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Providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
In building on the work of the former Substance use section of the HealthInfoNet, the Knowledge Centre continues to embody translational research at the population level, focusing on the Indigenous population in relation to alcohol and other drugs.
Knowledge synthesis, a central aspect of all translational research (TR), transforms a wide range of health research and other relevant information into forms that are meaningful to people working at improving the health of Indigenous people.
The Knowledge Centre's narrative literature reviews of alcohol, illicit drugs and volatile substance use provide a synthesis of information on specific topics, bringing together the relevant evidence, essential contextual evidence and policy implications for how alcohol and other drug use affects the health of Aboriginal and Torres Islander people. Plain language versions of these reviews are also available to ensure the information is accessible to a broad audience.
In recognition of the fact that effective professional practice also needs knowledge arising from professional experience and personal knowledge, as well as a range of contextual knowledge, the Knowledge Centre provides a range of other information such as policies and strategies, health promotion and practice resources, programs and projects, organisations, and publications specific to alcohol and other drugs.
The Knowledge Centre also facilitates the sharing of knowledge between people who have an interest in Indigenous health and reducing harm from alcohol and other drug use. The AOD yarning place is a digital space where people can share information, knowledge, and experiences. This medium allows workers to speak to each other directly, ask questions, and share experiences in an electronically-mediated environment, allowing for sharing across geographical regions and health sectors.