YEAR

2021-2024

PROJECT STATUS

Planning.

ETHICS APPROVAL

The Western Australian Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee (WAAHEC) has approved this research project (HREC1117) along with the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HRE2021-0744).

CHIEF INVESTIGATORS

Dr Roanna Lobo (Curtin University), Dr Gemma Crawford (Curtin University), Ms Jude Bevan (WA Department of Health), Ms Francine Eades (Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control), Dr Jacqui Hendriks (Curtin University), Prof Rosa Alati (Curtin University), Prof Sandra Eades (Curtin University), Dr Richelle Douglas (Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service).

ABORIGINAL ADVISORY GROUP

Dr Mick Adams

Ms Mara West

PROJECT STAFF

Dr Roanna Lobo (Curtin University), Adrian Simpson (Curtin University), Dr Belinda D'Costa (Curtin University), Dr Linda Portsmouth (Curtin University)

COLLABORATION AND PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

  • Aboriginal Health Council of WA
  • Curtin University Medical School
  • Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation
  • HepatitisWA
  • Kulunga Aboriginal Unit, Telethon Kids Institute
  • Notre Dame University
  • Peer Based Harm Reduction WA
  • Royal Perth Hospital
  • WAAC (formerly WA AIDS Council)
  • Western Australian Department of Health, Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program
  • Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies
  • Wungening Aboriginal Corporation


BRIEF OVERVIEW

A strengths-based participatory action research (PAR) framework will be employed to increase Aboriginal consumers’ access to needle and syringe programs (NSPs) to reduce the harm associated with illicit drugs due to unsafe injecting behaviours. A comprehensive suite of five Aboriginal consumer-led and co-designed interventions will be trialled incorporating educational, environmental, behavioural, and policy strategies. Interventions will develop a community education and awareness campaign about harm reduction service availability and purpose; a peer referral program for accessing NSPs and health promotion activities; a framework for a holistic service model incorporating NSPs; increased cultural security of NSPs; and increased service availability for Aboriginal consumers. An Aboriginal Advisory Group and Co-design Working Group established during Healthway exploratory research (see project: Increasing Aboriginal Peoples' Use of Services that Reduce Harm from Illicit Drugs) will guide project activities.

FUNDING 

This research is supported by funding from a Healthway Health Promotion Intervention Research Grant.

CONTACT

Dr Roanna Lobo, Principle Investigator, roanna.lobo@curtin.edu.au, (08) 9266 1101.