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References for the key publications about volatile substance use (including petrol sniffing) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are listed here.

2012

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services National Minimum Data Set 2012–13: specifications and collection manual.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Alcohol and other drug treatment services National Minimum Data Set 2012-13: specifications and collection manual is a reference for those collecting and supplying data for the Alcohol and other drug treatment services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS), including Australian Government and state and territory government staff, and AOD treatment agency staff. Major changes to the 2012-13 edition include:

  • an update to the 'Principal drug of concern' data item to align with the Australian Standard Classification of Drugs of Concern (2011)
  • the inclusion of additional data elements to enable the number of clients receiving treatment to be estimated.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

2011

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey was conducted between late-April and early-September 2010. This was the 10th survey in a series which began in 1985, and was the fifth to be managed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). More than 26,000 people aged 12 years or older participated in the survey, in which they were asked about their knowledge of and attitudes towards drugs, their drug consumption histories, and related behaviours. Most of the analysis presented is of people aged 14 years or older, so that results can be compared with previous reports.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

d'Abbs P, MacLean S (2011)

Petrol sniffing interventions among Australian Indigenous communities through product substitution: from skunk juice to Opal.

Substance Use & Misuse; 46(s1): 99-106

Midford R, MacLean S, Catto M, Thomson N, Debuyst O (2011)

Review of volatile substance use among Indigenous people.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2011)

National drug strategy 2010-2015.

Canberra: Australian Government

The National drug strategy 2010-2015 is a framework for action on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

The aim of the National drug strategy 2010-2015 is to build safe and healthy communities by minimising alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related health, social and economic harms among individuals, families and communities.

The National drug strategy 2010-2015 is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1 provides background and explains the conceptual framework of the strategy
  • Part 2 details specific objectives and suggested actions under each pillar
  • Part 3 discusses the supporting approaches of workforce, evidence, performance monitoring and governance.

Abstract adapted from the National drug strategy

2009

Department of Health and Ageing (2009)

Drug and alcohol service reporting 2007–08 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander substance use specific services.

Canberra: Australian Government

The information contained in this report is comprised of data obtained from Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander substance use specific service providers. The data, collected over a 12 month period, relates to client and staffing profiles, location and funding of services, and service delivery. Information is also provided on these specific areas for the previous five years allowing for comparisons.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2008

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2007 : detailed findings.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

d'Abbs P, Maclean S (2008)

Volatile substance misuse: a review of interventions.

Barton, ACT: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Schwartzkoff J, Wilczynski A, Reed-Gilbert K, Jones L (2008)

Review of the first phase of the petrol sniffing strategy.

Canberra: Urbis

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) released the 'Review of first phase of the petrol sniffing strategy' prepared by Urbis. The Petrol Sniffing Strategy (PSS) involves an eight point plan that includes both supply reduction and demand reduction strategies which aims to:

  • reduce both incidence and impact of petrol sniffing in a defined area of Central Australia by addressing the social determinants of health and wellbeing
  • evaluate the effectiveness of a regional and comprehensive response to petrol sniffing to establish the utility of expanding the strategy to other regions.

Overall, stakeholders regard the eight point plan of the PSS as a realistic effort to address the petrol sniffing problem. The Opal fuel has succeeded in substantially reducing the level of petrol sniffing, though more needs to be done in relation to strengthening and supporting communities, and engaging young people. It is believed that improved consultation and sharing of information is needed, and that maintaining a focus on petrol sniffing is important until such time as it is sufficiently reduced, and then issues around sniffing can be seen in the broader context of alcohol and other drugs problems and their associated policy responses.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2006

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2006)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Australia, 2004-05.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This summary of results from the 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey provides information about health status, health actions, and lifestyle factors, of Indigenous peoples. There are comparisons with the 1995 and 2001 National Health Surveys and the 2002 National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Social Survey.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2006)

Drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: an assessment of data sources.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) on behalf of the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (MCDS). The objectives were to: identify data needs; examine existing data sources to determine the landscape of Indigenous substance use and its impacts across Australia; inform the best way forward to improved Indigenous data collections; explore the practicality of development of an ongoing Indigenous (drug specific) survey supplement to existing surveys; and identify options for new, policy-relevant analyses of existing data sets. The findings of this report are expected to feed into a broader National Drug Strategy Data Analysis Project with the aim of identifying and analysing the information needed to inform the implementation and measurement of initiatives developed under the National Drug Strategy.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Community Affairs References Committee (2006)

Beyond petrol sniffing: renewing hope for Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

National Inhalant Abuse Taskforce (2006)

National directions on inhalant abuse, final report.

Melbourne: Victorian Government Department of Human Services

2005

Cairney S, Maruff P, Burns CB, Currie J, Currie BJ (2005)

Neurological and cognitive recovery following abstinence from petrol sniffing.

Neuropsychopharmacology; 30(5): 1019-1027

2004

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner (2004)

Responding to petrol sniffing on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands: a case study.

In: Social justice report 2003. Sydney: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission: 107-154

Cairney S, Maruff P, Burns CB, Currie J, Currie B (2004)

Neurological and cognitive impairment associated with leaded gasoline encephalopathy.

Drug and Alcohol Dependence; 73(2): 183-188

d'Abbs PH, Brady M (2004)

Other people, other drugs: the policy response to petrol sniffing among Indigenous Australians.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 23(3): 253-260

Select Committee on Substance Abuse in the Community (2004)

Petrol sniffing in remote Northern Territory communities.

Darwin: Select Committee on Substance Abuse in the Community, Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

 
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