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July 13, 2018

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CRITICAL RESPONSE SERVICE

The National Indigenous Critical Response Service has been funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia to provide a critical response to support individuals, families and communities affected by suicide or other trauma that is culturally responsive to their needs.  Critical Response Support Advocates can be invited by families to advocate on their behalf to ensure they are able to access the supports they need in their time of grief. The service also works to strengthen community capacity by coordinating and responding to family and community needs when a suicide or other traumatic event occurs in communities.  They also work with communities to prevent suicide, by addressing some of the local factors that can contribute to suicide.

To contact a Critical Response Support Advocate call 1800 805 801 24 hours, 7 days a week or visit their website for more information.

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July 5, 2018

NAIDOC WEEK 2018 “BECAUSE OF HER, WE CAN!”

NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrations will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July through to Sunday 15 July, with this year's theme being "Because of Her, We Can!" The theme acknowledges the significant roles Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played - and continue to play - in the community. NAIDOC week is a great opportunity to celebrate the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to show your support for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, with events happening all over the state.

The find out more about NAIDOC week including to find local events happening in your community, visit the NAIDOC website.

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June 21, 2018

NIDAC18: NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DRUG AND ALCOHOL CONFERENCE

The 5th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference (NIDAC18) returns this year and will be held from 6 - 9 November 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia. The conference has the theme of "Responding to Complexity" and will aim to explore the complexity of working with people using alcohol and other drugs, including the range of different health, mental health and social concerns associated.

 

For more information check out the website.

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June 14, 2018

HOW TO CLOSE THE GAP IN INDIGENOUS EDUCATION: FLEXI SCHOOLS MIGHT BE THE KEY

A recent article published by The Conversation explores the potential of flexischools to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Flexischools are alternative education providers for young people who have been excluded from mainstream education, either formally through expulsion, or for those young people who simply don't fit in the mainstream schooling system. Recent estimates show that 35% of young people attending flexischools in Australia are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, which is a high representation considering that Indigenous students represented 5.6% of all school students in 2017.  Flexischools could present an opportunity for learning - how can we look at translating what is working well within flexi schools to mainstream schools to ensure all Indigenous young people receive an education?

 

Read "How flexischools could help close the gap in Indigenous education"

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June 14, 2018

UPCOMING WEBINAR: ABORIGINAL WOMEN, VIOLENCE, SUBSTANCE USE AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

There is a free webinar being hosted by the Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre about young Aboriginal women, violence, substance use and the criminal justice system on Wednesday 20 June at 12pm (QLD time). Presenters from the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) will describe three research projects looking at the experiences of young Aboriginal women and incarcerated women around the issues of violence, substance use and contact with the criminal justice system.


To learn more about this upcoming webinar visit the Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre

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November 17, 2017

THE HEALING FOUNDATION: ADDRESSING THE TRAUMA CAUSED BY THE STOLEN GENERATIONS

The Healing Foundation is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that works with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions like the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. Their website includes a number of resources to support communities, including stories of healing projects from across Australia, and at various times, funding for projects to address trauma within communities.


Go to "The Healing Foundation" website for more information.

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September 15, 2017

UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR WORKING WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE ENGAGING IN NON-SUICIDAL SELF-INJURY

There has been a recent update to the Mental Health First Aid guidelines for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engaging in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).  The redevelopment of the guidelines were based on the expert opinions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clinicians from across Australia to ensure that they reflect current evidence and best practice and can be shared with Indigenous and non-Indigenous frontline workers.  The re-developed guidelines outline some significant cultural elements that are important for workers to consider when assisting an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who is engaging in NSSI.

There are two other Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Guidelines that are useful for workers to be used in conjunction - "Communicating with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Adolescent" and "Guidelines for Providing Mental Health First Aid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviour"

Download the "Guideline for providing mental health first aid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engaging in non-suicidal self-injury" (321KB PDF)

 

 

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July 7, 2017

ELECTRONIC RESOURCE FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AOD HEALTH WORKERS

The Australian Indigenous Health Infonet's specialised "Alcohol and Other Drug Knowledge Centre" has launched a learning tool for the AOD sector as an eBook based on the 2016 "Review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people", produced by the Knowledge Centre. The eBook provides detailed information on illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and also outlines the health, social and emotional harms. The eBook has been created for Apple devices such as iPads, iPhones, laptops and desktop computers. It is free to download from iTunes, or the Knowledge Centre website. There is also an accompanying animated infographic which has been developed based on the review.

View the Infographic here

Download the ebook from itunes here

Read or download the report here

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August 12, 2016

TACKLING INDIGENOUS SMOKING PORTAL

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre has recently launched the "Tackling Indigenous Smoking Portal".  This online service hosts information for services funded by the "Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme", but much of the information on the site is useful for any worker or service who is supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait ISlander people to quit smoking. The site includes an overview of activities that are effective at reducing smoking including community health promotion activities like school based education and social marketing approaches, as well as individual activities like brief interventions, and physical activity.

Go to "Tackling Indigenous Smoking Portal"

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June 30, 2016

NAIDOC WEEK 2016: 3-10 JULY

NAIDOC Week commences this Sunday July 3 with a range of events planned across Queensland and around Australia. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples annually. The theme of the 2016 NAIDOC Week is "Songlines: The living narrative of our nation". The NAIDOC website has a calendar of events as well as NAIDOC merchandise.  Get involved in NAIDOC events in your community!

Click here to read more

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