An app to improve access to AOD service information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

  • The AODconnect app. Image: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
    The AODconnect app. Image: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
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Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Ashleigh Parnell, Research Officer
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The AODconnect app has been developed by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre to help alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers, community members and health professionals working in the AOD sector to locate culturally appropriate services. The app aims to support efforts to reduce harmful substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are increasingly using online platforms to share and access information about different health topics. The ownership and use of mobile phones in rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is widespread and increasing, making apps a viable way to provide people living in these regions with access to health information.

AODconnect provides an Australia-wide directory of over 270 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AOD treatment services. It delivers a portable way to easily access information about service providers such as contact details and program descriptions, helping to facilitate initial contact and referral.

AppOnce the app has been downloaded, users can search for AOD services even when their internet connection is unstable or not available. This is especially useful in rural and remote areas of Australia where the Internet coverage is not always extensive or reliable. The app enables users to search for services by state, territory, region and postcode via either an interactive map of Australia or by alphabetical listing.

Services can be filtered by the type of treatment they provide: counselling and referral, harm reduction and support groups, outreach, mobile patrols and sobering up shelters, residential rehab, withdrawal management and young people. The services listed on the app are also available through the Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre website.

The app is free to download on both iOS and Android devices.

If you would like to have your service added to the app or would like more information about the AODconnect app, please contact the Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre email: aodknowledgecentre@healthinfonet.org.au or Ph: (08) 9370 6336.

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