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.