Literature review

Effectiveness of alcohol and other drug interventions in at-risk Aboriginal youth

An Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health
Alcohol Drug abuse Aboriginal Australian youth Drugs and alcohol Australia

This review was conducted to identify the most effective interventions to reduce the risk of alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harm among at-risk Aboriginal youth.

Fifty-two studies from across four countries were included in the synthesis of literature, which covered both peer-reviewed and grey literature.

Only a small number of studies provided guidance on effective AOD interventions for Aboriginal youth, but a common theme underpinning each intervention was that success requires strong community interest, engagement, leadership and sustainable funding.

Several key factors were identified as pertinent to successful implementation and sustainability of interventions. The report recommends that three key principles are followed to align future AOD interventions for this target group with best evidence practice and to optimise investment.

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