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2014

Haber PS, Day CA (2014)

Overview of substance use and treatment from Australia.

Substance Abuse; 35(3): 304-308

Manton E, Pennay A, Savic M (2014)

Public drinking, social connection and social capital: a qualitative study.

Addiction Research and Theory; 22(3): 218-228

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2014)

Alcohol and other drug treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

This paper was developed by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) in response to the misperception that effective alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment is not available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The paper aims to reduce these misperceptions by outlining:
  • who can benefit from receiving treatment
  • what treatment is known to work
  • key principles that should guide the application of treatment
  • what constitutes effective treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The paper focuses upon interventions that are evidence-based and directly related to addressing
AOD use. It does not cover interventions that have a prevention focus.

Abstract adapted from the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC)

2013

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2013)

A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services: guide for practitioners and providers.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

This document is a guide for mental health practitioners and services to Australia's national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services.

The guide provides:

  • definitions for the concepts of recovery and lived experience
  • descriptions of the practice domains and key capabilities necessary for the mental health workforce to function in accordance with recovery-oriented principles
  • guidance on tailoring recovery-oriented approaches to respond to the diversity of people with mental health issues, to people in different life circumstances and at different ages and stages of life.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council

Australian National Council on Drugs (2013)

Alcohol action plan: issues paper.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (2013)

A red light for preventive health: assessing progress against the Preventative Health Strategy's alcohol-specific actions.

Canberra: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Nicholas R, Adams V, Roche A, White M, Battams S (2013)

A literature review to support the development of Australia's alcohol and other drug workforce development strategy.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

2012

Anex (2012)

Australian drug policy: harm reduction and ‘new recovery': discussion paper: draft for consultation.

Melbourne: Anex

Carragher N, Chalmers J (2012)

What are the options? Pricing and taxation policy reforms to redress excessive alcohol consumption and related harms in Australia.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

2009

National Drug Strategy (2009)

Australia's National Drug Strategy beyond 2009: consultation paper.

Canberra: National Drug Strategy

National Health and Medical Research Council (2009)

Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol.

Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council

In 2009, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) introduced revised guidelines that depart from specifying 'risky' and 'high risk' levels of drinking. The guidelines seek to estimate the overall risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime and to reduce the level of risk to one death for every 100 people.

There is no longer any difference in the guidelines based on gender; the guidelines are universal for adults over 18 years (Guidelines 1 and 2). Specific guidance is also provided for children and young people (Guideline 3), and pregnant and breastfeeding women (Guideline 4).

  • Guideline one: to reduce the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, no more than two standard drinks should be consumed on any day
  • Guideline two: to reduce the risk of injury on a single occasion of drinking, no more than four standard drinks should be consumed
  • Guideline three: recommends that children under 15 years are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking and that for this age group, not drinking alcohol is especially important. For young people aged 15-17 years, the safest option is to delay the initiation of drinking for as long as possible
  • Guideline four: recommends for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant, not drinking is the safest option.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Siggins Miller (2009)

Evaluation and monitoring of the National Drug Strategy 2004-2009.

Canberra: National Drug Strategy

Skov SJ (2009)

Alcohol taxation policy in Australia: public health imperatives for action: a statement by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(8): 437-439

2008

Collins DJ, Lapsley HM (2008)

The avoidable costs of alcohol abuse in Australia and the potential benefits of effective policies to reduce the social costs of alcohol.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Roche AM, Pidd K, Bywood P, Duraisingam P, Steenson T, Freeman T, Nicholas R (2008)

Drug testing in schools: evidence, impacts and alternatives.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

2007

National Drug Research Institute (2007)

Restrictions on the sale and supply of alcohol: evidence and outcomes.

Perth: National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology

This report presents the results of a study which aimed to determine the effectiveness of past and existing alcohol restrictions applied throughout Australia. The study found that alcohol restrictions in Indigenous communities are effective but only where community consultation has occurred. The study also suggests that these restrictions should be complemented with measures to address the underlying causes of alcohol misuse. The report aims to provide practical guidance for Indigenous communities addressing alcohol related problems.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

 
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