The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Alcohol and other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) is a national web resource that provides relevant and culturally appropriate content and resources for health practitioners and community members working to reduce harms from alcohol and other drug (AOD) use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
As a web resource, the Knowledge Centre collates a comprehensive range of quality materials such as patient education resources, clinical guidelines, culturally safe programs, peer reviewed publications and professional development information. The aim of the Knowledge Centre is to support the practice of AOD workers, health practitioners, researchers, policy makers, service managers, community members and anyone with an interest in responding to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
AOD use cannot be separated from the historical context of colonisation and the social determinants of health. The Knowledge Centre takes a broad view of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, along the lines used by the National Aboriginal Health Strategy Working Party , and expanded by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO):
Health is not just the physical wellbeing of an individual, but the social, emotional, and cultural wellbeing of the whole community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being thereby bringing about the total wellbeing of their community.
The Knowledge Centre contains timely and relevant information on a wide range of topics from specific drug types to harm reduction and social and emotional wellbeing.
Each topic (portal) provides a comprehensive collection of information including:
Other features of the Knowledge Centre include:
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre was established by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (HealthInfoNet) in partnership with the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and the National Centre for Education Training on Addiction (NCETA).
The high quality, relevant and up to date content of the Knowledge Centre is consistent with the National Drug Strategy 2017-2026 and the three pillars of; demand reduction, supply reduction, and harm reduction. The three pillars are supported by the Knowledge Centre’s commitment to build the capacity of the AOD workforce, promote evidence-informed practice across sectors, and encourage greater integration between policy, practice and research.
The Knowledge Centre is managed by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and is governed by a Reference Group made up of:
These stakeholders come from various states and territories of Australia and include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation. The composition of the Reference Group reflects the variety of input required to ensure coverage of the field to best support: the workforce at the community level; and people working in programs and policy.
The Reference group and the Collaborating Centres (NDRI, NDARC and NCETA) provide valuable guidance through Reference Group meetings and on specific topics in their areas of expertise.
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The Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of Australia and the Torres Strait.
We respect all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people—their customs and their beliefs. We also pay our respects to Elders past and present, with particular acknowledgement to the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, the traditional owners of the lands where our offices are located.