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The Australian Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre


In 2013 the Department of Health 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). The Knowledge Centre would complement the Australian Government’s commitments to preventing harmful substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and promote improvements in drug and alcohol and related services for Indigenous people.

Building upon the existing alcohol and other drug (AOD) related information and material from ECU’s Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, the Knowledge Centre offers an expanded alcohol and other drugs information resource that seeks to provide the evidence base and support those working to reduce harm from AOD use in Aboriginal communities.

The Knowledge Centre aims to:

Our mission

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 partners involved in the content for this web resource include ECU and three national alcohol and other drugs research centres:

Together these partners comprise the Support Committee which greatly enhances the capacity of the Knowledge Centre to provide the evidence base to support effective harm minimisation through both workforce support and policy support.


To ensure the Knowledge Centre meets the purposes for which it is being established, the Knowledge Centre is governed by a Reference Group made up of:

These stakeholders come from various states and territories of Australia and include appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation. The composition of the Reference Group reflects the variety of input required to ensure coverage of the field to best support: the workforce at the community level; community members working to reduce the harms of drug use; and those people working in programs and policy.

Translational research

The Knowledge Centre translates a wide range of health research and other relevant information into products that are meaningful to all people working at improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our products include:

Last updated: 28 August 2017
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