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Indigenous risk impact screen (IRIS) and brief intervention

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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.

The Indigenous Risk Impact Screen (IRIS) is a two factor screen that assesses alcohol and other drug use and associated mental health issues. The screening instrument allows for the assessment of risk factors for alcohol and other drug use and associated mental health issues in a culturally appropriate and timely manner.

The IRIS program seeks to:

IRIS was developed in response to recommendations from both national and state reports which identified alcohol and other drug issues as the cause and symptom for health and environmental factors affecting the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Since 2006, the implementation of the IRIS program across Queensland has been funded by the Australian Government - Department of Health and Ageing. As of July 2009 the Australian Government has extended funding for the IRIS program to allow program roll out across Australia.

The screening tool and brief intervention has been validated. It is now supported and recommended as a culturally validated screen for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people identifying alcohol and other drug, and mental health issues. The IRIS program is included in the Australian Department of Health and Ageing – Alcohol Treatment Guidelines for Indigenous Australians.

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For more information

IRIS Training
IRIS Materials
IRIS Updates
IRIS Contacts
IRIS Program Summary   (PDF 20KB)
IRIS Research Paper   (PDF 174KB)

IRIS training

The IRIS Team offer training to all workers who have contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities.

The Team visits sites and communities across Australia to provide training.  There are two IRIS training programs offered:

  1. The IRIS 2 Day Workshop that trains participants how to use the tool kit in a culturally appropriate framework
  2. 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

If you would like more information about training, view the IRIS workshop and training schedule  or please contact the IRIS Team on + 61 7 3837 5731.

IRIS materials

There is a range of IRIS materials to support participants in delivering the IRIS Brief Intervention. 

For more information contact the IRIS Team.


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Indigenous Risk
Impact Screen and Brief
Intervention Tool Kit
 Effects of Alcohol use
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Emotional well-being
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IRIS Updates


IRIS contacts

Coralie Ober (Program Director/Research Fellow)
Phone: +61 7 3837 5720
Mobile: 0408 437 493
Email: or

Riya Engelhardt (Program Coordinator)
Phone: +61 7 3837 5722

Robert Assan (Training Consultant)
Phone: +61 7 3837 5713

Frank Togiatama (Training Consultant)
Phone: +61 7 3837 5731

Jonathan Lee (Admin Officer)
Phone: +61 7 3837 5789

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Last Updated: 08 December 2009
Last Reviewed: 28 October 2010