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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with the use of pharmaceutical drugs 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. 

2015

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2013 - 14.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents information about publicly funded alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services in Australia for 2013-14. It includes data on:

  • the number of treatment episodes
  • characteristics of clients
  • drugs of concern
  • types of treatment.

Information on the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients seeking treatment is included.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Van Hout MC (2015)

Nod and wave: an Internet study of the codeine intoxication phenomenon.

International Journal of Drug Policy; 26(1): 67–77

2014

Adams K, Halacas C, Cincotta M, Pesish C (2014)

Mental health and Victorian Aboriginal people: what can data mining tell us?.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 20(4): 350-355

Haber PS, Day CA (2014)

Overview of substance use and treatment from Australia.

Substance Abuse; 35(3): 304-308

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2014)

Alcohol and other drug treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

This paper was developed by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) in response to the misperception that effective alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment is not available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The paper aims to reduce these misperceptions by outlining:

  • who can benefit from receiving treatment
  • what treatment is known to work
  • key principles that should guide the application of treatment
  • what constitutes effective treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The paper focuses upon interventions that are evidence-based and directly related to addressing AOD use. It does not cover interventions that have a prevention focus.

Abstract adapted from the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC)

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

2012

Demirkol A (2012)

Benzodiazepines.

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: 173-184

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

  • benzodiazepine use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • why people misuse benzodiazepines
  • benzodiazepines' effects on the body
  • how to recognise benzodiazepine dependence
  • how to recognise benzodiazepine withdrawal
  • how to assess a client who uses benzodiazepines
  • how to help a person who misuses benzodiazepines
  • stimulant overdose
  • reducing the harms related to benzodiazepine use if a person cannot or will not quit
  • preventing benzodiazepine use.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Heffernan E, Anderson K, Dev A (2012)

Inside Out: the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody report.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Lea T (2012)

Other drugs.

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: 217-236

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

  • kava
  • GHB
  • ketamine
  • hallucinogens (magic mushrooms and LSD)
  • other sedatives
  • betel nut (areca nut)
  • khat
  • steroids.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Murnion B (2012)

Pharmacy and supermarket drugs.

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: 185-206

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

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's use of these drugs
  • over-the-counter medicines
  • prescribed drugs that are misused or sold on the streets
  • alcohol-based products in supermarkets
  • energy and cola drinks
  • inhalants.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Northern Territory poisons and dangerous drugs act (2012)

Northern Territory Government

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

National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Strategy (2011)

A matter of balance: a background discussion paper to support the development of the National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Strategy (NPDMS).

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Nicholas R, Lee N, Roche A (2011)

A matter of balance: responding to pharmaceutical drug misuse in Australia: a review of the literature supporting the development of Australia's National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Strategy.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Nicholas R, Lee N, Roche A (2011)

Pharmaceutical drug misuse in Australia: complex problems, balanced responses.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Stafford J, Burns L (2011)

Australian drug trends 2010: findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS).

: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

 
Last updated: 3 August 2017
 
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