Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
Indigenous Communities Project 2012 - 2015

Supported by Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

A three year project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, aimed at reducing the health and social harms associated with volatile substance misuse (VSM) in the Top End region of the Northern Territory. The purposes of the project are to:

  • develop systems and processes that reduce supply and associated harms in the Greater Darwin region;
  • increase the capacity of Indigenous communities, in the Darwin region, to reduce the harms and demands of alcohol, drugs and volatile substances; and
  • increase the capacity of Amity Community Services and other service providers, individually and collectively, to work with Indigenous communities.

Specifically the project will:

  • work with retailers to reduce the supply of volatile substances for misuse;
  • advocate and lobby to strengthen Northern Territory legislation relating to VSM;
  • collect anecdotal information relating to volatile substance misuse;
  • develop inter-agency protocols to respond to VSM for the Darwin region, enhancing a multi-level service delivery contributing to harm minimisation in the Darwin region;
  • work in partnership with government departments and other community organisations to increase coordination between services and access for Indigenous communities; and
  • work with specific Indigenous communities, and relevant organisations, to increase community strengths and build healthy lifestyles.  This may involve facilitating and supporting community initiatives, assisting in the development of community plans and assessments, increasing access to relevant information, and helping with submissions and accessing funding.

For further information on the project please contact:
Amity Community Services on
Telephone: (08) 8944 6565
Facsimile: (08) 8981 8456

Project contacts:

Michael Massingham
AOD Indigenous Communities Project Coordinator