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released: 8 Feb 2011 author: AIHW media release

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the prevalence of substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as the use of services for substance abuse. The report will focus on three main categories of substance that have major health implications for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: tobacco smoking, alcohol use and illicit substance use.

ISBN 978-1-74249-119-6; Cat. no. IHW 40; 62pp.; INTERNET ONLY

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary 
      • Smoking
      • Alcohol consumption
      • Illicit substance use
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
    2. Tobacco use
      • 2.1 Self-reported smoking rates
      • 2.2 Trends in smoking rates
      • 2.3 Tobacco smoking during pregnancy
        • Self-reported smoking rates
        • Trends in smoking during pregnancy
      • 2.4 Summary
    1. Alcohol use
      • 3.1 Self-reported consumption
        • Alcohol use
          • Alcohol risk levels
            • Long-term risk (chronic alcohol consumption)
            • Short-term risk (binge drinking)
      • 3.2 Trends in alcohol consumption
      • 3.3 Summary
    1. Illicit substance use
      • 4.1 Self-reported consumption
      • 4.2 Trends in illicit substance use
      • 4.3 Petrol sniffing
      • 4.4 Summary
    1. Impact on health and service use
      • 5.1 Self-reported health status
        • Smoking
        • Alcohol consumption
        • Illicit drug use
      • 5.2 Disability adjusted life years
      • 5.3 General practitioner encounters
        • Tobacco smoking
        • Alcohol
        • Illicit substance use
      • 5.4 Hospitalisations
        • Tobacco smoking
        • Alcohol use
      • 5.5 Mortality
        • Tobacco smoking
        • Alcohol consumption
        • Illicit substance use
      • 5.6 Summary
    1. Treatment services
      • 6.1 Alcohol and other drug treatment services
        • Time series
      • 6.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander substance use services
        • Information about the services
          • Treatment and assistance
        • Clients of substance use services
        • Types of treatment
          • Residential treatment
          • Episodes of care
        • Sobering-up, residential respite and short-term care
          • Episodes of care
        • Non-residential, follow-up and after-care
          • Episodes of care
      • 6.3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services
      • 6.4 Summary
        • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey
          • Data quality issues
        • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
          • Data quality issues
        • National Drug Strategy Household Survey
          • Data quality issues
        • National Perinatal Data Collection
          • Data quality issues
        • GP encounters?BEACH survey
          • Data quality issues
        • National Hospital Morbidity Database
          • Data quality issues
        • National Mortality Database
          • Data quality issues
        • Alcohol and other drug treatment services
          • Data quality issues
        • Drug and alcohol services data
          • Data quality issues
        • Petrol Sniffing Data Collection
          • Data quality issues
  • End matter
    • Appendix 1: Information about the data sources and data quality issues
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Notes and corrections

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Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (23 February 2011) Minor error corrected.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Cat. no. IHW 40. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 26 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418268>.