Insight delivers a range of training and cultural capacity building activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous practitioners across Queensland.

Upcoming Insight Training

Significant Dates
13th February Anniversary of the formal apology by the Australian Parliament
17th March National Close the Gap Day
26th May National Sorry Day – acknowledging the Stolen Generations.
27th May Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum
27th May – 3rd June National Reconciliation Week
3rd June Mabo Day
1st July The Coming of the Light Festival: marking the arrival of the London Missionary Society in the Torres Strait.
3-10th July NAIDOC Week: Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
4th August National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day
9th August International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
7th September Indigenous Literacy Day

AOD Culturally Secure Practice and IRIS
(Indigenous Risk Impact Screen)

This updated 2-day workshop aims to build cultural capacity when working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who use substances. Designed for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers alike, the course promotes a culturally-secure AOD framework and approach to direct practice. The Indigenous Risk Impact Screen and Brief Intervention program provides a culturally secure and validated screening instrument and brief intervention designed to meet the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland and across Australia, alongside other practical tips, tricks, tools and resources for use in everyday practice.

We offer training to all workers who have contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities. Currently there are two IRIS training programs offered:

  • The IRIS 2 Day Workshop trains participants how to use the toolkit in a culturally appropriate framework
  • The IRIS 4 Day Train the Trainer Program provides further training for those participants that have completed the 2 Day Workshop (pre-requisite) and wish to facilitate their own 2 Day Workshop.

Contact: Damien Martin – Indigenous AOD Educator Coordinator
Statewide Clinical Support Services, Metro North Mental Health – Alcohol and Drug Service
Phone: 07 3837 5652

The following resources are from the IRIS two-day workshop.
Please note: before using these resources we strongly recommend you undertake the IRIS training.

Body Cards

The body cards are visual prompts to help support and open dialogue with consumers that are experiencing effects from alcohol and other drug use. The body cards complement the brief intervention strategy in building awareness to help guide the consumer in engaging in support services.

IRIS Screening Instrument and Risk Card

IRIS is a culturally appropriate screening and brief intervention tool. The IRIS tool is an evidence based and validated tool to assist and strengthen treatment outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people that:

  • provides an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander focus
  • has been developed by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • has been validated as a culturally secure screening tool
  • is a screening Instrument for both:
    • Alcohol & Other Drugs
    • Mental health & Emotional Wellbeing

To learn how to use this tool it is recommended you attend an AOD Culturally Secure practice workshop. Statewide dates available in the Training section of this site – or contact for more info.

Indigenous Stages of Change Story

This version of the Stage of Change model takes a look from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander perspective, the stage of change was developed from the Living with Alcohol program developed in the Northern Territory- Artist Terry Simmons and Sophia Conway from Titjikala community.

The visual aid is another resource that helps to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, providing a translation, where consumer can relate to the story and language when seeking assistance to address Alcohol and Other drug use.

Guides and policies.

Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work
The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work is a practical tool to use in your everyday work with clients. It can help build on your skills and knowledge.

Published by the University of Sydney.

Alcohol Treatment Guidelines for Indigenous Australians
The Alcohol Treatment Guidelines for Indigenous Australians have been developed to give guidance to healthcare providers working with Indigenous clients who are adversely affected by alcohol consumption.

Making Tracks
Queensland Health 2010: Making Tracks towards closing the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders by 2033 – policy and accountability framework, Brisbane 2010.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Drug Strategy, 2014 – 2019
A sub strategy of the national drug strategy 2010 – 2015.

Learning from each other: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People
This guide is designed to support workers and agencies working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who use alcohol and other drugs. This is the fourth in a series of guides produced by Dovetail around good practice in youth AOD work. It was produced in collaboration with Encompass Family and Community Pty Ltd, and the Learning from Each Other Reference Group.

Consumer and Community Engagement Framework
The Consumer and Community Engagement Framework is designed to orient health organisations to what underpins successful consumer and community engagement.
Visit the Health Consumers Queensland website for a copy of the framework.

The following are versions of the meth check resources which have been contextualised by QISMC / QAIHC* for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


Meth Check: Ultra-Brief Intervention Tool

The Meth check: Ultra brief Intervention Tool is a visual aid to support health workers and practitioners with a 5-10 min Intervention when working with a consumer affected by methamphetamine use. Before using the tool we strongly recommend you watch the introductory video which explains the exercise in detail and provides tips on how to use it in practice. Further training around methamphetamine is available in the “Crystal Clear: Responding to methamphetamine” workshop, which can be found on the Training page.

NB: This tool is designed to be printed in colour A3.



Harm Reduction Booklet:Methamphetamine – Ways to Stay Safe’

An 8 page harm reduction booklet containing basic information and practical harm reduction advice for people who are currently using methamphetamine, as well as tips for cutting back and quitting. The resource also promotes self-reflection, positive encouragement and messages of hope around implementing personal change around drug use.



Factsheet for Families

A 2-page factsheet for family members who are supporting someone who is using methamphetamine. It contains basic information about the drug, an overview of key treatment options as well as practical tips and advice.

*Contextualised versions of the resources have been developed by the Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council (QISMC), which is part of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC).

Fabulous artwork, design and support provided by Brio Group.

For more information contact the ‘Supporting Workers Address Methamphetamine’ team at Insight on (07) 3837 5655 |

The above initiative is part of Queensland Health’s response to ‘ice’ crystal methamphetamine. All rights reserved 2016.

Other resources.

Remote AOD Resources
The Remote AOD Program from the Northern Territory developed a series of resources including a Brief Wellbeing Screener, and resources designed to support direct client work around cannabis, alcohol, methamphetamine as well as a resource around alcohol and pregnancy. Dovetail has re-printed these resources and they are available free of charge to any worker or community in Queensland who would like them.

Want to see previous seminars? Visit our YouTube channel! Insight on YouTube