigenous mental health web resource launched

22 February 2012

A new web resource for Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) workers is now available on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.

Tennant Creek sobering up shelter to open in February 2012

10 February 2012

A $1.6 million sobering-up shelter will open in Tennant Creek next week, replacing an older facility which was demolished.

Volatile substance use background information available now

6 February 2012

The web resource for Volatile substance use now includes background information.

Calls for tighter petrol sniffing laws in WA

6 February 2012

The Central Australian youth link up service (CAYLUS), a Northern Territory-based substance use treatment group, has travelled to Perth to convince the Western Australian Mental Health Minister Helen Morton of the need for change regarding petrol sniffing laws.

Nominations open for Strong Spirit Strong Mind Awards 2012

31 January 2012

The Strong Spirit Strong Mind Awards are being presented by the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) in 2012, as part of the Aboriginal alcohol and other drugs (AOD) worker forum being held in Perth from 14-15 March.

Central Australian community to continue to use Opal fuel

19 January 2012

Residents of the Harts Range community in Central Australia have scrapped a plan to bring back unleaded fuel.

New funding and upgrade for the South East Metropolitan Community Drug Service

17 January 2012

The South East Metropolitan Community Drug Service (SEMCDS) has received state Government funding towards an upgrade and new premises in Thornlie, Western Australia.

Australia's first Indigenous youth alcohol and other drug rehabilitation facility opens

19 December 2011

On December 15, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) celebrated the opening of Bunjilwarra, the first Australian alcohol and other drug rehabilitation facility dedicated to helping young Aboriginal people.

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.

Halls Creek benefits from alcohol restrictions; new health worker positions

9 December 2011

The Drug and Alcohol Office has released a report on 8 December 2011, on the impact of liquor restrictions in Halls Creek, Western Australia.

New alcohol and other drug worker positions for north-west WA under Royalties for regions program

9 December 2011

Up to 31 alcohol and other drug worker positions will be created to expand treatment, prevention and counselling services across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.

Federal Government forums on Opal fuel rollout in Kimberley region

8 December 2011

The Federal Government has held a series of meetings in Western Australia's Kimberley region to work out where it should rollout Opal fuel next.

King Brown country: the betrayal of Papunya wins Walkley Award

29 November 2011

Russell Skelton has won the 2011 Walkley Award for long-form journalism for his book King Brown country: the betrayal of Papunya.

New guideline for the management of volatile substance use in Australia

31 October 2011

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, recently welcomed the release of Australia's first Consensus-based clinical practice guideline for the management of volatile substance use in Australia, along with a quick-reference summary.

More Indigenous Australians accessing targeted health services

26 October 2011

There was a significant increase in the use of services targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2009-10 compared with the previous year, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

BushMob's bush adventure therapy program success

21 October 2011

A Bush adventure therapy program run by BushMob has experienced success in its fourth year, through its annual horse trek.

Raising awareness of petrol sniffing in urban South Australia

10 October 2011

Professional educators Warren Miller and Jimmy Perry spend most of the year travelling through rural and remote South Australia, trying to divert people in Aboriginal communities away from petrol sniffing.

Health workers honoured at the Deadly Awards

28 September 2011

The 17th Deadly Awards were held at the Sydney Opera House on the 27 September 2011, recognising outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements in sport, the arts, music and health.

New rehabilitation services available in the East Kimberley

14 September 2011

Stage two of the Ngnowar Aerwah 7 Mile Residential Rehabilitation Facility service was officially opened in Wyndham on 8 September 2011.

Indigenous Football Festival message: cannabis and sport don't mix

19 August 2011

Educational messages on mixing alcohol and other drug use and physical activity were delivered at the Indigenous Football Festival recently in Alice Springs.

New Victorian alcohol and other drug strategy - call for public submissions

15 August 2011

The Coalition Government has announced a new whole of government strategy to address alcohol and other drug (AOD) use in Victoria.

Reduction of inhalant use reported in Balgo in the past year

8 August 2011

A coronial inquest investigating deaths in the remote Western Australian Kimberley community of Balgo has heard petrol sniffing has disappeared there in the past year.

More remote communities act to curb petrol sniffing

28 July 2011

The Northern Territory (NT) Government says almost 75% of communities in East Arnhem Land are now taking part in a program to curb substance use.

Rehabilitation centre to open in Port Hedland

17 June 2011

Port Hedland's first alcohol and other drug rehabilitation centre is set to open in mid-2012.

WA state budget 2011-12: alcohol and other drug sector

8 June 2011

The Minister for Mental Health and Disability Services Helen Morton announced funding for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector in a budget bulletin 2011-12.

$160m to Indigenous alcohol and other drug initiatives in WA

25 May 2011

An increase in mining royalties to more than $4 billion in 2012 has given a bonus to the WA government's Royalties for Regions scheme.

Budget 2011-12: alcohol and other drug services

12 May 2011

The Government has announced the new budget for 2011-12, including funding for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector.

Research informs treatment of petrol and alcohol users

10 May 2011

Research by Menzies School of Health Research at Charles Darwin University (CDU) is improving understanding of the treatment and prevention of chronic petrol and alcohol use.

New look DrugInfo website launched

9 May 2011

The new look Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) DrugInfo website and email alert service was launched on 4 May 2011 at the 6th International Conference on Drugs and Young People.

National body gives strong support to the roll out of Opal fuel

29 April 2011

The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) has strongly endorsed the view of the NPY Women's Council for sniffable fuel to be banned and for Opal fuel to be rolled out across the Central Australian Region.

More substance use treatment services needed

29 April 2011

The drug policy group Anex is calling for better treatment services for alcohol and other drug use in regional areas such as the Far West.

Minister Snowdon holds an information session on low aromatic Opal fuel

18 April 2011

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon MP, and BP held an information session with Aboriginal health professionals from across Western Australia on 13 April to raise awareness about the benefits of low aromatic Opal fuel.

Opal fuel rolled out in Goldfields communities

7 April 2011

An Aboriginal health group in the Goldfields in Western Australia, the Bega Garnbirringu Health Service, says the introduction of non-sniffable fuel in the region will help address escalating rates of petrol sniffing.

Town rallies to say no to sniffing

18 March 2011

A march in the streets of the South Burnett Indigenous community of Cherbourg marked the beginning of the annual event SOS march, a public awareness raiser for the Cherbourg State School's Snuff out sniffing (SOS) campaign.

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

8 February 2011

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).

Continuing the fight against petrol sniffing

8 November 2010

From early December Opal fuel will be available in Kakadu National Park.

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference (NIDAC)

21 June 2010

The inaugural NIDAC conference was held at the Adelaide convention centre on the 16 - 18 June 2010.

Budget targets Top End petrol sniffing scourge

12 May 2010

The Federal Government has allocated tens of millions of dollars to facilitate the roll out of Opal fuel across the Top End in an effort to cut petrol sniffing rates; including $38.5 million for an Opal fuel storage facility in Darwin.

Nationwide review of investment into Indigenous drug and alcohol programs

14 April 2010

The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) today released a report identifying the areas of greatest need to address harmful Indigenous alcohol and other drug use.

Bush medicine put to the test in WA

23 March 2010

In Warmun, about 200 kilometres south of Kununurra, elders are working with a psychologist on a program to combine traditional healing and conventional treatment methods to address substance use issues among the local Indigenous youth.

Australian Government announces funding for Opal roll out across Western Australia

5 March 2010

The Australian Government has announced the allocation of an additional $2.3 million dollars to roll out Opal fuel in the Goldfields region of Western Australia to help curb petrol sniffing in the region's communities.
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