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Providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
As a part of the Australian Government’s commitments to preventing harmful substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and promoting improvements in drug and alcohol and related services for Indigenous people, in 2013 the Department of Health and Ageing sought a proposal from Edith Cowan University (ECU) for the development and operation of an ‘Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre’ (the Knowledge Centre).
Development of the Knowledge Centre was seen as building on and enhancing the alcohol and other drug related information and material on the web resource operated by ECU’s Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. As well as superseding the HealthInfoNet’s coverage of alcohol and other drugs the Knowledge Centre would have much wider responsibilities than the HealthInfoNet, including workforce and community support and the collation and provision of policy-related advice, such as:
The Knowledge Centre’s mission is to contribute to improving the health of Australia's Indigenous peoples and assist in ‘closing the gap’ by providing the evidence base to help reduce the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs.
We address our mission by:
We take a broad view of Indigenous health, along the lines used by the National Aboriginal Health Strategy Working Party, and expanded by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO):
Health is not just the physical wellbeing of an individual, but the social, emotional, and cultural wellbeing of the whole community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being thereby bringing about the total wellbeing of their community.
The term Indigenous is used to refer generally to the two Indigenous populations of Australia - Australian Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.