Note: It may not be possible to cover all questions in each interview.

  1. Do you think there are many Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people1 in this area who inject drugs? Do you have an idea of how common that is, or about how many people inject drugs?

  2. Which drug(s) do you think Aboriginal1 people around here inject? How easy or hard is it for people to obtain those – eg is there a pretty regular supply? does the cost vary a lot? why is that?

  3. What sorts of Aboriginal people in the community are injecting – eg which age groups? men or women? particular parts of the community? About how many people do you think would be regular/occasional injectors?

  4. The Aboriginal people round here who inject – do you think most of them know each other, or are there separate groups, or people who keep to themselves? Do Indigenous injectors have a lot of contact with non-Indigenous injectors, or is it pretty much a separate 'scene'?

  5. Do you think there are any particular problems or risks for the people who inject? What are they? How are people who inject regarded by the wider Aboriginal community? How are they treated by the Police? by health services?

  6. Do you think the Aboriginal people who inject drugs are well informed about 'safe injecting' – eg using clean needles, not sharing needles? Do they think that safe injecting is important? Who does/doesn't think that? Do you have any ideas why?

  7. How/where do people usually get their needles and syringes? How easy is it to get clean needles? What can make it difficult?

  8. Do you think many Aboriginal people round here share needles? What sorts of people are most likely to share? Is it hard to say 'No' to sharing? Are there particular times/places/situations when people are more likely to share?

  9. Is there anyone around here – for example health services – who can provide clean needles or give other help or information to people who inject? Are there different types of service available? Do you know much about those services? How did you hear about them?

  10. What do people (Aboriginal IDUs) think about those services? Do they use some more than others? Why?Top of page

  11. Are there any other people or places that IDUs might go to for information or help? Who?

  12. What are the things that encourage some people to use the services that are available – or particular types of service? What are the reasons some people don't use them? Have you heard any stories of people having good, or bad, experience with any services in the area?

  13. Can you think of any changes that have occurred in the sorts of services available for IDUs in this area? What has changed? Have things got better or worse?

  14. How could health services and information for injectors round here be improved, or reach more people? Are there any other things that might help (for example – education for the whole community about drugs and disease risks)?

  15. Have you seen any information designed for people who inject – eg advice about safe sex or safe injecting? What sort of material was that? Where did it come from? Did you think it was clear/ helpful?

  16. Is there anything else you would like to say about the sorts of things we have been talking about?
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1These or other local terms to be used as appropriate.