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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with volatile substance use (including petrol sniffing) 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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2017)

Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016.

Retrieved 3/3/2017 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-facts/overviews

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent indicators of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Information focuses on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

Two new sections are featured in this edition of the Overview. With the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them home report a section has been dedicated to Healing which highlights the contribution of healing workers and organisations to supporting people, families and communities impacted by the Stolen Generations. Environmental health with its important link to the social determinants of health is also included for the first time in the Overview 2016.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2017)

Closing the Gap Prime Minister's report 2017.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

This publication is the ninth Closing the Gap report produced since targets were set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008. Over the long-term there are improvements across a number of the targets, however these improvements are not enough to meet the majority of the outcomes set by COAG. While many successes are being achieved locally, at a national level, only one of the seven closing the gap targets is on track to be achieved this year. The report highlights that it is a shared responsibility of all governments to partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in order to meet the Closing the Gap targets. The report covers:

  • appreciating our national culture
  • infancy and early childhood
  • education
  • employment
  • economic development
  • healthy lives
  • safe and strong communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2016

Amaranti T (2016)

Plain language review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Crossin R, Cairney S, Lawrence AJ, Duncan JR (2016)

Adolescent inhalant abuse leads to other drug use and impaired growth; implications for diagnosis.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12595):

d’Abbs P, Shaw G (2016)

Monitoring trends in the prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Australian Aboriginal communities 2011-2014: final report.

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

This report presents findings from a study of petrol sniffing prevalence in a sample of 53 Australian Aboriginal communities. It investigates the impact of introducing low aromatic unleaded fuel (LAF) in Aboriginal communities where the sniffing of volatile substances was present. Sections of the report include:

  • executive summary
  • project design and research methods
  • prevalence and patterns of sniffing
  • the place of LAF in community responses to petrol sniffing
  • summaries of two previous studies of LAF
  • baseline data for twelve communities visited in 2013
  • tables of data
  • a community report template
  • instructions to fieldworkers.

The conclusion of this report identifies that the introduction and use of LAF on a regional, rural and remote basis is associated with a continuing decline in numbers of young people sniffing in remote communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Marel C, MacLean S, Midford R (2016)

Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) (2016)

Evaluation of the CAYLUS youth worker brokerage program: executive summary.

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)

2015

Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

This is the fifth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It includes 68 key measures under the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Health status and outcomes: measures the prevalence of health conditions, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing and deaths.
  • Tier 2-Determinants of health: measures of the determinants of health, including environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, community capacity, health behaviours and person-related behaviours.
  • Tier 3-Health system performance: measures of the health system, including effectiveness, appropriateness, efficiency, responsiveness, accessibility, continuity, capability and sustainability.

The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report: detailed analyses, is the fifth in a series of reports against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework which are published every two years. This report provides information on a range of measures of health status, determinants of health and the health system performance relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Detailed tables to support the analysis presented in this report are provided.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014: data tables.

Retrieved 11 June 2015 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/indigenous-data/health-performance-framework-2014/

Australian National Audit Office (2015)

Delivery of the Petrol Sniffing Strategy in remote Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Supply reduction through low aromatic fuel (LAF) goes from strength to strength: a perspective on the LAF rollout from Central Australia (2015)

Ray T

2014

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: online services report - key results 2012 - 13.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Karam J, Sinclair G, Rackstraw L (2014)

Dignity, diversion, home and hope: a review of interventions for volatile substance misuse in regional North Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

This report documents current volatile substance misuse (VSM) interventions in central, north and Far North Queensland. It examines qualitative and statistical data to determine evidence-based local responses to address VSM. The report draws on data from the project, Youth empowered towards independence (YETI) and documents a set of practice principles within the local context.

The findings and subsequent recommendations, which are presented in the report, are aimed at identifying the services, and collaborative processes that were found to more effectively address inhalant use within the community.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Lee KSK, Chikritzhs T, Wilson S, Wilkes E, Gray D, Room R, Conigrave KM (2014)

Better methods to collect self-reported alcohol and other drug use data from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 33(5): 466–472

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

Anomie, MacRae A, Burns J, Poynton M, D'Costa B, Ride K, Gray C, Thomson N, Hoareau J, Trzesinski A, Levitan L (2013)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides comprehensive information specific to Western Australia (WA) on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This WA Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Indigenous people in WA in 2013. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)

The role of community patrols in improving safety in Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Community patrols have the potential to increase Indigenous community safety, helping to reduce crime rates and alcohol-related harm and empower the local community. The most successful community patrols tend to enjoy community involvement and ownership and strong collaboration with police and a network of community services. This paper summarises the key evidence in support of community patrols. It includes detailed information on:

  • what is currently known about community patrols, including 'what works', and what is not known
  • safety and crime in Indigenous communities
  • the history of Indigenous community patrols in Australia, and the support they receive from levels of government
  • the evidence in support of community patrols
  • best practice for community patrols
  • the evidence gaps.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Institute of Family Studies

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Australian Capital Territory. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are presented.

Improvements have been seen in health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 and over, allied health-care service claims, immunisation coverage for children, literacy levels (years three and five), and retention rates for high school students.

Areas of concern include pregnancy and smoking, alcohol consumption for ages 18 years and over, levels of disability, and breast cancer screening for women.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Cairney S, O'Connor N, Dingwall KM, Maruff P, Shafiq-Antonacci R, Currie J, Currie BJ (2013)

A prospective study of neurocognitive changes 15 years after chronic inhalant abuse.

Addiction; 108(6): 1107–1114

Campbell D (2013)

Economic rationality in choosing between short-term bad-health choices and longer-term good-health choices.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(11): 5971-5988

Cussen T, Payne J, Marks D (2013)

Policing alcohol and illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in metropolitan environments.

Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

d’Abbs P, Shaw G (2013)

Monitoring trends in prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Aboriginal communities: an interim report.

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

Haswell MR, Blignault I, Fitzpatrick S, Jackson Pulver L (2013)

The social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous youth: reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice.

Sydney: Muru Marri, University of New South Wales

Johnston L, Doyle J, Morgan B, Atkinson-Briggs S, Firebrace B, Marika M, Reilly R, Cargo M, Riley T, Rowley K (2013)

A review of programs that targeted environmental determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(8): 3518-3542

Lindeman M, Flouris A, Lopes J (2013)

Youth programs in remote central Australian Aboriginal communities 2013.

Darwin: Centre for Remote Health

This report provides information on a study undertaken to explore the enablers and barriers of youth programs in remote Central Australian Indigenous communities.

The report includes the aims and methodology of the study, a literature review and recommendations, with the findings organised into these topics:

  • background of Central Australian young people development programs
  • important elements of youth development programs
  • defining features of youth programs
  • youth program workforce
  • youth program outcomes
  • collaboration and relationships
  • resources and infrastructure
  • the context of service delivery in remote communities
  • 'youth-centred, context-specific' services

The study was conducted in partnership between the Centre for Remote Health (CRH) and the Central Australian Youth Link-Up Service (CAYLUS).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Lopes J, Flouris A, Lindeman MA (2013)

Youth development programs in central Australian aboriginal communities: a review of the literature.

Youth Studies Australia; 32(1): 55-62

MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2012. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Stephens A, Bohanna I, Graham D, Clough AR (2013)

Screening and assessment instruments for use in Indigenous-specific alcohol and drug treatment rehabilitation.

Journal of Tropical Psychology; 3: e2(11)

Retrieved 13 August 2013 from http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1838990213000021

Ware V-A (2013)

Mentoring programs for Indigenous youth at risk.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report examines evidence and provides information on effective mentoring programs for Indigenous young people at risk of engaging in antisocial and risky behaviours. The report provides detailed information on:

  • risk and protective factors relating to antisocial and risky behaviours
  • mentoring programs and how they work
  • principles for effective mentoring of at-risk Indigenous youth
  • characteristics of effective mentoring relationships
  • ineffective mentoring practices
  • current gaps in research.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (2013)

Annual report 2012-13 : Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation.

Yuendumu, NT: Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation

2012

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2010-11: report on the National Minimum Data Set.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Brady M (2012)

The National Drug Strategy and Indigenous Australians: missed opportunities and future challenges [the James Rankin Oration 2011].

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(6): 747–753

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2012)

Final evaluation of youth in communities for the department of families, housing, community services and Indigenous affairs: final report.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Entwhistle P, Entwhistle D (2012)

First review of alcohol and drugs (AOD) Indigenous communities project (2011-2014) May 2012.

Darwin: Amity Community Services

Gobbert S, Keech J, Kelly C, Stubbs E, Trowbridge K (2012)

Petrol, paint and other inhalants.

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: 207-216

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

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's use of inhalants
  • commonly used inhalants
  • common ways to use inhalants
  • inhalants' effects on the body
  • how to recognise harms from inhalants
  • how to recognise inhalant dependence and withdrawal
  • how to assess a client who uses inhalants
  • how to help a client who uses inhalants
  • available treatments
  • reducing the harms associated with inhalant use if a person cannot or will not quit
  • preventing inhalant use.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Gray D (2012)

Community-wide approaches to substance misuse.

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: 331-342

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on community-wide approaches to substance misuse, including:

  • engaging with communities to address drug and alcohol issues
  • what communities can do to prevent or limit drinking problems.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Key J, Page J, Smyth D (2012)

Legal issues.

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: 317-330

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on legal issues associated with substance use, including:

  • guardianship
  • alcohol, drugs and driving
  • programs to reduce re-offending or avoid prison.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division (2012)

The Victorian drug statistics handbook: patterns of drug use and related harm in Victoria for the period July 2009 to June 2010.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

Senior k, William I, Chenhall R, Cunningham T, Nagel T, Loyd R, McMahon R (2012)

Developing successful diversionary schemes for youth from remote Aboriginal communities.

Canberra: Criminology Research Advisory Council

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

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2010 report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the third report developed under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as well as the more recent measures introduced under Closing the gap national partnerships.

The performance framework reports on the three tiers of health:

  • health status and outcomes: this includes measures of prevalence of disease or injury, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing
  • measures of the health determinants: this includes socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours
  • health system performance: this includes effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility and sustainability.
Major findings of the report include:
  • a significant decline in Indigenous deaths due to avoidable causes
  • narrowing of the mortality gap
  • reduction in infant mortality
  • chronic diseases are a continuing concern, contributing to two thirds of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • there were slight reductions in literacy and numeracy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • risky behaviours, such as smoking and lack of physical activity, were continuing concerns among Indigenous people
  • access to, and utilisation of medical services is less than expected given higher levels of illness
  • access to medical services is more difficult in remote than non-remote areas.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Badger B (2011)

The Mt Theo program.

The Chronicle; 20(1): 23

Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division (2011)

The Victorian drug statistics handbook: patterns of drug use and related harm in Victoria for the period July 2008 to June 2009.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

Nagel T, Kavanagh D, Barclay L, Trauer T, Chenhall R, Frendin J, Griffin C (2011)

Integrating treatment for mental and physical disorders and substance misuse in Indigenous primary care settings.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S17-S19

Schapel AE (2011)

Findings of inquest: Gibson, Kunmanara (Sleeping rough inquest).

Adelaide: Coroner’s Court of South Australia

 
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