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Monitoring trends in the prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Australian Aboriginal communities 2011-2014: final report

Posted on: 22 August, 2016
Issue: Vol 16 No 3, July 2016 – September 2016
Related to Remote Rural Volatile substance use Northern Territory Western Australia

d’Abbs P, Shaw G (2016)
Monitoring trends in the prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Australian Aboriginal communities 2011-2014: final report
Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

This report presents findings from a study of petrol sniffing prevalence in a sample of 53 Australian Aboriginal communities. It investigates the impact of introducing low aromatic unleaded fuel (LAF) in Aboriginal communities where the sniffing of volatile substances was present. Sections of the report include:

  • executive summary
  • project design and research methods
  • prevalence and patterns of sniffing
  • the place of LAF in community responses to petrol sniffing
  • summaries of two previous studies of LAF
  • baseline data for twelve communities visited in 2013
  • tables of data
  • a community report template
  • instructions to fieldworkers.

The conclusion of this report identifies that the introduction and use of LAF on a regional, rural and remote basis is associated with a continuing decline in numbers of young people sniffing in remote communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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