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References for the key publications about illicit drug use 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

Kratzmann M, Mitchell E, Ware J, Banach L, Ward J, Ryan J, Sutton L, Griffiths P, Saunders M (2011)

Injecting drug use and associated harms among Aboriginal Australians.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

The project Injecting drug use and associated harms among Aboriginal Australians was undertaken by Anex and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), and commissioned by Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD). The findings from the project are summarised in this report. Copies can be obtained from the ANCD Secretariat or the ANCD website.

Abstract adapted from ANCD

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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

The effectiveness of the Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative in rural and remote Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This study provides quantitative and qualtitative data on the outcomes for people affected by the Illicit Drug Diversion (IDDI) Initiative and the overall change in the community, during the period 2002-06 in 22 IDDI projects. It identifies key issues in drug diversion and assesses the factors contributing to the effectiveness of both Police and Court Diversion Programs. Several issues are highlighted for future improvement of IDDI policies in rural and remote Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Catto M, Thomson N (2008)

Review of illicit drug use among Indigenous peoples.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 8(4): 1-32

2007

Therapeutic Goods Administration (2007)

Restrictions on the import of Kava to Australia: frequently asked questions [fact sheet].

Retrieved 11 July 2008 from http://www.tga.gov.au/cm/kavafs0504.htm

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

Delahunty B, Putt J (2006)

Good practice framework: policing illicit drugs in rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2006)

National drug strategy: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples complementary action plan 2003-2009.

Canberra: Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

Putt J, Delahunty B (2006)

Illicit drug use in rural and remote Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

2004

Clough A, Jones P (2004)

Policy approaches to support local community control over the supply and distribution of kava in the Northern Territory (Australia).

Drug and Alcohol Review; 23(1): 117-126

This paper considers policies concerning kava supply, and looks at both the historical and current aspects. It also outlines the origins and rationale for the regulatory system currently being implemented. The paper is divided into three main areas of discussion: the establishment of informal kava supply networks and consolidation without regulation throughout the 1980s; a description of the 'black market' trade in kava and its control over kava supply; and a description of the implementation of new regulations under the Kava Management Act.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2003

Clough A (2003)

Enough! or too much: what is 'excessive' kava use in Arnhem Land?.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 22(1): 43-51

Clough AR, Jacups SP, Wang Z, Burns CB, Bailie R, Cairney SJ, Collie A, Guyula T, McDonald SP, Currie B (2003)

Health effects of kava use in eastern Arnhem Land Aboriginal community.

Internal Medicine Journal; 33(8): 336-340

2002

Cairney SJ, Maruff P, Clough AR (2002)

The neurobehavioural effects of kava.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 36: 657-662

2000

Clough AR, Burns CB, Mununggurr N (2000)

Kava in Arnhem Land: a review of consumption and its social correlates.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 19(3): 319-328

 
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