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2014

Karam J, Sinclair G, Rackstraw L (2014)

Dignity, diversion, home and hope: a review of interventions for volatile substance misuse in regional North Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

This report documents current volatile substance misuse (VSM) interventions in central, north and Far North Queensland. It examines qualitative and statistical data to determine evidence-based local responses to address VSM. The report draws on data from the project, Youth empowered towards independence (YETI) and documents a set of practice principles within the local context.

The findings and subsequent recommendations, which are presented in the report, are aimed at identifying the services, and collaborative processes that were found to more effectively address inhalant use within the community.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2013

Day A, Francisco A, Jones R (2013)

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

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Haswell MR, Blignault I, Fitzpatrick S, Jackson Pulver L (2013)

The social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous youth: reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice.

Sydney: Muru Marri, University of New South Wales

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2013)

Report on consultations to inform the development of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples Drug Strategy 2013-2018.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Council (2013)

Funding of alcohol and other drug interventions and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Council

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Council (2013)

NIDAC online consultation: a professional body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drug workers.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Council

2012

Brady M (2012)

The National Drug Strategy and Indigenous Australians: missed opportunities and future challenges [the James Rankin Oration 2011].

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(6): 747–753

National Indigenous Alcohol and Drug Committee (2012)

NIDAC strategic plan 2012 – 2014.

Canberra: National Indigenous Alcohol and Drug Committee

2010

Gray D, Stearne A, Wilson M, Doyle M (2010)

Indigenous-specific alcohol and other drug interventions: continuities, changes and areas of greatest need.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Shaw G (2010)

Research into legislation relating to petrol sniffing - executive summary.

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

South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (2010)

Cost benefit analysis of legislation to mandate the supply of opal fuel in regions of Australia: final report.

Adelaide: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) was commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) to investigate legislative options and to undertake a cost benefit analysis to mandate the supply of Opal fuel in regions of Australia. The SACES report follows an investigation by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs into the impact of the Petrol Sniffing Strategy introduced in 2005. The Committee determined that while the introduction of Opal fuel under the Petrol Sniffing Strategy had been effective in reducing petrol sniffing, in the absence of voluntary agreement on the part of all relevant stations the Australian Government should draft legislation to mandate the supply of Opal in the Petrol sniffing strategy zone.

SACES found that the Commonwealth probably has the power to legislate to establish a ban on regular unleaded petrol (RULP) in prescribed areas accompanied by the provision of subsidised Opal (without an explicit compulsion to stock Opal). The sale of premium unleaded petrol (PULP) would be controlled where necessary by a Minister should it come to be seen as a contributor to sniffing. Importantly, the scheme outlined also allows a Minister to grant exemptions to a ban or controls where appropriate. Where potential gaps in the scope of the Commonwealth legislation exist, relevant States could refer powers to the Commonwealth.

The SACES report identified three scenarios: the Central scenario based on an 80% reduction in sniffing; the High impact scenario based on an erosion of voluntary Opal supply; and the Diversion scenario based on inhalant substitution. SACES found that under all three scenarios the benefits of mandating the supply of Opal outweighed the costs. Further, in the Analysis Area excluding Darwin (Darwin is not considered to have a petrol sniffing problem) the surplus of benefits over costs are greater. While regional variation in the benefits over costs exists in the Central scenario, all regions return benefits over costs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2009

Standing Committee on Community Affairs (2009)

Grasping the opportunity of Opal: assessing the impact of the Petrol Sniffing Strategy.

Canberra: Senate Community Affairs Committee, Parliament of Australia

On 19 March, Senator Claire Moore tabled this report by the Australian Parliament's Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs of its inquiry into the impact of the Petrol Sniffing Strategy.

The report contains 18 recommendations, addressing the following matters:

  • the ongoing effectiveness of the eight-point plan in combating petrol sniffing in central Australia
  • the extent of the roll out of Opal fuel
  • the delivery of youth services in the affected areas
  • the effectiveness and adequacy of resources provided to address petrol sniffing and substance use in central Australia
  • what more needs to be done to effectively address petrol sniffing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Urbis (2009)

Evaluation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan 2003-2009 (CAP): final report.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Urbis (2009)

Evaluation of the National Drug Strategy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan 2003 - 2009: final report.

Canberra: National Drug Strategy

Urbis (2009)

Evaluation of the National Drug Strategy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan 2003-2009: background paper.

Canberra: Drug Strategy Branch, Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

2008

d’Abbs P, McLean S, Brady M (2008)

From platitudes to policies: the evolving response to volatile substance misuse in Australia.

In: Moore D, Dieteze P, eds. Drugs and public health. Australian perspectives on policy and practice.. Melbourne: Oxford University Press: 39-48

Joudo J (2008)

Responding to substance abuse and offending in Indigenous communities: review of diversion programs.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

This report examines diversion programs currently available to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous offenders in Australia. This report is the first stage of a larger study evaluating the way that Australian Governments have sought to address Indigenous substance use and related offending. The report provides an overview of the type and extent of current diversion programs available and highlights the related issues and barriers to effective participation and completion for Indigenous offenders. The research for this report included literature research and consultations in all States and Territories. Findings suggest that is is necessary to consider the drug use problems specific to Indigenous offenders, and that programs should be expanded to include substances such as alcohol and inhalants.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

MacLean S (2008)

Developing an inhalant misuse community strategy.

Woden, ACT: National Inhalants Information Service

2007

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2007)

Mid term evaluation of the Indigenous National Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Development Program.

Canberra: Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities

Ritter A (2007)

Priority areas in illicit drug policy: perspectives of policy makers.

Sydney: Drug Policy Modelling Program

2006

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2006)

National Drug Strategy: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Complementary Action Plan 2003-2009: glossary.

Canberra: Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

National Inhalant Abuse Taskforce (2006)

National directions on inhalant abuse: final report.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Human Services

2002

MacLean SJ, d'Abbs PHN (2002)

Petrol sniffing in Aboriginal communities: a review of interventions.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 21(1): 65-72

 
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