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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

Marel C, MacLean S, Midford R (2016)

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

: 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)

Trudgen R (2016)

'Cheap drunk' petrol sniffing can be beaten.

Retrieved October 2016 from http://www.whywarriors.com.au/2017/05/cheap-drunk-petrol-sniffing-can-be-beaten-oct-16/

2014

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

Stevens M, Paradies Y (2014)

Changes in exposure to 'life stressors' in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2002 to 2008.

BMC Public Health; 14: 144

Retrieved 11 February 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-144

2013

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

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

Day A, Francisco A, Jones R (2013)

Programs to improve interpersonal safety in Indigenous communities: evidence and issues.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

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

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

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

2012

McCoy BF, Stewart P, Poroch N, eds. (2012)

Urban Health: strengthening our voice, culture and partnerships.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report, 2010-11: OATSIH services reporting - key results.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents the main findings from the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) Services Reporting data collection. Data were collected by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) from primary health-care services, substance use services and Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services that received funding through OATSIH in 2010-11. The health services included those provided through Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community controlled health organisations.

The information covered the number of clients seen, episodes of care and client contacts. This information helps to inform Indigenous health policy, and program development and implementation. Primary health care services provided 2.5 million episodes of care to about 428,000 Indigenous clients; substance use services provided treatment and assistance to about 28,600 clients and Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services were accessed by about 11,800 clients.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Berry SL, Crowe TP, Deane FP (2012)

Preliminary development and content validity of a measure of Australian Aboriginal cultural engagement.

Ethnicity & Health; 17(3): 325-336

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

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

Addiction; 107(2): 278-288

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

Thomson N, Burns J, McLoughlin N (2012)

The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children.

In: Beresford Q, Partington G, Gower G, eds. Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education: fully revised edition. Revised ed. Perth, WA: UWA Publishing: 202-234

The revised edition of Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education reflects on the challenges and achievements that have occurred for both teachers and students in this significant area of education since the book's original release in 2003. The chapter, The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children, reviews the specific health issues currently affecting Indigenous children, and how these issues impact on their education. The chapter provides a summary of key indicators of Indigenous health status.

Prevalent issues and indicators discussed include:

  • infant mortality and birthweight status
  • nutrition
  • substance use
  • anaemia
  • ear disease and hearing loss
  • infectious diseases
  • eye conditions
  • oral health
  • injuries
  • social and emotional wellbeing.

Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

2011

Attorney-General's Department (2011)

Government response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs report: Doing time – time for doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system.

Barton, ACT: Attorney-General's Department

This report is the Australian Government's response to the findings and recommendations provided by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in the Doing time - time for doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system report, released in June 2011. The report presents 40 specific recommendations on how the government aims to take action to reduce the over-representation of young Indigenous people in the criminal justice system.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian National Audit Office (2011)

Northern Territory night patrols.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Brady M (2011)

Fuel, cars and the geography of petrol sniffing.

Humanities Research; 17(2): 121-134

Department of Social Services (2011)

Gunbalanya looks after family safety [YouTube video].

: Department of Social Services

This video showcases the work carried out by local community members involved in the Gunbalanya Family Safety Program in the Northern Territory.

The program draws on the knowledge and experience of local people and culture in developing and implementing initiatives and services to address issues such as alcohol and other drug use and family violence. The video was produced by local Aboriginal media organisation Pintubi, Anmatjerre, Warlpiri (PAW) Media as part of a series of videos made in communities that were identified under the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) National partnership agreement on remote service delivery.

Abstract adapted from Department of Social Services

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

Marel A (2011)

Contested domains: regulating responses to volatile substance misuse in the Alice Springs town camps.

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology thesis, University of New South Wales: Sydney

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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