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 risk taking behaviour occurs including experimentation with alcohol and other drugs and sexual partners. At the same time it’s also a time when navigation of health services as an individual occurs.
This presentation will focus on two aspects of alcohol and other drug use in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The first part will use data collected from the first national survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-29 years,(n=2877) the GOANNA study and the second part of the presentation will present information on HIV related risk associated with injecting drug use, including recent data from Canada, which shows rates of HIV among First Nations peoples similar to some African countries, and the implications of this for First Peoples of Australia.
The GOANNA survey collected information on demographics, knowledge of sexual and blood borne viruses, risk behaviour and health service access, this presentation will focus on use of alcohol and other drug use and associated risk factors as reported by this population.