Rexona sniffing and responses to Volatile Substances in Far North Queensland

May 8, 2017

The 4th Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference is on again next week at the Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast on 15th – 17th May.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the service system
  • Training and Support of AOD workers
  • Issues within rural and remote communities
  • Cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups
  • Emerging trends
  • Trauma informed services
  • The lived experience and their supporters

Ms Genevieve Sinclair, Manager at Youth Empowered Towards Independence will join us at the conference to discuss ‘Rexona sniffing and responses to Volatile Substances in Far North Queensland’.

Rexona sniffing and the use of inhalants (including other aerosols, glue, paint and petrol) continues to have significant harmful impacts on young people, families and communities from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island backgrounds in rural and remote areas.

Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI) is a youth service funded to undertake drug and alcohol treatment in the Cairns region. YETI has supported vulnerable young people for over 20 years and sees an average of 500 young people annually, with 85 percent of young people from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.  YETI supports young people using inhalants and develops strategies to combat the uptake and misuse of inhalants in Far North Queensland.

For the past 18 months YETI has received Federal funding to undertake community capacity building and VSM supply reduction initiatives in Far North Queensland, including Cape York and the Torres Strait.

This presentation will describe YETI’s journey over the past eight years in relation to: understanding inhalant use in our community, learning from the young people we work with and developing effective intervention approaches. The presentation will have a strong focus on the voice of young people and include:

  • User experience reports from young people in relation to glue and paint sniffing;
  • Young people’s ideas in relation to helpful interventions;
  • YETI’s approach to working with young people with a focus on family reconnection;
  • Joined up care approaches to inhalant treatment;
  • Vital regional supply reduction efforts; and
  • Current complexities in how we respond to Rexona sniffing.

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