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Review of first phase of the petrol sniffing strategy

Posted on: 9 December, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 4, October 2008 - December 2008
Related to Policies Volatile substance use

URBIS (2008)
Review of first phase of the petrol sniffing strategy.
Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) recently released the ‘Review of first phase of the petrol sniffing strategy‘ prepared by Urbis. The Petrol Sniffing Strategy (PSS) involves an eight point plan that includes both supply reduction and demand reduction strategies which aims to:
• reduce both incidence and impact of petrol sniffing in a defined area of Central Australia by addressing the social determinants of health and wellbeing
• evaluate the effectiveness of a regional and comprehensive response to petrol sniffing to establish the utility of expanding the strategy to other regions.

Overall, stakeholders regard the eight point plan of the PSS as a realistic effort to address the petrol sniffing problem. The Opal fuel has succeeded in substantially reducing the level of petrol sniffing, though more needs to be done in relation to strengthening and supporting communities, and engaging young people. It is believed that improved consultation and sharing of information is needed, and that maintaining a focus on petrol sniffing is important until such time as it is sufficiently reduced, and then issues around sniffing can be seen in the broader context of drug and alcohol problems and their associated policy responses.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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