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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(

Marel C, MacLean S, Midford R (2016)

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

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Marel C, MacLean S, Midford R (2016)

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

: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet


People Culture Environment (2014)

The Elders' report into preventing Indigenous self-harm and youth suicide.

Melbourne: People Culture Environment

This report considers suicide prevention among young Indigenous Australian populations from the perspective of Elders and community leaders in affected communities.

The report includes interviews with 31 Elders and community leaders living in 17 communities in northern Australia and addresses two primary questions:

  • why is self-harm and suicide happening?
  • what is the solution?

This report was produced as a part of the Culture is life campaign which is led by Indigenous Elders and promotes community driven solutions to end Indigenous self-harm and youth suicide.

Abstract adapted from Culture is life


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


Dingwall KM, Maruff P, Clough AR, Cairney S (2012)

Factors associated with continued solvent use in Indigenous petrol sniffers following treatment.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(1): 40–46

Doolan I, Najman JM, Cherney A (2012)

Health needs of Australian Indigenous young people entering detention.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 48(10): 896–901

MacLean S, Cameron J, Harney A, Lee NK (2012)

Psychosocial therapeutic interventions for volatile substance use: a systematic review.

Addiction; 107(2): 278-288

Turner-Walker J (2012)

Clash of the paradigms : night patrols in remote central Australia.

Masters in Criminal Justice thesis, University of Western Australia: Perth, WA

Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit (2012)

The relationship between alcohol and drugs and mental health: a resource book for Aboriginal workers.

Fitzroy, Vic: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit

This book provides information on the relationship between mental health and alcohol and other drug use for the Aboriginal alcohol and other drug (AOD), and social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) workforce. The book covers the following topics:

  • drugs and the body and mind connection
  • mental illness
  • the relationship between mental health, and alcohol and other drugs
  • stages of change
  • interventions
  • treatment options
  • resources and services.

This book is one of three key resources produced as part of the of the Our Healing Ways project. It was developed by the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI) Education and Training Unit and funded by the Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division of the Department of Health Victoria.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Brady M (2011)

Fuel, cars and the geography of petrol sniffing.

Humanities Research; 17(2): 121-134

Dingwall KM, Cairney S (2011)

Recovery from central nervous system changes following volatile substance misuse.

Substance Use & Misuse; 46(S1): 73-83

Dingwall KM, Maruff P, Fredrickson A, Cairney S (2011)

Cognitive recovery during and after treatment for volatile solvent abuse.

Drug and Alcohol Dependence; 118(2-3): 180-185

Education and Health Standing Committee (2011)

Alcohol restrictions in the Kimberley: a 'window of opportunity' for improved health, education, housing and employment.

Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia

Entwistle P, Entwistle D, Piper K, Stothers K, Centre for Remote Health (2011)

AOD Indigenous Communities Project 2009-2011: final evaluation report.

Darwin: Amity Community Services

Midford R, MacLean S, Catto M, Thomson N, Debuyst O (2011)

Review of volatile substance use among Indigenous people.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

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

Last updated: 16 October 2017
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