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Yarn circle a step in the right direction

22 August 2014

Date posted: 22 August 2014 A new program gives local men the opportunity to talk about their problems in a safe environment in New South Wales.

An alcohol and other drug free lifestyle major plus for jobseekers

21 August 2014

Date posted: 21 August 2014 Major infrastructure projects, under way in Shoalhaven, New South Wales, present numerous opportunities for jobseekers, but they also pose a test of personal responsibility.

Tenders called for contractor to build Aboriginal alcohol and other drug retreat

20 August 2014

Date posted: 20 August 2014 The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government is taking steps to build an Aboriginal bush retreat for alcohol and other drug rehabilitation near Tharwa.

The Glen Rehabilitation Centre in jeopardy

12 August 2014

Date posted: 12 August 2014 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.

Rehabilitation facility will be open to everyone in North West region of South Australia

7 August 2014

Date posted: 7 August 2014 The new alcohol and drug rehabilitation service for the North West region of South Australia (SA) will be open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal patients, according to the Federal member for Grey.

DRUMBEAT improves mental health of Western Australian prisoners

1 August 2014

Date posted: 1 August 2014 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.

End of the road for Makin' tracks

23 July 2014

An award-winning counselling service for Aboriginal alcohol and other drug users in South Australia has had its Federal funding cut.

Alcohol and other drug rehabilitation facility opening in Pilbara

21 July 2014

Recovering alcohol and other drug (AOD) users could be taught skills in aquaculture, horticulture and agriculture as part of their rehabilitation at a new facility in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Detention facility officially named site for alcohol and other drug rehabilitation centre

18 July 2014

A long-awaited alcohol and other drug (AOD) rehabilitation centre will officially be located at the old Ellis Close detention facility in Port Augusta, South Australia (SA).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drug use in the spotlight

11 July 2014

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.

New DVD helps raise awareness for alcohol and other drug workers

10 July 2014

Nathan Deaves and Wade Longbottom work in the Workforce Support Unit at the South Coast Aboriginal Medical Service.

Three-stroke policy for absconding problem drinkers should be removed, NT Law Society says

3 July 2014

Absconding from Mandatory alcohol treatment three times should not be an automatic offence, the Northern Territory (NT) Law Society says.

Locals hear message of Swimming the river

30 June 2014

Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation (CAC) hosted the launch of an Aboriginal education DVD on Friday, June 20.

Study to probe alcohol-related injury rates in Indigenous communities under AMPs

24 June 2014

Researchers from James Cook University (JCU) in north Queensland are hoping a study will give authorities new data on how Alcohol management plans (AMPs) affect injury rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Call for human rights-based approach to alcohol policy development

23 June 2014

The Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, says the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People can provide guidelines for processes in developing alcohol policy.

Alcohol bans set to go in Queensland

20 June 2014

A majority of shire councils in remote communities in Queensland are set to open licensed clubs or introduce a 'drinking permit' system.

Prospect of reintroducing Alice Springs' Banned drinker register sparks debate

20 June 2014

The potential re-introduction of the controversial Banned drinker register (BDR) in Alice Springs, Northern Territory (NT), has sparked debate amid criticisms that the current policy of stationing police outside bottle shops is ineffective and racially divisive.

The dangers of drug taking

17 June 2014

Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Services Drug and Alcohol Officer, Fred Carberry, says he is engaging with the community.

Stronger, longer, proud! Jimmy Little community tour to visit Arnhem Land

17 June 2014

The Stronger, longer, proud! Jimmy Little community tour will be travelling to a number of communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (NT) later this month.

Funding boost for alcohol and other drug services

16 June 2014

Queenslanders who experience alcohol and other drug issues will achieve better health outcomes with the Queensland Government providing $27.9 million in funding to support programs over the next three years.

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol awards celebrate Indigenous achievements

10 June 2014

The winners of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol awards were announced last week during the third National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference.

Alcohol and other drug rehab service to open in Murray Bridge

9 June 2014

An Aboriginal alcohol and other drug (AOD) rehabilitation treatment service is to open in Murray Bridge, South Australia, in the coming months.

Titjikala Alcohol management plan approved

6 June 2014

An Alcohol management plan (AMP) covering the Northern Territory (NT) community of Titjikala is the first to be approved by the Australian Government.

Knowledge Centre community survey: identifying the information needs of communities in relation to alcohol and other drugs

6 June 2014

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre) is conducting a survey to identify the information needs of communities in relation to alcohol and other drugs.

Yalata support for alcohol changes

5 June 2014

The Yalata community, in South Australia, addressed its ongoing issues relating to alcohol use among community members at a meeting last Wednesday.

Rebuilding a life damaged by alcohol before birth

5 June 2014

Fitzroy Crossing was the epicentre of a 2007 coroner's inquest into the deaths of 22 people.

Calls for FASD to become a disability

3 June 2014

Aboriginal health groups are calling for Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to be recognised as a disability.

Queensland young person to raise alcohol and other drug issues

30 May 2014

Mt Isa Group Apprenticeship Traineeship and Employment (MIGATE) trainee, Elijah Douglas, plans to raise drug and alcohol issues with the Prime Minister this week in Canberra.

Controlled drinking zones 'will save lives'

29 May 2014

Controlled 'safer drinking areas' should be established in Aboriginal communities to 'save lives' operating under long-term leases that would be approved by land councils, in a bid to stop deaths in informal drinking camps in the Northern Territory.

Dry communities summit looks for improved health outcomes

28 May 2014

On May 14 and 15, 2014, almost 60 Aboriginal delegates representing communities across South Australia attended the Aboriginal dry communities summit, along with various traditional owner groups, non-government organisations, community services and government services.

Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drug Knowledge Centre to be launched at NIDAC

28 May 2014

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.

Grog use inquiry hears calls for wine tax changes

23 May 2014

The director of South Australia's Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council says changing the way wine is taxed could help in the fight against alcohol use.

Fetal syndrome ‘must be recognised as disability’

22 May 2014

The Federal Government's reluctance to recognise Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) as a disability had deprived many Aboriginal children of the correct treatment.

Drug Aware Ignite basketball scheme hailed a success by Armadale kids

22 May 2014

Like all teenagers, Michael Salisbury just wants to have fun on a Saturday night.

State-wide alcohol management summit held in Port Augusta

16 May 2014

A two-day Dry community summit is being held in Port Augusta, South Australia, this week.

Inquiry hears impact of Fetal alcohol syndrome in Kimberley

12 May 2014

The northern Australia inquiry has heard details of the extent Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is affecting generations of people in the Kimberley.

Tjuntjuntjara community bans alcohol

8 May 2014

The remote Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjara, 550km east of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia,has been declared a dry community.

Senator Nova Peris calls to tackle alcohol and violence problems in the Northern Territroy

6 May 2014

Senator Nova Peris today called for politics to be put aside and efforts be redoubled to tackle alcohol and violence problems in the Northern Territory.

Ex-immigration detention centre confirmed as rehab site

2 May 2014

A contract has been signed to convert a former immigration detention centre in Port Augusta, South Australia, into a long-awaited rehabilitation centre for Aboriginal people.

Alcohol mandatory treatment expands in Katherine

1 May 2014

The Country Liberals Government has chosen a site for a new multi-million dollar Alcohol mandatory treatment facility in Katherine, as part of its plan to tackle alcohol use across the Northern Territory (NT).

Tharwa Aboriginal rehabilitation centre gets tribunal green light

23 April 2014

Rural landholders have lost a planning disagreement with the government over the proposed Aboriginal bush retreat for alcohol and other drug rehabilitation near Tharwa, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), despite their fears it would undermine the area's 'rural character'.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet to launch new alcohol and other drug web resource

17 April 2014

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.

FASD: it's what we don't know

11 April 2014

Research Professor, Carol Bower, of The University of Western Australia's Centre for Child Health Research at the Telethon Kids Institute is leading a team who are about to develop a Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) screening test, thanks to a National Health and Medical Research Council grant of almost $1.5 million.

Mayor wants end to grog-running in Aurukun

2 April 2014

The Mayor of Aurukun on Cape York, Queensland, Derek Walpo, says he is fed up with grog runners targeting his community.

Banned drinker register under parliamentary inquiry microscope

1 April 2014

A parliamentary inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal communities will be presented with new evidence on the effectiveness of the Northern Territory's Banned drinker register (BDR).

Funding blow for sobriety program

28 March 2014

A successful project in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory (NT), educating the community on the danger of drinking alcohol while pregnant has been stripped of Federal Government funding.

Wyndham leaders unite to tackle impact of drug use

27 March 2014

Local community leaders and organisations gathered in Wyndham, Western Australia, to seek joint support for tackling issues related to alcohol and other drugs.

Support for pregnant mothers who drink is lacking

26 March 2014

The Northern Territory is considering legislation to make drinking during pregnancy an offence in a bid to combat Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Select committee for Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

26 March 2014

Minister for Children and Families, John Elferink, has given notice that a Select Committee will be established to investigate Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Northern Territory.

Pre-sentence opportunity program expanded across Perth

25 March 2014

A court program to help more people enter alcohol treatment has now been expanded across the Perth metropolitan region.

Safer town after alcohol restrictions

25 March 2014

There has been a dramatic drop in violent behaviour following the introduction of alcohol restrictions in a remote South Australian town.

Did the NT's banned drinker register work?

24 March 2014

Emergency departments in the Northern Territory (NT) are facing 'extraordinary' increases in alcohol-related admissions, according to the Labor Party's Senator Nova Peris.

Tennant Creek revives Banned drinker register

20 March 2014

The Banned drinker register (BDR) has been resurrected at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

Research to look at FASD rates among young offenders

19 March 2014

New research is set to provide a better picture of those affected by Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the West Australian (WA) prison system.

Help for alcohol birth defects

18 March 2014

The Federal Government plans to make Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) a registered disability, which will enable potentially thousands of West Australian (WA) children to get support and treatment they cannot get.

Hostel bid for Aboriginal kids in crisis

12 March 2014

Indigenous leader Ted Wilkes has suggested that a coalition of Aboriginal agencies should be funded to set up and manage hostels for neglected children and rehabilitation centres for their parents.

MP Nova Peris pushes AMA to campaign on alcohol-related domestic violence

7 March 2014

Labor's first Indigenous MP Nova Peris has challenged the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to advocate for more action in tackling alcohol-related domestic violence.

Illawarra's Indigenous alcohol detox program an Australian first

7 March 2014

Wollongong has become the host site for the country's first in-home detox program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with an alcohol dependency.

Inquiry into alcohol use in Indigenous communities

24 February 2014

Indigenous organisations have called for effective community consultation as the Federal Government launches a new inquiry into alcohol consumption in Indigenous communities.

Inquiry to probe Indigenous alcohol harm

18 February 2014

The Federal Government has set up a federal inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Funding boost for Australian researchers

18 February 2014

The Australian Government today announced $133 million in funding to help Australian researchers find new health treatments and cures.

Lives and crimes: kids who suffer FASD

17 February 2014

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong injury that leaves sufferers much more likely to break the law, and to break it repeatedly, even after long jail stints.

State Government lifts liquor restrictions on Palm Island

14 February 2014

Palm Island, off north Queensland (Qld), has been given State Government approval to sell wine and spirits at the community's only bar.

New group will try to slow flow of grog in Tennant Creek

11 February 2014

A group to develop a new Alcohol management plan for Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, is being established by the Minister for Alcohol Policy, Dave Tollner.

Community alcohol and other drugs services in 2015

10 February 2014

The Drug and Alcohol Office (DAO) is seeking advice from communities about their local alcohol and other drug service needs.

Chronic drinking problem in the NT costs about $642 million annually

7 February 2014

Alcohol abuse costs the Northern Territory (NT) about $642 million annually in police time, corrections, judicial support, medical treatment and lost productivity - equivalent to roughly $4000 per person or 4 1/2 times the national average - according to research quoted by the government last year.

Positive results for the alcohol MERIT program

3 February 2014

New figures released today by the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show that the health and well-being of defendants who are referred to the alcohol Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment (MERIT) program improved after placement on the program.

Report identifies divide among drinkers at risk in the NT

31 January 2014

A report reveals that a greater proportion of non-Indigenous people are at risk of long-term harm from alcohol in the Northern Territory than Indigenous people.

Ted Wilkes honoured with Order of Australia award

29 January 2014

HealthInfoNet consultant and former Advisory Board member Associate Professor Ted Wilkes was recognised on January 26 for his dedication to fighting for a better quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT backs wide-ranging alcohol Inquiry

16 January 2014

Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the NT (APO NT) have came out in support of a wide ranging Parliamentary Inquiry into alcohol announced by the Federal Government this week (January 2014).

Nigel Scullion announces parliamentary inquiry into alcohol-fuelled violence

9 January 2014

The Federal Government will hold a national inquiry into how to tackle increasing rates of alcohol-fuelled violence.

Awards recognise positive action on alcohol

8 January 2014

Western Australia's first Action on Alcohol Awards, organised by the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCAAY), was presented at Curtin University on 7 November 2013; recognising work completed across the state to reduce alcohol harm in young people.

Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Conference 2013 overview

20 December 2013

The 2013 Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Conference was held in Brisbane, Queensland, on the 19-20 November 2013.

Mick Gooda endorses a human rights based approach to alcohol misuse

19 December 2013

In his 2013 Social justice and native title report 2013, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, argues for a human rights-based approach to the contentious issue of alcohol use affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

New funding for drug and alcohol rehab centre in SA

18 December 2013

After several years of uncertainty, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre will be built at Port Augusta, South Australia.

New report combines community views and expert recommendations on ways forward to address alcohol related harm

16 December 2013

A ground-breaking report combining community views and expert recommendations on ways forward to address alcohol related harm in the NT has been released.

Public health officer questions NTs alcohol protection order

13 December 2013

A South Australian public health officer has questioned the effectiveness of the Northern Territory government's 'Alcohol Protection Order'.

2012-13 Australian Medical Association Indigenous health report card launched

10 December 2013

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.

Doctor quits NT rehab program

2 December 2013

A doctor who played a key role in establishing the Northern Territory Government's new Mandatory alcohol rehabilitation program has quit in protest at the way the program has been run, as well as the treatment of Aboriginal drinkers.

New life for troubled 'Insight' teen

29 November 2013

17 year old, Trevor Cook, is not the person he was six months ago.

Kowanyama moves to reverse grog ban

29 November 2013

The Cape York Aboriginal community of Kowanyama, in far north Queensland, is making a bid to overturn an alcohol ban that has been in place for five years.Kowanyama is one of 19 Indigenous communities reviewing its alcohol management plan (AMP).

Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) defunded

28 November 2013

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.

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13

27 November 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Clear message from Australasian FASD conference

26 November 2013

A clear message from last week's Australasian Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) conference in Brisbane, Queensland, is the need for population-based strategies to tackle alcohol availability, marketing and pricing.

Concerns over NT alcohol control plans

25 November 2013

The most recent measure proposed by the Northern Territory (NT) government to tackle excessive alcohol consumption is Alcohol Protection Orders (APO), designed to block supplies to problem drinkers.

Fond farewell for Cissy

22 November 2013

After ten years of service to St John of God Health Care in Social Outreach and Advocacy, Cecilia (Cissy) Cox announced her plan to retire from her role as Project Officer Early Years.

Puppets and hip hop lead the fight against FASD

21 November 2013

A collection of puppets depicting a Tennant Creek family affected by Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), is opening a difficult conversation.

BushMob: Helping young people get back on track

18 November 2013

BushMob's intention is clear; they want young people in Central Australia who have lost their way to make some positive choices in their lives.

Hub to help young people most in need

15 November 2013

A one-stop hub to provide a holistic support service for young people, similar to the national Headspace model, could be established in Port Lincoln, South Australia (SA).

Homebrew black market plagues Queensland Indigenous communities

13 November 2013

Health authorities are warning there is a growing industry in the sale of toxic homemade alcohol in some of Queensland's Indigenous communities.

Tru stories on social media

8 November 2013

A young Indigenous artist from Dubbo, New South Wales (NSW), is one of three who are creating new works to feature in a state-wide arts and health campaign.

Community demands action on alcohol

6 November 2013

New South Wales (NSW) community groups and individuals are demanding a greater say in the liquor licensing decisions that impact their local communities.

Council drinking program plan

28 October 2013

The Darwin City Council, in the Northern Territory, is set to launch a new program to reduce problem drinking on the city's streets.

Puppets headline FASD film premier

25 October 2013

A new film, headlined by charismatic puppets, is raising awareness about Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and building community pride in Tennant Creek, Western Australia.

Legal aid service says alcohol bans will not work

24 October 2013

An Aboriginal legal aid service says Alcohol protection orders will not address the problems of alcohol use in the Northern Territory (NT).

A new tool to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime

23 October 2013

Chief Minister, Adam Giles, has unveiled a new system of Alcohol protection orders designed to help police in their fight against alcohol-related crime.

Early wins for Alcohol Mandatory Treatment

22 October 2013

More than 100 problem drinkers have been referred to the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment (AMT) system in its first quarter of operation in the Northern Territory.

Further treatment offered to first person to leave mandatory alcohol rehabilitation program

21 October 2013

The Northern Territory's Alcohol Rehabilitation Minister, Robyn Lambley, has said the first person to complete the full three-month mandatory rehabilitation program will be offered ongoing treatment.

Drinking when pregnant

18 October 2013

Previous National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines said that women could drink up to seven standard drinks per week.

Australian band to donate proceedings of their new single to Indigenous organisation Red Dust

11 October 2013

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.

South Australian communities prepare for severe alcohol ban

30 September 2013

Sweeping restrictions on the sale of alcohol in the outback South Australian town of Coober Pedy will take effect from Monday 30 September 2013.

New court giving bail to offenders if they take steps to make change

24 September 2013

The Queensland state government is trialling a new court which gives bail to offenders if they take steps to make changes in their lives.

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health council external report 2013 highlights success of community controlled health services

16 September 2013

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) external report 2013 (the Report) on primary health care data extracted from community controlled clinics across Queensland shows significant gains in health access and improvements, whilst demonstrating there is more work needed in coming years.

Community campaign to make Bendigo a healthier place

13 September 2013

A partnership between leading health and welfare providers in Bendigo, Victoria is working to strengthen community resilience against drugs.

Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation's Coober to Oodnadatta bike ride adventure for 2013

11 September 2013

Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is again running the COBRA (Coober -Oodnadatta Bike Ride Adventure) for 2013.

Legislation to address alcohol use in the Pilbara

10 September 2013

A report last year to the Director of Liquor Licensing showed alcohol was a factor in nearly 77% of all domestic assaults in the West Pilbara within the 2010/11 financial year and its residents were almost three times as likely to be involved in an assault compared to the rest of the state.

Young leaders to advise on Indigenous healing

4 September 2013

A new youth-led initiative will support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make a difference in their communities and achieve healing.

New location for Darwin's Alcohol mandatory treatment facility

29 August 2013

Darwin's alcohol mandatory treatment facility will be relocated to an improved and secure facility at Darwin Correctional Centre's low-security accommodation, once the construction of the Darwin Correctional Precinct is completed mid-next year.

Kalparrin drug and alcohol support service still fighting for federal support

27 August 2013

The former operator of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation service for Indigenous people in the Murraylands, South Australia, want the centre's funding worries highlighted as a federal election issue.

Commonwealth action plan in response to FASD inquiry

9 August 2013

On 6 August 2013, the Commonwealth Government released its response to the report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) - FASD: The hidden harm.

Outcomes from Alice Springs Grog Summit

6 August 2013

A Summit on alcohol policy and its impact on Aboriginal people and communities was held on the 30 to 31 July 2013 in Alice Springs, sponsored by the Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT).

State of preventative health 2013 report released

5 August 2013

The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.

Alcohol restrictions planned for Coober Pedy

24 July 2013

Alcohol restrictions are being planned for Coober Pedy in South Australia's north following a rise in alcohol-related violence.

Innovative circus program boosts community pride

10 July 2013

An Aboriginal community has found the development of a local circus troupe has been successful in raising the self-esteem of young people and lifting the spirits of Elders.

Loss of SMART courts concerns Northern Territory Chief Magistrate

3 July 2013

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.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

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.

New funding to address alcohol and substance use in Ceduna

26 June 2013

The Australian Government is investing $865,000 in new programs to help Aboriginal people in Ceduna and surrounding communities address alcohol and substance use.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.

High Court upholds alcohol restrictions on Palm Island

20 June 2013

The High Court has dismissed an appeal claiming the alcohol management plan on the Queensland Aboriginal community of Palm Island breached the Racial Discrimination Act.

Alice Springs mandatory alcohol assessment site announced

19 June 2013

The Northern Territory Government has commenced the roll-out of alcohol mandatory treatment recently announcing the location for the Alice Springs assessment centre.

Australian Medical Association criticises NT mandatory alcohol rehabilitation laws

13 June 2013

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) does not support the Northern Territory Government's planned new alcohol laws.

Indigenous woman recognised for distinguished service in health and social welfare programs

11 June 2013

Indigenous woman June Oscar has been appointed an officer in the Order of Australia for leading the campaign to successfully introduce restrictions on the sale of full strength take-away alcohol in Western Australia's Fitzroy valley.

Input sought for substance use policy

22 May 2013

Consultations are being held across the country during May 2013 to inform a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples drug strategy (NATSIPDS).

Legislation for mandatory alcohol treatment in Northern Territory unveiled

15 May 2013

The draft bill for mandatory alcohol treatment outlining how the legislation will force problem drinkers into treatment has been unveiled.

Survey finds young Aboriginal people place high value on finding a job

8 May 2013

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.

Greater justice for people with FASD

9 April 2013

A report by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research on Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the West Australian (WA) justice system recommends further training and education to raise awareness of FASD and alternate sentencing options that consider the neurocognitive impairments associated with FASD.

'Beat da binge' campaign reduces drinking for Indigenous communities in Queensland

2 April 2013

A community-initiated binge drinking awareness campaign for Indigenous communities in North Queensland is working, according to new results released this week by researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales (NSW), James Cook University's Cairns Institute and the University of Newcastle.

FASD resource packs distributed across regional WA

13 March 2013

The West Australian Minister for Mental Health, Helen Morton, has unveiled a set of resources for health workers to use when trying to reduce rates of Foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in Indigenous communities.

WA justice system - expensive and ineffective

6 March 2013

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.

Report indicates improvements in health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

1 March 2013

Health trends among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are improving in several areas, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

BushMob helping young people tackle substance use in Alice Springs

28 February 2013

The Australian Government is investing more than $1.8 million in BushMob, a successful program in Alice Springs that helps young people stay free of alcohol and other drugs.

$100 million boost for Aboriginal youth in Northern Territory

20 February 2013

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.

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.

Plan to reduce alcohol and drug toll in Victoria

7 February 2013

The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon.

Social Justice Commissioner welcomes new report on prison vs residential treatment

6 February 2013

A new report by Deloitte Access Economics highlights the cost and health benefits of diversionary programs and community residential rehabilitation for Indigenous peoples who have been convicted of non-violent, substance use related offences.

Alcohol a key factor in suicide within Northern Territory

30 January 2013

A new study has identified alcohol use as strongly associated with suicide in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

Young Aboriginal researcher wins Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Award

22 November 2012

A young Aboriginal researcher's commitment to helping Indigenous Australians address alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems in their own communities was recognised with a national award.

Grog in the Territory: summit outcomes

21 November 2012

A summit on alcohol policy and its impact on Aboriginal people and communities was held in Darwin on Friday 16 November 2012.

National Drug Research Institute releases report on alcohol supply in Central Australia

12 November 2012

The National Drug Research Institute has just released a new study on alcohol supply and control in Central Australia.

New standards for Alcohol Management Plans in NT proposed as part of Stronger Futures package

9 November 2012

The Australian Government released draft minimum standards for Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs) yesterday (8 November), which are designed to help improve safety for Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

Mary G touring WA Goldfields to promote 'No grog no drugs' message

25 October 2012

Mary G, the 'Queen of the Kimberley' is currently on a tour around the Goldfields towns of Western Australia (WA).

New study to investigate cognitive response to thiamine among alcohol users

19 October 2012

A new project run by Menzies School of Health Research aims to investigate thiamine levels among heavy alcohol users.

Study shows possible link between alcohol price and assaults in Alice Springs

17 October 2012

Results from a study show a correlation between higher alcohol prices in Alice Springs and fewer assaults on Aboriginal women, researchers say.

New Pilbara liquor restrictions now in place

8 October 2012

Liquor restrictions are being put in place in certain towns in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), following consideration of police evidence and public comments.

Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012 not recommended to proceed by Australian Parliament

3 October 2012

The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress has expressed its dismay at the news that the Senate Committee has recommended that the Low Aromatic Fuel Bill should not proceed.

Report into Aboriginal service delivery in the Northern Territory (NT) makes 12 recommendations

2 October 2012

A report into spending on service delivery in remote Aboriginal communities recommends a reassessment of priorities and greater transparency.

Peak Indigenous body calls for mandatory alcohol labelling; recognition of FASD in Australia

26 September 2012

The peak Indigenous body in Australia, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, has called for mandatory labelling and health warnings about the risks associated with drinking.

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

Live Longer! Campaign recent grant recipients announced

18 September 2012

The Minister for Indigenous health, Mr Warren Snowdon has announced the latest round of grant recipients for the Local community campaigns to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health (Live longer! campaign).

Cannabis use increasing with alcohol restrictions in remote areas

18 September 2012

Blanket alcohol restrictions in remote regions are being blamed for the increasing rates of cannabis use and a corresponding rise in episodes of psychosis in Cape York, Queensland.

Elders take action over growing substance use problems

14 September 2012

In Adelaide, a group of Elders are raising awareness of drug and alcohol issues.

New online resource for Australia's Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Workers

13 September 2012

An online portal to support Australia's Healthy Lifestyle Workers was launched this week by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

Standard on culturally secure practice in the AOD sector launched

4 September 2012

Minister for Mental Health, Helen Morton, launched the Standard on culturally secure practice (alcohol and other drug sector) [1st Ed.] on 28 August 2012.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

New contracts awarded to AOD services in the Kimberley and Pilbara

29 August 2012

Eight new contracts have been awarded to alcohol and other drug services in the Kimberley and Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Researchers find link between alcohol use and age-related macular degeneration

28 August 2012

Researchers at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) have found a connection between moderate levels of alcohol use and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Newslines Radio broadcast tackles the topic of FASD

21 August 2012

A recent Newslines Radio broadcast (August 2012 - program two) focuses on the issue of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among the Indigenous population.

Inaugural WA alcohol and other drug excellence award winners announced

21 August 2012

The inaugural Western Australian (WA) alcohol and other drug (AOD) excellence awards winners were recently announced by Mental Health Minister, Helen Morton.

Strong spirit strong mind metro campaign launched by Mental Health Minister

14 August 2012

On 5 August, the Minister for Mental Health launched the Strong spirit strong mind metro project campaign.

Research on alcohol use among Indigenous Qld inmates indicates more treatment options are needed

7 August 2012

New research shows Indigenous prisoners in Queensland (Qld) are twice as likely to have alcohol-related problems than other inmates.

HealthInfoNet attending the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference on 7 August

6 August 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be running a cafe tomorrow the 7 August (2012) at the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference.

NSW Aboriginal prenatal health campaign to raise awareness of services available to pregnant women

31 July 2012

A new campaign to raise awareness among Aboriginal women about the risks of alcohol and other drug consumption during pregnancy was launched on 27 July, 2012.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

National Preventive Health Research Strategy (2012-2016) Consultation Draft - Invitation to comment

26 July 2012

Promoting a healthy Australia (The Australian National Preventive Health Agency) invites submissions for the second consultation process to develop the National preventive health research strategy 2012-2016.

Positive responses received from HealthInfoNet Substance use survey

23 July 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet recently conducted a survey on the substance use section of its website - including alcohol use, illicit drug use, volatile substance use, and tobacco use.

Boodjari yorga program improves birth outcomes for Aboriginal women

18 July 2012

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).

Community of Cheeditha to become the 16th in north-west WA declared alcohol-free

4 July 2012

The community of Cheeditha is set to become the 16th in north-west Western Australia (WA) to be declared alcohol-free.

Application lodged for Indigenous substance use rehabilitation facility in Canberra

29 June 2012

A development application for a substance use rehabilitation facility for Indigenous people has been lodged with the ACT Planning and Land Authority.

No alcohol is the safest choice campaign targets pregnant women

26 June 2012

No alcohol is the safest option when pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding, according to a new Western Australian (WA) campaign designed to educate women about drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The first of its kind in Australia, the No alcohol is the safest choice campaign is aimed at women of child-bearing age who may consume low to moderate amounts of alcohol.

2012 National Drug and Alcohol Award winners announced

25 June 2012

The 2012 National Drug and Alcohol Award winners were announced on Friday 22 June at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne.

Indigenous Wellbeing Centre takes part in Drug action week campaign

21 June 2012

The Indigenous Wellbeing Centre, located in Bundaberg, Queensland, will provide information on alcohol and illicit drug use as part of national Drug action week, running from 17-23 June 2012.

Funding announced for national alcohol and other drug research centres

21 June 2012

Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler, announced on 20 June 2012 that $24 million over three years is to be invested into alcohol and other drug (AOD) research.

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards winners announced

11 June 2012

The winners of the inaugural National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards were announced on Thursday 7 June, 2012, during the 2nd National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference.

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee releases position paper on FASD

7 June 2012

The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) released its position paper on Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) on the opening day of the NIDAC conference (6 June 2012).

Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work launched at NIDAC conference today

7 June 2012

The Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work was launched today (7 June 2012) at the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference in Fremantle, Western Australia (WA).

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol (NIDAC) conference underway tomorrow, 6 June

5 June 2012

The 2nd National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference is underway from tomorrow 6 June, 2012, at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, in Western Australia (WA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet named a finalist for the National Drug and Alcohol Awards 2012

29 May 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet was recently nominated in the National Drug and Alcohol Awards 2012 for its work on the substance use section of its website.

Community representatives and services working together on Ceduna alcohol management

24 May 2012

Representatives of Indigenous communities and services came together at Ceduna Foreshore Hotel on May 8, 2012, for discussions on the issue of alcohol consumption among the Indigenous population in Ceduna, South Australia (SA).

Three year extension of funding granted to some AOD service providers

24 May 2012

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.

Call for further remote area rehabilitation services

23 May 2012

An Aboriginal legal aid organisation says the Northern Territory (NT) Government must provide more alcohol rehabilitation services in remote Indigenous communities.

Do you use the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's substance use section? Take our survey

22 May 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is undertaking a survey to find out information on users accessing the website, particularly its 'substance use' section.

Qld Government to review current alcohol management plans in Indigenous communities

11 May 2012

Alcohol management plans were among the topics of discussion when new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Minister Glen Elmes met far north Queensland (Qld) mayors in Cairns on 5 May 2012.

Applications open for Criminal property confiscation grants program

9 May 2012

Attorney General Christian Porter launched the latest round of the Criminal property confiscation grants program on 2 May 2012.

Call for responses to inquiry into improving educational outcomes for Western Australians

8 May 2012

The Western Australian Education and Health Standing Committee is currently undertaking a parliamentary inquiry into improving educational outcomes for Western Australians of all ages.

Further legislation introduced to support NT alcohol reforms

7 May 2012

New legislation was passed in the Northern Territory (NT) parliament on 3 May 2012, which expands on the existing alcohol reforms.

Government funding withdrawn from successful SA substance use treatment service

3 May 2012

The Federal Government has withdrawn funding from a South Australian (SA) Aboriginal community controlled organisation after 38 years of operation.

DoHA shortlists applicants for substance use funding initiatives

2 May 2012

The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) has now assessed and shortlisted organisations who submitted applications for funding to address substance use issues.

Northern Territory Budget 2012 delivers $20 million investment into correctional services

26 April 2012

A $20.2 million investment in correctional services was announced by Correctional Services Minister Gerry McCarthy on 22 April 2012.

Bourke community to launch awareness campaign targeting alcohol and other drug use

24 April 2012

On Wednesday 2 May 2012, the Bourke Alcohol and drug working group (BAWG) will launch an alcohol and other drug awareness campaign in Bourke, New South Wales (NSW).

Indigenous drink driving licensing kit available for Western Australians

24 April 2012

The Office of Road Safety in Western Australia (WA), on behalf of the Road Safety Council, has created an educational resource to make the process of getting a driver's licence easier, and to spread the word about drink driving.

Further research sparks renewed call for minimum floor price for alcohol

18 April 2012

A research report released by the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation of Darwin has revealed new statistics about its homeless population.

Broome licensees applying for Royalties for regions grant to manage alcohol sales

17 April 2012

Broome licensees will be applying for a grant of at least $75,000 through the Western Australian (WA) Royalties for regions program, the resultant funding of which will go towards implementing a trial of ID scanning technology to identify banned patrons and problem drinkers.

Safe and sober support service - making a difference in Alice Springs

11 April 2012

The Safe and sober support service, an alcohol and other drug treatment service in Alice Springs, is making a difference in the community.

Driver training courses take L-plates to outback

3 April 2012

A new driver education program is being rolled out in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Dual-purpose alcohol and other drug centre to open in Carnarvon

2 April 2012

A new centre providing day and night treatment services for people in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia (WA) with alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems is set to open.

Funding boost for Northern Territory communities: Stronger futures initiative

30 March 2012

A $619 million funding boost will improve services in remote communities across the Northern Territory (NT) for the next 10 years, as part of the Stronger futures in the Northern Territory package.

Liquor amendment bill introduced to Territory parliament

29 March 2012

Minister for Alcohol Policy, Delia Lawrie, has introduced legislation to the Northern Territory (NT) parliament, expanding the NT Government's world-first alcohol reforms, which target anti-social behavior.

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT wants floor price for alcohol

27 March 2012

The peak body for Aboriginal health services in the Northern Territory (NT), the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT), says Australia should follow Britain's lead and introduce a floor price on alcohol.

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples calls for justice target

23 March 2012

The Indigenous representative body of Australia, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, has recently called for a target relating to justice be added to existing Closing the Gap targets which are monitored by Australian governments.

Midnight basketball program helps reduce youth crime in Kempsey

22 March 2012

The New South Wales town of Kempsey has implemented a social inclusion program for its youth to help reduce substance use and criminal activity.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

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.

Fines may be introduced to help enforce dry communities

20 March 2012

On-the-spot fines could be handed out for alcohol possession in dry Aboriginal communities around Australia.

Efforts to reduce alcohol-related violence meet with mixed success

9 March 2012

There are mixed results in efforts to increase school attendance and lower alcohol-related violence and hospital admissions in Indigenous communities in Queensland, according to the state Government's own report card.

Nation-wide grants announced for research into preventive health

6 March 2012

Almost $4 million in research funding has been allocated nation-wide to 13 new projects that will investigate ways to prevent the harm caused by obesity, tobacco and harmful use of alcohol.

Victorian healing program a success for Indigenous participants

5 March 2012

A unique Aboriginal initiative in Victoria is helping break the cycle of addiction and despair by combining indigenous spirituality with conventional treatment.

Extra funding for Indigenous communities to address substance use

1 March 2012

Certain Indigenous communities will receive extra funding under the government's Breaking the cycle of alcohol and drug abuse in Indigenous communities initiative.

Northern Territory alcohol reforms still lowering crime rate

29 February 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Government's alcohol reforms, stage one of which was effective from 1 July 2011, have been deemed a success by the Minister for Alcohol Policy, Delia Lawrie.

New Indigenous mental health web resource launched

22 February 2012

A new web resource for Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) workers is now available on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.

Indigenous community leaders request alcohol ban in Ngaru village

22 February 2012

Indigenous community leaders from the Ngaru village on the far north coast of New South Wales (NSW) have requested that alcohol be banned in the community.

Legislation needed to regulate alcohol purchases in north-west Western Australia

21 February 2012

According to Shadow Racing and Gaming Minister Mick Murray in a statement on 20 February 2012, the Western Australian Government should introduce legislation to regulate alcohol purchases in Broome and the West Kimberley to combat alcohol abuse.

Funding recipients announced for community level projects to combat risky drinking among youth

14 February 2012

The Australian Government has announced the funding recipients of the third round of grants under the community level initiative that are part of the National binge drinking strategy.

Tennant Creek sobering up shelter to open in February 2012

10 February 2012

A $1.6 million sobering-up shelter will open in Tennant Creek next week, replacing an older facility which was demolished.

Nominations open for Strong Spirit Strong Mind Awards 2012

31 January 2012

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.

Six Kimberley homes declared alcohol-free zones

24 January 2012

Six homes in Western Australia's Kimberley region have been declared alcohol-free as part of a new scheme to reduce the impact of alcohol in Aboriginal communities.

New funding and upgrade for the South East Metropolitan Community Drug Service

17 January 2012

The South East Metropolitan Community Drug Service (SEMCDS) has received state Government funding towards an upgrade and new premises in Thornlie, Western Australia.

Time to nominate excellent local governments (Indigenous, rural health, roads and more...)

12 January 2012

Entries are now being sought for a competition that recognises local government achievements in Indigenous community engagement, reconciliation, rural and remote health and improving services to remote communities.

Western Australia's largest Aboriginal community applies for liquor ban

21 December 2011

Western Australia's largest Aboriginal community, Bidyadanga, is applying to have the State's toughest alcohol restrictions introduced.

Australia's first Indigenous youth alcohol and other drug rehabilitation facility opens

19 December 2011

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.

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

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.

Halls Creek benefits from alcohol restrictions; new health worker positions

9 December 2011

The Drug and Alcohol Office has released a report on 8 December 2011, on the impact of liquor restrictions in Halls Creek, Western Australia.

New alcohol and other drug worker positions for north-west WA under Royalties for regions program

9 December 2011

Up to 31 alcohol and other drug worker positions will be created to expand treatment, prevention and counselling services across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.

Banned drinkers register successful in reducing assault in Northern Territory

8 December 2011

Northern Territory Police Commissioner John McRoberts says there has been a 16% reduction in the number of reported assaults in Alice Springs since the banned drinkers register started.

Alcohol, pregnancy and FASD: new website available from TICHR

5 December 2011

A new website has recently been launched by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (TICHR).

King Brown country: the betrayal of Papunya wins Walkley Award

29 November 2011

Russell Skelton has won the 2011 Walkley Award for long-form journalism for his book King Brown country: the betrayal of Papunya.

Stronger Futures legislation proposed today

23 November 2011

The Government will today introduce its Stronger futures legislation into Parliament.

Australian of the Year award goes to spokesperson for the People's Alcohol Action Coalition reform group

16 November 2011

Medical campaigner Dr John Boffa has been named the Northern Territory's Australian of the Year 2012 and presented with his award by The Hon Paul Henderson MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory (NT).

New measures to tackle alcohol, jobs, education in NT

15 November 2011

The Australian Government has today announced new initiatives to tackle alcohol abuse, school attendance and employment in remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

Indigenous social worker from WA acknowledged for remarkable contributions

10 November 2011

Associate Professor Dawn Bessarab from the Aboriginal Health and Education Unit, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, has won a 2011 Social Worker of the Year award.

Lililwan project receives further funding

9 November 2011

The Lililwan project is a community-led strategy developed to address Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Fitzroy Valley of Western Australia.

Liquor Control Amendment Act 2011 allows enforcement of alcohol-free zones

4 November 2011

Part 3 of the Liquor Control Amendment Act 2011 relating to Liquor Restricted Premises was proclaimed on 8 October 2011.

Northern Territory alcohol reforms see reduction in alcohol-related crime

27 October 2011

The Territory Government's Enough is enough alcohol reforms are having an immediate impact by cutting crime across the Territory, statistics released recently show.

More Indigenous Australians accessing targeted health services

26 October 2011

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).

Australian Capital Territory gets $1.2 million funding to improve health outcomes

26 October 2011

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced on 23 October 2011, funding of $1.2 million through the ACT health promotions grant program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease.

Government releases NT consultation report

24 October 2011

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin released the Stronger futures in the Northern Territory consultation report in Alice Springs last week.

BushMob's bush adventure therapy program success

21 October 2011

A Bush adventure therapy program run by BushMob has experienced success in its fourth year, through its annual horse trek.

$39.8 million in health and medical research to help close the gap

19 October 2011

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced 53 National Health and Medical Research Council grants focusing on Indigenous health.

Raising awareness of petrol sniffing in urban South Australia

10 October 2011

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.

Health workers honoured at the Deadly Awards

28 September 2011

The 17th Deadly Awards were held at the Sydney Opera House on the 27 September 2011, recognising outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements in sport, the arts, music and health.

New rehabilitation services available in the East Kimberley

14 September 2011

Stage two of the Ngnowar Aerwah 7 Mile Residential Rehabilitation Facility service was officially opened in Wyndham on 8 September 2011.

Kimberley liquor restriction benefits seen firsthand

30 August 2011

The Western Australian Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron says he has been buoyed by a visit to West Kimberley Aboriginal communities that are under the state's strictest type of liquor restrictions.

Northern Territory alcohol reform awareness campaigns

29 August 2011

The Enough is enough alcohol reforms, introduced in the Northern Territory as part of their Alcohol management plans, will now also be supported by community awareness campaigns.

Steps to success liquor accords workshops planned around NSW

24 August 2011

A series of 48 workshops is planned across metropolitan, regional and rural New South Wales over the next nine months.

$10m in community projects to reduce risky drinking

24 August 2011

As part of the Gillard Government's National binge drinking strategy, communities around Australia will receive funding for projects to combat risky drinking.

Indigenous Football Festival message: cannabis and sport don't mix

19 August 2011

Educational messages on mixing alcohol and other drug use and physical activity were delivered at the Indigenous Football Festival recently in Alice Springs.

New Victorian alcohol and other drug strategy - call for public submissions

15 August 2011

The Coalition Government has announced a new whole of government strategy to address alcohol and other drug (AOD) use in Victoria.

Health warnings now on popular alcoholic drinks labels

12 July 2011

Beginning from 12 July, approximately 80% of alcohol drinks sold in Australia will have 'cigarette-style' health warnings on their labels.

Community takes drastic action against alcohol

7 July 2011

The remote community of Binjari, 15km from Katherine and with only 150 residents, has experienced 10 deaths due to alcohol related causes in the past eight years.

Measures implemented to minimise alcohol consumption in Alice Springs

23 June 2011

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has congratulated Coles for showing community leadership by implementing measures to minimise alcohol consumption in Alice Springs.

Rehabilitation centre to open in Port Hedland

17 June 2011

Port Hedland's first alcohol and other drug rehabilitation centre is set to open in mid-2012.

WA state budget 2011-12: alcohol and other drug sector

8 June 2011

The Minister for Mental Health and Disability Services Helen Morton announced funding for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector in a budget bulletin 2011-12.

Raising awareness of alcohol`s impact on the developing brain

6 June 2011

The forum: Brain development and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) was held on 27 May by the McCusker Centre for Action on Youth and Alcohol and brought together researchers and other professionals to discuss what can be done to prevent harm to young people resulting from their own or another's alcohol use.

Kunawarritji declared grog-free

26 May 2011

Kunawarritji, an Aboriginal community in Western Australia's East Pilbara has become the 15th in the state to be declared alcohol-free.

$160m to Indigenous alcohol and other drug initiatives in WA

25 May 2011

An increase in mining royalties to more than $4 billion in 2012 has given a bonus to the WA government's Royalties for Regions scheme.

Budget 2011-12: alcohol and other drug services

12 May 2011

The Government has announced the new budget for 2011-12, including funding for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector.

Research informs treatment of petrol and alcohol users

10 May 2011

Research by Menzies School of Health Research at Charles Darwin University (CDU) is improving understanding of the treatment and prevention of chronic petrol and alcohol use.

New look DrugInfo website launched

9 May 2011

The new look Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) DrugInfo website and email alert service was launched on 4 May 2011 at the 6th International Conference on Drugs and Young People.

NT government poised to introduce tougher grog laws

5 May 2011

The Northern Territory government is likely to pass its new alcohol laws after winning the support of Independent Member for Nelson, Gerry Wood.

Growing community support to reduce the availability of alcohol

4 May 2011

Residents of a West Australian town which experiences significantly higher rates of binge drinking than the state average want to mend their hard-drinking reputation.

More substance use treatment services needed

29 April 2011

The drug policy group Anex is calling for better treatment services for alcohol and other drug use in regional areas such as the Far West.

Second NT intervention on table

21 April 2011

A second Federal intervention into the Northern Territory is being considered by Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin.

Changes planned for alcohol ID cards

18 April 2011

About 11,000 people in Alice Springs and Katherine will need to obtain other forms of identification to buy alcohol later this year.

Minimum alcohol price a must, says Gooda

12 April 2011

Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda is lobbying for a minimum alcohol price in the Northern Territory.

Liquor bans announced for two Kimberley communities

5 April 2011

The Aboriginal communities of Looma and Pandanus Park in the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley will be declared restricted areas under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 according to Racing and Wagering Minister Terry Waldron.

NT Govt to introduce 'toughest' grog laws in country

5 April 2011

Chief Minister Paul Henderson says a bill being introduced to Parliament on Wednesday will target problem drinkers as well as giving more powers to the Licensing Commission.

Binge drinking program reduces emergency department presentations

25 March 2011

The Drink safe community initiative has been running programs in Broken Hill since 2008 to the promote community awareness and educate young people on the dangers of binge drinking.

Drug Foundation applauds Vic Govt for new law to protect kids from alcohol supply

25 March 2011

The Australian Drug Foundation today commended the Victorian Government for their move to protect children from alcohol harm by introducing Victoria's first secondary supply law.

Work to begin on new Tennant Creek sobering up shelter

9 March 2011

The Department of Health and Ageing's Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has released a joint statement with the Northern Territory Minister for Construction, Gerry McCarthy, indicating that the construction of a new facility in Tennant Creek providing care and supervision for people needing somewhere to 'sober up' is to go ahead.

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

8 February 2011

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).

Alcohol free zones in two Pilbara communities

7 October 2010

On Wednesday, 6 October 2010, WA Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron declared two East Pilbara Aboriginal communities alcohol-free zones.

Liquor restrictions announced for three more communities

4 August 2010

West Australian Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron declared restricted areas under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 for the Aboriginal communities of Kundat Djaru (Ringer Soak), Nicholson Block and Koongie Park in the Shire of Halls Creek.

Voluntary alcohol restrictions lead to big drop in assaults and hospital admissions

12 July 2010

Alcohol restrictions requested by the local Norseman Aboriginal community and supported by the whole community have resulted in significant harm reduction: the evaluation of the Norseman Voluntary Liquor Agreement found a 60% decrease in alcohol-related hospital admissions; a 17% reduction in assaults; a 10% reduction in police tasks; and a 10% decrease in per capita alcohol consumption.

Health advisory labels on alcoholic beverages

7 July 2010

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has been working on two projects involving the labelling of alcoholic beverages.

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference (NIDAC)

21 June 2010

The inaugural NIDAC conference was held at the Adelaide convention centre on the 16 - 18 June 2010.

New review now available: The harmful use of alcohol among Indigenous Australians

14 June 2010

A review of the harmful use of alcohol among Indigenous Australians is now available on the Indigenous alcohol use web resource.

Indigenous mayors up in arms at grog ban

9 June 2010

Alcohol bans will stay in place in Indigenous communities despite the warnings from Indigenous mayors that the State Government's Alcohol Management Plan is making "criminals" out of Aboriginal people.

Residents fear grog ban silence

9 June 2010

Residents of the small opal mining town of Mintabie in South Australia's far north are worried about the new alcohol restrictions that will be implemented next month which are aimed at preventing alcohol smuggling to surrounding Aboriginal lands.

Social worker pleads for Indigenous detox centre

6 June 2010

A social worker in Mount Isa has called for the establishment of a detoxification centre to address the high number of Indigenous residents battling with alcohol and other drug issues.

Next stage of national binge drinking campaign kicks off to support Indigenous youth

3 June 2010

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said the campaign called Your Life, Your Culture, YOU CHOOSE! has been designed to bring Indigenous youth together at events with their local communities and health professionals to promote alternatives to binge drinking.

New report released: The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

28 May 2010

The latest results from national statistical collections on the health and wellbeing of Australia's Indigenous population have been revealed today with the release of The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2010.

Indigenous group responds to claims

19 May 2010

A group of young Aboriginal people have hit back at claims that violence and a lack of respect in Cabarita is representative of the area's whole Aboriginal community.

AER responds to 2010/11 federal budget: $50 million for binge drinking welcomed, but far from comprehensive alcohol reform

12 May 2010

The Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation (AER) today acknowledged the extension to the Federal Government's National Binge Drinking Strategy.

ADCA: Alcohol and other Drugs - "In or Out of Health Reform?"

10 May 2010

The Federal Government Budget investment in the national binge drinking strategy is welcomed, says Mr David Templeman, CEO of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, but this will not be enough to significantly reduce alcohol related harm in Australia.

Alcohol 'primary cause' of Aboriginal violence

9 May 2010

The Australian Institute of Criminology has released a report, titled Indigenous perpetrators of violence: prevalence and risk factors for offending, that identifies several risk factors among offenders that contribute to a greater likelihood of carrying out violent crime; namely alcohol and access to pornography.

ADCA dismayed at Government's failure to address alcohol tax reform

2 May 2010

The Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) deplores the level of inaction on alcohol tax reform considering the recent focus on health reform.

Bush medicine put to the test in WA

23 March 2010

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.
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