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 Non Government Organisation based in Cairns, Far North Queensland that is taking an innovative approach to dealing with this considerable issue.
YETI has been supporting vulnerable young people in the Cairns region for over 20 years. YETI supports an average of 500 young people each year, with 85 percent of young people identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Young people who attend YETI often have experiences of transgenerational trauma, exposure to domestic and family violence, homelessness, substance misuse and poverty. YETI provides case management, a day program, counselling, advocacy and outreach support to jails and hospitals.
YETI also receives funding via the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy to deliver the Just North program, which aims to reduce the impact of volatile substances through work with retailers and service providers in the region. YETI is one of only 2 services in the North of Australia to be funded to deliver supply reduction programs addressing volatile substance misuse. The Just North program involves monitoring regional use and trends of volatile substance misuse and working with retailers in relation to storage and sale of inhalable substances to reduce to supply and access. The program also provides training, education and support to youth workers and communities in Far North Queensland to have the skills to respond and reduce the demand of volatile substances.
In particular the presentation will discuss:
- Data Collection
- Reporting tools
- Training and Capacity Development