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2017

Key facts: Volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2017)

Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre

Key facts: Volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is an infographic that reports a number of key facts about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and volatile substance use (VSU):

  • prevalence of VSU among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • the reduction of VSU in regional and remote communities from 2005 to 2014
  • hospitalisation ratio
  • the availability of low aromatic fuel in Australia and its role in VSU reduction
  • effective solutions to reduce demand in the long term.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2017)

Summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework.

Retrieved 30 May 2017 from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/indigenous-health-welfare/health-performance-framework/contents/summary

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)

National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) 2016 key findings.

Retrieved 1 June 2017 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/alcohol-and-other-drugs/data-sources/ndshs-2016/key-findings/

2016

Amaranti T (2016)

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

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This review is a plain language version of the Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2016). It provides key information on the use of volatile substances (petrol, paint, glue and other substances), among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Technical terms are explained and information is provided in an easy to understand format, with additional graphs and images to illustrate data. This plain language review provides background information on volatile substance use in Australia as well as information that has specific relevance to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including:

  • effects on health from using volatile substances
  • how many people use volatile substances
  • social and financial costs from volatile substance use
  • how to reduce volatile substance use.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2016)

Summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015.

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

Emergent Form, Marel C, MacLean S, Midford R (2016)

Volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [infographic video].

: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This animated infographic provides an audiovisual snapshot about volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including information on; prevalence, harms and the impact of supply reduction strategies such as low aromatic fuel. The infographic is based on information from the Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2016).

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

This review provides a synthesis of key information on the use of volatile substances (petrol, paint, glue and other substances), among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. It provides general contextual information on volatile substance use in Australia as well as information that has specific relevance to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including:

  • effects of volatile substance use
  • prevalence
  • social and financial costs from volatile substance use
  • effective strategies to reduce volatile substance use.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Marel C, MacLean S, Midford R (2016)

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

: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This eBook provides an overview on the use of volatile substances (petrol, paint, glue and other substances), among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. The eBook provides an interactive, multi-media, online version of information based on the Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2016). It provides general contextual information on volatile substance use in Australia as well as information on:

  • health effects of volatile substance use
  • prevalence
  • social and financial costs from volatile substance use
  • ways to reduce volatile substance use through demand reduction and supply reduction.

The eBook is available free to download on Mac or iOS devices.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2015

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/

Rechichi V (2015)

Volatile substance misuse: vanished into thin air?.

Of Substance; 13(1): 12-14

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

2013

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)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2010-11: state and territory findings.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data on alcohol and other drug treatment agencies and the episodes of treatment provided in Australia for 2011-2012. Alcohol was the most common principal drug of concern, accounting for almost half of these closed episodes, and counselling was the most common type of treatment. The report shows that Indigenous Australians were more likely to use alcohol, cannabis and amphetamines than non-Indigenous Australians, although Indigenous Australians were more likely to abstain from alcohol than non-Indigenous Australians. Data for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is presented throughout the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (2013)

Snapshot 2013: children and young people in Queensland.

Brisbane: Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

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

Victorian Department of Health (2013)

Closing the Gap – Koolin Balit: Aboriginal health: 2011 update: regional data.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

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

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

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

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

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

Addiction; 107(2): 278-288

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 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)

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

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

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

Review of volatile substance use among Indigenous people.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

 
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