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Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

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Associate Professor Edward Wilkes

Associate Professor

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E.Wilkes@curtin.edu.au

Introduction

Associate Professor Ted Wilkes is a Nyungar man from Western Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science and his professional background includes working for the Western Australia Museum, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University of Technology, and sixteen years as the Director of the Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service in Perth. He is currently employed at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University where he is a leader of the Aboriginal Research Program and plays an active role in Aboriginal capacity building, and research and its application.

Professor Wilkes is a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs and was previously a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs and Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee. He provides advice and expertise to a wide range of other committees at state, national and international levels. As an Aboriginal leader, he has endeavoured to facilitate positive health and social outcomes, for the Aboriginal community, as well as for the community generally. In 2014 Professor Wilkes was made a Member of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Indigenous community as a leading researcher in the area of public health and welfare, to youth in Western Australia, and to the provision of legal support services.

Qualifications

  • BA Social Science, Curtin University

Research Interests

  • Aboriginal health, Aboriginal alcohol and other drug use, social determinants of health and AOD use

Memberships

  • Committee Member, Aboriginal Steering Committee to the International Collaborative Indigenous Health Research
  • Committee Member, International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement - ABS
  • Chairperson, Aboriginal Reference Group for the Western Australian Department of Child Protection
  • President, Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (DYHS)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisory Committee (ATSIHAC)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, National Advisory Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Information and Data
  • Board Member, Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs (ANACAD)

Other

  • Deputy Chair, National Drug Strategy, Dept Health and Ageing, IGCD National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Drug Strategy Working Group, IGCD National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Drug Strategy Working Group

Current projects

  • Development of resources to prevent crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) related harms in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population 'Indigenous Ice Kit' Details
  • Novel interventions to address methamphetamines in Aboriginal communities, including a randomised trial of a web based therapeutic tool used to treat dependence in clinical settings Details
  • Increasing uptake of evidence-based management of unhealthy alcohol use in Aboriginal primary health care services Details
  • Fighting, alcohol and offending: Interventions targeting Aboriginal girls Details
  • The Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Cooperative Research Centres Program Details
  • The Forgotten Generation: Understanding health trajectories in Aboriginal adolescents and youth Details
  • Better methods to collect self-report data on alcohol use behaviours from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians Details

Publications

Gray, D., Cartwright, K., Stearne, A., Saggers, S., Wilkes, E.T. and Wilson, M. Review of the harmful use of alcohol among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australian Indigenous Healthinfonet. [In Press] [RJ1359]

Lander, F., Gray, D. and Wilkes, E.T. (2015). The Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act: evidence, ethics and the law. Medical Journal of Australia, 203, (1), pp. 47-49. DOI: 10.5694/mja15.00173 [RJ1076] Paper

Wilkes, E.T. (2015). Aboriginal autonomy and the reduction of alcohol related harm. Drug and Alcohol Review, 34, (5), pp. 469-470. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12297 [RJ1087] Paper

Wright, M. and Wilkes, E.T. (2015). Nyoongar marmun wangkiny nidja Nyoongar boodja. New Community, 13, (3), pp. 14-17. [RJ1212] Paper

Gray, D., Stearne, A., Bonson, M., Wilkes, E.T., Butt, J.C. and Wilson, M. (2014). Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Treatment Service Sector: Harnessing Good Intentions. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth. ISBN: 978-0-9873641-6-6 [T231] Paper

Gray, D., Wilson, M., Allsop, S., Saggers, S., Wilkes, E.T. and Ober, C. (2014). Barriers and enablers to the provision of alcohol treatment among Aboriginal Australians: a thematic review of five research projects. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, (5), pp. 482-490. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12137 [RJ950] Paper

Lee, K.S., Chikritzhs, T.N., Wilson, S., Wilkes, E.T., Gray, D., Room, R. and Conigrave, K. (2014). Better methods to collect self-reported alcohol and other drug use data from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, pp. 482-490. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12159 [RJ993] Paper

Roarty, L., Frances, K., Allsop, S., O'Leary, C.M., McBride, N. and Wilkes, E.T. (2014). Alcohol, Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Resources for health professionals working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care settings. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. [T228] Paper

Wilkes, E.T., Gray, D., Casey, W., Stearne, A. and Dadd, L. (2014). Harmful Substance Use and Mental Health. In Dudgeon, P., Milroy, H. and Walker, R. (eds.) Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice (2nd ed). Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra. pp. 125-146. ISBN: 978-0-9579494-4-7 [CH204] Paper Abstract

Williams, R., Lawrence, C., Wilkes, E.T., Shipp, M., Henry, B., Eades, S., Mathers, B., Kaldor, J.M., Maher, L. and Gray, D. (2014). Sexual behaviour, drug use and health service utilisation by young Noongar people in Western Australia: a snapshot. Sexual Health, 12, (3), pp. 188-193. DOI: 10.1071/SH14038 [RJ982] Paper

Low, J., Gray, D., Allsop, S., Wilkes, E.T. and Garrison, E. (2013). Enhancing the management of alcohol-related problems among Indigenous Australians: Implementation Plan. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9873641-3-5 [T226] Paper

Shipp, M., Wilkes, E.T., Kaldor, J.M. and Gray, D. (2013). Celebrating strength: the role of resilience in responding to blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections among Indigenous communities. HIV Australia, 11, (3), pp. 27-29. [UJ203]

Wilson, M., Butt, J.C., Gower, D., Wilkes, E.T., Gray, D. and Howe, N. (2013). Drinking in the suburbs: The experiences of Aboriginal young people. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. [R267] Paper Abstract

Butt, J.C., Wilkes, E.T. and Gray, D. (2011). The preliminary validity and utility of assessing staff attitudes to working with cannabis related harms in Indigenous primary health care settings. Drug and Alcohol Review (S.1 ed), 30, pp. 16-17. [RJ821] Abstract

Gray, D. and Wilkes, E.T. (2011). Alcohol restrictions in Australian Indigenous communities: an effective strategy if Indigenous-led. Medical Journal of Australia, 194, (10), pp. 508. [RJ786] Paper

Stearne, A., Schmidt, S., Gray, D., Wilkes, E.T., Boffa, J. and Corcoran, T. (2011). A program and its evaluation: the Safe and Sober Support Service. Drug and Alcohol Review (S1 ed), 30, (1), pp. 84. [RJ822] Abstract

Adams, M., Fredericks, B., Faulkner, S., Meiklejohn, B., Wilkes, E.T., Roe, Y., Paki, D., Stearne, A. and Roe-Banks, J. (2010). The 4th International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development Conference. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 34, (5), pp. 31-32. [UJ165]

Gray, D. and Wilkes, E.T. (2010). Reducing alcohol and other drug related harm. Closing the Gap Clearing House. Resource Sheet, (3). [RJ767] Paper

Gray, D., Saggers, S., Wilkes, E.T., Allsop, S. and Ober, C. (2010). Managing alcohol-related problems among Indigenous Australians: what the literature tells us. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34, pp. 34-35. [RJ638] Abstract

Wilkes, E.T., Wilson, M. and Ward, J. (2010). The stark reality of overdose mortality among Indigenous peoples: (another) plea for action. Addiction, 105, (11), pp. 1971-1972. [RJ761]

Wilkes, E.T., Gray, D., Saggers, S., Casey, W. and Stearne, A. (2010). Substance misuse and mental health among Aboriginal Australians. In Purdie, N., Dudgeon, P. and Walker, R. (eds.) Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Australian Council for Educational Research, Canberra. pp. 117-134. ISBN: 978-1-74241-090-6-6 [CH167] Paper Abstract

Gray, D., Green, M., Saggers, S. and Wilkes, E.T. (2009). Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community-Controlled Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector in Queensland. Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, Brisbane. [T194] Paper

Gray, D., Saggers, S., Wilkes, E.T., Allsop, S. and Ober, C. (2009). Enhancing the management of alcohol-related problems among Indigenous Australians (Abstract only). Drug and Alcohol Review, 28, pp. 72. [RJ712]

Gray, D., Saggers, S., Atkinson, D. and Wilkes, E.T. (2008). Substance misuse. In Couzos, S. and Murray, R. (eds.) Aboriginal Primary Health Care: An Evidence Based Approach (3rd ed). Oxford University Press, Melbourne. [CH142]

Gray, D., Drandich, M., Moore, L., Wilkes, E.T., Riley, R. and Davies, S. (1995). Aboriginal well-being and liquor licensing legislation in WA. Australian Journal of Public Health, 19, (2), pp. 177-185. [RJ192] Paper Abstract