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Programs and projects

This section provides details and links for programs and projects that address illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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Programs and projects are listed by title, but you can also select to list them by reach and focus.


Details and links (where available) relating to relevant programs, projects and lessons learned are collected here.

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Title Reach Focus
A prospective cohort study of ex-prisoners with a history of injecting drug use National
A prospective study of substance misuse and of a community-driven preventative measures in remote Aboriginal communities NT
AADS AOD and outreach support services WA
Aboriginal and Torres Strait cannabis interventions (NCPIC) - stage 4 National
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cannabis interventions National
Aboriginal community connect SA
Aboriginal community links TAS
Aboriginal connection program SA
Aboriginal diversion unit (ADU) VIC
Aboriginal drug and alcohol traineeship program (non-government sector) NSW
Aboriginal family intervention project SA
Aboriginal family support service (AFSS) WA
Aboriginal health community re-entry program WA
Aboriginal health project NSW
Aboriginal kinship program (Grannies group) SA
Aboriginal metropolitan ice partnership initiative VIC
Aboriginal Prisoners and Offenders Support Services SA
Aboriginal sobriety group SA
Aboriginal withdrawal unit (Next step inpatient clinical services) WA
Aboriginal youth sexual health and didgeridoo project NSW
Addressing HIV risks related to injecting drug use in Victorian Aboriginal communities VIC
Alcohol and drug information service (ADIS) National
Alcohol and drug prevention and awareness education (Gindaja Treatment and Healing Centre) QLD
Alcohol and drug program (ADP) ACT
Alcohol and drugs services (Canberra Hospital) ACT
Alcohol and other drug counselling (Bega Garnbirringu Health Service) WA
Alcohol and other drugs - adults (CatholicCare NT) NT
Alcohol and other drugs - kids in focus NT
Alcohol and other drugs - youth (DAISY) NT
Alcohol and other drugs/social and emotional wellbeing program VIC
Alcohol and substance abuse program NSW
Alcohol, drug and mental health WA
Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (Gateway Health) VIC
Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs program (Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre) TAS
AMSANT AOD and mental health program support NT
Ana Kadjaniny Indigenous health program WA
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands (APY Lands) substance misuse service SA
Aranda house NT
Assessing the views of prisoners on the involvement of prisoners in research - a citizens jury approach National
Back to culture NT
Banjara QLD
Banyan House services NT
Barbeque SA
Baroona youth healing centre VIC
Benelong's haven NSW
Best practice guidelines for evaluation of Indigenous residential alcohol and drug programs NT
Best practice in early intervention, assessment and treatment of depression and substance misuse (BEAT project) NT
Beswick 'Youth at risk strategy' NT
Biyani NSW
Body language project QLD
Boomerang caring program NSW
Boomerangs parenting program NSW
BRADAAG residential rehabilitation programs NT
Breaking the cycle of alcohol and drug abuse in Indigenous communities QLD, SA, WA
Bridge programme VIC
Brighter futures NSW
Building a Queensland cannabis diversion model QLD
Bulgarr Ngaru alcohol and other drug program NSW
Bunjilwarra VIC
BushMob bush adventure therapy program NT
BushMob residential service NT
CAAAPU alcohol and other drug programs NT
Cannabis intervention requirement (CIR) WA
Cannabis intervention session (CIS) WA
Cannabis withdrawal among Indigenous inmates in north Queensland QLD
Cannabis yarns National
Cannabis: it's not our culture NSW, NT, QLD, VIC
Cape York cannabis project QLD
Ceduna day centre SA
Central Australian youth link up service (CAYLUS) NT
Central Desert night patrol NT
Cherbourg healthy pregnancies project QLD
Cherbourg injury prevention and safety promotion project QLD
Clean needle program SA
Clinical liaison Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (CLAIS) QLD
Community consultation rapid scoping project (RISE project) NSW
Community outreach program NT
Comorbidity action in the north (CAN) project SA
Connections: Aboriginal women's art therapy group NSW
Could it be the gunja? National
Counselling and wellbeing program QLD
Court referral and evaluation for drug intervention and treatment (CREDIT) and bail support (CBS) VIC
Court referral of eligible defendants into treatment (CREDIT) NSW
Culture is life campaign National
Cummeragunja community development drug action team NSW
Cyrenian House Milliya Rumurra Outreach Team (CHMR) WA
Cyril Lindsay House program SA
Darayiga guya mapu (come here: talk feeling) NSW
Deadly liver mob project NSW
Deadly sista girlz WA
Developing a best practice model of holistic health service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates of the Alexander Maconochie Correctional Centre in the ACT ACT
Development of the 'stay strong' iPad National
Development of the stay strong iPad app NT
Djooraminda's Indigenous family program WA
Dolly Garinyi hostel NT
Drug and alcohol abuse program (Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation ) VIC
Drug and alcohol and mental health information management project NSW
Drug and alcohol educator TAS
Drug and alcohol network NSW
Drug and alcohol program VIC
Drug and alcohol program (Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service) NSW
Drug and alcohol program (Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation) ACT
Drug and alcohol program (Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation) SA
Drug and alcohol service planning model for Australia - Indigenous project National
Drug and alcohol withdrawal network (DAWN) WA
Drug and alcohol youth service (DAYS) WA
Drug Aware cannabis prevention campaign WA
Drug Aware drug driving education campaign WA
Drug courts WA
Drug substitution options and support (SOS) SA
Drum atweme NT
Dthina yuwali NSW
Dunjiba SA
Early childhood families and schools together (FAST) program NT
East Arnhem community night patrol and sobering-up services NT
Ecstasy and related drugs reporting system (EDRS) National
ETHOS cohort (Enhancement treatment for hepatitis C in opioid substitution settings) NSW
Exploring the needs of Aboriginal women with co-morbid drug and alcohol and mental health problems NSW
Family assessment tool, Milliya Rumurra, Broome WA
Family health (Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation) NSW
Family support program (Relationships Australia) VIC
First offender's court intervention service (FOCiS) VIC
Footsteps SA
Forensic drug treatment (COATS) VIC
Foundation of Rehabilitation with Aboriginal Alcohol Related Difficulties (FORWAARD) NT
From Broome to Berrima: building capacity Australia-wide in Indigenous offender health research National
Gamarada men's program NSW
Gatharr weyebe banabe QLD
Geraldton sobering up centre WA
Gettin rid of the Gammin (synthetic) spirits program NSW
Gindaja cultural activities QLD
Goldfields community alcohol and drug service WA
Goldfields youth support service (GYSS) WA
Grass roots solutions NT
Great Southern community drug service team (GSCDST) WA
Gulghwen residential program NSW
Gunbalanya family safety program NT
Hamilton Downs youth camp NT
Harm minimisation project (AH&MRC) NSW
Head 2 head WA
Healing program VIC
Healthy families NT
Healthy living NT
Hepatitis C and its treatment in Australian custodial settings Not specified
Hit and miss: exploring the health and service needs of ex-prisoners with a history of injecting drug use VIC
Holyoake counselling and support services program WA
I want to be heard research project ACT
Identifying opportunities for the prevention of harmful use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among young Noongar (Aboriginal) people in the south-west of Western Australia WA
Ignite basketball WA
Illicit drug diversion initiative (IDDI) TAS
Illicit drug reporting system (IDRS) National
Illicit drugs court diversion program QLD
Independent living program NT
Indigenous children's program NT
Indigenous community action to reduce harms associated with heavy cannabis use in remote communities in the Cape York region QLD
Indigenous diversion program WA
Indigenous men managing anger and substance use (IMMASU) WA
Indigenous risk impact screen (IRIS) and brief intervention QLD
Indigenous spiritual wellbeing toolbox QLD
Indigenous storybook WA
Indigenous substance misuse (Centrecare) WA
Indigenous throughcare project NT
Indigenous youth healing program NT
Injecting drug use and associated harms among Aboriginal Australians National
Innovative health services homeless VIC
Intensive support tenancy enabling program (ISTEP) NT
INTRA programs NSW
It's your choice! Have a voice! rights, respect, responsibility 2013 NSW
Jailbreak health project NSW
Jaru pirrjirdi (strong voices) program NT
Jumna wal NSW
Just reinvest NSW NSW
Kalgoorlie sobering-up centre WA
Kambarang place (formally Anawim community centre) WA
Kambu choir QLD
Kambu men's group QLD
Katungul Aboriginal Corporation substance use services NSW
Kava usage in Indigenous and Pacific Islander communities National
Knowledge = power and Respect yourself camps project NT
Koori access program (KAP) VIC
Koori access project VIC
Koori alcohol and other drugs outreach services VIC
Koori diversion initiative VIC
Koori youth alcohol and drug healing service VIC
Koori youth justice program (Ngwala Willumbong Co-operative) VIC
Kulintja Palyaringkuntjaku project NT, SA, WA
Kullari patrol WA
Kumangka drug and alcohol diversion service (IDDI) SA
Kununurra sobering-up centre WA
Kununurra women's fishing group WA
KWHB Alcohol and other drugs program NT
Lakalinjeri Tumbetin Waal Frahns farm SA
Langton centre alcohol and other drug services NSW
Link out VIC
Lyons Street diversionary centre QLD
Magistrates' early referral into treatment (MERIT) program NSW
Make art, make change NSW
Makin' tracks SA
MAKINGtheLINK Indigenous program National
Mallee District Aboriginal services VIC
Maningrida child safety service NT
Marrin Weejali Aboriginal alcohol and other drug programs NSW
Mawarnkurra Health Service alcohol liquid and nutrition program WA
Men's healing program WA
Mental health alcohol tobacco and other drugs service (MHATODS) QLD
Midnight basketball National
Mingga patrol WA
Miruma NSW
Mobile assistance patrol (MAP) SA
Mobile assistance patrol (Port Augusta Substance Misuse Services) SA
Moorditj yarning WA
Moorditj yorga's yarning group WA
Moving across the frontline: young Aboriginal people and hepatitis C SA
Mt Isa Murri men's group QLD
Mt Theo outstation NT
Mt Theo program NT
Multi-systemic therapy (MST) program WA
Murdi Paaki drug and alcohol network NSW
Narcotics anonymous National
National illicit drug indicators project (NIDIP) National
National prison entrants bloodborne virus and risk behaviour survey National
Needle syringe program (NSP) National
New beginning ACT, National
New Gulf misuse and community wellbeing service QLD
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council (NPYWC) youth program NT, SA, WA
Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation East Kimberley support services WA
Night patrol (Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd) VIC
No bars NSW
No pulgi mobile health team program SA
Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) needle and syringe program NT
Northern Territory sobering up shelter service NT
Nunga users HIV/HCV intervention team (NUHIT) SA
Nyoongar patrol outreach service WA
Oolong house residential program NSW
Opiate project ACT
Opioid treatment service (Wruwallin clinic) ACT
Orana haven NSW
Our healing ways VIC
Palmerston farm residential program WA
Parent drug information service (PDIS) WA
Partnerships for better health outcomes for Indigenous injecting drug users (IDUs) VIC
Pathways program WA
PEPISU women and children's program WA
Pilbara drug and alcohol rehabilitation service WA
Piliyintinji-ki stronger families NT
Police drug diversion liaison program SA
Police drug diversion program QLD
Policing implications of illicit drug use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities NSW
Pormpur Paanthu Aboriginal Corporation QLD
Port Augusta substance misuse services SA
Positive stories National
Pre-sentence opportunity program (POP) WA
Prison based treatment for alcohol and other related drug use among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people NSW
Prison health re-entry program WA
Project ice Mildura VIC
Queensland drug court program QLD
Queensland injecting drug survey (QuIDS) QLD
Queensland magistrates' early referral into treatment (QMERIT) QLD
Queensland needle and syringe program (QNSP) QLD
Raypirri rom wellbeing program NT
Red dust healing program National
Reduce your use: how to break the cannabis habit National
Reducing dangers during pregnancy project NSW
Reducing harms from substance misuse in remote Indigenous communities requires interventions delivered as promised with measurable impacts Not specified
Remote alcohol and other drugs workforce program NT
Residential recovery centres program VIC
Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drugs treatment service sector National
Rick Hammersely therapeutic community WA
Right step program VIC
Rumbalara alcohol and other drugs program VIC
Saranna women and children's program WA
Save-a-mate (SAM) and SAM our way National
Shanty Creek therapeutic community QLD
Slow down project WA
SMART recovery National
Sobering up shelter (Yaandina Family Centre) WA
Sobering-up shelter (Ceduna/Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service) SA
Sobering-up shelter (Koori Community Alcohol and Drug Resource Service) VIC
Sobering-up shelter (Nggangganawili Aboriginal Health Service) WA
Social and cultural resilience and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal mothers in prison NSW, WA
Social and emotion wellbeing program (Goondir Health Services) QLD
Social and emotional wellbeing team (Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service) NSW
Social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and alcohol and other drugs services WA
Social capital of men in prison NSW
South West mobile needle and syringe exchange WA
South Western Sydney drug health services NSW
Stagpole Street drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit QLD
Stay strong and healthy – it's worth it NSW
Staying on track: reducing substance use WA
Stock-take and gap analysis of Indigenous drug prevention research VIC
Street beat NSW
Street youth service SA
Strong men, strong families project SA
Strong spirit strong mind metro project WA
StrongFamilies WA
Substance abuse intelligence desks (SAIDs) NT, SA, WA
Substance misuse assessment and referral for treatment (SMART) court NT
Substance misuse program (Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service) SA
Substance misuse program (SMP) QLD
Substance misuse support service SA
Substance use program (Tullawon Health Service) SA
Substance use recovery program SA
Supervised treatment intervention regime (STIR) WA
Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre NSW
Tanderra alcohol and drug services VIC
Taree community drug action team NSW
Targeted housing and support service (THaSS) NSW
The connection ACT
The development of culturally-appropriate cognitive assessments with applications in substance abuse and mental health with Indigenous clients NT
The Glen centre (Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation) NSW
The healing centre QLD
The role of an Aboriginal women's group in meeting the high needs of clients attending outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment NSW
Top end drug and alcohol services NT
Transitional aftercare and outreach program NT
Transitional alcohol and other drugs project NSW
Treatment service users (TSU) projects - phases one and two National
Using rapid assessment procedures to investigate the impact of injecting drug use amongst Indigenous Australians in metropolitan Adelaide SA
Venndale rehabilitation and withdrawal centre NT
Walk tall WA
Walkabout wonders QLD
Wandarma Aboriginal drug and alcohol service NSW
Wapa maya WA
Warra-Warra Kanyi counselling and mentoring NT
Wathaurong alcohol and other drugs program VIC
Wayback NSW
Weigelli Centre residential alcohol and other drug program NSW
Wellbeing program NT
Wheatbelt community drug service team WA
Where's the shame, love your liver campaign NSW
Wiltanendi ... becoming stronger SA
Winnunga Nimmityjah needle syringe program (NSP) ACT
Winnunga Nimmityjah substance use service ACT
Wooree Miya woman's refuge WA
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who use drugs, for staff of mainstream organisations National
Wurli Wurlinjang child and maternal/women's health program NT
Wurli-Wurlinjang alcohol and other drug unit NT
Wyndham sobering up centre WA
Yiriman ranger project NT, WA
Yiriman youth project WA
Yolŋu radio NT
Young Aboriginal drug and alcohol service (yAdas) TAS
Young men's mentoring group ACT
Young Nungas yarning together SA
Young persons opportunity program (YPOP) WA
Young street centre (Port Augusta) SA
Young warriors intervention and leadership program QLD
Your mob, my mob, our mob NSW
Youth alcohol and drug treatment and support services QLD
Youth alcohol and drugs program (YAD) QLD
Youth bail options program (YBOP) WA
Youth in communities program NT
Youth Insearch weekend programs NSW, QLD, VIC
Youth justice program VIC
Youth off the streets Aboriginal services NSW
Youth reach program QLD
Youth supervised treatment intervention regime WA
YSAS residential withdrawal VIC
Yuendumu youth program NT
Yulu-Burri-Ba methadone program QLD
Last updated: 27 March 2015
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