Using Rapid Assessment Procedures
to Investigate the Impact of Injecting Drug Use Amongst Indigenous Australians
in Metropolitan Adelaide.
The aim of this project was
to use Rapid Assessment Procedures (RAP) to undertake research to assess the
practices of Aboriginal injecting drug users in metropolitan Adelaide. This
project aimed to gather information about injecting practices and issues relating
to Injecting Drug Use (IDU) that are important to the Aboriginal community.
A major component of the project
was to utilise Peer Interviewers (Aboriginal people with experience of injecting
drug use) to conduct a survey of Aboriginal people who inject drugs. The survey
for this project was based on a previous survey that ADAC conducted in Murray
Bridge. Information gathered during this project will be used to improve
the available knowledge base on Indigenous IDU and inform further development
of more appropriate responses and services.
The project was supported by
a Community Advisory Committee, consisting of representatives from:
- The National Centre for Education
and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
- Nunkuwarrin Yunti (an Indigenous
- SAVIVE (an IDU peer based program
area of the AIDS Council of SA)
- The Parks Community Health Centre
- The Aboriginal Health Council;
- The C Clearly (Hepatitis C)
Throughout the project ADAC
has had continuing contact with the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI),
who have been undertaking similar research in Western Australia.
The project is funded by The
Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH).
The project has been endorsed
by The Aboriginal Health Council's Ethics Research Committee.
Concluded August 2003
Resources resulting from
During the early stages of the
project it became evident that many Indigenous injecting drug users were unaware
of the range of services and what they offered, so ADAC has produced a service
directory in the form of a wallet sized foldout card (ADAC Help Card). The
Help Card is based on a previous resource produced for newly released Indigenous
prisoners as part of the ADAC Prison Project.
Updating the ADAC Hep C Poster
occurred as a result of identifying a need within the Indigenous community
for information on Hepatitis C.
ADAC have also produced a review
of existing literature, documenting the major findings of research into Indigenous
IDU and providing a picture of the main issues for Indigenous injecting drug
For further information
Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc.
53 King William Street
Kent Town, SA, 5068
Ph: +61 (08) 8362 0395
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