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Providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Date posted: 17 November 2014
The Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service's ‘A-clinic’ was announced as the winner of the Integrated Planning and Service Delivery category in the 2014 NSW Aboriginal Health Awards on 13 November 2014.
The A-clinic was recognised for the success of their Aboriginal specific outpatient alcohol withdrawal service, a home alcohol detox and withdrawal management service specifically designed to overcome the barriers Aboriginal people might encounter when accessing treatment.
The A-clinic service is the result of a partnership project between Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) and Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service (IAMS) and is supported by funding from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). IAMS conceived and implemented the project due to local need, with a goal to improve access to quality and safe healthcare.
The A-clinic is based on cultural appropriateness, best evidence and clinical experience, and the service has already resulted in an increase in the number of Aboriginal people engaging with alcohol treatment services.
Source: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)