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.
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:
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.
There is a range of IRIS materials to support participants in delivering the IRIS Brief Intervention.
For more information contact the IRIS Team.
Impact Screen and Brief
Intervention Tool Kit
| Effects of Alcohol use
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