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The National alcohol treatment guidelines were developed through Australia-wide consultations with Indigenous and non-Indigenous healthcare providers, educators, clinicians, researchers, and Indigenous community members. The National alcohol treatment guidelines for Indigenous Australians were developed to provide essential and reliable information and guidance on how to deliver culturally respectful healthcare, and how to identify and respond to emergency and non-urgent alcohol-related health problems experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
Abstract adapted from Lowitja Institute
Charlotte de Crespigny
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University
The Alcohol treatment guidelines for Indigenous Australians toolkit is a guide for all healthcare providers when looking after Indigenous clients at risk of illness or injury associated with alcohol use. The kit includes information about the clinical management of alcohol problems associated with mental health problems, pregnancy and breastfeeding, physical effects of alcohol, understanding the impact of alcohol on health, effects of alcohol on the organs, alcohol and cancer, alcohol and systemic disorders, alcohol and infectious diseases and indirect physical consequences of alcohol consumption.
The toolkit contains a manual, a standard drinks chart, a self-administered questionnaire, a flow chart for a client-centered approach to respond to drinking and related problems based on AUDIT score and a signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal chart along with a my lifestyle guide for better health
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract