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

Community/Workforce Development Stream
12 Oct 2016
Ballroom 2

“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 Islander families and communities in Queensland. The ready availability, relatively low cost and short-term effects to users greatly increases the attraction of Ice to those already using drugs and for new drug users. Ice is considered a drug of choice for populations already vulnerable through a history of personal and community trauma, oppression, inequality, powerlessness and racism.

The rapid emergence of Ice use in Queensland is being met by an equally determined effort to reduce the reported negative widespread impact of Ice through education, awareness and for those affected, access to a range of culturally responsive services and supports.

This presentation will describe the “AoD-our-way” project currently rolling out across Queensland, having been jointly developed by the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and the Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council.

“aod-our-way”-our-way provides frontline staff from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health sector with the training, tools and builds confidence to respond effectively to those seeking supports and/or treatment for alcohol and drug use, with a particular focus on Ice.