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Please join us for the November DHIN Seminar. This month we are thrilled to have A/Prof Kylie Lee of the CRE Indigenous Health and Alcohol at The University of Sydney FMH Central Clinical School.

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The Talk: There is a severe lack of accurate data on patterns of drinking among Indigenous Australians. The most reliable data is more than two decades old and specific to Indigenous Australians living in urban areas. Sensitivity of asking about alcohol, particularly among Indigenous Australians, can pose extra challenges in household surveys or clinical settings. The Grog Survey App has been shown to be accurate and acceptable tool to help Indigenous Australians describe what they drink. The survey includes options to estimate alcohol consumption as an individual or as part of a group (to determine an individual’s share). The survey items and app interface were developed iteratively based on consultations with Aboriginal community members and health professionals, and review of published and grey literature. This helped to ensure greater suitability of survey items for diverse Indigenous Australian contexts. This work is now being extended to measure other drug use in the Drug Survey App. This appealing format of the Grog App is likely to have use in other marginalized populations.

Bio: Kylie is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. She is also Deputy Director of the Centre of Research Excellence in Indigenous Health and Alcohol and has honorary positions with the National Drug Research Institute, Burnet Institute and the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (La Trobe Uni). Kylie has a national profile as a leader in creating appropriate methods for measuring alcohol use in Indigenous Australian communities. Her ground-breaking work has resulted in the first tool that allows for flexible, culturally acceptable and accurate surveying of drinking. She is CI on four current NHMRC grants and is lead editor on a clinical textbook requested by Indigenous Australian alcohol and other drug workers nationally. She has been invited to assist Inuit and Sri Lankan communities in knowledge translation.

www.gathering.edu.au