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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications relating to alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography. 

2017

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2017)

Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016.

Retrieved 3/3/2017 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-facts/overviews

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent indicators of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Information focuses on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

Two new sections are featured in this edition of the Overview. With the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them home report a section has been dedicated to Healing which highlights the contribution of healing workers and organisations to supporting people, families and communities impacted by the Stolen Generations. Environmental health with its important link to the social determinants of health is also included for the first time in the Overview 2016.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Clifford A, Shakeshaft A (2017)

A bibliometric review of drug and alcohol research focused on Indigenous peoples of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

Drug and Alcohol Review; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12510): 1-14

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2017)

Closing the Gap Prime Minister's report 2017.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

This publication is the ninth Closing the Gap report produced since targets were set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008. Over the long-term there are improvements across a number of the targets, however these improvements are not enough to meet the majority of the outcomes set by COAG. While many successes are being achieved locally, at a national level, only one of the seven closing the gap targets is on track to be achieved this year. The report highlights that it is a shared responsibility of all governments to partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in order to meet the Closing the Gap targets. The report covers:

  • appreciating our national culture
  • infancy and early childhood
  • education
  • employment
  • economic development
  • healthy lives
  • safe and strong communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Fitts MS, Robertson J, Towle S, Doran CM, McDermott R, Miller A, Margolis S, Ypinazar V, Clough AR (2017)

'Sly grog' and 'homebrew': a qualitative examination of illicit alcohol and some of its impacts on Indigenous communities with alcohol restrictions in regional and remote Queensland (Australia).

BMC Research Notes; 10: 360

Retrieved 1 August 2017 from https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-017-2691-9

Graham VE, Campbell S, West C, Clough AR (2017)

Substance misuse intervention research in remote Indigenous Australian communities since the NHMRC 'Roadmap'.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(https://doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12691):

Hafekost K, Lawrence D, O'Leary C, Bower C, Semmens J, Zubrick SR (2017)

Maternal alcohol use disorder and risk of child contact with the justice system in Western Australia: a Population Cohort Record Linkage Study.

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acer.13426): 1-9

Langton M, Smith K (2017)

Dealing with the harmful impacts of alcohol: more effective policies urgently required.

Paper presented at the 14th National Rural Health Conference. 26-29 April 2017, Cairns

Muhunthan J, Angell B, Hackett ML, Wilson A, Latimer J, Eades AM, Jan S (2017)

Global systematic review of Indigenous community-led legal interventions to control alcohol.

BMJ Open; 7(3): 1-14

Retrieved 27 March 2017 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013932

Munro A, Shakeshaft A, Calabria B, Byrne B (2017)

Researcher-community partnerships to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drug and alcohol-related harms: lessons learned from multiple NDARC projects.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Northern Territory Department of Health (2017)

Alcohol policies and legislation review in the Northern Territory.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health

ORIMA Research (2017)

Cashless debit card trial evaluation: wave 1 interim evaluation report.

Melbourne: Australian Department of Social Services

ORIMA Research (2017)

Evaluation of the cashless debit card trial - initial conditions report.

Melbourne: Australian Department of Social Services

PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting (2017)

Evaluation of the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment program.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health

This report was produced as a result of the evaluation into the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment (AMT) program. The AMT program is a tailored alcohol treatment plan for people in the Northern Territory who are taken into police protective custody for being intoxicated in public three or more times over a two month period.

The aim of the evaluation was to:

  • assess the extent to which the aims of the AMT Act have been met
  • consider the cost effectiveness of AMT and describe the way that AMT has been implemented and engaged with
  • explore any unintended consequences resulting from AMT.

A number of recommendations were suggested as part of the evaluation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2016

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2016)

Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2015. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services (AODTS).

Retrieved 20 April 2016 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/alcohol-and-other-drugs/aodts/

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Australia's health 2016.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Exploring drug treatment and homelessness in Australia: 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2014.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bird K, Fitts MS, Clough AR (2016)

Alcohol management plans in Indigenous communities in Queensland (Australia) may have unintended implications for the care of children.

Health & Justice; 4: 8

Retrieved 18 July 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40352-016-0039-5

Clough AR, Margolis SA, Miller A, Shakeshaft A, Doran CM, Mcdermott R, Sanson-Fisher R, Towle S, Martin D, Ypinazar V, Robertson JA, Fitts MS, Bird K, Honorato B, West C (2016)

Alcohol control policies in Indigenous communities: a qualitative study of the perceptions of their effectiveness among service providers, stakeholders and community leaders in Queensland (Australia).

International Journal of Drug Policy; 36: 67-75

Da Silva K, Petricevic M, Petrie M (2016)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2014-15.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Dawes G (2016)

Keeping on country: Doomadgee and Mornington Island recidivism research report.

Townsville, Qld: North and West Remote Health

Fitts MS, Palk GR (2016)

‘Hero to Healing’ drink driving program for Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 27(1): 74-79

Gately N, Ellis S, Morris R (2016)

Drug use monitoring in Australia: an expansion into the Pilbara.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Leske S, Harris MG, Charlson FJ, Ferrari AJ, Baxter AJ, Logan JM, Toombs M, Whiteford H (2016)

Systematic review of interventions for Indigenous adults with mental and substance use disorders in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 50(11): 1040-1054

Mental Health Commission (2016)

Strong Spirit Strong Mind metro project: campaign evaluation.

Perth, WA: Mental Health Commission

Miller P, Cox E, Costa B, Mayshak R, Walker A, Hyder S, Tonner L, Day A (2016)

Alcohol/drug-involved family violence in Australia.

Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

Petricevic M (2016)

Trends in alcohol availability, use and treatment 2003-04 to 2014-15.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Rodgers R, Kovacevic C, Zhang X, Tuttle R, Nebe B (2016)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: online services report - key results 2014-15.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This seventh national report presents information from 278 organisations across Australia, funded by the Australian Government to provide one or more of the following health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: primary health care, maternal and child health care, social and emotional wellbeing services, and substance-use services. These organisations participated in the 2014-15 online services report data collection. Information is presented on the characteristics of these organisations, the health services and activities provided to clients and staffing levels. Other information presented includes client numbers, client contacts and episodes of care, and service gaps and challenges.

Abstract Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Stathopoulos M, Jenkinson R (2016)

Establishing the connection: interventions linking service responses for sexual assault with drug or alcohol use/abuse: final report.

Sydney: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

Stathopoulos M, Jenkinson R (2016)

Establishing the connection: interventions linking service responses for sexual assault with drug or alcohol use/abuse: key findings and future directions.

Sydney: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2016)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2016 report.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the seventh report in a series commissioned by all Australian governments, designed to measure progress in overcoming the disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report is produced by the Steering Committee, commissioned by the Council of Australia Governments (COAG), in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Steering Committee is advised by a working group made up of representatives from all Australian governments, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The report measures progress in relation to COAG Closing the Gap targets and against 52 indicators. Progress is measured across a range of areas including governance, leadership and culture, early childhood, education, health, home and safe and supportive communities. The report also includes case studies on things that work to improve outcomes.

The information in this report can help inform the design of policies.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Usher K, Woods C, Lynch P, Pointing SB, Budden L, Barker R, Catchpoole J, Clough A (2016)

Is population flow an unintended consequence of alcohol management plans?.

Journal of Clinical Nursing; Accepted articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13534):

Wright M, Lin A, O’Connell M (2016)

Humility, inquisitiveness, and openness: key attributes for meaningful engagement with Nyoongar people.

Advances in Mental Health; 14(2): 82-95

2015

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report: detailed analyses, is the fifth in a series of reports against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework which are published every two years. This report provides information on a range of measures of health status, determinants of health and the health system performance relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Detailed tables to support the analysis presented in this report are provided.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Indigenous Health and Welfare Statistics [mobile app].

Retrieved 2015 from https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/indigenous-health-welfare/id985484597?mt=8

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2015.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the health and welfare of Australia's Indigenous population, presenting the latest information on a range of topics including key demographic and economic characteristics, factors that influence health, main conditions causing ill health and mortality, life expectancy and mortality patterns, service use, and health and welfare expenditure. Some of the links between education, employment and health are also explored, as are links between selected risk factors and health. The report places a particular emphasis on describing differences among Indigenous Australians that are associated with living in very remote areas.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Boffa J, Gray D, Ah Chee D (2015)

Aboriginal communities, alcohol-related harms and the need for an evidence-based approach.

Drug and Alcohol Review; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12296):

Brett J, Lee KSK, Gray D, Wilson S, Freeburn B, Harrison K, Conigrave K (2015)

Mind the gap: what is the difference between alcohol treatment need and access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians?.

Drug and Alcohol Review; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12313):

Burns J, Burrow S, Drew N, Elwell M, Gray C, Harford-Mills M, Hoareau J, Lynch R, MacRae A, O’Hara T, Potter C, Ride K, Trzesinski A (2015)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health status, 2014.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Charles J (2015)

An evaluation and comprehensive guide to successful Aboriginal health promotion.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 16(1)

Retrieved 15 February 2016 from http://healthbulletin.org.au/articles/an-evaluation-and-comprehensive-guide-to-successful-aboriginal-health-promotion/

Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services (2015)

CAAPS alcohol and other drug services: an evidence based approach to providing AOD treatment to Aboriginal people and their families.

Darwin: Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services

d'Abbs P (2015)

Widening the gap: the gulf between policy rhetoric and implementation reality in addressing alcohol problems among Indigenous Australians.

Drug and Alcohol Review; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12299):

Haythornthwaite S, Hirvonen T (2015)

The relevance of trauma informed care to Aboriginal primary health care services.

Paper presented at the 13th National Rural Health Conference. 24-27 May 2015, Darwin

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs (2015)

Alcohol, hurting people and harming communities: Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

This publication reports on an inquiry conducted by the Australian Government into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The terms of reference for the inquiry included:

  • patterns of supply of, and demand for alcohol in different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, age groups and genders
  • the social and economic determinants of harmful alcohol use across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • trends and prevalence of alcohol related harm, including alcohol-fuelled violence and impacts on newborns e.g. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
  • the implications of FAS and FASD being declared disabilities
  • best practice treatments and support for minimising alcohol misuse and alcohol-related harm
  • best practice strategies to minimise alcohol misuse and alcohol-related harm
  • best practice identification to include international and domestic comparisons.

The report outlines a number of recommendations to address the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Abstract adapted from House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs

Kinner SA, Degenhardt L, Coffey C, Hearps S, Spittal M, Sawyer SM, Patton GC (2015)

Substance use and risk of death in young offenders: a prospective data linkage study.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 34(1): 46–50

Lander F, Gray D, Wilkes E (2015)

The Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act: evidence, ethics and the law.

Medical Journal of Australia; 203(1): 47-49

Laslett AM, Mugavin J, Jiang H, Manton E, Callinan S, MacLean S, Room R (2015)

The hidden harm: alcohol’s impact on children and families.

Canberra: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Noble N, Paul C, Conigrave K, Lee K, Blunden S, Turon H, Mariko Carey M, McElduff P (2015)

Does a retrospective seven-day alcohol diary reflect usual alcohol intake for a predominantly disadvantaged Australian Aboriginal population?.

Substance Use & Misuse; 50(3): 308-319

Noble NE, Paul CL, Turner N, Blunden SV, Oldmeadow C, Turon HE (2015)

A cross-sectional survey and latent class analysis of the prevalence and clustering of health risk factors among people attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.

BMC Public Health; 15: 666

Retrieved 15 July 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-2015-8

Reeve C, Humphreys J, Wakerman J, Carter M, Carroll V, Reeve D (2015)

Strengthening primary health care: achieving health gains in a remote region of Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 202(9): 483-487

Roche A, Kostadinov V, Fischer J, Nicholas R, O'Rourke K, Pidd K, Trifonoff A (2015)

Addressing inequities in alcohol consumption and related harms.

Health Promotion International; 30(Suppl 2): ii20-ii35

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2015)

Report on government services 2015, volume E: Health.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Trees K (2015)

Mobile media: communicating with and by Indigenous youth about alcohol.

Australian Aboriginal Studies; (1): 97-106

Wilkes E (2015)

Aboriginal autonomy and the reduction of alcohol-related harm.

Drug and Alcohol Review; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12297):

2014

Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. (2014)

Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice.

Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet

This book was developed as an information source for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with social and emotional wellbeing issues. The book contains comprehensive and culturally appropriate information to educate and assist health professionals who work with Indigenous clients.

The book is divided into six parts:

  • history and contexts
  • issues and influences
  • standards, principles and practice
  • assessment and management
  • working with children, families and communities
  • healing models and programs.

Many of the book chapters were authored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous artwork features throughout the book.

Telethon Kids Institute abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2014)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2013.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2013. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: online services report - key results 2012 - 13.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: first national results June 2012 to June 2013.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This is the first national report on the Indigenous primary health-care national key performance indicators data collection. It covers all the indicators collected since June 2012, and presents data analysed at the national level by jurisdiction, remoteness, and organisational size. The data are collected from over 200 primary health-care organisations receiving funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The purpose of the indicators is to improve the delivery of primary health-care services by supporting continuous quality improvement activity among service providers. The indicators also support policy and planning at the national and state/territory level by monitoring progress and highlighting areas for improvement.

The 19 indicators presented in this report focus on chronic disease prevention and management and on maternal and child health. The indicators provide information on both process of care indicators and health outcomes for clients.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Breen C, Shakeshaft A, Sanson-Fisher R, D'Este C, Mattick RP, Gilmour S (2014)

Identifying individual- and population-level characteristics that influence rates of risky alcohol consumption in regional communities.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(1): 60-65

Calabria B, Clifford A, Shakeshaft AP, Conigrave KM, Simpson L, Bliss D, Allan J (2014)

Identifying Aboriginal-specific AUDIT-C and AUDIT-3 cutoff scores for at-risk, high-risk, and likely dependent drinkers using measures of agreement with the 10-item Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test.

Addiction Science and Clinical Practice; 9: 17

Retrieved 1 September 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1940-0640-9-17

COAG Reform Council (2014)

Healthcare in Australia 2012-13: comparing outcomes by Indigenous status: supplement to the reports to the Council of Australian Governments.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

COAG Reform Council (2014)

Indigenous reform 2012-13: five years of performance.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

The National Indigenous reform agreement signed in 2009 set out six outcome based reform targets to address Indigenous disadvantage and 'close the gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This publication reports on the six Closing the gap targets which include:

  • closing the life expectancy within a generation (by 2031)
  • halving the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade (by 2018)
  • ensuring all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities have access to early childhood education within five years (by 2013)
  • halving the gap for Indigenous students in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade (by 2018)
  • halving the gap for Indigenous people aged 20-24 in year 12 or equivalent attainment rates (by 2020)
  • halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade (by 2018).

Data for this report comes from surveys and administrative collections. The report considers if Indigenous outcomes have improved over the five years since 2008, the areas of concern and recommendations.

Abstract adapted from COAG Reform Council

Commissioner for Children and Young People WA (2014)

The state of Western Australia's children and young people - edition two.

Perth: Commissioner for Children and Young People WA

Gray D, Stearne A, Bonson M, Wilkes ET, Butt J, Wilson M (2014)

Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol, tobacco and other drugs treatment service sector: harnessing good intentions.

Perth: National Drug Research Institute

Health Performance Council (2014)

Aboriginal health in South Australia 2011-2014: a case study.

Adelaide: Health Performance Council

Heilbronn C, Matthews S, Lloyd B (2014)

Social determinants, drinking and chronic disease: the role of social determinants of health in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related chronic disease in Victoria.

Melbourne: Turning Point

Holman D, Joyce SJ (2014)

A promising future: WA Aboriginal health programs: review of performance with recommendations for consolidation and advance.

Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia

This report, also known as The Holman Review, evaluated the effectiveness of state-funded Indigenous health programs in Western Australia (WA), focusing on the measurement and achievement of clinical health outcomes. The report examined 184 Indigenous health programs and found that the majority deliver value for money and are underpinned by scientific evidence.

The report also found that primary prevention programs are under-funded relative to their significance and that service delivery in regional areas is fragmented. The report recommends that changes be made to the way the WA Department of Health funds and contracts Indigenous health services. The report was commissioned by the WA Department of Health at the request of the State Government and was prepared by independent expert Winthrop Professor D'Arcy Holman, Professor of Public Health at the University of WA.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Lee KSK, Chikritzhs T, Wilson S, Wilkes E, Gray D, Room R, Conigrave KM (2014)

Better methods to collect self-reported alcohol and other drug use data from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 33(5): 466–472

McKetin R, Livingston M, Chalmers J, Bright D (2014)

The role of off-licence outlets in binge drinking: a survey of drinking practices last Saturday night among young adults in Australia.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 33(1): 51–58

Moore E, Indig D, Haysom L (2014)

Traumatic brain injury, mental health, substance use, and offending among incarcerated young people.

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation; 29(3): 239-247

Parker RM (2014)

Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: editorial.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(8): 435-436

People Culture Environment (2014)

The Elders' report into preventing Indigenous self-harm and youth suicide.

Melbourne: People Culture Environment

This report considers suicide prevention among young Indigenous Australian populations from the perspective of Elders and community leaders in affected communities.

The report includes interviews with 31 Elders and community leaders living in 17 communities in northern Australia and addresses two primary questions:

  • why is self-harm and suicide happening?
  • what is the solution?

This report was produced as a part of the Culture is life campaign which is led by Indigenous Elders and promotes community driven solutions to end Indigenous self-harm and youth suicide.

Abstract adapted from Culture is life

Qin Li SQ, Guthridge S, Aratchige PE, Lowe MP, Wang Z, Zhao Y, Krause V (2014)

Dementia prevalence and incidence among the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations of the Northern Territory.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(8): 465-469

Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (2014)

QAIHC external report 3 : Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services Clinical Excellence (ACE program).

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council

Roche A, Trifonoff A, White M, Evans K, Battams S, Adams V, Scarfe A (2014)

From policy to implementation: child and family sensitive practice in the alcohol and other drugs sector.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Shakeshaft A, Doran C, Petrie D, Breen C, Havard A, Abudden A, Harwood E, Clifford A, D'Este C, Gilmour S (2014)

The effectiveness of community action in reducing risky alcohol consumption and harm: a cluster randomised controlled trial.

PLOS Medicine; 11(3): e1001617

Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001617

Victorian Auditor-General (2014)

Accessibility of mainstream services for Aboriginal Victorians.

Melbourne: Victorian Auditor-General's Office

Warhaft G (2014)

A travellin’ man.

Of Substance; 12(1): 22-23

This publication contains an article on the Makin' tracks outreach program which focuses on Aboriginal communities across South Australia as well as the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.

The article focuses on Jimmy Perry, one of two project officers, who has been with the program for over 11 years. He discloses the challenges as well as the positive results which have come out of the program's implementation across Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2013

Hampton R, Toombs M, eds. (2013)

Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room.

Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Indigenous Australians and Health: the Wombat in the Room Seeks to Raise Awareness of the culturally appropriate way for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in urban and remote areas. The book outlines the central components that influence good health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It aims to provide an understanding of health from the Indigenous perspective while also examining the historical connections of health and the impact of colonisation; past and present.

The book features:

  • fact boxes that help to dismiss any predetermined notions
  • case examples, placement experiences, and personal stories that show actual experiences from the field
  • insights into how health practitioners can influence healthier outcomes
  • questions to encourage students to reflect on their learning.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ah Chee D, Boffa J (2013)

Damming the 'rivers of grog' : a partnership between NDRI and Aboriginal community controlled health services in the Northern Territory.

CentreLines; (37): 2-3

Anomie, MacRae A, Burns J, Poynton M, D'Costa B, Ride K, Gray C, Thomson N, Hoareau J, Trzesinski A, Levitan L (2013)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides comprehensive information specific to Western Australia (WA) on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This WA Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Indigenous people in WA in 2013. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

This plan provides a long-term, evidence-based policy framework as part of the Council of Australian Governments' approach to Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. The Australian Government worked in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups, and peak bodies to produce the plan.

The plan builds on the United nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples, with a focus on:

  • policies and programs to improve Indigenous health
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • resilience
  • promoting healthy behaviours
  • the centrality of culture for health and wellbeing
  • the right of people to be safe and empowered.

The plan at a glance includes:

  • the vision
  • principles
  • priorities
  • implementation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)

The role of community patrols in improving safety in Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Community patrols have the potential to increase Indigenous community safety, helping to reduce crime rates and alcohol-related harm and empower the local community. The most successful community patrols tend to enjoy community involvement and ownership and strong collaboration with police and a network of community services. This paper summarises the key evidence in support of community patrols. It includes detailed information on:

  • what is currently known about community patrols, including 'what works', and what is not known
  • safety and crime in Indigenous communities
  • the history of Indigenous community patrols in Australia, and the support they receive from levels of government
  • the evidence in support of community patrols
  • best practice for community patrols
  • the evidence gaps.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Institute of Family Studies

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Australian Capital Territory. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012: Detailed Analyses Report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are presented.

Improvements have been seen in health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 and over, allied health-care service claims, immunisation coverage for children, literacy levels (years three and five), and retention rates for high school students.

Areas of concern include pregnancy and smoking, alcohol consumption for ages 18 years and over, levels of disability, and breast cancer screening for women.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report 2011–12: online services report – key results.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents the main findings from the 2011-12 online service report data collection which replaces the previous Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health services reporting data collection. In 2011-12, the Australian Government provided direct funding to approximately 300 organisations to deliver comprehensive primary health care and other health services, including substance use, social and emotional wellbeing and mental health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Bringing them home and Link up counselling programs) of which around 60% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled or managed.
The report provides information on the services and their operations including the number of clients seen, episodes of care and client contacts. Primary health care services provided 2.6 million episodes of care of which 350,000 were Indigenous; substance use services provided treatment and assistance to about 27,000 Indigenous clients and Bringing them home and Link up counselling services were accessed by about 9,400 Indigenous clients.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data on alcohol and other drug treatment agencies and the episodes of treatment provided in Australia for 2011-2012. Alcohol was the most common principal drug of concern, accounting for almost half of these closed episodes, and counselling was the most common type of treatment. The report shows that Indigenous Australians were more likely to use alcohol, cannabis and amphetamines than non-Indigenous Australians, although Indigenous Australians were more likely to abstain from alcohol than non-Indigenous Australians. Data for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is presented throughout the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Developing client-based analyses for reporting on the alcohol and other drug treatment services.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Medical Association (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health report card 2012-2013: the healthy early years - getting the right start in life.

Canberra: Australian Medical Association

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card for 2012-13 focuses on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous children. It outlines the current research and evidence on the factors in the early life of Indigenous children may determine health outcomes later in life. It also provides evidence for policies, programs and measures that work to protect them against adverse social and physical conditions in early life. On the basis of that evidence, the 2012-13 report card makes a range of recommendations to governments to improve health and wellbeing in the early years, in the following areas:

  • development of a comprehensive plan for maternal and child services
  • support for families at risk
  • measures to keep children at school
  • strengthening community capacity
  • improving the living environment
  • ensuring better data, research and evaluation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian National Council on Drugs (2013)

Alcohol action plan: issues paper.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (2013)

State of preventive health 2013.

Canberra: Australian National Preventive Health Agency

Buykx P, Ward B, Chisholm M (2013)

Planning alcohol and other drug services in rural and remote areas: the role of spatial access.

Sydney: Drug Policy Modelling Program, University of New South Wales

Calabria B, Clifford A, Shakeshaft A, Allan J, Bliss D, Doran C (2013)

The acceptability to Aboriginal Australians of a family-based intervention to reduce alcohol-related harms.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 32(3): 328–332

Campbell D (2013)

Economic rationality in choosing between short-term bad-health choices and longer-term good-health choices.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(11): 5971-5988

Clifford A, Shakeshaft T, Deans C (2013)

Training and tailored outreach support to improve alcohol screening and brief intervention in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 32(1): 72–79

Clifford AC, Doran CM, Tsey K (2013)

A systematic review of suicide prevention interventions targeting Indigenous peoples in Australia, United States, Canada and New Zealand.

BMC Public Health; 13: 463

Retrieved 13 May 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-463

Cussen T, Payne J, Marks D (2013)

Policing alcohol and illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in metropolitan environments.

Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

d'Abbs P, Togni S, Rosewarne C, Boffa J (2013)

The Grog Mob: lessons from an evaluation of a multi-disciplinary alcohol intervention for Aboriginal clients.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(5): 450–456

Fitts MS, Palk GR, Lennon AJ, Clough AR (2013)

What are the offence and offender risk factors for Indigenous repeat drink drivers in Queensland?.

Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety; 24(2): 39-47

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (2013)

10 years on: an analysis of the progress made in preventing alcohol-related harms since the 2003 NSW Summit on Alcohol Abuse.

Deakin ACT: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (2013)

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education annual report 2012-2013.

Camberra: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Haswell MR, Blignault I, Fitzpatrick S, Jackson Pulver L (2013)

The social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous youth: reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice.

Sydney: Muru Marri, University of New South Wales

Jenner L, Lee N (2013)

Screening for substance use and related issues by specialist alcohol, tobacco and other drug treatment and support services in the ACT: discussion paper.

Canberra: Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT

Johnston L, Doyle J, Morgan B, Atkinson-Briggs S, Firebrace B, Marika M, Reilly R, Cargo M, Riley T, Rowley K (2013)

A review of programs that targeted environmental determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(8): 3518-3542

Kenny PA (2013)

Indigenous dual diagnosis capability: measuring policy effectiveness through a cultural proficiency lens.

Masters thesis, University of Melbourne: Melbourne

MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2012. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

McCalman J, Tsey K, Bainbridge R, Shakeshaft A, Singleton M, Doran C (2013)

Tailoring a response to youth binge drinking in an Aboriginal Australian community: a grounded theory study.

BMC Public Health; 13: 726

Retrieved 7 August 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-726

Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA) (2013)

Planning framework and user guidebook: outcome based planning and reporting framework user guidebook for Aboriginal drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation services.

Sydney: Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA)

New South Wales Auditor-General (2013)

Improving legal and safe driving among Aboriginal people.

Sydney: Audit Office of New South Wales

O’Leary C, Taylor C, Zubrick SR, Bower C (2013)

Prenatal alcohol exposure and educational achievement in children aged 8–9 Years.

Pediatrics; 132(2): 468-475

O’Leary CM, Jacoby PJ, Bartu A, D’Antoine H, Bower C (2013)

Maternal alcohol use and sudden infant death syndrome and infant mortality excluding SIDS.

Pediatrics; 131(3): e770 -e778

Reconciliation Australia (2013)

Reconciliation Australia: Psychological Perspectives. Part 3 (of 6) Professor Marcia Langton.

: CASSEvideos

Professor Marcia Langton discusses the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the impact of alcohol abuse, the role of customary laws and the failures of the justice system.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Stephens A, Bohanna I, Graham D, Clough AR (2013)

Screening and assessment instruments for use in Indigenous-specific alcohol and drug treatment rehabilitation.

Journal of Tropical Psychology; 3: e2(11)

Retrieved 13 August 2013 from http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1838990213000021

Taylor K, Dingwall K, Lindeman M, Lopes J, Grant L (2013)

Aboriginal youth suicide in Central Australia: developing a consistent data system and referral pathway.

Darwin: Centre for Remote Health

Taylor KP, Bessarab D, Hunter L, Thompson SC (2013)

Aboriginal-mainstream partnerships: exploring the challenges and enhancers of a collaborative service arrangement for Aboriginal clients with substance use issues.

BMC Health Services Research; 13: 12

Retrieved 10 January 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-12

Ward J, Bryant J, Worth H, Hull P, Solar S, Bailey S (2013)

Use of health services for sexually transmitted and blood-borne viral infections by young Aboriginal people in New South Wales.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 19(1): 81-86

Ware V-A (2013)

Mentoring programs for Indigenous youth at risk.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report examines evidence and provides information on effective mentoring programs for Indigenous young people at risk of engaging in antisocial and risky behaviours. The report provides detailed information on:

  • risk and protective factors relating to antisocial and risky behaviours
  • mentoring programs and how they work
  • principles for effective mentoring of at-risk Indigenous youth
  • characteristics of effective mentoring relationships
  • ineffective mentoring practices
  • current gaps in research.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Make a night, break a night: the experiences of Aboriginal youth around alcohol (2013)

Wilson M, Jones J

Wilson M (2013)

Drinking in the suburbs: the experiences of Aboriginal young people.

Perth, WA: National Drug Research Institute

This project focused on the experiences of Aboriginal young people with and around alcohol in the south and south-east metropolitan area of Perth. The purpose of the study was to provide a comprehensive picture of this group's experiences in order for services to better target future health promotion for Aboriginal young people. Young people were asked about their: level of alcohol consumption; experience of alcohol-related harms; contexts of drinking; knowledge of health effects; memory of health promotion messages; and ideas for effective health promotion.

Findings indicate that many of the young people are consuming alcohol from an early age and at levels exceeding recommended guidelines for long-term harm. The majority had found themselves in trouble with authority and a third had been in detention, primarily related to alcohol. The young people showed low knowledge of chronic health effects associated with alcohol and little memory of existing health promotion campaigns.

The results of this study highlight the need for a youth-friendly approach to health promotion, specifically designed for, conducted by and in consultation with young Aboriginal people.

Abstract adapted from National Drug Research Institute

Ychange?, NT Early Intervention Pilot Program (2013)

How young people access information about alcohol.

Darwin: Ychange?

2012

Hunter B, Biddle N, eds. (2012)

Survey analysis for Indigenous policy in Australia: social science perspectives.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

This monograph presents the peer-reviewed papers from the 2011 Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) and Australian Bureau Statistics (ABS) conference Social science perspectives on the 2008 National and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander social survey (NATSISS). The conference covered many topics including for example:

  • child development
  • crime and justice
  • culture
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • health
  • housing
  • substance use.

The papers review the strengths and limitations of the NATSISS, how the NATSISS informs policy decisions, and recommendations for the design of future surveys. This book is a useful resource for researchers, policy makers, the national debate on Indigenous issues, and Indigenous communities and organisations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Assan R, Brady M, Curry K, Demirkol A (2012)

Alcohol.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 65-104

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on alcohol, including:

  • alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • what happens in intoxication
  • when drinking becomes a problem
  • harms resulting from drinking
  • screening for alcohol problems
  • how to assess a client who drinks alcohol
  • how to help people who want to stop drinking alcohol
  • assessing and planning for alcohol withdrawal
  • helping someone experiencing alcohol withdrawal
  • helping someone stay alcohol-free
  • community action to reduce alcohol harms.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Australian health survey: first results, 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2012)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2010-11: report on the National Minimum Data Set.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Brady M (2012)

The grog book: strengthening Indigenous community action on alcohol (revised edition).

Revised ed. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

This book was developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to tackle the effects that grog has on their communities. The book has eight chapters on: history; alcohol; action; prevention; controls; strategies; care and handouts. For each chapter there is:

  • a list of contents
  • a key word (chapter title) tab
  • a colour coded tab
  • colourful pictures that relate to the topic
  • colour coded arrows which allow the user to find other topics within the book which deal with the same issue
  • a list of resources that might be helpful to learn more about an issue

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Brady M (2012)

The National Drug Strategy and Indigenous Australians: missed opportunities and future challenges [the James Rankin Oration 2011].

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(6): 747–753

Bullen L, Casey W, Childs S, Ferguson J, Jack P, Keats J, Miller L, Simpson L, Walker E, Winstock A, Woods J, Strong Spirit Strong Mind team (2012)

General principles.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 1-64

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers about the role of AOD workers and general AOD information, including:

  • what an Aboriginal Health Worker is
  • why people become dependant on alcohol or drugs
  • types of drugs
  • overview of ways to help people addicted to alcohol or drugs
  • getting a person to think about their substance use
  • counselling
  • case management
  • role of medicines
  • mutual support groups
  • residential rehabilitation
  • how families can help.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Callinan S, Ferris J (2012)

What do Australians drink? Analyses by demographic and social characteristics.

Melbourne: Centre for Alcohol Policy Research

Conigrave K, Freeman B, Caroll T, Simpson L, Kylie Lee KS, Wade V, Kiel K, Ella S, Becker K, Freeburn B (2012)

The Alcohol Awareness project: community education and brief intervention in an urban Aboriginal setting.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 23(3): 219-225

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (2012)

The Alcohol Action in Rural Communities (AARC) project.

Canberra: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

This report presents the findings from the Alcohol action in rural communities project (AARC) conducted in 2005 - 2012. It evaluated the effectiveness of community action approaches to reducing risky alcohol consumption and related-harms in 10 communities across rural New South Wales, using 13 tailored strategies implemented over 5 years.

The project demonstrated that the benefits of implementing community action outweigh the associated costs of such action. Findings included:

  • 24% reduction in alcohol-related street offences
  • 8% reduction in assaults
  • 31% reduction of short-term high-risk drinkers.

The AARC project was a partnership between local communities, local government, government agencies, the Universities of New South Wales and Newcastle, and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), with funding provided by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Gray D (2012)

Community-wide approaches to substance misuse.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 331-342

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on community-wide approaches to substance misuse, including:

  • engaging with communities to address drug and alcohol issues
  • what communities can do to prevent or limit drinking problems.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Gray D (2012)

Is the demand for alcohol in Indigenous Australian communities ‘price inelastic'?.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(6): 818–822

Hinton R, Nagel T (2012)

Evaluation of a culturally adapted training in Indigenous mental health and wellbeing for the alcohol and other drug workforce.

ISRN Public Health; 2012: 380581

Retrieved 3 January 2012 from http://downloads.isrn.com/journals/ph/2012/380581.pdf

Hunter E, Shields R, Wand A (2012)

Mental health and substance use.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 247-282

This book chapter provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on mental health and substance use. The contents of the chapter includes:

  • mental health and substance use
  • depression and suicide
  • anxiety and stress
  • psychosis.

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

John Scougall Consulting Services (2012)

Keeping people safe: an evaluation of the Nyoongar Patrol Outreach Service.

Perth: Australian Policy Online

Key J, Page J, Smyth D (2012)

Legal issues.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 317-330

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on legal issues associated with substance use, including:

  • guardianship
  • alcohol, drugs and driving
  • programs to reduce re-offending or avoid prison.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work (2012)

Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K

This handbook provides everyday practical information for working in the field of alcohol and other drugs (AOD), with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. It is based on the clinical and cultural experiences of the authors who have worked in a range of settings from large urban environments through to small remote communities.

Contained in the handbook is information on AOD work, including:

  • clinical treatment
  • prevention
  • early intervention
  • harm reduction.

The handbook was published by the University of Sydney.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Li M, McDermott R, D'Onise K, Leonard D (2012)

Folate status and health behaviours in two Australian Indigenous populations in north Queensland.

Public Health Nutrition; 15(10): 1959-1965

Mutch R, Wray J, Bower C (2012)

Recording a history of alcohol use in pregnancy: an audit of the knowledge, attitude and practices at a child development service.

Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology; 19(2): 227-233

New South Wales Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (2012)

The health of Aboriginal people of NSW: report of the Chief Health Officer 2012.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

Northern Territory Government (2012)

Enough is enough: alcohol reform report July 2011 to December 2011.

Darwin: Northern Territory Government

O’Leary C, Jacoby P, D’Antoine H, Bartu A, Bower C (2012)

Heavy prenatal alcohol exposure and increased risk of stillbirth.

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology; 119(8): 945-952

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services (2012)

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report: June 2011 to August 2012.

Darwin: Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services

This is the first of two annual reports that examine the objectives, strategies and funding arrangements of agreements that form the basis of the partnership between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory (NT) governments aimed at closing the gap in living conditions and social outcomes for Aboriginal Territorians.

The geographies assessed in the report include; Territory growth towns, Community living areas, town camps, homelands, communities and outstations.

The report focuses on four major themes arising from the approach taken by governments in relation to Aboriginal people since the NT emergency response (NTER) commenced in 2007 and reflected in the Stronger futures arrangements proposed for the next ten years. These are:

  • transparency and accountability
  • the balance between the crisis and developmental aspects of initiatives under both the NTER and Stronger futures
  • the marginalisation of Aboriginal people in decision making and resource allocation
  • the lack of long-term planning and capacity development within Aboriginal towns, particularly the transfer of service delivery from Aboriginal organisations to the non-Indigenous, non-profit sector.
The report makes twelve recommendations in the following areas:population and mobility; one-stop shop business centres; accountability and transparency; prioritisation of investments; community safety; early childhood; education; youth services review; labour force participation; workforce development (housing); housing; and health (morgues).

Abstract adapted from Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report

Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs (2012)

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Senior k, William I, Chenhall R, Cunningham T, Nagel T, Loyd R, McMahon R (2012)

Developing successful diversionary schemes for youth from remote Aboriginal communities.

Canberra: Criminology Research Advisory Council

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report draws on the Report on government services 2012 to present data specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It reports on the delivery of mainstream services to Indigenous people including services for:

  • early childhood, education and training
  • justice
  • emergency management
  • health
  • community services
  • housing and homelessness.

Performance reporting focuses on the degree to which objective for a service is met. The report details the objective (outcomes) for each services stated and the performance indicators measuring the achievement of each objective.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Teesson M, Newton NC, Barrett EL (2012)

Australian school-based prevention programs for alcohol and other drugs: a systematic review.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(6): 731–736

White V, Bariola E (2012)

Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2011.

Canberra: Drug Strategy Branch, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

2011

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2010 report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the third report developed under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as well as the more recent measures introduced under Closing the gap national partnerships.

The performance framework reports on the three tiers of health:

  • health status and outcomes: this includes measures of prevalence of disease or injury, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing
  • measures of the health determinants: this includes socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours
  • health system performance: this includes effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility and sustainability.
Major findings of the report include:
  • a significant decline in Indigenous deaths due to avoidable causes
  • narrowing of the mortality gap
  • reduction in infant mortality
  • chronic diseases are a continuing concern, contributing to two thirds of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • there were slight reductions in literacy and numeracy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • risky behaviours, such as smoking and lack of physical activity, were continuing concerns among Indigenous people
  • access to, and utilisation of medical services is less than expected given higher levels of illness
  • access to medical services is more difficult in remote than non-remote areas.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Human Rights Commission (2011)

Social justice report 2010.

Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

The Social justice report is the primary responsibility of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. In the 2010 report the Commissioner reviews developments in the exercise of human rights by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the year July 2009 to July 2010.

The 2010 report comprises three chapters, each dealing in a different way with the common threads of 'relationship-building' and 'effective engagement'. In chapter 1 the Commissioner outlines his key priorities for his term as Social Justice Commissioner, before presenting an argument and framework for the implementation of the United Nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples in Australia.

Chapter 2 is concerned with the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community. The Commissioner proposes constitutional recognition as a significant way to make real and tangible changes for all Australians. Included in this chapter are recommendations for a successful referendum, specifically emphasising the importance of engagement and education.

Chapter 3 is a case study of recent successes in the Fitzroy Valley, including community-led alcohol restrictions, an innovation model of local governance and a local community project to address Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. How these successes in Fitzroy Valley can be applied to the wider delivery of government programs and services is considered.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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)

Drugs in Australia 2010: tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Headline indicators for children's health, development and wellbeing 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Measuring alcohol risk in the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: implementation of the 2009 Alcohol Guidelines.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report outlines the steps involved to develop a consistent measure for analysing the 2010 National Drug Strategy household survey alcohol data. The report details the methods and questions used for reporting single occasion risk and lifetime risk in line with the National Health and Medical Research Council's Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol.

The development of these new guidelines impacted interpretation of the proportion of the population drinking alcohol at risky levels.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Review of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This national statistical publication reports on the health and wellbeing of young Australians aged 12-24 years of age. This reporting is vital for the development of evidence-based youth policies. Part VII provides an overview of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and looks at key issues including:

  • health status
  • determinants of health
  • families and communities
  • socioeconomic factors
  • housing
  • health system performance.

The report also highlights areas where work is still needed.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Burns L, Black E, Powers JR, Loxton B, Elliot E, Shakeshaft A, Dunlop A (2011)

Geographical and maternal characteristics associated with alcohol use in pregnancy.

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; 35(7): 1230-1237

Cadilhac DA, Magnus A, Sheppard L, Cumming TB, Pearce DC, Carter R (2011)

The societal benefits of reducing six behavioural risk factors: an economic modelling study from Australia.

BMC Public Health; 11: 483

Retrieved 21 June 2011 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/483

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Incorporated (2011)

Rebuilding family life in Alice Springs and Central Australia: the social and community dimensions of change for our people.

Alice Springs, NT: Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Incorporated

Chikritzhs TN, Allsop SJ, Moodie AR, Hall WD (2011)

Per capita alcohol consumption in Australia: will the real trend please step forward?.

Medical Journal of Australia; 193(10): 594-597

Child and Adolescent Community Health (2011)

Health and wellbeing profile of young Western Australians.

Perth: Department of Health, Western Australia

Commissioner for Children and Young People (2011)

Speaking out about reducing alcohol-related harm on children and young people: the views of Western Australian children and young people.

Perth, WA: Commissioner for Children and Young People

Cook M (2011)

Locked out: experiences of AOD consumers with a criminal record accessing employment and education.

Melbourne: Association of Participating Service Users

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Stronger futures in the Northern Territory: report on consultations.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

This report summarises the consultations which took place with Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory (NT) between June and August 2011. The aim of the consultations was to hear what Aboriginal people thought about the government's role in tackling the levels of disadvantage experienced, and what needed to be done to help build a stronger future for Aboriginal people living in the NT. The themes that emerged from the consultations included:

  • addressing school attendance
  • jobs
  • reducing alcohol-related harm
  • improving housing
  • taking more responsibility for their lives and communities
  • more effective and reliable services from all levels of government
  • more consultation with government
  • the implementation of the Northern Territory Emergency Response
  • the wish for a stronger future for young people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Dingwall KM, Maruff P, Cairney S (2011)

Neuropsychological problems and alcohol availability appear to be key factors in continued heavy alcohol use by Aboriginal Australians.

Medical Journal of Australia; 194(1): 50-51

Harris M (2011)

Opinion: NTER evaluation 2011.

Melbourne: Concerned Australians

Logan G, Bakos K (2011)

Our Healing Ways successful strategies for working with dual diagnosis issues, Aboriginal way.

Fitzroy, Vic: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit

Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division (2011)

The Victorian drug statistics handbook: patterns of drug use and related harm in Victoria for the period July 2008 to June 2009.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

Murphy B (2011)

Final report of the Koori Youth Alcohol and Drug Healing Service: YSAS & Ngwala.

Melbourne: The University of Melbourne

Nagel T, Kavanagh D, Barclay L, Trauer T, Chenhall R, Frendin J, Griffin C (2011)

Integrating treatment for mental and physical disorders and substance misuse in Indigenous primary care settings.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S17-S19

National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Committee (2011)

NIDAC online consultation 1: alcohol: summary of findings.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Committee

Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (2011)

Governance toolkit: a resource to help improve governance knowledge and practice.

Sydney: Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies

Office of the Children’s Commissioner (2011)

Children's Commissioner Northern Territory annual report 2010-2011.

Darwin: Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Payne JM, France KE, Henley N, D'Antoine HA, Bartu AE, O'Leary CM, Elliott EJ, Bower C, Geelhoed E (2011)

RE-AIM evaluation of the Alcohol and Pregnancy Project: educational resources to inform health professionals about prenatal alcohol exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Evaluation & the Health Professions; 34(1): 57-80

Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (2011)

The Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre: annual report 2011.

Brisbane: Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre

Roche A, Pidd K, Taylor C (2011)

Alcohol data reporting standards.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Smith J (2011)

Bushmob.

The Chronicle; 20(1): 25

Stearne A, Schnmit S, Gray D, Wilkes ET, Boffa J, Corcoran T (2011)

A program and its evaluation: the Safe and Sober Support Service.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 30(Supplement S1): 84

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Report on government services 2011: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Taplin S, Mattick RP (2011)

Child protection and mothers in substance abuse treatment.

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Tobin CL, Moodie R, Livingstone C (2011)

A review of public opinion towards alcohol controls in Australia.

BMC Public Health; 11: 58

Retrieved 27 January 2011 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-11-58.pdf

Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2011)

Alcohol-related hospitalisations and deaths in Western Australia: Drug and Alcohol Office surveillance report November 2011.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

This series of 10 reports provides information on the prevalence of alcohol consumption, alcohol-related hospitalisations and alcohol-related deaths in the metropolitan, rural and remote areas of Western Australia. The reports were collated by the Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office with the assistance of the Department of Health and include:

  • State report
  • north metropolitan area
  • south metropolitan area
  • South West
  • Great Southern
  • Wheatbelt
  • Midwest
  • Goldfields
  • Kimberley
  • Pilbara.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (2011)

Comorbidity capacity building toolkit.

Perth: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies

This toolkit was produced by the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide guidance for other Western Australian alcohol and other drug (AOD) services planning to undertake capacity building initiatives. The toolkit was developed in accordance with knowledge gained throughout the national Improved services initiative (ISI) project. This project aimed to build the capacity of non-government AOD organisations to effectively identify and treat comorbid substance use and mental illness.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

 
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