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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with the use of pharmaceutical drugs among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography. 

2014

Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. (2014)

Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice.

Perth, WA: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia

The book was developed as an information source for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with social and emotional wellbeing issues. The book contains comprehensive and culturally appropriate information to educate and assist health professionals who work with Indigenous clients.

The book is divided into six parts:

  • history and contexts
  • issues and influences
  • standards, principles and practice
  • assessment and management
  • working with children, families and communities
  • healing models and programs.

Many of the book chapters were authored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous artwork features throughout the book.

Telethon Kids Institute abstract

Adams K, Halacas C, Cincotta M, Perish C (2014)

Mental health and Victorian Aboriginal people: what can data mining tell us?.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; online early(http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY14036):

Haber PS, Day CA (2014)

Overview of substance use and treatment from Australia.

Substance Abuse; Accepted articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2014.924466):

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

Hampton R, Toombs M, eds. (2013)

Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room.

Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room seeks to raise awareness of the culturally appropriate way for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in urban and remote areas. The book outlines the central components that influence good health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It aims to provide an understanding of health from the Indigenous perspective while also examining the historical connections of health and the impact of colonisation; past and present.

The book features:

  • fact boxes that help to dismiss any predetermined notions
  • case examples, placement experiences, and personal stories that show actual experiences from the field
  • insights into how health practitioners can influence healthier outcomes
  • questions to encourage students to reflect on their learning.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ellis I, Deacon-Crouch M, Bhana A, Longley K, Voon N, Skinner T (2013)

Reporting of non-prescribed medication usage in remote Australia: health-seeking habits in Port Headland.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 21(6): 350 - 351

2012

Demirkol A (2012)

Benzodiazepines.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 173-184

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on benzodiazepines, including:

  • benzodiazepine use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • why people misuse benzodiazepines
  • benzodiazepines' effects on the body
  • how to recognise benzodiazepine dependence
  • how to recognise benzodiazepine withdrawal
  • how to assess a client who uses benzodiazepines
  • how to help a person who misuses benzodiazepines
  • stimulant overdose
  • reducing the harms related to benzodiazepine use if a person cannot or will not quit
  • preventing benzodiazepine use.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

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

Lea T (2012)

Other drugs.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 217-236

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on other drugs, including:

  • kava
  • GHB
  • ketamine
  • hallucinogens (magic mushrooms and LSD)
  • other sedatives
  • betel nut (areca nut)
  • khat
  • steroids.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Murnion B (2012)

Pharmacy and supermarket drugs.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 185-206

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on pharmacy and supermarket drugs, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's use of these drugs
  • over-the-counter medicines
  • prescribed drugs that are misused or sold on the streets
  • alcohol-based products in supermarkets
  • energy and cola drinks
  • inhalants.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Northern Territory poisons and dangerous drugs act (2012)

Northern Territory Government

White V, Bariola E (2012)

Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2011.

Canberra: Drug Strategy Branch, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

2011

National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Strategy (2011)

A matter of balance: a background discussion paper to support the development of the National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Strategy (NPDMS).

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Nicholas R, Lee N, Roche A (2011)

A matter of balance: responding to pharmaceutical drug misuse in Australia: a review of the literature supporting the development of Australia's National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Strategy.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Nicholas R, Lee N, Roche A (2011)

Pharmaceutical drug misuse in Australia: complex problems, balanced responses.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Stafford J, Burns L (2011)

Australian drug trends 2010: findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS).

: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

2010

Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (2010)

Pharmaceuticals policy paper.

Canberra: Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia

Stafford J, Burns L (2010)

Australian drug trends 2009: findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS).

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

2009

Lintzeris N (2009)

The new wave of opioid dependence.

Of Substance; 7(3): 10-11

Nielsen S, Lloyd B (2009)

Benzodiazepines: misuse, treatment and surveillance.

Of Substance; 7(3): 12-13

Stafford J, Sindicich N, Burns L, Cassar J, Cogger S, de Graaff B, George J, Moon C, Phillips B, Quinn B, White N (2009)

Australian Drug Trends 2008: findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS).

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

2008

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2007 : detailed findings.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

National opioid pharmacotherapy statistics annual data collection: 2007 report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Degenhardt L, Kinner SA, Roxburgh A, Black E, Bruno R, Fetherston J, Fry CL (2008)

Drug use and risk among regular injecting drug users in Australia: does age make a difference?.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 27(4): 357-360

Payne J (2008)

The Queensland Drug Court: a recidivism study of the first 100 graduates.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

 
Last updated: 18 August 2014
 
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