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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Indigenous risk impact screen (IRIS) and brief intervention

 

Overview

This program sought to provide a culturally secure and validated screening instrument and brief intervention to meet the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland and across Australia. The Indigenous risk impact screen (IRIS) assesses alcohol and other drug use, and associated mental health issues in a culturally appropriate and timely manner.

In 2006, the Australian Government's Department of Health and Ageing funded the implementation of the IRIS program across Queensland, and as of July 2009, the IRIS program was funded to roll out across Australia.

The screening tool and brief intervention has now been validated and is recommended as a culturally validated screen for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people identifying alcohol and other drug, and mental health issues.

Abstract adpated from Queensland Health

Contacts

Coralie Ober
Program Director
Indigenous Risk Impact Screen (IRIS) Project National Implementation
Metro North Health Service District
Queensland Health
Ph: (07) 3837 5720
Email: coralie_ober@health.qld.gov.au

Related publications

Schlesinger CM, Ober C, McCarthy MM, Watson JD, Seinen A (2007)

The development and validation of the Indigenous Risk Impact Screen (IRIS): a 13-item screening instrument for alcohol and drug and mental health risk.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 26(2): 109-117

This publication gives the background to, and information on, a study carried out on the Indigenous risk impact screen (IRIS). The IRIS is used to screen for the presence of alcohol and other drugs and any mental health risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There is a set way of carrying out the assessment and this helps health professionals to identify and address any health risks in a timely and culturally sensitive way. The study, which included a survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, aimed to validate the instrument (provide evidence that shows that a tool is sound for assessing a specific issue).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ober C, Dingle K, Clavarino A, Najman JM, Alati R, Heffernan EB (2013)

Validating a screening tool for mental health and substance use risk in an Indigenous prison population.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 32(6): 611–617

Evaluated publications

Indigenous risk impact screen and brief intervention project: screening instrument (2011)

Queensland Health

The Indigenous risk impact screen (IRIS) and brief intervention project: screening instrument is a culturally secure and validated screening tool that is designed to meet the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland and across Australia. This resource is used to assess alcohol and other drug use, and associated mental health issues in a culturally appropriate and timely manner.

Abstract adapted from Queensland Health

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Last updated: 15 May 2014
 
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