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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Substance abuse intelligence desks (SAIDs)

 

Overview

Substance abuse intelligence desks (SAIDs) are funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) (formerly known as the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) to target and disrupt the trafficking of licit and illicit substances in the cross-border regions of Australia. This includes the Northern Territory, South Australia, and Western Australia.

The first Australian Government SAID was established in 2006 under a DSS and Northern Territory Police partnership, to address substance use within Indigenous communities, and to support the National petrol sniffing strategy. Dog operation units (DOUs) are located in Alice Springs, Katherine, and Darwin, and work collaboratively with the SAID teams. SAIDs and DOUs also engage with young people in these communities to promote healthy lifestyles.

Abstract adapted from Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Contacts

Department of Social Services
National office
Tuggeranong Office Park
Soward Way (cnr Athllon Drive)
Greenway ACT 2900
GPO Box 9820
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: 1300 653 227
Email: dssfeedback@dss.gov.au

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Last updated: 17 March 2016
 
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