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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Key statistics

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Search ADIN for information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Many of the health effects that are associated with alcohol and tobacco use are found at higher rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) communities, than in the rest of the Australian population (AIHW 2008).  

Key statistics

These key statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show the extent of the problem:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are more likely to smoke tobacco, with almost half being current smokers—more than double the rate of other Australians (AIHW 2011).
  • The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report found that Australian Indigenous people were 1.4 times more likely to abstain from alcohol than the general Australian population, that is, they are less likely to be drinkers. However, the survey found that for those who drank, Australian Indigenous people were 1.5 times as likely to drink at risky levels than the general population of drinkers. (AIHW 2011)
  • 23% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders had recently used an illicit substance, and 43% reported that they had ever used at least one illicit substance in their lifetime (AIHW 2011).
  • 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report found that the overall level of illicit drug use in the previous 12 months among Australian Indigenous people, aged 15 years or older living in non-remote areas (28%) was more than twice the level of the general Australian population aged 14 years or older (13%). (AIHW 2011)

DrugInfo publications

DrugInfo research reports

Prevention of alcohol-related harms in Victoria’s Koori communities
April 2009

Preventing drug-related harm in Australian Indigenous communities
May 2004

DrugInfo newsletters

Prevention of alcohol-related harms in Aboriginal communities in Australia
April 2009

Indigenous prevention
May 2004

Fact sheets

Resources for workers in the drug and alcohol field who work with Indigenous communities

Indigenous Dual Diagnosis project Fact Sheet: The Indigenous Dual Diagnosis Project

 

More information at Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN)

Search ADIN for information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Australian Drug Information Network provides links to quality-assured websites, which provide information relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Topics include: community building, information and resources, law enforcement, peak bodies, policies and strategies, research, training and education, and treatment services.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. They provide the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre, which provides the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.

 

References

Australian Bureau of Statistics & Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2008 The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2008, Cat. no. IHW 21, Canberra: AIHW

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011 Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Canberra: AIHW

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2008 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: detailed findings, Cat. no. PHE 107, Canberra: AIHW


Last updated: 27 June 2013

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