Pilbara substance misuse service review

  • Research program: Harm reduction policy and strategies
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: September 2000
  • Expected end date: December 2001
  • Completion date: October 2001
  • Funded by: Bloodwood Tree Association (through a grant from the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
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The objectives of this project were to report on the level of substance misuse in Port Hedland and Roebourne, to identify current interventions services, and to assess the extent to which those services were meeting community needs. Methods included: documentary analysis, a review of statistical collections on alcohol consumption and alcohol-related hospital admissions, semi-structured interviews with community members and service providers, and observations of service provision activities. A number of specific recommendations were made including: implementation of socio-economic development initiatives; support of cultural activities; increased service coordination; supply reduction measures; health promotion activities; and the provision of treatment services including detoxification, rehabilitation and respite services.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Chief Investigator: Sherry Saggers, Curtin University
  • Project staff: Leah Councillor, Curtin University
  • Project staff: Paul Catalano, Curtin University

Saggers, S., Gray, D. and Catalano, P. (2001). Port Hedland and Roebourne substance misuse services review. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 1 74067 083 3 [T110] Download PDF