Yarning places

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre Yarning Places (formerly called communities of practice) are culturally safe online spaces to communicate and share ideas on what’s working and what’s not, and to connect with colleagues from around the country. Membership to all Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre Yarning Places is free.

Explore our Yarning Places


  • Modern look and feel
  • Quick, dynamic conversations
  • Chat without leaving the HealthInfoNet website
  • Quick, simple sign-up process
  • Stay logged in over multiple sessions

How to join

1. Click the HealthInfoChat tab to the right of the screen

2. Click the icon with the three lines at the top right

3. Click ‘Login or Sign up

4. Click either ‘Login with E-mail or ‘Login with Facebook’
If you choose Facebook, you will be redirected to Facebook to complete the process.  If you choose email, follow the steps below

Click ‘New User? Register now!’

User your email address to create an account

How to use

1. Click the HealthInfoChat tab on the right of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website or Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre

2. Choose the group you’d like to contribute to

3. Post something to the group.  You can use links and emojis and attach files

Or, contact a user directly


To learn more about HealthInfoChat, read our FAQs

National Tackling Indigenous Smoking Workers Yarning Group

How to join

  1. Go to the National TIS Workers Yarning Group on Facebook
  2. Click ‘+Join’
  3. Enter the TIS team you belong to and your position title
  4. Wait to be approved

Yarning Places Forum

How to join

  1. Sign up using the online application form
  2. A confirmation message explaining more about the yarning place will be sent to your e-mail address.

How to use

To access the Yarning Places Forum, you will need to log in and enter your email address and password (your password is the one you submitted on the join form).

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Yarning Places Forum has the following features:

  • The mob members list: this provides members’ contact details (permission to display the details is obtained beforehand).
  • The yarning board: this is an electronic board for discussion and debate about relevant issues.
  • The yarn now feature: this is similar to a chat room where two or more members can join in ‘live’ discussions with one another.
  • The events feature: this is where you can access information, or notify others, about upcoming events related to Indigenous health.

Yarning Place community guidelines

Our Yarning Places are a safe place for people with an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health to share information, knowledge and experience. As a courtesy to others – and to protect yourself – please ensure you follow our community guidelines when using Yarning Places.

View our Community Guidelines


Our yarning places (electronic networks) are based on the ‘community of practice’ model. More information on the ‘community of practice’ model is available on the website of Dr Etienne Wenger, an internationally recognised leader in the field of communities of practice.

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