Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources

Coming soon: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander portal

We are currently creating a space on Positive Choices for information and resources that are culturally appropriate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In this culturally safe space you will find factsheets, videos, programs and games that are developed specifically for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and their teachers and parents.

For now, this page will provide you with information on the development of these resources:

  • The experts involved in the development
  • The consultations being held to inform the development
  • The meaning of the Positive Choices artwork
  • Opportunity to provide input into the development

The experts involved in the development of the portal:

Researchers at the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC, UNSW) are leading the development and collating of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources to be included on Positive Choices.

The CREMS researchers are receiving input from external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous experts from the following organisations:

NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc
Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre
Children's Ground
South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation
FACSAR Analysis and Research
Black Dog Institute
Newcastle University
NSW State Health
University of Sydney

Development process

Researchers have also partnered with two schools in New South Wales and two schools in Queensland to undertake consultations with teachers, parents and students. These schools were selected because they have a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The researchers are undertaking the following activities with the teachers, parents and students of these schools:

  • Focus groups with the teachers to discuss what materials they are using, what they are missing and what would be the optimal drug and alcohol prevention approach. Factsheets developed for Positive Choices will also be focus tested with teachers from these schools;
  • Consultations with parents to identify how parents talk about alcohol and other drugs with their teenagers, what they think works and what their needs are; and
  • Student consultations to inform the development of a school-based alcohol and other drug prevention program. Year 7/8 students (aged 12-14 years) at these schools will be participating in a photovoice project in which they are asked to take pictures of positive social situations in their community, things they like about their community and their positive role models. Using these photos, they will participate in a creative session with young artists from Gilimbaa to start developing storylines for the school-based program.

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