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 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The results also provide detailed information on a range of social, economic, health and wellbeing factors that impact alcohol and substance use.
The data reveal some positive changes. Nationally, there has been a significant decline in the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who exceeded National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines for single occasion risky drinking (four or more standard drinks at a time) between 2008 (37.9%) and 2014-15 (30.1%). In contrast, there has been a significant increase over the same period in the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reporting having used substances in the previous 12 months.
This presentation will unpack some of the health and wellbeing factors influencing alcohol consumption and substance use in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, and provide an opportunity for delegates to think about these factors in the context of policy and service development.