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Cairney S, Fitz J
Menzies School of Health Research, Niblock Publishing
In response to high rates of petrol sniffing, inhalant use and the inherent side effects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory, the Menzies School of Health Research was engaged by the Department of Health to develop educational resources (flipcharts and posters). Sniffing and the brain (2005), When girls and women sniff (2008), and When boys and men sniff (2008) are used to raise awareness of the effects of petrol sniffing and inhalant use, and contain culturally appropriate information in plain English. The information is generic and applicable nationally.
The flipcharts show a diagram on one side for the audience to see, and text relating to the diagram on the reverse side for the educators to use. The diagrams depict how petrol sniffing affects the brain and causes damage over time; it also depicts the damage to both individual health and the health of the community. The publications give a positive message: people can recover from some of the effects of petrol sniffing if they stop before it is too late.
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