Welcome to the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre).
The Knowledge Centre is for you, our users, and we welcome your feedback at any time. We will endeavour to continually improve in providing the knowledge support and decision support to help you in your role, so together we can help to ‘close the gap’ in health status that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The harms arising from substance use do not exist in isolation, so we will link to relevant information and knowledge on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
Below is a list of features that will be added to this web resource over the coming months:
AOD workers’ portal - designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drug workers. This portal will draw largely from the Handbook forAboriginal alcohol and drug work.
Substance use – this section will provide background information on the historical and contextual factors that contribute to harmful alcohol and other drug use, especially as they relate to the Indigenous population.
KC ‘App’ - the development of an ‘app’ to help you access the evidence base through smart phones and tablets out in the field.
A community portal for those community members working to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drug use in their communities. The information provided here will be informed by community need as identified through focus groups and an online survey accessible from the community portal of the Knowledge Centre.
Janganpa Jukurrpa (Common Brush-tail Possum Dreaming,
Trichosurus vulpecula) travels all over Warlpiri country.
This part of the story comes from a big hill called Mawurrji,
west of Yuendumu and north of Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs).
There is a Mulju (water soakage) there that was created by
Janganpa ancestor. ln the painting the 'E' shaped figures
represents the possum tracks. The concentric circles are
the trees in which the possums live, and also the sites at
Mawurrji. Warlpiri people have a young men's initiation
ceremony with Janganpa Jukurrpa. The Dreaming belongs to
Jakamarra/Jupurrula men and Nakamarra/Napurruia