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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Consensus-Based Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Volatile Substance Use in Australia

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today welcomed Australia's first Consensus-Based Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Volatile Substance Use in Australia, and a quick - reference summary, to support heath workers treating clients in this challenging area.

Volatile substance use (VSU) - inhaling solvents, gases and aerosols for intoxication - is a significant problem in some Australian communities. Mr Butler said people who use volatile substances, such as petrol or glue, often have special needs not met by conventional drug and alcohol treatment strategies.

"Health professionals working in metropolitan, rural and remote communities now have a clinical practice guideline that provides a planned approach to identify, assess and treat people who use volatile substances," Mr Butler said.

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