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Social impacts

2014

Bhandari A, van Dooren K, Eastgate G, Lennox N, Kinner SA (2014)

Comparison of social circumstances, substance use and substance-related harm in soon-to-be-released prisoners with and without intellectual disability.

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jir.12162):

Brady M (2014)

A good idea that went wrong: the rise and fall of two Aboriginal licensed clubs in northern Australia.

: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Brady M (2014)

Lessons from a history of beer canteens and licensed clubs in Indigenous Australian communities.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

This discussion paper aims to provide some historical depth to the latest resurgence of interest in the idea that alcoholic drinks should be made available in licensed canteens or clubs in discrete Aboriginal communities.

The paper traces the social and policy changes that created a context within which it was thought that rationed sales of alcohol in home communities would encourage responsible drinking practices among Indigenous drinkers.

Such experiments followed closely on the repeal of Aboriginal prohibition in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland.

The paper also discusses what went wrong with these establishments and makes suggestions for the future.

Abstract adapted from Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Buckley T (2014)

A criminal shift: alcohol regulation in the Northern Territory.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(12): 20-23

Clough AR, Fitts MS, Robertson J, Shakeshaft A, Miller A, Doran CM, Muller R, Ypinazar V, Martin D, McDermott R, Sanson-Fisher R, Towle S, Margolis SA, West C (2014)

Study protocol - alcohol management plans (AMPs) in remote Indigenous communities in Queensland: their impacts on injury, violence, health and social indicators and their cost-effectiveness.

BMC Public Health; 14: 15

Retrieved 9 January 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-15

Cutcher Z, Degenhardt L, Alati R, Kinner SA (2014)

Poor health and social outcomes for ex-prisoners with a history of mental disorder: a longitudinal study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(5): 424–429

House Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs (2014)

Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Retrieved 2014 from http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=indigenousaffairs/harmfulalcohol/subs.htm

On Thursday 13 February 2014 the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, asked the House Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs to inquire into and report on the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities.

The main purpose of the Parliamentary Committees is to carry out investigations and report the findings of those investigations to the Parliament.

Accepted submissions are available from the information link below.

Abstract adapted from Parliament House of Australia

Lee KSK, Harrison K, Mills K, Conigrave KM (2014)

Needs of Aboriginal Australian women with comorbid mental and alcohol and other drug use disorders.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 33(5): 473–481

Livingston M (2014)

Trends in non-drinking among Australian adolescents.

Addiction; 109(6): 922–929

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

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

Reeve R, Bradford W (2014)

Aboriginal disadvantage in major cities of New South Wales: evidence for holistic policy approaches.

Australian Economic Review; 47(2): 199-217

Roche A, Trifonoff A, White M, Evans K, Battams S, Adams V, Scarfe A (2014)

From policy to implementation: child and family sensitive practice in the alcohol and other drugs sector.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

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

Wallace GP (2014)

What can circle sentencing courts tell us about drug and alcohol problems affecting Aboriginal communities?.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(11): 675-677

Weatherburn D (2014)

Arresting incarceration : pathways out of Indigenous imprisonment.

Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press

2013

Australian Institute of Criminology (2013)

Australian crime: facts and figures: 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

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

Brennan T, Charles A, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Mildura.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

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

Carson D, Carson D, Taylor A (2013)

Indigenous long grassers: itinerants or problem tourists?.

Annals of Tourism Research; 42: 1-21

d'Abbs P, Togni S, Rosewarne C, Boffa J (2013)

The Grog Mob: lessons from an evaluation of a multi-disciplinary alcohol intervention for Aboriginal clients.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(5): 450–456

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2013)

Closing the gap in the Northern Territory monitoring report: January to June 2012.

Canberra: Australian Government

Duffin W, Riley B, Grogan G, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Kuranda.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Fitts MS, Palk GR, Lennon AJ, Clough AR (2013)

What are the offence and offender risk factors for Indigenous repeat drink drivers in Queensland?.

Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety; 24(2): 39-47

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Fitts MS, Palk GR, Lennon AJ, Clough AR (2013)

Why do Indigenous Australians drink and drive? A qualitative exploration of self-reported influences on drink driving behaviours of Indigenous peoples from remote communities.

Paper presented at the The 23rd Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference. 26-29 May 2013, Montreal

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (2013)

10 years on: an analysis of the progress made in preventing alcohol-related harms since the 2003 NSW Summit on Alcohol Abuse.

Deakin ACT: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Hams K, Murray B, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Cherbourg.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Ingram D, Taylor N, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Redfern, Sydney.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

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

McGrady G, Peckham M, Grogan G, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Toomelah.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

McGuire V, Boladeras J, Collard L, Bracknell C, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Narrogin.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2013)

An economic analysis for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders: prison vs residential treatment.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

This report was commissioned by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee to:

  • identify the patterns and prevalence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the prison system
  • outline the impacts and implications of incarceration for Indigenous Australians
  • analyse the costs and benefits of addressing Indigenous problematic substance use with treatment, particularly residential rehabilitation, as compared to prison.

A number of sources of information, including a scan of relevant literature and data repositories and consultations with key stakeholders, were used to inform the analysis.

The report highlights the cost and health benefits of diversionary programs and community residential rehabilitation for Indigenous people who have been convicted of non-violent, substance use related offences.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2013)

Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health: revised edition.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

This report provides a comprehensive examination of Indigenous incarceration in Australia. The report provides details on:

  • prison-related health risks
  • characteristics of Indigenous prisoners and detainees and trend information about Indigenous incarceration
  • Indigenous substance use issues and how they interact with the justice system
  • reasons for over-representation of Indigenous Australians in the correctional system
  • intervention opportunities within the criminal justice system
  • issues for consideration, including Indigenous participation in diversion programs, access to health care while in the correctional system and after release, recidivism, cost of incarceration, and the suitability of programs
  • recommendations.

This report provides an update to the Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health report released in 2009.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Northern Territory of Australia: alcohol mandatory treatment act (2013)

Northern Territory Department of Health

Performance and Evaluation Branch (2013)

Cape York welfare reform: evaluation 2012.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

The Cape York welfare reform (CYWR) was established to address deteriorating social and economic conditions in Cape York Indigenous communities. It was trialled in the four communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge. The policy reform focused on initiatives in the areas of social responsibility, education, economic opportunity, and housing with the objectives of rebuilding social norms, re-establishing Indigenous authority, increased involvement in the real economy, and moving community members and their families away from social housing into their own homes. This report is the final evaluation of the CYWR. The framework for the evaluation included the following questions:

  • was the trial implemented as agreed
  • did social norms and behaviours change as intended
  • has governance and service delivery supported these intended changes.

This report describes how the reforms were implemented, the timelines, what was not implemented, and the impact of the CYWR on the communities participating in the trial.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ryder A, Blurton D, Hansen C, Collard L, Bracknell C, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Perth.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Social Inclusion Action Research Group (2013)

Reducing stigma and discrimination relating to alcohol and other drugs in Western Australia: position paper.

Perth: Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

Spratley S, Donnelly N, Trimboli L (2013)

Health and wellbeing outcomes for defendants entering the Alcohol-MERIT program.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Tan WY, Johnson M (2013)

A report into the effectiveness of civil commitment in the treatment of alcoholism, and its suitability for implementation the Northern Territory.

Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Long-term harmful use of alcohol remains a large problem in the Northern Territory and a model of civil commitment for 'problem drinkers' has been proposed. This planned system has been strongly criticised on a number of ethical, moral and legal grounds.

This report explores existing evidence from studies on both civil and forensic mandatory rehabilitation, in order to evaluate if it would be an effective form of treatment for alcohol dependent persons, and appropriate to implement such a system in the Northern Territory.

The report concludes that given the lack of evidence for the effectiveness of civil commitment and the potentially significant impact upon the freedoms of individuals, families and the communities, it could be difficult to justify the proposal.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

The Kirby Institute (2013)

Highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at The Kirby Institute.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute

Tjalaminu M, Miller D, Collard L, Bracknell C, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Northam/Toodyay.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

van Dooren K, Kinner SA, Forsyth S (2013)

Risk of death for young ex-prisoners in the year following release from adult prison.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(4): 377-382

Van Dooren K, Richards A, Lennox N, Kinner SA (2013)

Complex health-related needs among young, soon-to-be-released prisoners.

Health and Justice; 1

Retrieved 24 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2194-7899-1-1

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

Make a night, break a night: the experiences of Aboriginal youth around alcohol (2013)

Wilson M, Jones J

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

Allan J, Kemp M, Golden A (2012)

The prevalence of cognitive impairment in a rural in-patient substance misuse treatment programme.

Mental Health and Substance Use; 5(4): 303-313

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Australian social trends, June 2012.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

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, Billingham M, Bhagerutty Y (2012)

Growth and empowerment for Indigenous Australians in substance abuse treatment.

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction; 10(6): 970-983

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

Breen H (2012)

Risk and protective factors associated with gambling products and services: Indigenous gamblers in north Queensland.

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction; 10(1): 24-38

Calabria B, Clifford A, Shakeshaft AP, Doran CM (2012)

A systematic review of family-based interventions targeting alcohol misuse and their potential to reduce alcohol-related harm in Indigenous communities.

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs; 73(3): 477-488

Chenhall R, Senior K (2012)

Treating Indigenous Australians with alcohol/drug problems: assessing quality of life.

Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly; 30(2): 130-145

Clough AR, Jacups S, Robertson J, Rogerson B, Graham V (2012)

Listening to what Indigenous people in remote communities say about alcohol restrictions and cannabis use: “Good thing that the alcohol's gone, but the gunja has kept going” [letter].

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(5):

d'Abbs P (2012)

Problematizing alcohol through the eyes of the other: alcohol policy and Aboriginal drinking in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Contemporary Drug Problems; 39(3): 371-396

Drug and Alcohol Office WA (2012)

The impact of liquor restrictions in Kununurra and Wyndham: a twelve month review.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office WA

Drug and Alcohol Office WA (2012)

The impact of liquor restrictions in Kununurra and Wyndham: Six month review.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office WA

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (2012)

The Alcohol Action in Rural Communities (AARC) project.

Canberra: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

This report presents the findings from the Alcohol action in rural communities project (AARC) conducted in 2005 - 2012. It evaluated the effectiveness of community action approaches to reducing risky alcohol consumption and related-harms in 10 communities across rural New South Wales, using 13 tailored strategies implemented over 5 years.

The project demonstrated that the benefits of implementing community action outweigh the associated costs of such action. Findings included:

  • 24% reduction in alcohol-related street offences
  • 8% reduction in assaults
  • 31% reduction of short-term high-risk drinkers.

The AARC project was a partnership between local communities, local government, government agencies, the Universities of New South Wales and Newcastle, and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), with funding provided by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hayes LG (2012)

Aboriginal women, alcohol and the road to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(1): 21-23

Heffernan E, Anderson K, Dev A (2012)

Inside Out: the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody report.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Hunter EM, Gynther BD, Anderson CJ, Onnis L-A L, Nelson JR, Hall W, Baune BT, Groves AR (2012)

Psychosis in Indigenous populations of Cape York and the Torres Strait.

Medical Journal of Australia; 196(2): 133-135

Kinner SA, Dietze PM, Gouillou M, Alati R (2012)

Prevalence and correlates of alcohol dependence in adult prisoners vary according to Indigenous status.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(4): 329–334

Kirby T (2012)

Blunting the legacy of alcohol abuse in Western Australia.

The Lancet; 379(9812): 207-208

Kuipers P, Appleton J, Pridmore S (2012)

Thematic analysis of key factors associated with Indigenous and non-Indigenous suicide in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 2235

Retrieved 31 December 2012 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2235

Given the impact of suicide on individuals, families and communities, particularly for rural, remote and Indigenous populations, the current study was undertaken to enhance understanding on this topic.

Thematic analysis was undertaken of 411 coroners' reports of completed suicides across a 10 year period, occurring in the Northern Territory, Australia. Data was extracted numerically and qualitatively, categorised and tallied.

Key factors associated with suicide in order of frequency of identification by coroners were:

  • alcohol and other drug abuse
  • conflict and relationship breakdown
  • mental illness and mental health concerns.

Considerable differences were noted between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cases.

An array of factors were associated with suicide and considerable variation was found between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cases. The relative importance of social and contextual factors is confirmed for people at risk of suicide in rural, remote and Indigenous populations. These findings suggest relative priorities for suicide prevention and postvention.

Abstract adapted from Rural and Remote Health

Lee L, Midford R, Malone S (2012)

The Dampier Peninsula Prevention Project: working with a group of remote Australian Aboriginal communities to address alcohol and drug use.

International Journal of Health Promotion and Education; 50(3): 111-124

Li SQ, Pircher SLM, Guthridge SL (2012)

Trends in alcohol-attributable hospitalisation in the Northern Territory, 1998–99 to 2008–09.

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(6): 341-344

Memmott P, Birdsall-Jones C, Greenop K (2012)

Why are special services needed to address Indigenous homelessness?.

Brisbane: Institute for Social Science Research, the University of Queensland

This report explores why it is necessary to design and deliver homelessness services specifically for Indigenous people. The report examines this topic in the context of current trends in homelessness policy, which favour the mainstreaming of services for Indigenous homeless people. It speaks to the concerns of government policy makers in this field, as well as relevant administrators and non-government organisations (NGOs) engaged in designing programs and services for Aboriginal homeless and public place dwelling people. The report was funded by the Australian Government under the 2009-13 National homelessness research agenda.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Memmott P, Nash D (2012)

No wrong door? Managing Indigenous homelessness in Mt Isa.

Brisbane: Institute for Social Science Research

Nadew GT (2012)

Exposure to traumatic events, prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol abuse in Aboriginal communities.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 1667

Retrieved 12 October 2012 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=1667

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2012)

Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Australia.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

This report was produced by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee as a position paper on Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The report contains an overview of FASD in Australia, including the health and social impacts of alcohol use during pregnancy. The report also contains recommendations to address the condition, which include:

  • implementing broad ranging social marketing campaigns to raise awareness of FASD, and the risks to the fetus or baby if the mother consumes alcohol while pregnant and breastfeeding
  • supporting health professionals and services through the development of national policy and clinical practice guidelines, as well as workforce development and training.

NIDAC officially released this position paper on the opening day of the NIDAC conference (6 June 2012).

Abstract adapted from National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

Nelson AL, Macdonald D, Abbott RA (2012)

A risky business? Health and physical activity from the perspectives of urban Australian Indigenous young people.

Health, Risk & Society; 14(4): 325-340

Nicholas R, White M, Roche A, Gruenert S, Lee N (2012)

Breaking the silence: addressing family and domestic violence problems in alcohol and other drug treatment practice in Australia.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services (2012)

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report: June 2011 to August 2012.

Darwin: Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services

This is the first of two annual reports that examine the objectives, strategies and funding arrangements of agreements that form the basis of the partnership between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory (NT) governments aimed at closing the gap in living conditions and social outcomes for Aboriginal Territorians.

The geographies assessed in the report include; Territory growth towns, Community living areas, town camps, homelands, communities and outstations.

The report focuses on four major themes arising from the approach taken by governments in relation to Aboriginal people since the NT emergency response (NTER) commenced in 2007 and reflected in the Stronger futures arrangements proposed for the next ten years. These are:

  • transparency and accountability
  • the balance between the crisis and developmental aspects of initiatives under both the NTER and Stronger futures
  • the marginalisation of Aboriginal people in decision making and resource allocation
  • the lack of long-term planning and capacity development within Aboriginal towns, particularly the transfer of service delivery from Aboriginal organisations to the non-Indigenous, non-profit sector.
The report makes twelve recommendations in the following areas:population and mobility; one-stop shop business centres; accountability and transparency; prioritisation of investments; community safety; early childhood; education; youth services review; labour force participation; workforce development (housing); housing; and health (morgues).

Abstract adapted from Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report

Orford J (2012)

Worrying for drinkers in Aboriginal Australia [ch 8].

In: Orford J, ed. Addiction dilemmas: family experiences from literature and research and their challenges for practice. Malden, MA, USA: John Wiley & Sons: 52-64

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

Symons M, Gray D, Chikritzhs T, Skov S, Saggers S, Boffa J, Low J (2012)

A longitudinal study of influences on alcohol consumption and related harm in Central Australia: with a particular emphasis on the role of price.

Perth, WA: National Drug Research Institute

This report outlines the findings of a study undertaken by the National Drug Research Institute in collaboration with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. The study examined the impact of various alcohol control measures on levels of alcohol consumption and related harm in Central Australia for the period 2000-2010. This report includes details on:

  • study aim and research methods
  • alcohol control measures
  • alcohol consumption
  • alcoholic beverage prices
  • health indicators
  • crime and public order.

The study found that imposing additional alcohol control measures has contributed significantly to the reduction of estimated per capita consumption in Central Australia. The study found that most effective measures have been those which indirectly increased the average price per litre of alcoholic beverages.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Taylor AW, Marin T, Avery J, Grande D (2012)

South Australian Aboriginal health survey.

Adelaide: South Australian Population Research and Outcome Studies

This report provides information on chronic diseases among Indigenous people in South Australia, including the social determinants of health and some risk and protective factors. It includes information on:

  • kidney disease
  • hearing problems
  • mental health
  • asthma
  • high blood pressure.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

The Kirby Institute (2012)

Highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at The Kirby Institute.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute

The Australian Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander health program was established at the Kirby Institute in 2007, with an aim to close the gap in the health disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. The key focus of the Institute's work is sexual health and blood borne viruses, working in collaboration with other key health sectors involved in substance use, offender health, and social and emotional wellbeing research.

This report outlines a number of projects being conducted by the Kirby Institute across Australia. Information for each project includes:

  • description of the project
  • Aboriginal community involvement
  • expected benefits to the community
  • investigators
  • collaborating organisations
  • funding body
  • contacts.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Pilbara liquor restrictions (2012)

Western Australian Department of Racing Gaming and Liquor

These factsheets contain information on liquor restrictions in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA). The factsheets detail liquor restrictions, effective as at 8 October 2012, in the following Pilbara towns:

  • Dampier
  • Karratha
  • Kumarina
  • Marble Bar
  • Mardie
  • Newman
  • Nullagine
  • Onslow
  • Pannawonica
  • Paraburdoo
  • Pardoo
  • Point Samson
  • Port Hedland and South Hedland
  • Sandfire Roadhouse
  • Tom Price
  • Whim Creek
  • Wickham.
The restrictions were imposed by the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor WA, under section 64 of the Liquor Control Act 1988, in response to two reports submitted to the Director by WA Police and the West Pilbara Alcohol Management Group.

Abstract adapted from Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor WA

Western Australian Education and Health Standing Committee (2012)

Report on key learnings from the committee research trip 11-17 March 2012.

Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia

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

Beacroft L, Richards K, Andrevski H, Rosevear L (2011)

Community night patrols in the Northern Territory: toward an improved performance and reporting framework.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Breen C, Shakeshaft A, Slade T, Love S, D'Este C, Mattick RP (2011)

Do community characteristics predict alcohol-related crime?.

Alcohol and Alcoholism; 46(4): 464-470

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

Mazurski E, Withaneachi D, Kelly S (2011)

The NSW Sober Driver Program: recidivism rates and program parameters.

Mission Australia (2011)

National survey of young Australians 2011: key and emerging issues.

Sydney: Mission Australia

Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services (2011)

Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report #4 December 2010 to May 2011.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services

Ramstedt M (2011)

Population drinking and homicide in Australia: a time series analysis of the period 1950–2003.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 30(5): 466-472

Satya S, Barson RB (2011)

A contemporary snapshot of two issues upon which the RCIADIC report commented: youth justice and the over-incarceration of Aboriginal young people, and alcohol-related offences and offending.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 15(1): 87-93

Schapel AE (2011)

Findings of inquest: Gibson, Kunmanara (Sleeping rough inquest).

Adelaide: Coroner’s Court of South Australia

Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (2011)

Doing time - time for doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

This report by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs presents findings from an inquiry into the high levels of involvement of Indigenous juveniles and young adults in the criminal justice system. The committee was focused on identifying reasons for the continuing over-representation of Indigenous young people in custody, and specifically ways of prevention and early intervention to curb this.

A major finding of the committee was the need for the Closing the gap strategy to include a national partnership agreement specifically relating to the Safe communities building block which would be inclusive of specific targets relating to justice. The committee made 40 recommendations to the Australian Government.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Taplin S, Mattick RP (2011)

Child protection and mothers in substance abuse treatment.

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Trimboli L (2011)

Sentencing snapshot: drink-driving 2009-2010.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Wenbin L, Chikritzhs T (2011)

Revealing the link between licensed outlets and violence: Counting venues versus measuring alcohol availability.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 30(5): 524-535

Wenitong M, David B (2011)

Providers, protectors, warriors.

O&G Magazine; 13(3): 44-46

2010

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (2010)

Improving Aboriginal participation in the MERIT program.

North Sydney, NSW: New South Wales Department of Health

Bartels L (2010)

Indigenous women's offending patterns: a literature review.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Calabria B, Doran CM, Vos T, Shakeshaft AP, Hall W (2010)

Epidemiology of alcohol-related burden of disease among Indigenous Australians.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(s1): S47-S51

Connors P, Bush R (2010)

'Back on Track' : an evaluation.

Brisbane: University of Queensland

D'Abbs P (2010)

Controlling 'rivers of grog': the challenge of alcohol problems in Australian Indigenous communities.

Contemporary Drug Problems; 37(3): 499-524

d’Abbs P, Ivory B, Senior K, Cunningham T, Fitz J (2010)

Managing alcohol in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory: an evaluation of the Tennant Creek Alcohol Management Plan and related measures to reduce alcohol-related problems.

Casuarina, NT: Menzies School of Health Research

This report documents the implementation of the Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) in Tennant Creek, Northern erritory (NT), in August 2008, and the implementation of changes to the licence conditions governing liquor outlets in Tennant Creek imposed two years prior to the commencement of the AMP, in July 2006. Central to these changes was the withdrawal of a ban on takeaway sales from major outlets (Thirsty Thursday) that had been in place since the mid-1990s.

The AMP consists of 11 strategies, grouped under one of the three categories of supply reduction, harm reduction and demand reduction and associated with 40 proposed measures. Some of the measures target immediate change and others target longer term cultural shifts. Progress on each of the measures was used to assess the implementation of the AMP.

Overall, the introduction of the AMP has restored some, but not all of the ground lost in relation to alcohol-related harm following the revocation of the Thirsty Thursday provisions. This report makes three recommendations including the reconsideration of the principle underlying the Thirsty Thursday restrictions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Indigenous family safety agenda.

Canberra: Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Douglas H (2010)

Sentencing and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Duncan B (2010)

Outback crusade: Indigenous licensing officer drives alcohol reform.

Of Substance; 8(1): 24-25

Gray D, Wilkes E (2010)

Reducing alcohol and other drug related harm.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This resource sheet provides an overview of approaches to reducing alcohol and other drug related harm amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Included is information on what is currently known about these approaches and what information needs to be developed in this area. This resource sheet was produced as part of a series by the Closing the gap clearinghouse to disseminate information which could be used to help develop solutions to 'close the gap'.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Guthrie J, Lovett R, Dance P, Ritchie C, Tongs J (2010)

'Where's your country?': new approaches for working with problematic alcohol use among Indigenous Australians in an urban setting.

Australian Aboriginal Studies; 2010(1): 100-107

Laslett A-M, Catalano P, Chikritzhs Y, Dale C, Doran C, Ferris J, Jainullabudeen T, Livingston M, Matthews S, Mugavin J, Room R, Schlotterlein M, Wilkinson C (2010)

The range and magnitude of alcohol's harm to others.

Fitzroy, Vic: AER Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Eastern Health

Nadew G (2010)

Exposure to traumatic events, prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol abuse in Aboriginal communities.

Paper presented at the 2010 Primary Health Care Research Conference. 30 June-2 July 2010, Darwin

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2010)

Locally designed and operated Indigenous community models and practices that address Indigenous alcohol and other drugs misuse.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

Nicholas R (2010)

An environmental scan on alcohol and other drug issues facing law enforcement in Australia 2010.

Hobart: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

Queensland Police Service (2010)

Queensland Indigenous Alcohol Diversion Program (QIADP) recidivism study.

Brisbane: Queensland Police Service

Ralph NL (2010)

Trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, suicide and aspects of well being among Aboriginal adolescents in the Kimberley.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Western Australia: Perth

Smith N, Trimboli L (2010)

Comorbid substance and non-substance mental health disorders and re-offending among NSW prisoners.

Crime and Justice Bulletin; 140(May 2010): 1-16

Success Works (2010)

Queensland Indigenous Alcohol Diversion Program : final summative evaluation report.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

The George Institute (2010)

Securing a better future for Indigenous children.

Global Health at the George; 17(June 2010): 1

Willis M (2010)

Community safety in Australian Indigenous communities: service providers' perceptions.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

This report details the development, implementation and findings of a survey capturing service provider perceptions of community safety in Australian Indigenous communities. The research informed the development of a survey questionnaire specifically for use in Indigenous communities. The research aims to place perceived community safety issues within the context of the positive steps already taken by Indigenous communities to address community safety, and to contribute to increasing the willingness of victims to report victimisation and seek help by gaining a greater understanding of under-reporting of victimisation. There were a total of 159 service provider respondents across NSW, the NT, Qld and WA, covering remote communities, small country towns and larger towns/cities in almost equal numbers. The perceived community strengths and positive features were interpersonal relationships and community connections.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Wilson M, Stearne A, Gray D, Saggers S (2010)

Review of the harmful use of alcohol amongst Indigenous Australians.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Wundersitz J (2010)

Indigenous perpetrators of violence: prevalence and risk factors for offending.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

2009

Dearden J, Jason Payne J (2009)

Alcohol and homicide in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Jacob O (2009)

The growing burden of trauma in the Indigenous population: towards a better and safer future.

ANZ Journal of Surgery; 79(s1): A69

Kinnane S, Farringdon F, Henderson-Yates L, Parker H (2009)

Fitzroy Valley alcohol restriction report: An evaluation of the effects of a restriction on take-away alcohol relating to measurable health and social outcomes, community perceptions and behaviours after a 12 month period.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office (WA)

MacKeith S, Gray D, Chikritzhs TN (2009)

Review of Moving beyond the restrictions: the evaluation of the Alice Springs Alcohol Management Plan : a report prepared for the Alice Springs People's Alcohol Action Coalition.

Perth: National Drug Research Institute

MacLean S, Bruun A, Mallett S, Green R (2009)

Social contexts of substance use for vulnerable 13-15 year olds in Melbourne youth drug reporting system.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

Morgan A, McAtamney A (2009)

Key issues in alcohol-related violence.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2009)

Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

The SA Centre for Economic Studies (2009)

Harms from and costs of alcohol consumption in the Northern Territory.

Adelaide, SA: Menzies School of Health Research

Velleman R (2009)

Alcohol, drugs and the family: results from a 35-year research programme within England, Mexico, Italy, and Northern Territory, Australia.

Paper presented at the National Drug Research Institute Seminar. 11 May 2009, Curtin University, Perth, WA

Wright A (2009)

Grog war.

2 ed. Broome, WA: Magabala Books

2008

First taste: how Indigenous Australians learned about grog (2008)

Brady M

Maggie Brady, a social anthropologist from the Australian National University, has written a series of short books called First taste, which explore the social history of alcohol use in Australia. The series of six booklets investigates the factors that have been a foundation for Indigenous drinking habits. The booklets provide a complete analysis of the history relating to the introduction of alcohol to Indigenous Australians. The topics covered by the booklets include:

  • aims and ideas (introduces the series)
  • the first taste of alcohol
  • strong spirits from SE Asia (strong liquor arriving in the northern region of Australia)
  • the story of the bottle (cultural significance of glass)
  • learning to drink from the English (how the English taught the Aboriginal people drinking customs)
  • struggles over drinking rights (effects of the ban on drinking alcohol).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Brown J, Hunter E, Conigrave K, d’Abbs P, Boffa J, Gallagher C (2008)

Multidisciplinary care in the management of substance misuse and mental health problems in Indigenous settings.

Perth: National Drug Research Institute

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

Department of Indigenous Affairs (2008)

WA State Government response to the Hope report.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

Henderson-Yates L, Wagner S, Parker H, Yates D (2008)

Fitzroy Valley liquor restriction report: an evaluation of the effects of a six month restriction on take-away alcohol relating to measurable health and social benefits and community perceptions and behaviours.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office WA

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the impact of a liquor license restriction introduced in Fitzroy Crossing in October 2007 by the Director of Liquor and Licensing. The report covers the period October 2007 to February 2008 and provides both qualitative and quantitative data. Findings show a reduction in domestic violence, drunken behaviour and a decrease in the requirement of medical treatment. Negative consequences have been the financial losses to some private businesses. Overall the findings show a positive impact with clear benefits for the families and residents of Fitzroy Crossing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Major C (2008)

From chronic to acute: the emergency response in the Northern Territory.

Of Substance; 6(1): 10-12

Pincock S (2008)

Alice Springs faces epidemic of stab injuries.

The Lancet; 371(9625): 1652-1653

Xiao J, Rowe T, Somerford P, Draper G, JM (2008)

Impact of alcohol on the population of Western Australia.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health

 
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