Indigenous knowledge translation: AOD resources for improved practice

May 9, 2018

The 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will be held this month over Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May with optional workshops on Wednesday 30 May at the QT Gold Coast.

Ms Avinna Trzesinski, Senior Research Officer with the Australian Indigenous Healthinfonet joins us at the Conference to discuss ‘Indigenous knowledge translation: AOD resources for improved practice’.


The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre provides innovative resources that improve access to the latest evidence-based information about alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These resources have been developed to increase workforce capacity and shorten the time it takes to access relevant information.

In 2016-2017 the Knowledge Centre collaborated with stakeholders to co-design and co-create resources into new digital formats including eBooks, infographics, and short films. These resources enhance the translation of knowledge between research and practice using the latest technologies. These latest additions are free and accessible for everyone regardless of how they learn, what their level of education is, and how much time they have or how much detail they need.

In 2018 the Knowledge Centre is moving toward a responsive design to enable easy access on mobile devices. The redesign will also include some website improvements such us improved navigation, updated bibliographic search, and new portal areas.

In this presentation we will show you how these new features and resources enable health professionals to work more efficiently and effectively, thereby improving workforce capacity that leads to better health outcomes at the individual and community level.


Avinna has been working at the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, based at Edith Cowan University in Perth since 2011. Avinna currently works on the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre project as Research Officer and Workshop Coordinator which takes her across the country facilitating workshops at conferences and organisations, with the aim of up skilling the AOD and other health workforces. Avinna has also spent time in the North-West of WA as a Research Assistant for the Telethon Kids Institute, working for the Alert Program with primary school kids in Muludja, Bayulu and Djugerari communities in the Fitzroy Valley.

For more information on the upcoming 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference please visit the conference website.



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