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This section contains frequently asked questions (FAQ's) relating to the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre.

About the Knowledge Centre

What is the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre?
The Knowledge Centre is a resource that aims to contribute to 'closing the gap' in health between Indigenous and other Australians by informing practice and policy in the area of Indigenous alcohol and other drug use by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. We also support a 'yarning place' (electronic network) that encourages information-sharing and collaboration among people working in health and related sectors.
More about Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre
What is the Knowledge Centre logo?
The Knowledge Centre's logo is a gecko. We have stayed with the same logo as used by the HealthInfoNet, because the gecko is one of the few animals found throughout most of Australia. The Knowledge Centre collects and summarises alcohol and other drug information relating to the health of all Indigenous Australians, so a gecko is a very suitable logo for the work we do. The artwork was created by Nyoongar artist Donna Lei Rioli.

How do I find information I need on the Knowledge Centre?

Navigation menu
Wherever you are on the website, you will be able to see the topics in the black banner at the top. Move your mouse over the headings to see the drop-down menu of the topics grouped under that heading. Then move your mouse down to click on the name to open the topic you are interested in.
A-Z index
The A-Z index links you to specific areas of the Knowledge Centre, even if you don't know or are uncertain about where within our navigational structure the area is located. The index is particularly helpful if trying to locate areas using other terms. An example is 'cannabis' which links to the Illicit section.
View A-Z index
Breadcrumbs are located just below the black banner at the top of the page. They provide a trail back to the home page of our website.
The Knowledge Centre is set up like a tree, and you will be able to see the leaf, twig and branch of the Knowledge Centre tree by looking at the breadcrumbs.
For example: Home (tree) » illicit drugs (branch) » publications (twig) » key references(leaf)
Back to home
Wherever you are on the website, you will be able to go back to the home page by clicking on on our logo or the 'Home' breadcrumb.
How are most sections on the Knowledge Centre structured?
The Knowledge Centre structures its sections on specific drug topics in a fairly standard way. We provide a range of information about the topic and support an Alcohol and other drugs yarning place which is accessible by navigation on the right-hand-side of each topic.

Information includes: (1) synthesised knowledge in the form of a review of the topic; (2) contextual information (such as relevant 'policies and strategies', 'programs and projects' and 'organisations' (involved in the area)); and (3) clearinghouse functions (literature and resources). We also provide a plain language workers portal. Information on this portal is sorted under specific topics, for example, under cannabis, information includes key facts on cannabis, health resources, programs and projects and publications.

A portal with information for communities is presently under development.
More tips
Use the 'back' button of your browser to go back to the last page you visited.
To find a specific word on a web page or on a PDF document, hold down the CTRL key, and type 'F'. Enter the word you are looking for, and the program will find it for you in the document or web page you have open.


What is the Knowledge Centre Bibliography?
Our bibliography is the most comprehensive, searchable database of literature related to Australian Indigenous alcohol and other drug use. It contains records including journal articles, books, book chapters, reports, theses, online resources, etc.
Knowledge Centre Bibliography

Yarning places

What is a yarning place?
Our yarning place is an electronic network that helps people with an interest in Indigenous alcohol and other drug use to share information, knowledge and experience. The Yarning place is free to join. You can also join related yarning places for the following topics: cardiovascular disease (the Indigenous HeartInfoNet); diabetes; ear health and hearing (the Indigenous EarInfoNet); eye health (the Indigenous EyeInfoNet); Indigenous environmental health practitioners; Indigenous health workers; kidney health; nutrition; physical activity; road safety; social and emotional wellbeing; and the Western Australian Indigenous Health Promotion Network (WAIHPN).
More about the yarning place

Technical aspects

What is the best way to view the Knowledge Centre?
How do I link to the Knowledge Centre?
We recommend linking to our home page:
You can simply copy and paste the following HTML code into your web page:

<!-- start of link to Knowledge Centre HTML code -->
  <a href="">AOD Knowledge Centre</a>
<!-- end of link to Knowledge Centre HTML code -->
How do I make the Knowledge Centre my homepage?
In your browser select the 'tools' tab then go to 'options'. In the box that appears change the 'Home Page' box to
How do I download Adobe PDF reader?
This web site contains PDF documents that require the most current version of Adobe Reader to view. Adobe is available to download for free. To download click on the link below.
How do I download Adobe Flash player?
This web site contains some Adobe Flash Player content and as such the flash plugin needs to be installed. To download click on the link below.


How do I contact the Knowledge Centre?
Last updated: 28 May 2014
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