Jonathan Hermawan works for the Red Dust role model organisation as an alcohol and men's health educator.Born on the east coast of New South Wales, he has lived in most states of Australia and these days spends half his time in the Western Desert community of Kintore and the rest in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's (PM&amp;C) management of initiatives to supply low aromatic fuel (LAF) to Aboriginal communities to reduce petrol-sniffing has been found to be effective and well-documented.
The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) today launched two portals and a free mobile phone app which will support efforts to reduce harmful substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
A key piece of infrastructure in the rollout of low-aromatic fuel designed to combat petrol sniffing in the Northern Territory (NT) has been launched in Darwin, with the repurposing of a bulk storage tank.
The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) have recently launched a new resource package, FundAssist, to help non-government organisations prepare, plan and write funding applications.
The future of The Glen Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre in Rothbury, New South Wales (NSW), is in jeopardy because a not-for-profit company owned by the Federal Government intends to sell the property, Chief Executive Officer, Joe Coyte, said.
An independent evaluation, by the University of Western Australia (UWA), of an innovative program trialled in Western Australian (WA) prisons has found a group-based program that combines hand drumming with social and emotional learning can improve the mental health of prisoners.
New research into volatile substance use in Far North Queensland has found the use of inhalants is a barrier to school attendance and employment - two of the keys to reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.
Health experts from Poche Centres around Australia are assembling in Darwin, Northern Territory, on July 11 2014 for a Key thinkers' forum to discuss alcohol and other drug use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC), Associate Professor Ted Wilkes, today launched a new Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre at the NIDAC conference in Melbourne.
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is pleased to inform all our users that we have a new web resource dedicated to reducing harm in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from alcohol and other drug use.
The AIH Substance use team at the HealthInfoNet is pleased to inform all our users that we are developing a new web resource dedicated to providing the evidence-base to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
A storage tank for low aromatic fuel (LAF) will be constructed in Darwin, Northern Territory, to support an expanded rollout of the Australian Government's Petrol sniffing prevention program in the Top End.
A report by the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has revealed a significant decline in theprevalence of petrol sniffing in a number of Aboriginal communities across Australia coinciding with the introduction of low aromatic fuel.
The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card 2012-13, the healthy early years - getting the right start in life, was released today by Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, at Parliament House in Canberra.
Funding for the Alcohol and other Drugs Council (ADCA), the national peak body representing organisations and workers in the sector, has been defunded by the assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash.
Australian band In Hearts Wake, in conjunction with their label UNFD, has made available their new single 'Skydancer' in a 'pay what you want scheme' with 100% of the profits going towards supporting Indigenous cultures worldwide through three not-for-profit charity groups.
The Northern Territory Chief Magistrate says the elimination of 'SMART courts' for substance use related crimes, will see recidivism rise in the Territory, and will not be fairly substituted by the Government's new mandatory rehabilitation scheme.
The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-survey This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.
A recent survey by Mission Australia on Australia's youth has found young Aboriginal people are more likely to be looking for work than their non-Aboriginal peers, however they are notably less likely to feel they can choose to go to university, travel or find a job upon finishing school than the latter group.
A new report evaluating the effectiveness of the Australian Government's Petrol sniffing strategy (PSS) has found a reduction in petrol sniffing has been achieved primarily through the roll out of low aromatic fuel and the introduction of additional youth services.
A new report on the prison system in Western Australia (WA) calls for increased resources in justice reinvestment and a greater emphasis on evidence-based prevention and early intervention strategies for offending.
The Australian Government is investing $100 million over the next 10 years in the Youth in communities program, a major initiative that is helping thousands of young Aboriginal people become more engaged with school, work and community life in the Northern Territory.
On 27 November 2012, the Senate&nbsp;passed the Greens' Low Aromatic Fuel Bill, making the roll out of low aromatic fuel mandatory in parts of the Northern Territory (NT), Western Australia (WA), South Australia (SA) and Queensland (Qld).
Renewed efforts to tackle petrol sniffing in communities surrounding Katherine, in the Northern Territory (NT), will rely not on police powers, but on reconnecting sniffers with their culture and country.
A program designed to reduce pregnancy and birth problems for Aboriginal women is breaking down cultural barriers and making important inroads into improving maternal and child health in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia (WA).
Following recent announcements that some alcohol and other drug (AOD) service providers would no longer receive Federal Government funding as part of the Budget 2012-13, some services have been granted a three-year reprieve.
To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.
The Greens introduced legislation on the 1 March 2012 into Federal Parliament which would give the Commonwealth the power to regulate which fuels are sold in regional areas of the Northern Territory (NT).
The Central Australian youth link up service (CAYLUS), a Northern Territory-based substance use treatment group, has travelled to Perth to convince the Western Australian Mental Health Minister Helen Morton of the need for change regarding petrol sniffing laws.
The Strong Spirit Strong Mind Awards are being presented by the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) in 2012, as part of the Aboriginal alcohol and other drugs (AOD) worker forum being held in Perth from 14-15 March.
On December 15, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) celebrated the opening of Bunjilwarra, the first Australian alcohol and other drug rehabilitation facility dedicated to helping young Aboriginal people.
The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.
The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, recently welcomed the release of Australia's first Consensus-based clinical practice guideline for the management of volatile substance use in Australia, along with a quick-reference summary.
There was a significant increase in the use of services targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2009-10 compared with the previous year, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Professional educators Warren Miller and Jimmy Perry spend most of the year travelling through rural and remote South Australia, trying to divert people in Aboriginal communities away from petrol sniffing.
The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) has strongly endorsed the view of the NPY Women's Council for sniffable fuel to be banned and for Opal fuel to be rolled out across the Central Australian Region.
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon MP, and BP held an information session with Aboriginal health professionals from across Western Australia on 13 April to raise awareness about the benefits of low aromatic Opal fuel.
An Aboriginal health group in the Goldfields in Western Australia, the Bega Garnbirringu Health Service, says the introduction of non-sniffable fuel in the region will help address escalating rates of petrol sniffing.
A march in the streets of the South Burnett Indigenous community of Cherbourg marked the beginning of the annual event SOS march, a public awareness raiser for the Cherbourg State School's Snuff out sniffing (SOS) campaign.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has just released a report on substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, focusing on the three main areas of tobacco use, alcohol consumption and illicit drug use (including petrol sniffing).
The Federal Government has allocated tens of millions of dollars to facilitate the roll out of Opal fuel across the Top End in an effort to cut petrol sniffing rates; including $38.5 million for an Opal fuel storage facility in Darwin.
In Warmun, about 200 kilometres south of Kununurra, elders are working with a psychologist on a program to combine traditional healing and conventional treatment methods to address substance use issues among the local Indigenous youth.
The Australian Government has announced the allocation of an additional $2.3 million dollars to roll out Opal fuel in the Goldfields region of Western Australia to help curb petrol sniffing in the region's communities.