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Program/Speakers

Overview

The 2016 National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference ‘Showing Initiative: AOD responses required to Close the Gap by 2030’ will be held from 11 – 14 October 2016, at the Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg, SA.

Australia is well aware of the significant health and life equality gap that exists between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians and has committed to closing this gap by the year 2030.

The effects of the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs among Indigenous Australians is a major contributing factor to this health and life equality gap and must be addressed if this target to close the gap is to be achieved.

The 4th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference will highlight the contributing role that harmful alcohol and other drugs use has on the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the interventions that are required to close the gap.

It will also highlight emerging alcohol and other drug related issues that are threatening to further increase the gap if effective interventions are not utilized.

For the first time the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference will include a pre-Conference workshop. This workshop will focus on amphetamine type stimulants including crystal meth or ‘ice’ as it is commonly referred to. This will provide delegates with an opportunity to learn more about these substances and what interventions can be utilized to address the harmful effects of their use.

This focus will continue into the Conference itself where a yarning circle will be held to develop an Indigenous specific response to the effects these drugs are having on individuals, families and communities.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Learning about Methamphetamines
Day 1
11 Oct 2016

Introduction to the workshop

James Ward
Associate Professor James Ward

Introduction to methamphetamines

Assoc Prof. Robert Ali
Associate Professor Robert Ali
10:55 am

Morning tea

12:15 pm

Lunch

15.15

Afternoon tea

Q & A panel session

Ann Roche
Professor Ann Roche
Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson
Assoc Prof. Robert Ali
Associate Professor Robert Ali
Professor Kate Conigrave
Professor Kate Conigrave

Wrap up / final issues

James Ward
Associate Professor James Ward

The Conference

Day 1
12 Oct 2016
Day 2
13 Oct 2016
Day 3
14 Oct 2016

Official opening

Official Opening

Keynote address – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander futures: more than closing the gap

The tireless work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the alcohol and other drugs sector continues to inspire. In the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the strength, knowledge...
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Romlie Mokak
Romlie Mokak
10:50 am

Morning tea

Noel Hayman Oration – the contribution of NIDAC to Aboriginal alcohol and other drugs policy

The impact of alcohol and other drugs in Aboriginal Australia is traumatic indeed. Over the years Governments have developed many policies and tried a variety of interventions but these are...
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Assoc. Professor Ted Wilkes
Associate Professor Ted Wilkes
12:50 pm

Lunch

Reducing alcohol and other drug related harm among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: why the evidence is not enough

The devastating impact of alcohol and other drugs (aod) on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is well known. There is good evidence for the effectiveness of interventions, which can...
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Showing initiative to provide longer term rehabilitation to AOD responses

Aboriginal Community Connect provides ‘one-stop’ support for people needing help with multiple issues. As well as treatments to address substance misuse, the service offers support for problems associated with social...
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Closing the gap in Indigenous smoking rates via the National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking

Despite a decreasing Australia-wide trend in smoking rates, the rates for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population remain disproportionately high. In this population, smoking is the most preventable cause...
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How meaningful, respectful partnerships can return the best outcomes for all

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) are collaborating on a project to develop a digitally based promotional resource and tool...
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Harnessing good intentions

The pressure is increasing for services to provide evidence of the outcomes and effectiveness of their programs. Often services will commission external evaluations of programs. However the program needs to...
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Healing from addiction through the family

Blue Care Indigenous Services (BCIS) includes two residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in Far North Queensland that understand the problem of addiction as existing within the family, not the individual;...
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Tools and topics to delivering a recovery program

Having the right tools, resources and approach so that is it relevant and meaningful to Aboriginal people is essential to their recovery. To have a culturally appropriate rehabilitation program is...
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Using collective impact to turn talk into action in Ceduna

The Ceduna Service Reform, informed by a collective impact approach, is focusing the efforts and resources of government, non-government and community to address longstanding concerns about the safety and wellbeing...
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Developing an iPad app to help Indigenous Australians to describe their drinking

People are asked to describe how much they drink in clinical settings or when they fill out surveys. National drinking surveys are used by governments to help allocate alcohol treatment...
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Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson

Road to recovery starts from a women’s correction centre

We don’t have many resources in our part of the country. We are from a remote area of far North Queensland, known as the Cape to many Australians and home...
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rediCASE – an overview on how the system can capture data and generate reports

Redbourne Group provides software products to government, commercial and NGO organisations across Australia. The company has been providing technology and support services to the Alcohol and Drug services industry since...
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2014 – 15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey results

Released on 28th of April 2016, the results from the 2014-15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey provide up to date information about alcohol and substance use in...
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15.10

Afternoon tea

The challenge to Bourke – a community development initiative

The Challenge to Bourke was born out of feedback from Bourke (NSW) community members who were disturbed by the cycle of alcohol, drugs and violence, and the impact on their...
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Integrated approach using health promoting services to reduce alcohol-related harm in families

Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services is currently using a holistic and collaborative approach to providing alcohol and drug related education and support to families who are seeking help within the Fitzroy...
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“Nothing changes if nothing changes:” evaluation of an Aboriginal residential rehabilitation service

Background: Risky levels of drug and alcohol-related harm among Aboriginal Australians are both a consequence of, and contribute to, the disproportionate health and social gap between Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal...
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Developing an iPad app to help Indigenous Australians describe their drinking

People are asked to describe how much they drink in clinical settings or when they fill out surveys. National drinking surveys are used by governments to help allocate alcohol prevention...
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Jimmy Perry
Jimmy Perry
Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson

“aod-our-way” – building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community sector capacity

Informal reports and information gathered from existing data and other sectors show that Crystal Methamphetamine use (Ice) and its negative impacts are becoming more commonplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait...
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Strong Spirit Strong Mind Metro project – innovative ways to engage

Alcohol and other drug use significantly impacts on the health and wellbeing of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. In 2010, following consultation with a range of Aboriginal stakeholders...
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Capturing people’s stories: engaging through art with people in the parks

Crossroads (a St Patricks Community Support Centre program) in partnership with the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service in WA, successfully applied for a PIR Innovation and Collaboration Grant to undertake...
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Having our voices heard: Indigenous leadership in the NT

The Remote Alcohol and Others Drugs (AOD) Workforce Program Leadership Group is a consortium of senior Remote Alcohol and Other Drugs Workers from primary health care centres within Department of...
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Men’s groups at Wandarma: from art to action on closing the gap

Men’s and women’s groups are an important way for Aboriginal people to connect and strengthen community to improve well-being. Wandarma Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Service on the far south coast...
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Enforcement or management? Creating a culturally sensitive drug and alcohol management program

Many employers seek to employ an enforcement style approach to Drug and Alcohol Management in the workplace.Workforce participation for indigenous peoples trails non-indigenous peoples significantly. Substantially more Aboriginal and Torres...
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Day 2 Introduction

Assoc. Professor Ted Wilkes
Associate Professor Ted Wilkes

Keynote Address – New drugs: keeping up with constant change

Every week a new mind-altering drug is developed. Also, people are always on the lookout for new ways of misusing prescribed drugs. Injecting of Fentanyl patches is one example of...
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Professor Kate Conigrave
Professor Kate Conigrave
10:50 am

Morning tea

Social costs of methamphetamine use in rural and remote Australia

This paper addresses the short and long-term impacts methamphetamine (“ice”) use has on Aboriginal communities residing in the rural and remote areas of NT and SA and on care providers...
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Getting it right at the start: importance of process evaluation

In 2014, the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University were commissioned to review the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drug treatment sector, to complement a wider...
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Community engagement in a big city

Sydney Local Health District has hospital, clinic and community outreach services. Four Aboriginal staff members work in the Drug Health Services. We will describe our work, some of our initiatives...
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Growing our own to close the gap – voices of the people who matter most

Systemic failure by health and education initiatives over the past 15 years continues to highlight the desperate need for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, health practitioners and teachers...
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Developing a web-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘ice’ toolkit

Following widespread concerns about the use of methamphetamine and the release of the report of the National Ice Taskforce a number of resources have been, or are being, developed to...
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Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson

Alcohol and other drug use related brain changes

The physical and physiological effects of alcohol and other drugs are well known. However the brain changes due to the effects of direct and indirect drug use and related lifestyle...
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Drug and alcohol day centres: their role in reducing harm

In August 2007, the Australian Government approved funding to provide drug and alcohol services in regional and remote Aboriginal communities across South Australia. The non- residential rehabilitation Day Centres in...
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Collaborating to develop a survey of methamphetamine users in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Background: Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereafter: Aboriginal) communities have raised serious concerns about methamphetamine use and its impact on aboriginal communities. This project seeks to empower communities to...
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Supporting Indigenous primary health services to reduce the harms from alcohol

A range of treatments can help people with alcohol problems and many of these can be provided in a primary care setting.  Examples include early detection and help, counselling, home...
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The first step – establishing a residential rehabilitation service for Aboriginal people

Alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation services, given the right model and program, has the power to change lives. In 2015, in response to community demand, Footsteps – Road to Recovery...
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12:45 pm

Lunch – Meeting: International indigenous drug policy reform network hosted by NZ Drug Foundation

Yarning Circle – Indigenous specific interventions to address ‘ice’

This yarning circle is an interactive session designed to develop a report for Government on the Indigenous views and recommendations to address crystal methamphetamine use in Indigenous communities. It will...
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Using the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre to close the gap

Background: The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre) is a national web resource that aims to support the alcohol and other drug workforce, health practitioners, researchers,...
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15.00

Afternoon tea

Using FASD PosterMaker ‘2.0’ to create evidence-based locally relevant resources for your community

FASD PosterMaker is an App and Web-based tool, which was developed after consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and community members across Australia. The PosterMaker enables health...
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Keynote Address: Understanding AOD use including injecting drug use risks among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people face unprecedented challenges in maintaining health equal to their non-Indigenous counterparts. For young people it’s a time when peer pressure associated with...
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James Ward
Associate Professor James Ward
10:50 am

Morning tea

Eliminating hepatitis C – new treatments

Lisa Carter, from Hepatitis SA, a not-for-profit, community-based organisation, which aims to meet the needs of people with or affected by viral hepatitis (hepatitis B & C), will present information...
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An Aboriginal model of care for residential rehabilitation

The NSW Aboriginal Residential Healing Drug & Alcohol Network (NARHDAN) is a network of the Managers of the seven Aboriginal residential rehabilitation services in NSW. NARDHAN is hosted by the...
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Nga Kaitiaki Marae based youth leadership programme

The Nga Kaitiaki Marae based Youth leadership programme was developed to target ‘At Risk Youth’ in a community that suffers from a low socio-economic decile rating. Alcohol, Drugs, high youth...
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Advancing drug and alcohol education

Youth 2 Knowledge (Y2K) is an Indigenous owned Drug and Alcohol Program. Over the passed 18 months Y2K have spoken to over 10,000 {Indigenous and Non Indigenous) students around Queensland,...
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South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation: development of a needle syringe program

Introduction: State and federal hepatitis C strategies focus efforts on working with groups of people that are most at risk or most affected by hepatitis C. Aboriginal people are prioritised...
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Working with communities to address methamphetamine-related harms: The NIMAC Project

The NIMAC project has been developed in response to deep concern about the use of methamphetamine in Aboriginal communities. With ten Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services as partners in urban,...
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Reducing volatile substance misuse in far north Queensland

The use of inhalants (including deodorants, glue, paint and petrol) continues to have significant effects on young Indigenous people and their families and communities. YETI (Youth Empowered Towards Independence) is...
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Sexual health knowledge and health service utilisation among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander methamphetamine users

Introduction: Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant drug that has adverse effects on health. Concerns exist around methamphetamine use in Aboriginal communities nationally. Methamphetamine use has previously been associated with increased...
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Sorting through fact and fiction about ‘ice’: online learning for frontline workers

There is growing interest in learning more about crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) and its impact on individuals, families and communities. It is important to dispel the myths and ensure that frontline...
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Allan Trifonoff
Allan Trifonoff

Engaging youth about sniffing in remote NT

VSA clinicians developed an animated video in collaboration with i talk library using language to convey important information about volatile substance abuse to our clients. The video uses storytelling with modern...
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12:45 pm

Lunch

Conference Resolutions

The purpose of this session is to develop an agreed upon set of resolutions which reflect the main issues raised during the Conference that need to be taken forward to...
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Closing

Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson

Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre Conference Workshop

Topic: Methamphetamines

Date: Tuesday 11 October

Times: 9am – 5pm

Limited numbers available only

Conference Registration Ticket

3-Day Conference

Date: Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 October

FULL 3-DAY CONFERENCE PROGRAM

The Conference program is currently under development.

 

Keynote Speakers