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We believe that collaboration and training within the AOD sector with tools like IRIS lead to the best outcomes for people with problematic substance use.

Lives Lived Well has team members that are accredited to train allied health and AOD workers in the Indigenous Risk Impact Screening (IRIS) instrument and its applications.

What is IRIS?

The IRIS Instrument is a two factor assessment for alcohol & other drugs and its associated mental health issues. It is a culturally secure and validated screening instrument and brief intervention that is designed to meet the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

IRIS is included as a part of the Australian Department of Health and Ageing – Alcohol Treatment Guidelines for Indigenous Australians.

Assessment is systematically administered and risks can be addressed in culturally appropriate and timely manners.

Our IRIS training program seeks to:

  • Provide timely advice to clients and family about the extent and nature of the substance misuse and possible interventions and treatment pathways
  • Enable both mainstream and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers and health agencies to better target their response to Indigenous client’s needs
  • Provide Community Worker with support that will enable them to address the alcohol and other drug issues that affect their Indigenous clients in urban,regional and rural areas
  • Ensure its sustainability by encouraging the uptake of the IRIS tool through the provision of training and ongoing support to workers and agencies.

Lives Lived Well acknowledges the peoples of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, respecting their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future. 

Lives Lived Well celebrates diversity and is committed to providing inclusive services. Everyone has the right to live well, with dignity and respect. We offer support to all people without judgment or discrimination.