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February 28, 2014

MONITORING TRENDS IN THE PREVALENCE OF PETROL SNIFFING IN SELECTED ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

The Menzies School of Health Research has published a report titled "Monitoring trends in prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Aboriginal communities: An interim report".  The report authored by Peter d'Abbs and Gillian Shaw provides an overview of current trends in petrol sniffing in communities across Australia - some of whom have significant coverage of low aromatic fuels (that contains negligible amounts of chemicals that can cause intoxication) and other communities that have low or no access to low aromatic fuels.  This report looked at 41 communities located in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland.  In those communities where comparable data was available from earlier research in 2005-07, declines in petrol sniffing were observed - indicating that the rollout of low aromatic fuel has been successful in reducing petrol sniffing in communities that have access to it.

Download "Monitoring trends in prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Aboriginal communities: An interim report" (406KB PDF)

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March 15, 2013

PETROL, PAINT AND GLUE: USING MUSIC TO ADDRESS INHALANT USE

Triple J TV recently broadcast a story featuring Aboriginal singer Delson Stokes Junior, who teamed up with musicians from the Panics and the Lazy Calm to create a song about the impacts of inhalant use on young people.  Delson, from the Kalgoorlie area, wants to make a pop anthem that will reach the masses of young people - both Indigenous and non-indigenous.  Delson has personal experience of the impacts of petrol sniffing, having had a close childhood friend develop problems from petrol sniffing.  The video features interviews with Delson and goes behind the scenes as they make the film clip and perform in communities around Kalgoorlie.

Watch Petrol, Paint and Glue here

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June 22, 2012

FUEL, CARS AND THE GEOGRAPHY OF PETROL SNIFFING

Maggie Brady, well known for her work looking at inhalant use in Australia, had an article published in "Humanities Research" last year which we think deserves a mention.  Titled "Fuel, Cars and the Geography of Petrol Sniffing", the paper looks at the history of petrol sniffing as it spread throughout Australia.  The paper also covers early attempts at addressing petrol sniffing, with alternative fuels like Avgas being trialled in some communities.  This paper provides probably the best historical account of the development of petrol sniffing across Australia.

Fuel, Cars and the Geography of Petrol Sniffing

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April 20, 2012

THE CHROMING REPORT: YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES IN CARE

The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian have published a report which looks at the issues faced by young people in care, who use inhalants.   The report focuses on two case studies which illustrate the difficulties faced by services in responding to young people in care who are using inhalants.   The report contains a number of recommendations for improved service delivery in this most difficult area of practice.   The report is essential reading for anyone working with young people with complex behaviour in Queensland.

The Chroming Report: A Government Framework for Children in Care

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November 4, 2011

VOLATILE SUBSTANCE USE GUIDELINES RELEASED

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have released the much anticipated "Consensus-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Volatile Substance Use in Australia".   Volatile Substance Use (VSU) presents a range of difficulties, and there is a lack of reliable evidence based guides to assist services in working with people affected by VSU.   A broad range of stakeholders have had input into these guidelines, which cover the full range of issues relating to VSU.   Alongside the guidelines is a short, reference guide for workers on the front lines, to assist in the decision making around how to best support people affected by VSU.

Read more that the NHMRC website

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May 5, 2011

DEALING WITH VOLATILE SUBSTANCE MISUSE

Throughout Queensland there have been consistent reports of increased use of inhalants. Inhalant use appears in many communities to be cyclical, and currently glue sniffing has emerged in many areas as problematic. This review contains a summary of the available interventions for inhalant use, focusing on the Indigenous context. Included is information on demand, supply and harm reduction strategies which can be implemented at the community and the individual level.

Click here to read the "Review of volatile substance misuse amongst Indigenous people"

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