Indigenous resources


In partnership with various state governments and stated-based Aboriginal community controlled health organisations, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has developed a series of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educational and information resources.

Healthy Spirit, Healthy Community

Healthy Spirit,  Healthy Community is an educational and informational resource developed for health professionals and community members. This resource has been developed in partnership between VACCHO, Alcohol and Drug Foundation with support from the Victorian Government. The resource package provides information on drugs which are currently the most used in the Victorian Aboriginal community. The brochures and booklet includes information on:

  • alcohol
  • ecstasy
  • hallucinogens
  • heroin
  • ice and speed
  • prescription and over the counter drugs
  • synthetic drugs
  • tobacco
  • yarndi (cannabis).

Brochures and booklets

Strong Boorais, Bright Futures – Keeping healthy during pregnancy

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation, in collaboration with The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Incorporated (VACCHO) have created a DVD on smoking, alcohol and drug use while pregnant and breastfeeding. Entitled Strong Boorais, Bright Futures, the resource for mothers, fathers and families is all about keeping healthy during pregnancy and provides advice for reducing and stopping the use of alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Boorai is an Aboriginal word used in Victoria and means baby.

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‘Breaking the Ice’ and additional resources

In collaboration with NSW Health, various Indigenous agencies and other contributors, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has produced further resources to help educate Indigenous communities about crystalline methamphetamine (‘ice’), alcohol and a range of other drugs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities may also find the following websites useful:

  1. The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre. With the mission of improving the health of Australia’s Indigenous peoples and assist in ‘closing the gap’, this site includes key resources and services, featured content, various portals, a searchable database of literature, and pages dedicated to illicit drugs including amphetamines and cocaine.
  2. The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.