Health Promotion Resources

A wide range of Health Promotion guides and information-education resources are increasingly available for AOD workers working with Aboriginal clients and communities.

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This is partly because there is a growing expectation that health workers generally will be familiar with, and also participate in and even lead, the research and evaluation processes that are an integral part of the Health Promotion programs run in health service organisations.

A very helpful summary about doing health promotion and research, written for Aboriginal Health workers, is:

Kulunga Research Research Network (2010). Start stronger, live longer: Health Promotion and Research. Perth: Kulunga Research Institute.

Important resources for AOD health promotion activities in Aboriginal communities:

Brady, M. (2008). First Taste: How Indigenous Australians Learned about Grog. Canberra: Foundation for Alcohol Rehabilitation. This series of 6 books provides background information and the historical context on the consumption of alcohol by Indigenous Australians.

Brady, M. (2005). The Grog Book: Strengthening Indigenous community action on alcohol. Revised Edition. Canberra: Department of Health & Ageing.
This book provides Indigenous people with ideas and strategies for managing alcohol. It tries to provide as many choices as possible for people to use. The advantages and disadvantages for each course of action are also provided. The book is based on what Indigenous people themselves have been doing in communities. The last chapter has handouts that can be photocopied or put into overheads; these can be used for providing information to a community. Page 246 of the book has a list of key resources that will be useful in finding out more, or keeping up to date with new information.
Can be ordered here 

Brady, M (1995). Giving away the grog: Aboriginal accounts of drinking and not drinking. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Copies are available free of charge from the Department of Health and Ageing- order publications on extension 8654, quoting publication number ATSI43. National free call Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm EST: 1800 020 103. Email:

First published in 1995, these are the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who talked to Maggie Brady about their drinking – how they learned to drink, how they got stuck in the grog, about the troubles they had, and about what made people stop and think. The people in the book speak about giving up drink and whether it was hard or easy, and about drinking mates, and how they were dealt with. The book includes a users guide and some questions for discussion. It can be used by health workers, drug and alcohol workers, in schools, in courses on indigenous drug and alcohol use, and for discussion with patients in hospitals and inmates in gaols.