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New DVD helps raise awareness for alcohol and other drug workers

Date posted: 10 July 2014

Nathan Deaves and Wade Longbottom work in the Workforce Support Unit at the South Coast Aboriginal Medical Service. Last year they began working on two video training resources for aspiring alcohol and other drug workers.

As a result, the videos have now closed a gap in the industry in terms of culturally appropriate education and training for Aboriginal alcohol and other drug workers.

'The video is a visual learning resource for new Aboriginal drug and alcohol workers. The films aim to provide advice and touch on some important factors and important things that new workers need to be aware of,' Nathan explains.

The two videos take viewers through what the role of an Aboriginal alcohol and other drug worker entails, before launching into cultural awareness.

'In 2013, a drug and alcohol worker came to us with an idea that the need to have a more culturally appropriate resource, where it's digital learning based,' Nathan says.

Following the meeting, the team set to work creating a script and organising a videographer and settings for the films. The end product was two culturally appropriate videos that are now ready to be used for educational purposes within classrooms and within organisations.

Since the beginning of the year, Nathan and Wade have travelled to several places on the east coast of Australia to do presentations and talk about their DVD. The response has been very positive so far.

'It can be useful for health workers, Aboriginal drug and alcohol workers; it can also be adapted to be used for other workers like mental health as well - it's got some of the same key aspects in there. It can also be used for community to look at and have an insight into what a client can face going into healing.'

Source: Deadly Vibe


Last updated: 8 July 2014
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