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Key references

References for the key publications about volatile substance use (including petrol sniffing) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are listed here. 

2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data on alcohol and other drug treatment agencies and the episodes of treatment provided in Australia for 2011-2012. Alcohol was the most common principal drug of concern, accounting for almost half of these closed episodes, and counselling was the most common type of treatment. The report shows that Indigenous Australians were more likely to use alcohol, cannabis and amphetamines than non-Indigenous Australians, although Indigenous Australians were more likely to abstain from alcohol than non-Indigenous Australians. Data for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is presented throughout the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

d’Abbs P, Shaw G (2013)

Monitoring trends in prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Aboriginal communities: an interim report.

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

2012

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services National Minimum Data Set 2012–13: specifications and collection manual.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Alcohol and other drug treatment services National Minimum Data Set 2012-13: specifications and collection manual is a reference for those collecting and supplying data for the Alcohol and other drug treatment services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS), including Australian Government and state and territory government staff, and AOD treatment agency staff. Major changes to the 2012-13 edition include:

  • an update to the 'Principal drug of concern' data item to align with the Australian Standard Classification of Drugs of Concern (2011)
  • the inclusion of additional data elements to enable the number of clients receiving treatment to be estimated.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

2011

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey was conducted between late-April and early-September 2010. This was the 10th survey in a series which began in 1985, and was the fifth to be managed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). More than 26,000 people aged 12 years or older participated in the survey, in which they were asked about their knowledge of and attitudes towards drugs, their drug consumption histories, and related behaviours. Most of the analysis presented is of people aged 14 years or older, so that results can be compared with previous reports.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

d'Abbs P, MacLean S (2011)

Petrol sniffing interventions among Australian Indigenous communities through product substitution: from skunk juice to Opal.

Substance Use & Misuse; 46(s1): 99-106

Midford R, MacLean S, Catto M, Thomson N, Debuyst O (2011)

Review of volatile substance use among Indigenous people.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2011)

National drug strategy 2010-2015.

Canberra: Australian Government

The National drug strategy 2010-2015 is a framework for action on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

The aim of the National drug strategy 2010-2015 is to build safe and healthy communities by minimising alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related health, social and economic harms among individuals, families and communities.

The National drug strategy 2010-2015 is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1 provides background and explains the conceptual framework of the strategy
  • Part 2 details specific objectives and suggested actions under each pillar
  • Part 3 discusses the supporting approaches of workforce, evidence, performance monitoring and governance.

Abstract adapted from the National drug strategy

2009

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2009)

Drug and alcohol service reporting 2007–08 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander substance use specific services.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

The information contained in this report is comprised of data obtained from Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander substance use specific service providers. The data, collected over a 12 month period, relates to client and staffing profiles, location and funding of services, and service delivery. Information is also provided on these specific areas for the previous five years allowing for comparisons.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2008

d'Abbs P, Maclean S (2008)

Volatile substance misuse: a review of interventions.

Barton, ACT: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Schwartzkoff J, Wilczynski A, Reed-Gilbert K, Jones L (2008)

Review of the first phase of the petrol sniffing strategy.

Canberra: Urbis

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) released the 'Review of first phase of the petrol sniffing strategy' prepared by Urbis. The Petrol Sniffing Strategy (PSS) involves an eight point plan that includes both supply reduction and demand reduction strategies which aims to:

  • reduce both incidence and impact of petrol sniffing in a defined area of Central Australia by addressing the social determinants of health and wellbeing
  • evaluate the effectiveness of a regional and comprehensive response to petrol sniffing to establish the utility of expanding the strategy to other regions.

Overall, stakeholders regard the eight point plan of the PSS as a realistic effort to address the petrol sniffing problem. The Opal fuel has succeeded in substantially reducing the level of petrol sniffing, though more needs to be done in relation to strengthening and supporting communities, and engaging young people. It is believed that improved consultation and sharing of information is needed, and that maintaining a focus on petrol sniffing is important until such time as it is sufficiently reduced, and then issues around sniffing can be seen in the broader context of alcohol and other drugs problems and their associated policy responses.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2006

Community Affairs References Committee (2006)

Beyond petrol sniffing: renewing hope for Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

 
Last updated: 24 July 2014
 
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