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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with illicit drug 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

MacLean S, Hengsen R, Stephens R (2017)

Critical considerations in responding to crystal methamphetamine use in Australian Aboriginal communities.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 36(4): 502-508

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement (2017)

Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine (ice): first report.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Robinson LD, BakerAL, Deane FP, McKetin R, Hudson S, Keane C (2017)

Polysubstance use in treatment seekers who inject amphetamine: drug use profiles, injecting practices and quality of life.

Addictive Behaviors; In Progress(https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.02.006): 25-30

2016

Whetton S, Shanahan M, Cartwright K, Duraisingam V, Ferrante A, Gray D, Kaye S, Kostadinov V, McKetin R, Pidd K, Roche A, Tait RJ, Allsop S (2016)

The social costs of methamphetamine in Australia 2013/14.

Perth,WA: National Drug Research Institute

2015

Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programmes Unit (2015)

A place of health, hope and healing: Submission to the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory ‘Ice’ Select Committee.

Darwin: Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Clough A, Robertson J, Fitts M, Lawson K, Bird K, Hunter E, Gynther B, Obrecht K (2015)

Impacts of meth/amphetamine, other drugs and alcohol in rural and remote areas in northern and north-east Queensland: an environmental scan.

Cairns: James Cook University

This paper draws together current research relating to the impacts of meth/amphetamine, other drugs and alcohol use in rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern and northeast Queensland. It aims to address the following questions:

  • What evidence is there that meth/amphetamine, in particular crystal meth/amphetamine ('ice'), is being used in these communities?
  • What are the behaviours, symptoms and signs of meth/amphetamine use that service providers observe in these regions?
  • If 'ice' is being used, who is using it and what are the impacts?

The paper also provides recommendations to the Queensland Government aimed at preventing any future increase in 'ice' usage in this region.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Clough AR, Fitts M, Robertson J (2015)

Recent warnings of a rise in crystal methamphetamine (“ice”) use in rural and remote Indigenous Australian communities should be heeded [letter].

Medical Journal of Australia; 203(1): 19

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2015)

Final report of the National Ice Taskforce.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

This final report by the National Ice Taskforce was produced based on extensive community consultation and research in response to issues raised by the drug, crystal methamphetamine (ice).

The report found that ice use in Australia is a complex problem that requires a multi-faceted response. Proportionally, Australia uses more methamphetamine than almost any other country.

In its report, the Taskforce has made 38 recommendations across five areas of priority. The five priority areas are:

  • supporting families, workers and communities to better respond to people affected by ice
  • efforts to reduce demand for ice through prevention activities must be strengthened
  • ice users need treatment and support services that cater to their needs
  • efforts to disrupt supply must be more coordinated and targeted
  • better data, more research and regular reporting is needed to strengthen Australia's response and keep it on track.

Abstract adapted from Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

MacLean S, Harney A, Arabena K (2015)

Primary health-care responses to methamphetamine use in Australian Indigenous communities.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; Online early(http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY14126):

MacLean S, Hengsen R, Stephens R, Arabena K (2015)

Supporting the Mildura Aboriginal Community's response to ice use.

Melbourne: Onemda VicHealth Group, The University of Melbourne

NSW Health (2015)

Crystalline methamphetamine: key messages.

Sydney: NSW Health

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (2015)

QAIHC position paper in response to the National Ice Taskforce.

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Robertson J, Clough A (2015)

Meth/amphetamine use: north and north-east Queensland.

Cairns: James Cook University

Methamphetamine: effects & responses (2015)

Roche AM

This factsheet details information on effects of methamphetamines including:

  • current patterns of methamphetamine use
  • potential harms
  • treatment options
  • what can be done to prevent use.

The publication is part of a series of resources on methamphetamines developed by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Su J, Decolongon D, Sidaway P (2015)

The Northern Territory Needle Syringe Program Minimum Data Set: annual report 2014.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 22(2): 21-26

2014

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2014)

NIDAC/NACCHO online consultation: amphetamine-type stimulants use.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

Parliament of Victoria Law Reform Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee (2014)

Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria: final report: volume 1.

Melbourne: Parliament of Victoria

Parliament of Victoria Law Reform Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee (2014)

Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria: final report: volume 2.

Melbourne: Parliament of Victoria

Vinson Centre for Applied Social Research (2014)

Project Ice Mildura: evaluation of the community campaign measuring reach and impact.

Mildura, Vic: Northern Mallee Community Partnership

2012

Gately N, Fleming J, Morris R, McGregor C (2012)

Amphetamine users and crime in Western Australia, 1999–2009.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

2011

Australian Crime Commission (2011)

Illicit drug data report 2009-10.

Canberra: Australian Crime Commission

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

 
Last updated: 22 September 2017
 
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