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Penington Institute (2017)

Australia's annual overdose report 2017.

Melbourne: Penington Institute

Injecting ice in the country – healthier approaches (2017)

Penington Institute

This resource package includes ten videos and factsheets about ice, with specific resources developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Topics covered include:

  • injecting ice use in the country
  • what is ice?
  • engaging Aboriginal clients who inject ice
  • impact of ice use on Aboriginal families and communities
  • safer injecting and harm reduction for Aboriginal clients
  • physical and psychological impacts of ice use
  • ice intoxication and withdrawal
  • client confidentiality.

A compilation video is also available which includes all ten videos. The resources were developed by the Penington Institute and are aimed at building the confidence and capacity of workers to respond to client needs and promote public health and safety. The resources are accompanied by training which is delivered free of charge within Victoria.

Abstract adapted from Penington Institute

Robinson LD, BakerAL, Deane FP, McKetin R, Hudson S, Keane C (2017)

Polysubstance use in treatment seekers who inject amphetamine: drug use profiles, injecting practices and quality of life.

Addictive Behaviors; In Progress( 25-30


Whetton S, Shanahan M, Cartwright K, Duraisingam V, Ferrante A, Gray D, Kaye S, Kostadinov V, McKetin R, Pidd K, Roche A, Tait RJ, Allsop S (2016)

The social costs of methamphetamine in Australia 2013/14.

Perth,WA: National Drug Research Institute


Baker A (2015)

Physical and psychological effects of methamphetamine use.

Paper presented at the National methamphetamine symposium: making research work in practice. 12 May 2015, Melbourne, Victoria

Clough A, Robertson J, Fitts M, Lawson K, Bird K, Hunter E, Gynther B, Obrecht K (2015)

Impacts of meth/amphetamine, other drugs and alcohol in rural and remote areas in northern and north-east Queensland: an environmental scan.

Cairns: James Cook University

This paper draws together current research relating to the impacts of meth/amphetamine, other drugs and alcohol use in rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern and northeast Queensland. It aims to address the following questions:

  • What evidence is there that meth/amphetamine, in particular crystal meth/amphetamine ('ice'), is being used in these communities?
  • What are the behaviours, symptoms and signs of meth/amphetamine use that service providers observe in these regions?
  • If 'ice' is being used, who is using it and what are the impacts?

The paper also provides recommendations to the Queensland Government aimed at preventing any future increase in 'ice' usage in this region.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Dietze P (2015)

Understanding trends in Methamphetamine use and harm: Implications for harm reduction.

Paper presented at the National methamphetamine symposium: making research work in practice. 12 May 2015, Melbourne, Victoria

Hester R (2015)

Neural and cognitive effects of methamphetamine and implications for treatment.

Paper presented at the National methamphetamine symposium: making research work in practice. 12 May 2015, Melbourne, Victoria

Robertson J, Clough A (2015)

Meth/amphetamine use: north and north-east Queensland.

Cairns: James Cook University


Parliament of Victoria Law Reform Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee (2014)

Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria: final report: volume 1.

Melbourne: Parliament of Victoria


Heffernan E, Anderson K, Dev A (2012)

Inside Out: the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody report.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Last updated: 13 December 2017
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