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In 2003, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), consulted with a number of Indigenous health workers to identify factors that prevented access to drug information from the Australian Drug Foundations' DrugInfo Clearinghouse services. With funding from the Premier's Drug Prevention Council, a Koori project worker was employed at the ADF in January 2004 to implement the recommendations arising from the consultation process.
The current phase of the project is aimed at capacity building among Indigenous communities by increasing the relevance and accessibility of DrugInfo Clearinghouse information and services. Specific project outcomes that were implemented include:
The Koori access project advisory committee comprising key stakeholders and workers in the field provided advice and guidance to the project. Consultation and communication with workers in Indigenous communities is ongoing.
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DrugInfo Clearinghouse Resource Centre
Australian Drug Foundation
Level 1, 409 King Street
West Melbourne Vic 300
PO Box 818
North Melbourne Vic 3051
Ph: (03) 9278 8100
Ph: 1300 85 85 84 (local call cost)
Fax: (03) 9328 3008
Koori DrugInfo have produced the following fact sheets providing information for Indigenous people about a wide range of drugs including alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract