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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
Indigenous Risk Impact Screen (IRIS) Project National Implementation
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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