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 2010-2015 (NDS) (and more recently 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 Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) workforce, promote evidence-informed practice across sectors, and encourage greater integration between policy, practice and research. As a workforce support service the Knowledge Centre also aligns strongly with key government commitments to workforce development, contained in key strategies and plans such as the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 and the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework 2011-2015, through training, support and skills development.
The Knowledge Centre’s mission is to contribute to improving the health of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and assist in ‘closing the gap’ by providing the evidence base to help reduce the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs.
We address our mission by:
We take a broad view of Indigenous 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.
To ensure the Knowledge Centre meets the purposes for which it is being established, the Knowledge Centre 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; community members working to reduce the harms of drug use; and those people working in programs and policy.
The Reference group and the Collaborating Centres provide valuable guidance through Reference Group meetings and on specific topics in their areas of expertise.
The Knowledge Centre translates a wide range of health research and other relevant information into products that are meaningful to all people working at improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Our products include:
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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 Nyoongar nation, the traditional owners of the lands where our offices are located.