• To develop and implement a data collection tool to gather information from communities on the prevalence and incidence of petrol sniffing, transference to other substances (licit and illicit) and information on behavioural community level changes.
  • To determine the prevalence of petrol sniffing in Indigenous communities in areas where low aromatic fuel is available
  • To identify and measure any unintended consequences of the roll out of low aromatic fuel
  • To provide information on the extent of individual and community level behavioural change attributed to the availability of low aromatic fuel
  • To identify and describe the other factors which have contributed to the prevalence of petrol sniffing and any other outcomes
  • To determine the impact of low aromatic fuel on the prevalence of petrol sniffing and any other outcomes in the selected communities
  • To discuss the ‘key learnings’ from each data collection along with the findings and outcomes from the project.
Implications for policy and practice:

The project will provide information on the trends in petrol sniffing and the related health and social outcomes and inform the evidence base for future petrol sniffing prevention policy.

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Project dates:

The project commenced in 2010 and will conclude in June 2014.

  • Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA)
  • Bowchung Pty Ltd
  • SRA Information Technology.