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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Development: methamphetamine

 

Overview

This program has been initiated in response to growing concerns about the use of crystal methamphetamine, especially its impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the unique stressors that people working in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) field can face. To address this, the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) has developed this program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AOD workers and other frontline workers to ensure that they are supported and provided with reliable and up-to-date information to assist them to meet the needs of clients with crystal methamphetamine problems.

NCETA has developed a series of initiatives to address a range of issues encountered in AOD work. The first is a series of interactive workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, which use an evidence-based approach to address a range of issues, dispel common myths and help participants identify practical strategies and tools.

The second initiative is the development of an information resource on crystal methamphetamine to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers employed in Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations. The resource outlines key issues surrounding this drug type, and outlines strategies to support workers in responding to these issues.

Lastly, NCETA is developing a Customised Topic, as part of its online training for frontline workers, which will cover how to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities impacted by crystal methamphetamine use. The Customised Topic is a collaboration between the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and is due for release in 2017.

Abstract adapted from the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Contacts

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
Level 3B, Mark Oliphant Building
Laffer Drive
Science Park
Bedford Park SA 5042
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8201 7535
Fax: (08) 8201 7550
Email: nceta@flinders.edu.au

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Last updated: 20 July 2017
 
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Australia's National Research Centre on AOD Workforce Development National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre National Drug Research Institute