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Schlesinger CM, Ober C, McCarthy MM, Watson JD, Seinen A
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
The Indigenous risk impact screen (IRIS) is a useful resource for medical services and health agencies to identify the alcohol and other drug problems that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in urban, regional, rural and remote areas. This enables health professionals, community workers, clients and family members to provide support, intervention and treatment programs were needed.
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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.