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NIIS Current  Awareness Newsletter

The NIIS produces an electronic newsletter (NIIS CAN) every three months.  The newsletter highlights news and views about inhalant abuse from around Australia and the world.  Also included is a list of resources added to the inhalants database. 

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Issue 24: Sep 2013 [website]

Issue 20: Oct 2012

 Issue 16: Sep 2011
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Issue 12: Sept 2010
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Issue 8 : Oct 2009
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Issue 4: Feb 2009
[pdf - 488 kB]

Issue 23: Jun 2013 [website] Issue 19: July 2012
 Issue 15: Jun 2011
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Issue 11: June 2010
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 Issue 7:  Aug 2009
[pdf - 727 kB]

Issue 3: Nov 2008
[pdf - 650 kB]

Issue 22: Mar 2013

Issue 18: Mar 2012
Issue 14: Mar 2011
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Issue 10: Mar 2010
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Issue 6:  June 2009
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Issue 2: Sep 2008
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Issue 21: Dec 2012

Issue 17: Dec 2011
[pdf - 456 kB]

Issue 13: Dec 2010
[pdf - 475 kB] 

Issue 9:  Dec 2009
[ pdf - 687 kB]

Issue 5: Apr 2009
[pdf - 487 kB]

Issue 1: July 2008
[pdf - 800 kB]

Online videos (YouTube)

You Tube Videos about Petrol sniffing

BP Australia
BP helps tackle petrol sniffing: the 10 year story of Opal (2011)
BP Opal (2011)

Dept. Health and Ageing
Strong voices – Petrol sniffing prevention – Bush Mob (2010)
Strong voices – Petrol sniffing prevention – Docker River (2010)
Strong voices – Petrol sniffing prevention – Mt Theo in Yundemu (2010)
Strong voices – Petrol sniffing prevention – the Papunya Eagles (2010)

Maningrida night patrol and child safety service (2010)
Gunbalanya looks after family safety (2010)

Anti Petrol Sniffing TVC (2009)

Simon Hill editor
The Opal Story (2008)

Spirited Travels
Opal fuel works in Papunya (2010)
Opal fuel good for Canada (2010)

The Muso Magic
Don’t be Rama Rama by Warburton Community

Warlayiriti Artists
Petrol Wanti – Cliff side reggae (2012)

Wedgetail Eagle Band
Petrol sniffing – Wedgetail Eagle Band (2011)

Eric Barrows
Yaka Nhmul Petrol (2011)

Web Links

Australian organisations with an interest in inhalants misuse

Australian Drug Foundation, DrugInfo Clearinghouse [website]
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
, (Western Australia) [website]
Central Australian Youth Link-Up Service (CAYLUS), (Northern Territory) [website]
Mt Theo-Yuendumu Substance Misuse Program (MYSMAC), (Northern Territory) [website]
National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) [website]

If you would like us to consider adding your website to our list please email us.

International organisations with an interest in inhalants misuse

World Health Organization, Volatile Solvent use [website]

New Zealand:
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, Solvent and inhalant problems [pdf - 259 kB]
NZ Drug Foundation, Inhalants and solvents [website]
NZ Drug Foundation,  Volatile Substances: a guide for retailers [website]

Re-Solv - The Society for the Prevention of solvent and volatile substance abuse [website]
Solve-It: Volatile Substance Abuse Prevention [website]

Addictions Foundation of Manitoba - Inhalants: the basics  [pdf - 328 kB]
Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission - Beyond the abcs: information for professionals: solvent/inhalants [pdf - 116 kB]
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse – National Youth Solvent Abuse Program FAQ [pdf - 151 kB]
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - Inhalants [website]
Health Canada - National youth solvent abuse program. [website]
Youth Solvent Addition Committee

Alliance for Consumer Education [website]
Foundation for a Drug-Free World [website]
National Institute on Drug Abuse  [website]
National Inhalant Prevention Coalition  [website]
North Dakota Substance Abuse Prevention
[website] & Inhalant Abuse Prevention Toolkit  [pdf - 6.69 MB]
The New England Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coalition [website]


The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. 2013. The Whole of Strategy Evaluation of the Petrol Sniffing Strategy  [website]

The State of Queensland (Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian). 2011. The chroming report [website]

Australian Government (2010). Combined Australian Government response to two Senate Community Affairs References Committee reports on petrol sniffing in Indigenous communities.  Canberra.  [pdf - 239 kB]

This document is the Australian government’s response to the 2006 report Beyond petrol sniffing: renewing hope for Indigenous communities and the 2008 report Grasping the opportunity of Opal: assessing the impact of the petrol sniffing strategy; detailing their response to the recommendations made in each report.

Cultural & Indigenous Research Centre Australia. (2010). Research to inform the development of the Youth Diversion Communication Strategy in the East Kimberly and Central Desert Region (CDR). FaHCSIA. [pdf - 167 kB]

Commissioned by FaHCSIA, this research was conducted to inform future communications strategies and policies aimed at reducing substance abuse in the East Kimberly and Central Desert Region .

FaHCSIA (2010). Approved response to Central Australian Petrol Sniffing Strategy Unit review report[pdf - 44 kB]

In 2009, URBIS was commissioned to evaluate the Central Australian Petrol Sniffing Strategy Unit (CAPSSU).  This report is the response to that evaluation addressing the recommendations of the original report.

Shaw, G. (2010) Research into legislation relating to petrol sniffing - Executive Summary. FaHCSIA. [website]

This report was commissioned by FaHCSIA following the 2006 Senate Community Affairs References Committee report Beyond petrol sniffing: renewing hope for Indigenous communities.  It looks at the impact of jurisdictional legislation   related to petrol sniffing.  

The Senate. Standing Committee on Community Affairs (2009), Grasping the opportunity of Opal: Assessing the impact of the Petrol Sniffing Strategy, Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia [pdf - 1.71 MB]

Australian Government. Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2008), Review of the first phase of the Petrol Sniffing Strategy. [website]

The Senate. Community Affairs Committee (2008), Inquiry into petrol sniffing and substance abuse in Central Australia. [website]

The Senate. Community Affairs Reference Committee (2006), Beyond petrol sniffing: renewing hope for Indigenous communities, Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. [pdf - 905 kB]

National Inhalant Abuse Taskforce (2006), National directions on inhalant abuse, final report. Melbourne: Victorian Government Department of Human Services. [pdf - 915 kB]

The National Inhalant Abuse Taskforce (NIAT) was established by the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.  The role of the NAIT was to examine the existing initiatives, programs and strategies that address inhalant abuse in Australia and to make recommendations regarding a national approach on dealing with inhalant abuse.

Northern Territory.  Select Committee on Substance Abuse in the Community (2004), Petrol sniffing in remote Northern Territory communities.  Darwin: Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory. [pdf - 503 kB]

The Northern Territory Select Committee on Substance Abuse undertook an inquiry regarding substance abuse with specific focus on petrol sniffing in remote Northern Territory communities.  The committee looked at all aspects of petrol sniffing including community concerns, current trends, social, economic and health consequences, services currently available, factors directly affecting use and policies and services for prevention and treatment.

Victoria. Parliament. Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee (2002), Inquiry into the inhalation of volatile substances: final report. Melbourne: Govt. Printer for the State of Victoria. 

The Victorian Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee’s inquiry in the inhalation of volatile substances examined factors contributing to inhalant use, reviewed current and best practice strategies for dealing with inhalant use and looked at ways to minimise the incidence of inhalant use.   

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Conference papers and presentations

 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Forum - 20 June 2009
The Multinational Assessment and Prevention of Inhalant Abuse section of the conference had four presentations from around the world including Dr Sarah MacLean from Australia. [website]

Inhalant Use and Disorder Conference - 7-8 July 2003, Jupiters Hotel, Townsville
The aim of the Inhalant Use and Disorder conference hosted by the Australian Institute of Criminology was to ‘provide an opportunity for practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and community groups involved with inhalant misuse to discuss the topic, share knowledge and develop strategies to address the relevant issues’.  [website]


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