Keynote: Adaptation of the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening test in electronic form for use with Aboriginal communities
Associate Professor Robert Ali will discuss the progress of the adaptation of the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Tool (ASSIST) for use with Aboriginal Communities.
Project aims include:
- Provide an acceptable, valid electronic substance use screening tool that can be used by Aboriginal people, as well as health and community services providers, to assess risky drug and alcohol use and to monitor individual changes over time
- To contribute to reducing the harms of alcohol and drug use amongst Aboriginal communities, by identifying risk and facilitating access to treatment, by educating on safer substance use patterns, and by providing resources to support and educate community members and health care workers.
The adapted ASSIST tool will utilise electronic audio-assisted interviewing, with spoken and written instructions and results. Initial languages will be English and Pitjantjatjara, the latter being widely spoken in South and Central Australia. Feedback on users’ test results will utilise embedded video and animation that is gender and age-group specific.