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Indigenous Risk Impact Screen (IRIS) and Brief Intervention Training



Target audience: People working in the health and community sector who have contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients who may have mental health and/or alcohol and other drug issues

Course summary: These workshops are presented by the Indigenous Risk Impact Screen (IRIS) team at the Queensland Department of Health and delivered nationally by arrangement. 

The purpose of the training is to provide participants with the skills to screen, assess and deliver these clients a brief intervention that is culturally secure. The workshops include training in the use of the IRIS screening instrument, a two factor screen that assesses alcohol and other drugs and their associated mental health issues. With the use of the tool, assessment is systematically administered and risks can be addressed in a culturally appropriate and timely manner.

The IRIS program is included in the Australian Department of Health's Alcohol treatment guidelines for Indigenous Australians.

There are two IRIS training programs offered:

Dates and locations: Please refer to the contact details/links below for course dates and locations.


Damien Martin
Indigenous AOD Educator Coordinator
Statewide Clinical Support Services
Metro North Mental Health - Alcohol and Drug Service
Ph: (07) 3837 5652

Floor 4, Biala City Community Health Centre
270 Roma Street
Brisbane Qld 4001
Ph: (07) 3837 5655


Last updated: 22 June 2017
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