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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

General

This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with volatile substance use (including petrol sniffing) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2013

Hampton R, Toombs M, eds. (2013)

Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room.

Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room seeks to raise awareness of the culturally appropriate way for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in urban and remote areas. The book outlines the central components that influence good health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It aims to provide an understanding of health from the Indigenous perspective while also examining the historical connections of health and the impact of colonisation; past and present.

The book features:

  • fact boxes that help to dismiss any predetermined notions
  • case examples, placement experiences, and personal stories that show actual experiences from the field
  • insights into how health practitioners can influence healthier outcomes
  • questions to encourage students to reflect on their learning.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (2013)

Tips and tricks for new players ... a guide to becoming familiar with the alcohol and other drugs sector [4th ed.].

Deakin, ACT: Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia

This guide is a resource and orientation tool for new workers to the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector. It has a number of sections including:

  • a comprehensive directory of key organisations within the AOD sector with information on contact details
  • a list of Indigenous specific organisations relevant to the AOD sector
  • information on continuing professional development and guidelines on developing skills in the workforce
  • a succinct of list of terms commonly used in the AOD sector with a short description of what each means.

There are also research tips on how to find further information and some short articles from professionals working in the field. A constantly updated electronic version of the guide is available from the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) website.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Australian Capital Territory. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are presented.

Improvements have been seen in health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 and over, allied health-care service claims, immunisation coverage for children, literacy levels (years three and five), and retention rates for high school students.

Areas of concern include pregnancy and smoking, alcohol consumption for ages 18 years and over, levels of disability, and breast cancer screening for women.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detail analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Buykx P, Ward B, Chisholm M (2013)

Planning alcohol and other drug services in rural and remote areas: the role of spatial access.

Sydney: Drug Policy Modelling Program, University of New South Wales

Cairney S, O'Connor N, Dingwall KM, Maruff P, Shafiq-Antonacci R, Currie J, Currie BJ (2013)

A prospective study of neurocognitive changes 15 years after chronic inhalant abuse.

Addiction; 108(6): 1107–1114

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

Crane P, Francis C, Buckley J (2013)

Youth alcohol and drug practice guide: practice strategies and interventions.

Brisbane: Dovetail

This guide outlines various approaches to engaging with young people experiencing problematic substance use. It draws upon the knowledge of practitioners in the field and outlines a range of service models. Content includes:

  • engagement with clients
  • risk assessment
  • intervention strategies
  • responding to specific situations such as overdose or inhalant use
  • co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug use disorders.

Culturally specific interventions such as the Mt Theo project and an adaptation of the 'stages of change model' for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are described.

The guide was developed by Dovetail in partnership with the School of Public Health and Social Work at the Queensland University of Technology.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Cussen T, Payne J, Marks D (2013)

Policing alcohol and illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in metropolitan environments.

Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

Jenner L, Lee N (2013)

Screening for substance use and related issues by specialist alcohol, tobacco and other drug treatment and support services in the ACT: discussion paper.

Canberra: Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT

Johnston L, Doyle J, Morgan B, Atkinson-Briggs S, Firebrace B, Marika M, Reilly R, Cargo M, Riley T, Rowley K (2013)

A review of programs that targeted environmental determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(8): 3518-3542

MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2012. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Council (2013)

NIDAC online consultation: a professional body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drug workers.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Council

New South Wales Parliament General Purpose Standing Committee No 2 (2013)

Drug and alcohol treatment.

Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales

Stephens A, Bohanna I, Graham D, Clough AR (2013)

Screening and assessment instruments for use in Indigenous-specific alcohol and drug treatment rehabilitation.

Journal of Tropical Psychology; 3: e2(11)

Retrieved 13 August 2013 from http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1838990213000021

2012

Adamson D, Andersen K, Black K, Elliot E, Harwood A, Heffernan E, Hill S, Minnis J, Whitton G (2012)

Special situations, settings and groups.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 343-404

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on special situations, settings and groups, including:

  • contraception
  • pregnancy, breastfeeding and early childhood
  • alcohol use during pregnancy and foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
  • protecting and supporting families at risk
  • preventing alcohol or drug issues among young people
  • working with young people with alcohol or drug issues
  • prison populations
  • aggressive clients
  • Torres Strait Islanders.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2012 report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the fourth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It was reviewed and revised in 2011 and now includes 68 key measures (previously 71 measures) under the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Health status and outcomes: measures the prevalence of health conditions including disease or injury, human function, life expectancy, wellbeing and deaths.
  • Tier 2-Determinants of health: measures of the determinants of health, including socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours.
  • Tier 3-Health system performance: measures of the health system, including effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility, continuity, capability and sustainability.

The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2010-11: report on the National Minimum Data Set.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australia's health 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2012)

Final evaluation of youth in communities for the department of families, housing, community services and Indigenous affairs: final report.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Doyle B, Garsia R, Haber P, Lawler J, O'Connor C, van Beek I, White A (2012)

Reducing the harms from substance misuse.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 283-316

This book chapter provides information on reducing the harms from substance misuse for people who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in the alcohol and other drug field. Of specific focus in this chapter is: sexually transmissible infections in the substance use setting; harms from injecting drug use and safer injecting; needle and syringe programs; hepatitis C and B; and HIV/AIDS. This chapter is part of a book titled Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work, which provides everyday practical information for working in the field of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Dunlop A, Keats J (2012)

Polydrug use.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 237-246

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on polydrug use, including:

  • polydrug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • reasons for polydrug use
  • harms associated with polydrug use
  • how to assess a person who uses several drugs
  • how to help a person who uses several drugs
  • reducing the harms if a person cannot or will not quit
  • preventing polydrug use.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Gobbert S, Keech J, Kelly C, Stubbs E, Trowbridge K (2012)

Petrol, paint and other inhalants.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 207-216

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on petrol, paint and other inhalants, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's use of inhalants
  • commonly used inhalants
  • common ways to use inhalants
  • inhalants' effects on the body
  • how to recognise harms from inhalants
  • how to recognise inhalant dependence and withdrawal
  • how to assess a client who uses inhalants
  • how to help a client who uses inhalants
  • available treatments
  • reducing the harms associated with inhalant use if a person cannot or will not quit
  • preventing inhalant use.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Hunter E, Shields R, Wand A (2012)

Mental health and substance use.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 247-282

This book chapter provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on mental health and substance use. The contents of the chapter includes:

  • mental health and substance use
  • depression and suicide
  • anxiety and stress
  • psychosis.

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Key J, Page J, Smyth D (2012)

Legal issues.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 317-330

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on legal issues associated with substance use, including:

  • guardianship
  • alcohol, drugs and driving
  • programs to reduce re-offending or avoid prison.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work (2012)

Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K

This handbook provides everyday practical information for working in the field of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. It is based on the clinical and cultural experiences of the authors who have worked in a range of settings from large urban environments through to small remote communities.

Contained in the handbook is information on AOD work, including:

  • clinical treatment
  • prevention
  • early intervention
  • harm reduction.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division (2012)

The Victorian drug statistics handbook: patterns of drug use and related harm in Victoria for the period July 2009 to June 2010.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

Nyoongar Patrol System Inc (2012)

Nyoongar Patrol System Inc: annual report 2011/2012.

Perh: Nyoongar Patrol System Inc

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

White V, Bariola E (2012)

Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2011.

Canberra: Drug Strategy Branch, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

2011

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2010 report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the third report developed under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as well as the more recent measures introduced under Closing the gap national partnerships.

The performance framework reports on the three tiers of health:

  • health status and outcomes: this includes measures of prevalence of disease or injury, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing
  • measures of the health determinants: this includes socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours
  • health system performance: this includes effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility and sustainability.
Major findings of the report include:
  • a significant decline in Indigenous deaths due to avoidable causes
  • narrowing of the mortality gap
  • reduction in infant mortality
  • chronic diseases are a continuing concern, contributing to two thirds of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • there were slight reductions in literacy and numeracy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • risky behaviours, such as smoking and lack of physical activity, were continuing concerns among Indigenous people
  • access to, and utilisation of medical services is less than expected given higher levels of illness
  • access to medical services is more difficult in remote than non-remote areas.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey was conducted between late-April and early-September 2010. This was the 10th survey in a series which began in 1985, and was the fifth to be managed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). More than 26,000 people aged 12 years or older participated in the survey, in which they were asked about their knowledge of and attitudes towards drugs, their drug consumption histories, and related behaviours. Most of the analysis presented is of people aged 14 years or older, so that results can be compared with previous reports.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This national statistical publication reports on the health and wellbeing of young Australians aged 12-24 years of age. This reporting is vital for the development of evidence-based youth policies. Part VII provides an overview of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and looks at key issues including:

  • health status
  • determinants of health
  • families and communities
  • socioeconomic factors
  • housing
  • health system performance.

The report also highlights areas where work is still needed.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division (2011)

The Victorian drug statistics handbook: patterns of drug use and related harm in Victoria for the period July 2008 to June 2009.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (2011)

The Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre: annual report 2011.

Brisbane: Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre

Stumpers S, Thomson N, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Urquhart B (2011)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

2010

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey: users' guide, 2008.

Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4720.0?OpenDocument

This user's guide provides updated information on the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS). Updates include information on: family and culture; health; risk factors; education; work; income; and housing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Burns J, Maling CM, Thomson N (2010)

Summary of Indigenous women's health.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Connors P, Bush R (2010)

'Back on Track' : an evaluation.

Brisbane: University of Queensland

Making sense and supporting change: a guide for our people (2010)

Drug and Alcohol Office (WA)

This booklet was produced to provide information on reducing harm from alcohol and other drugs for Aboriginal people in Western Australia.

It describes:

  • the impact of alcohol and other drugs
  • why people use drugs
  • how people learn to use drugs
  • types of drugs
  • mixing drugs
  • ways of reducing harm
  • areas of life that are affected by alcohol and other drugs
  • making changes action plan.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Flatau P, Conroy E, Clear A, Burns L (2010)

The integration of homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol services in Australia.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Nichols F (2010)

Aboriginal recommendations for substance use intervention programs.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(3): 4-8

Purdie N, Dudgeon P, Walker R, eds. (2010)

Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

This book was developed as an information source for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with social and emotional wellbeing and substance use issues. The book contains comprehensive, culturally appropriate information to educate and assist health professionals who work with Indigenous clients.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • history and contexts
  • issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing
  • mental health practice
  • working with specific groups - models, programs, and services.

Many of the book chapters were authored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous artwork features in various parts of the book.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Roche AM, Duraisingam V, Trifonoff A, Nicholas R (2010)

Alcohol and drug-related workforce development issues for Australian police into the 21st century.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Skelton R (2010)

King brown country: the betrayal of Papunya.

Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin

2009

Dingwall K, Cairney S (2009)

The importance and challenges of assessing cognition in Indigenous Australians.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S47 - S50

Gazis N, Connor JP, Ho R (2009)

Cultural identity and peer influence as predictors of substance use among culturally diverse Australian adolescents.

Journal of Early Adolescence; 30(3): 345-368

Jackson CE, Currie BJ, Cairney S, Maruff PT, Snyder PJ (2009)

Hunger and the perception of the scent of petrol: A potential neurobiological basis for increased risk of petrol inhalation abuse.

Addiction Research & Theory; 17(5): 518-524

Loxley W, Adams K (2009)

Women, drug use and crime: findings from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

McFarland B (2009)

Opal update.

Of Substance; 7(1): 27

Urbis (2009)

Evaluation of the National Drug Strategy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan 2003 - 2009: final report.

Canberra: National Drug Strategy

2008

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2008 report: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Collins DJ, Lapsley HM (2008)

The costs of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug abuse to Australian society in 2004/05.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Cvetkovski S, Dietze P (2008)

The incidence and characteristics of volatile substance use related ambulance attendances in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia.

Social Science & Medicine; 66(3): 776-783

Frye S, Dawe S, Harnett P, Kowalenko S, Harlen M (2008)

Supporting the families of young people with problematic drug use.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Horey D (2008)

Indigenous drug prevention research stocktake and gap analysis.

Melbourne: Department of Human Services, Victoria

MacLean S (2008)

Volatile bodies: stories of corporeal pleasure and damage in marginalised young people's drug use.

International Journal of Drug Policy; 19(5): 375-383

White V, Smith G (2008)

Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2008.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

 
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