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"I Know It's Bad For Me and Yet I Do It": Exploring the Factors that Perpetuate Smoking in Aboriginal Health Workers - A Qualitative Study

Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) have a mandate to deliver smoking cessation support to Aboriginal people. However, a high proportion of AHWs are smokers and this undermines their delivery of smoking cessation programs. Little is known about how to enable AHWs to quit smoking. An understanding of the factors that perpetuate smoking in AHWs is needed to inform the development of culturally relevant programs that enable AHWs to quit smoking.

'Top Tips' Series For Health Workers

The 'Top Tips' resource package for health workers was compiled from discussion sessions held at a pre-conference workshop for Indigenous Tobacco Control project workers, researchers, policy makers and community members at the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference in 2009. Subjects included encouraging quitting smoking and implementing family-based approaches to quitting.

2008 Training Database

A Blueprint for Action: Pathways into the Health Workforce

This paper provides Australian, State and Territory governments with strategic advice and strategies from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council (NATSIHC).

A-Z Index

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Project

This workforce development project conducted by Health Workforce Australia produced three reports including: 1. an environmental scan, 2. an interim report, and 3. a final report.

Aboriginal Health Worker Code of Ethics

The Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW) Code of Ethics was developed at the AHW Conference, August 1981. Since that time the previous and current Aboriginal Health Worker Boards have endorsed the Code of Ethics to guide the practice, attitudes and behaviours of Aboriginal Health Workers.

Aboriginal Health Workers Experience Multilevel Barriers to Quitting Smoking: A Qualitative Study

Long-term measures to reduce tobacco consumption in Australia have had differential effects in the population. The prevalence of smoking in Aboriginal peoples is currently more than double that of the non-Aboriginal population. While Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) are responsible for providing primary health care to Aboriginal clients including smoking cessation programs, AHWs are frequently smokers themselves, and their smoking undermines the smoking cessation services they deliver. An understanding of the barriers to quitting smoking experienced by Aboriginal Health Workers is needed to design culturally relevant smoking cessation programs.

Aboriginal Health Workers Heart Health Manual

This resource, developed by the National Heart Foundation (WA Division) and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services, is specifically for Aboriginal Health Workers. The Heart Health Manual is a holistic and visually attractive resource that offers clear instructions for the delivery of cardiovascular health programs.

Aboriginal Health Workers: What Can They Do?

This resource outlines the training pathways available for Aboriginal Health Workers.

Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Test (CCT)

Aimed at practitioners who are working with Aboriginal clients impacted by mental ill health, the Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Test (CCT) assesses current levels of cultural competency and provides a comprehensive feedback report which can be used as a cultural supervision plan for further skill development.

Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Program: Final Evaluation Report

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Program ‘Working Both Ways’ which was established by the Top End Division of General Practice with the aim of funding the placement of one or two Aboriginal Mental Health Workers in eight remote community health centres in the Northern Territory from late 2002 to 2005.

Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Program: The Challenge of Supporting Aboriginal Involvement in Mental Health Care in the Remote Community Context

The Aboriginal Mental Health Worker (AMHW) Program ‘Working Both Ways’ was established by the Top End Division of General Practice with the aim of funding the placement of one or two AMHWs in eight remote community health centres in the Northern Territory from late 2002 to 2005. The program was the first of its kind in Australia where general practitioners were provided with a cultural link to the mental health care of a patient via the locally based AMHW.

Aboriginal Sobriety Group Incorporated – Health and Fitness Centre

Located in Adelaide, South Australia, the health and fitness centre is available for use by the community, school groups, and the general public. A Personal Trainer structures individually tailored programs and monitors use of the equipment by members. It has men's and women's sections, and an international standard boxing ring. The Boxing Club has consistently been amongst the 'top ranked' in South Australia.

Aboriginal Spirituality: Aboriginal Philosophy. The Basis of Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing

This is the ninth in the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander's Health (CRCAH) Discussion Paper Series. Although this discussion paper has been developed for people working within health practice, as it explains, the wholistic philosophical basis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture that encompasses wellbeing has applications in every area of engagement with Indigenous Australian people.

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Alcohol & Drugs in Society

Alcohol & Drugs in the Workplace

Alcohol and Drug Use in Ageing Populations

Alcohol and Drug Use in Ageing Populations

Alcohol and Other Drug Education and Training for Indigenous Workers: A Literature Review

This review was written as part of the project ‘Developing resources to enhance the education and training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers in the illicit drug field’. The review was undertaken in response to an Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing report, 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce: Draft National Strategic Framework (2001)'.

Alcohol and Other Drug Telephone Services Guidelines

Alcohol Education for Australian Schools

The issue of youth alcohol consumption has received considerable attention in recent years. Although a primary prevention approach has often been implemented in schools, the wide array of available programs makes it challenging for schools to determine which programs are optimal for their student population. NCETA undertook a systematic review of school-based alcohol prevention programs with results published in two handy resources

Alcohol use amongst young people.

Alcohol use amongst young people.

An Indigenous Services Database and Other Resources: Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drug Workers' Wellbeing, Stress and Burnout

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) compiled a database of services and resources relevant to both new and experienced workers in the fields of Indigenous health, and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD). The database contains contact details of over 500 services across Australia, covering AOD, Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Professional Networks, Education and Training, Policy, and Other. This resource is an interactive Access database and contains pdf reports sorted by state.

An Indigenous Workforce Development Checklist for the AOD Field

Little is known about factors that effect Indigenous AOD workers’ wellbeing, but, anecdotal evidence indicates that Indigenous AOD workers are placed under considerable work pressure. The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) has studied Indigenous AOD workers’ wellbeing, stress, and burnout and has identified some of the contributary factors. This document is part of a suite of resources that has been produced by NCETA to enhance Indigenous worker wellbeing and to reduce work-related stress. This resource was produced with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the National Drug Strategy.

Annual Reports

AOD Relevant Education and Training

AOD Specialist Workers

AOD Use in Australia

Australia's National Alcohol and Drug Workforce Development Strategy

NCETA was commissioned by the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD) to develop Australia’s first National Alcohol and Drug Workforce Development Strategy. This Strategy will be instrumental in further developing Australia's alcohol and other drug (AOD) workforce. The strategy contains 12 outcome areas and is also being used to inform workforce development initiatives in other countries

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA)

AIPA is the national body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists in Australia. It provides leadership, professional support, mentoring and networking for Indigenous psychologists. AIPA is committed to supporting and formally representing the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists and students, supporting Indigenous psychologists through undergraduate and post graduate courses, and developing and delivering professional development activities. AIPA has developed a two-day Cultural Competence workshop for non-Indigenous mental health workers.

Beer, bongs and baby boomers: the unlikely tale of drug and alcohol use in the over 50s

NCETA in The Conversion: Beer, bongs and baby boomers: the unlikely tale of drug and alcohol use in the over 50s

Building Funding Application Skills

Byalawa

The Byalawa resources are research based multimedia learning and teaching resources designed to facilitate the acquisition of appropriate, culturally-safe interviewing and case history taking skills in health profession students.

Charlatan Training: How Aboriginal Health Workers Are Being Short-Changed

This report discusses the issue of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers (AHWs) in Australia being 'short changed'. The report states that AHWs have not been given enough training to adequately perform their roles; are undervalued, under paid, and overburdened with difficult health issues; and, still do not have clearly defined roles and support. This report recommends providing training for AHWs according to three broad categories: clinical care or primary care, community care or community service, and cultural brokerage.

Circuit Training: A Guide For Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies & Consumers

This guide is designed to assist workforce development and is intended to provide information and examples for working with alcohol and other drug consumers around exercise, health and wellbeing.

Clinical Supervision

Clinical Supervision Kit

Communicating Positively: A Guide to Appropriate Aboriginal Terminology

This guide was developed to provide NSW Health staff with background information and advice for communicating with Aboriginal people and their communities when developing policy and programs to improve Aboriginal health outcomes. The guide aims to assist in building cultural respect by using appropriate and accurate language.

Community Development Approaches to Safety and Wellbeing of Indigenous Children

A resource sheet summarising current knowledge on best practice in child protection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Drawing upon Australian and international research, it outlines what is known about supporting families and responding to child maltreatment.

Conceptualising Alcohol and Other Drug Issues

Conference Registration

Conference Registration

Conference Registration

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN) Mentoring Program

The CATSIN Mentoring Program aims to help individuals who are studying to be a nurse or midwife, address the shortage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in nursing and midwifery by supporting students, and assist students to prepare for a long and rewarding nursing or midwifery career.

Considering Models of Practice: Challenges Faced by the Bush Support Service in Developing Service Delivery to Support Remote Area Aboriginal Workers in Health

The Bush Support Service (BSS) is a 24 hour, 7 day a week telephone counselling service that provides debriefing and support to remote area health workers and their families. This presentation highlights various issues faced by Indigenous health workers in remote areas and reflects on organisational efforts to address them and provide support.

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Coping Skills For Our Kids. Guiding Our Children, Our Way: Aboriginal Parenting WA Guides

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Creating healthy workplaces: Reducing alcohol-related harm

This report presents findings of NCETA's Workplace Reduction of Alcohol-Related Harm Project (WRAHP). It details the positive impacts that NCETA's Changing Workplace Cultures Model has on employees' behaviour and wellbeing. The report was launched by VicHealth at their Creating Healthy Workplaces Forum on 23 March 2016.

Cultural Wealth Community Health

A resource for health professionals working with and caring for Indigenous Australians that provides an introduction to cultural awareness.

Current Projects & Research

Current Projects & Research

Data and Information Sheets

Dealing with Loss, Grief and Trauma: Seven Phases to Healing

Dealing with Loss, Grief and Trauma is Chapter 19 in the book "Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice". Authored by Rosemary Wanganeen, this chapter describes the potential of a holistic loss and grief model to heal anger, rage and violence and empower people who see and find themselves as victims.

Developing Effective Teams

Development of a Resilience Training Package

An overview of what resilience looks like and how training may potentially increase productivity and success even when things are not always easy within the family or community that an individual comes from.

Diversity Mentoring: Acknowledging and Celebrating Our Differences

A three day training program delivered by the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre. Designed for Indigenous Australians who wish to further develop leadership knowledge, skills and networks, and non-Indigenous Australians who wish to work more effectively with Indigenous people within the workplace and/or Indigenous communities.

Drug and Alcohol Research Connections

Drug and Alcohol Research Connections is an online publication from Australia’s collaborative network of alcohol and other drug research centres: the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) and the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA). The latest edition is available now

Drug and Alcohol Research Connections

Drug and Alcohol Research Connections is an online publication from Australia’s collaborative network of alcohol and other drug research centres: the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) and the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA). The latest edition is available now

Drug Testing

E-couch

A personal self-help guide aimed at enhancing mental health. This e-hub self-help program for mental health and wellbeing includes information, exercises, a workbook for people to track and record their experiences, and toolkits designed to improve participants' emotional states. Co-funded by beyondblue and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Education and Training

Education and Training in Australia

Effective Dissemination Series

Contains all components of the Effective Dissemination Toolkit

Effective Workplace Policies & Responses

Employee Assistance Programs: A 50 year perspective

NCETA has won a competitive international grant to conduct a historical review of the development and evolution of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) around the world from the 1960s through to the present time

Employee Assistance Programs: A 50 year perspective

Employee Assistance Programs: A 50 year perspective

Employment in the AOD Sector

Engaging Australian Aboriginal Youth in Mental Health Services

This paper focuses on providing an overview of the particular barriers and difficulties identified by Aboriginal youth when engaging in mental health services with (predominantly) non-Aboriginal practitioners in research conducted by Westerman (2003). Strategies aimed at increasing the number of services and practitioners who are both culturally and clinically competent are proposed, and tested with a sample of Aboriginal youth to determine a culturally validated engagement model for use with Aboriginal youth across urban and rural (remote locations) of Western Australia.

Evaluating AOD Training and Programs

Events

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External Course: Monash Master of Addictive Behaviours

An online post-graduate degree in the science, policy, prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug misuse, gambling and other process addictions. Apply Now!

Facilitator’s Guide to Using NCETA’s Online Ice Training in Face-to-Face Training

Facilitator’s Guide to Using NCETA’s Online Ice Training in Face-to-Face Training

Factsheets

Family Centred Practice in the Alcohol and Other Drug Field

This page contains all the projects and resources compiled by NCETA on this topic.

Family Centred Practice in the Alcohol and Other Drug Field

This page contains all the projects and resources compiled by NCETA on this topic.

Family Sensitive Policy and Practice Toolkit

Page contains all the resources in the Family Sensitive Policy and Practice Toolkit

FAQs

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Feeling Deadly, Working Deadly: Indigenous Worker Wellbeing

Flinders University 50th Anniversary Celebrations

NCETA is celebrating its successful partnership with Flinders University by highlighting our pioneering research programs and quality, user-friendly resources

FundAssist: An online toolkit designed to help non-government alcohol and other drug organisations prepare, plan, and write funding applications

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), in conjunction with the state and territory alcohol and other drug (AOD) peak bodies, is pleased to announce the launch of FundAssist, an online toolkit designed to help non-government alcohol and other drug organisations prepare, plan, and write funding applications

Getting it Right. Employing Indigenous Australians: A Guide for Employers

This guide provides employers with practical advice on how to convert their interest in Indigenous employment into successful outcomes both for their businesses and for Indigenous communities.

Glossary

Glossary

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GP Trainers Kit

GPNNT Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Manual: This Is How We Work

This 26-page manual has been produced to provide Aboriginal mental health workers with culturally appropriate information on addressing mental health and mental illness in the Aboriginal population.

Grey Matters Information Sheets

The Grey Matters Information Sheets aim to assist specialist and generalist health and welfare workers to better prevent, assess and respond to the needs of older people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harm

Grey Matters National Conference

Grey Matters National Conference

Grey Matters National Conference

Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work

Chapter 17, Tips For Workers, of this handbook provides useful tips to benefit alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers. Information about further training, education and networking opportunities, supervision and mentoring, how to apply research into practice, and strategies for looking after yourself is provided.

Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work

This handbook provides everyday practical information for working in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) field with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. It is based on the clinical and cultural experiences of the authors who have worked in a range of settings from large urban environments through to small remote communities.

Harm Minimisation

Healing Services for Indigenous People

The release of the 'Bringing Them Home' report in 1997 (National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, 1997) added impetus to calls for programs and services to address the healing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Since then, numerous reports, articles, discussion papers and policy frameworks at both the State and Commonwealth level have recognised the need for a holistic approach to tackle the root causes, rather than just the symptoms, of Indigenous suffering and disadvantage. This article explores healing in the Indigenous context, including examples of core characteristics of Indigenous healing and recent supportive healing initiatives.

Health Heroes

This website shares real stories of Indigenous Australians working in the health sector. It aims to attract Indigenous students to careers in Indigenous health.

Health Professional Partnerships and Their Impact On Aboriginal Health: An Occupational Therapist's And Aboriginal Health Worker's Perspective

This study, relevant to allied health workers, highlights the significance of establishing professional partnerships to provide effective and culturally appropriate interventions for Aboriginal clients.

Healthy Eating For Wellbeing: A Nutrition Guide For Alcohol and Other Drug Agency Workers

This guide aims to give alcohol and other drug workers basic information about the overlap between nutrition and alcohol and other drug use, and rehabilitation, to inform their work with consumers.

Healthy Stories

The Healthy Stories series profiles the lives and jobs of five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have chosen to work in either community services or health in regional or remote communities in Australia. Each story explores the day-to-day tasks, the reasons for wanting to work in the role and the challenges faced by the storyteller on their journey to gain a qualification.

Healthy Workers Initiative

This website is designed for employers and includes a range of information and resources that can be used to make workplaces healthier.

I Am Strong In My Culture

This 16 page story book was developed out of a Children’s Self Publishing workshop, as part of the 'Child Rearing Stories' project. Ten clever participants from Aboriginal Early Childhood services developed the beautiful artwork and words over a mere two hours to create a resource which is suitable for families, communities and services working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children.

Ice Training Package

Ice Training Package

Ice: Training for Frontline Workers

Ice: Training for Frontline Workers was developed by NCETA as part of the Victorian Government’s Ice Action Plan. It is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of frontline workers including those from the health and welfare, education, criminal justice and transport sectors

Ice: Training for Frontline Workers - New Topic

NCETA’s free online Ice: Training for Frontline Workers now includes a new Topic in Module 5. Topic 5.9 - Working in potentially risky environments.

Improving the Capacity of Workers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities to Recognise and Respond to Mental Illness and Related Alcohol and Other Drug Issues: Background Report

This report is a background paper for the initial phase of the project which aims to develop resources, support materials and learning strategies to improve the capacity of workers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to recognise and respond to mental Illness and related alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Mentoring Program

The IAHA offers an online mentoring program to its members comprising an online mentoring training kit; links to other online resources; and, an electronic mentoring forum.

Indigenous AOD Worker Publications

Indigenous AOD Workers' Wellbeing Resources

Indigenous AOD Workforce

This section of the website contains all the information necessary to support the Indigenous AOD workforce

Indigenous Cultural Festivals: Evaluating Impact on Community Health and Wellbeing

This report investigates the role and significance of cultural festivals for the wellbeing of Indigenous young people and communities.

Indigenous Services Information

Indigenous Spiritual Wellbeing Toolbox

This toolbox covers five units from the Certificate III and Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care. It provides training for health care workers in Indigenous communities, focusing on supporting and assessing clients with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues. Learners will complete a range of learning activities in simulated rural, remote and urban health care clinics, with an emphasis on promoting illness prevention strategies and healthy lifestyle choices.

Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC)

IWC is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Non-Government and Charitable Organisation offering a range of programs aimed at supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across the Bundaberg, North Burnett and Fraser Coast Regions of Queensland. It provides holistic, high quality wellness services that build the capacity of Indigenous people through a focus on individual, family and community wellbeing.

Indigenous Worker Wellbeing Resource

This project identified the key antecedents and consequences of stress, burnout and wellbeing among Indigenous and non-Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) and generic health workers. An information base to inform strategies to improve Indigenous health workers' experiences was developed.

Information and Resource Package

International Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Older People & Alcohol and other Drug Use

International Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Older People & Alcohol and other Drug Use

Keeping Strong

Beyondblue, in partnership with Nunkuwarrin Yunti and “isee-ilearn”, have developed a culturally relevant pamphlet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people describing the signs and symptoms of depression and pathways for help and healing. The pamphlet visually highlights the importance of family, friends and community and the contributions they make to improved health and social and emotional wellbeing.

Key Workforce Development Elements

Key Workforce Development Links

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Links to External AOD Resources

Liquor Licensing in Australia

Liquor Laws

Mainstream Generic Workers

Making Up Your Mind: Mental Health

This CD was produced with Aboriginal youth as part of Nunkuwarrin 'Yunti’s Tune Into Your Health' project. The CD provides information about (1) Mental health (what it is and how you achieve mental health), (2) Mental health problems, (3) Social and emotional wellbeing (what it is and how you achieve it), and (4) Aboriginal health services in South Australia. The CD was distributed to Aboriginal Health Services within South Australia.

Mental Health for Workers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

A 6 day training program conducted by the People Development Unit at Nunkuwarrin Yunti for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being Workers to enhance their skills in recognising and responding to mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues within their community.

Mental Health Training For Workers In Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Communities: Resource Kit - Grief and Loss and Worker Self-Care Discussion Cards

These discussion cards have been developed as a training tool to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers to recognise and respond to clients with mental illnesses and/or alcohol and other drug related issues.

Mentoring

Mentoring Resource Kit

Methamphetamine Publications & Resources

Methamphetamine Publications & Resources

Methamphetamine Publications & Resources

Methamphetamine Publications & Resources

Methamphetamine Publications & Resources

Methamphetamine Research and Projects

Methamphetamine Research and Projects

Methamphetamine Symposium

Methamphetamine Symposium Slides, Video Presentations, & Resources

The key methamphetamine resources, and PDFs and audio visual recordings of the speaker presentations from NCETA's Methamphetamine Symposium held in Melbourne on 12 May 2015 are now available

Minimum Qualifications

Models of Supervision: Providing Effective Support to Aboriginal Staff

This paper identifies models of supervision that have been successfully utilised to support Aboriginal staff and establishes an evidence base around effective supervisory practice.

Module 7 - Organisational responses

NCETA's ice online training for frontline workers - Module 7: Organisational responses now available.

MoodGYM

An online training program designed to prevent depression in young people. This e-hub self-help program for mental health and wellbeing consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment. MoodGYM is provided free of charge.

National Advisory Structure

National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase (NADK): New Methamphetamine Section

A new Methamphetamine knowledge base has been launched today by NCETA. It contains up-to-date information and data, in the form of 80 frequently asked questions (FAQs), about Methamphetamine, including crystal methamphetamine (ice). It forms part of NCETA’s National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase

National Alcohol and other Drug Workforce Development Strategy

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction is requesting submissions from interested parties as part of its consultation process in developing a national alcohol and other drug (AOD) workforce development strategy

National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Strategy

Project and Stakeholder Information for National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Strategy.

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NCETA PhD student awarded VC's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Dr Creina Stockley has been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

NCETA Workforce Development Resources

New Publications

In response to increasing concern about methamphetamine use in Australia, NCETA has released three new information sheets which aim to inform people about current patterns and trends in methamphetamine use, associated harms, and intervention options

New Report: Child and Family Sensitive Practice in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector

The Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) commissioned the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) to examine policy frameworks that support or restrict the effective implementation of child and family sensitive practices in the alcohol and other drugs sector. This report presents findings from the audit, review, and stakeholder consultations.

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Online Remote Primary Health Care Manuals

This set of manuals is intended to support high-quality clinical practice in primary health care in central, northern and remote Australia. The manuals were developed for health care workers including: doctors, Aboriginal Health Workers, remote area nurses, midwives, nurse practitioners, and allied health professionals.

OnTrack: Supporting your Journey to Health and Wellbeing

OnTrack is a website based program committed to providing accessible, affordable, evidence based psychological treatment for all Australians. Health practitioners can access and use OnTrack's programs to either refer someone for independent self-management, or to use aspects of the program to supplement their own work. The practitioner resources are free but are only available to registered and practising health professionals. Created by a team of psychologists at Queensland University of Technology with sponsorship from the Queensland Government.

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Our Healing Ways. Supervision: A Culturally Appropriate Model for Aboriginal Workers

This resource provides a model to help meet the need for culturally appropriate supervision for Aboriginal workers who work in the alcohol and other drug (AOD), and social and emotional wellbeing fields.

Our Healing Ways: Putting Wisdom Into Practice

This manual explores working with co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol issues from an Aboriginal best practice perspective. The manual takes into account the complexities involved in working with community - often with dual relationships with clients. It is a celebration and validation of the enormous skill set required for this work.

Our Healing Ways: The Relationship Between Alcohol and Drugs and Mental Health: A Resource Book For Aboriginal Workers

This resource provides general information for Aboriginal workers to better understand the relationship between alcohol and other drug use and mental health.

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Preventing and Reducing Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Harm among Older People: A practical guide for health and welfare professionals

The patterns and prevalence of alcohol and other drug use amongst older people is an emerging area of concern due to Australia's ageing population. This guide was developed by NCETA, in collaboration with Peninsula Health, Victoria, to assist specialist and generalist clinicians to assess and respond to the range of AOD-related harms impacting older people

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Professional Development Needs Assessment - Methamphetamine Treatment and Intervention

NCETA is conducting a workforce development needs assessment to explore the views and experiences of alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment workers about the challenges involved in working with methamphetamine clients

Professor Ann Roche Interviewed on ABC News

Professor Ann Roche's interview on the ABC about the increasing levels of substance use among Australian Baby Boomers.

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RAISE Wellbeing, Regional Aboriginal Integrated Social And Emotional Wellbeing Program: A Case Study In Aboriginal Primary Mental Health Care Linkages

This program aims to enhance primary mental health services to Aboriginal people by linking the services provided by the Aboriginal mental health and mainstream sectors. The Pika Wiya health service, Pt Augusta mental health team and hospital and the Flinders and Outback regional health services are involved in the process to link services. The program aims to build the ability of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health services to respond to the needs of Aboriginal people suffering mental illnesses all within a culturally appropriate framework.

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Slots & Shots: Gambling Resources for AOD Workers

Slots and Shots is a much needed suite of gambling resource for alcohol and other drug workers. It contains a tri-fold client handout, waiting room poster, a report, and a wallet sized quick reference reminder for clinicians.

Speakers

Speakers & Presentation Slides

Speakers & Presentation Slides

Speakers & Presentation Slides

Speakers & Presentation Slides

Speakers & Presentation Slides

Speakers & Presentation Slides

Spirituality and Aboriginal People’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing: A Review

This review emerged out of a 2006 Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) Roundtable to identify priorities around Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing. The review looks at both the broad differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal spiritual concepts and the ways in which the two concepts have intermingled over time. It also examines the way ceremony, art and song have helped build resistance to the colonisation of Aboriginal spirituality. Chapter Five includes an annotated bibliography of relevant literature spanning the years 1973 to 2008.

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Start Stronger, Live Longer: Resource Manual Guide For Aboriginal Health Workers

This resource package was produced to increase Aboriginal Health Workers' knowledge in the areas of maternal, child, and adolescent health and wellbeing. The aim of the resource is to empower Aboriginal Health Workers so they can continue to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and communities.

Stay Strong

This resource focuses on strong cultural identity, nutrition and education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6-12 years. Stay Strong is a half-hour documentary account of the hour-long program Step by step: Indigenous kids 6-12 years, and is the fourth program in the Strong series (a set of programs on Indigenous children's health).

Stay Strong Plan

This leaflet has been developed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their health practitioners identify what keeps them strong, their concerns, and how they are managing their mental health issues.

Staying Deadly in the Workplace Program

Dr Tracy Westerman has identified the primary reasons for success and failure of Aboriginal people in the workplace and developed 'Staying Deadly in the Workplace' to address these factors.

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Stories of Resilience: Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drug Workers’ Wellbeing, Stress, And Burnout

This project is part of a larger workforce development (WFD) program of work undertaken by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) that has examined a range of key WFD issues impacting the alcohol and other drugs workforce in Australia. The project focused on Indigenous alcohol and other drug worker wellbeing and extends NCETA’s previous examination of stress and burnout among alcohol and other drug workers in general. This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and was also endorsed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) as an in-kind project.

Strengthening Aboriginal Family Functioning: What Works And Why?

There is widespread recognition that strong family relationships and good family functioning are essential for individual, family and community wellbeing, as well as providing long-term benefits to the broader society. This is also true in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, although there are considerable differences in the structures of Aboriginal families and their functional dynamics. Despite the importance of good functioning, there remains a limited evidence base to describe how well Aboriginal families function or the factors that support family harmony or contribute to dysfunction.

Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Framework for Western Australia 2011-2015

This Framework was developed to provide guidance to key stakeholders, such as the alcohol and other drug sector and a broad range of government and non-government agencies, towards delivering culturally secure programs and supporting Aboriginal ways of working in order to strengthen their efforts to manage and reduce alcohol and other drug related harm in Aboriginal communities.

Substance misuse in older people

Substance misuse in older people

Success Stories From the Frontline of Aboriginal Health

These nine short 'digital stories' showcase work conducted by Aboriginal Health Workers in Victoria. Each digital story is told through a combination of photo and voice over.The digital stories were compiled by Aboriginal Health Workers themselves, and give a firsthand account of successful local projects.

Supporting Your Aboriginal Colleagues

Non-Indigenous staff possess expectations and behaviour grounded in a different culture and health setting. In this study, Aboriginal Health Workers describe how these differences significantly contribute to the work-related stress they experience.

Surviving Stress with Self-Care - A Guide for Remote and Rural Health Workers and their Families

It has long been known that traumatic events can have profound psychological effects on victims and their families. It is now known that those who are required to assist during these emergencies can be affected too. This booklet has been developed to support remote and rural health practitioners to deal with their normal human responses to such events and, hopefully, to emerge stronger and better for the experience.

Surviving the Day to Day Hassles - A Guide for Remote Health Workers

Remote health practice can often be a challenging and intensely rewarding experience. This booklet aims to identify some of the major sources of stress associated with remote health practice. It also attempts to offer some skills and strategies to assist practitioners to successfully deal with some of these pressures.

The Alcohol & Other Drug Treatment Service Sector

The Alcohol and Other Drugs System in Australia

The Best Bang For Our Buck: Recommendations For The Provision Of Training For Tobacco Action Workers and Indigenous Health Workers

While smoking rates among Australians in general have declined over the past two decades, rates for Aboriginal Australians have remained high and continue to contribute to the overall poor health of Aboriginal people. Aboriginal health workers are proposed as one way to help reduce smoking rates for Aboriginal people. However, there is a need for specifically developed courses to train health workers to deliver smoking interventions.

The Cultural Needs Scale (CNS) for Aboriginal Australians

The CNS is used in conjunction with the General Cultural Competency Test for Aboriginal Australians. It provides clear direction to organisations about the sorts of changes that need to happen to ensure that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people are able to work together at a more culturally appropriate level.

The Culturally Secure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recruitment and Retention Guide

This guide was designed to support CEOs and senior managers/supervisors of services in the alcohol and other drugs sector, and provide them with a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and their culture. The guide identifies useful tips and provides examples of positive approaches to recruiting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers.

The General Cultural Competency Test (GCCT) for Aboriginal Australians

Dr Westerman developed cultural competency testing to enable individuals and organisations to consider their gaps and strengths in the essential skills, knowledge and abilities related to working in culturally appropriate ways with Aboriginal people.

The Grey Matters National Conference - Speaker Presentations Available

On Wednesday 1 April 2015, the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) held a national conference on identifying, preventing and responding to alcohol and other drug problems among older Australians. The conference was held at the Education Centre, 4 Milner St, Hindmarsh, Adelaide. The speaker presentations have now been uploaded

The Health and Wellbeing of Indigenous Drug And Alcohol Workers: Results From A National Australian Survey

Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) and other health workers play a crucial role in the delivery of treatment services and offer essential support to their communities. Building the capacity of these workers is vital. This paper highlights the importance of implementing workforce development strategies that focus on achieving culturally appropriate, equitable and supportive organisational conditions for Indigenous AOD workers.

The International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) announces the publication of the third edition of Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed.

Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed

The Link between Indigenous Culture and Wellbeing: Qualitative Evidence for Australian Aboriginal Peoples

Evidence suggests that the wellbeing of Indigenous people is enhanced when they maintain their ‘traditional’ culture. This paper uses qualitative data made available from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children to explore this relationship in the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Specifically, responses to two open-ended questions “What is it about Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture that will help your child to grow up strong?” and “Apart from health and happiness, what do you want for your child?” are analysed revealing a number of key themes.

Therapeutic Journeys, Counselling Aboriginal Clients and Their Families, Series Three, Alcohol & Drug Counselling Skills With Adults and Adolescents

This resource is a valuable tool for health practitioners who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients with alcohol or other drug (AOD) related problems. It will assist practitioners to develop their counselling skills which may improve health and wellbeing outcomes for their clients. It could also be used as an educational tool for training programs involving AOD and other health workers.

Training Kit

Training Needs Assessment

Venue Details

Venue Details

Venue Details

Walk Together, Learn Together, Work Together: A Practical Guide For the Training of Aboriginal Mental Health Professionals in New South Wales

This guide is designed for mental health staff involved in the New South Wales Aboriginal Mental Health Worker training program. The aim of the program is to increase the availability of culturally appropriate mental health services to Aboriginal people by enhancing the skills and ability of the Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce.

Walking a Tightrope - Resource Launch

Walking a Tightrope is a comprehensive resource for people who have a family member who uses both alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and violence in their relationships. There will be three events associated with the launch of this resource. The resource will be launched on Monday 14 April 2014

We need your perspective on the development of EAPs!

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) is conducting a review of the development of EAPs, from 1960 to the present, funded by the Employee Assistance Research Foundation.

WFD Presentations

WFD Publications

What is Workforce Development?

Who are the Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce?

Why is WFD necessary?

Explains necessity and future directions

Worker accreditation

Worker Performance

Worker Wellbeing

Workers' AOD Consumption Patterns by Industry

Workforce Development (WFD)

Workforce Development TIPS

Workforce Roundtable Report

The Roundtable was hosted by the Lowitja Institute in Brisbane on 15 September 2011 and was attended by researchers, policymakers, community controlled health care providers and other Aboriginal representative bodies with an interest in developing a stronger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander presence in the health workforce. Presentations included the demographics of the existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and current shortfalls; the complexity of health governance and the need to build educational pipelines for future health workers; and, ways of delivering best practice treatment in a culturally respectful environment.

Working and Walking Together: Supporting Family Relationship Services to Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families and Organisations

This resource aims to support non-Indigenous family relationship services to work in culturally appropriate ways with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and their communities.

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice

This book was developed as an information source for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with social and emotional wellbeing issues. The book contains comprehensive, culturally appropriate information to educate and assist health professionals who work with Indigenous clients.

WorkLife Services

Workplace Culture and AOD Use

Workplace Reduction of Alcohol Harm Program (WRAHP)

Workplace Support

Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System (YAARS)

YouTube, TV, Radio and Print Media