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Australia's National Alcohol and Drug Workforce Development Strategy

17 August 2015

Introduction

NCETA was commissioned by the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD) to develop Australia’s first National Alcohol and Drug Workforce Development Strategy. As the workforce involved in preventing and minimising AOD harm is diverse, this Strategy is critical to developing a skilled, effective and adaptable alcohol and other drug (AOD) workforce in Australia. The Strategy addresses the needs of specialist AOD and generalist workers from health, welfare, education, law enforcement and related sectors, and embraces a systems approach. A systems approach is:

'a multi-faceted approach which addresses the range of factors impacting on the ability of the workforce to function with maximum effectiveness in responding to alcohol and other drug-related problems. Workforce development should have a systems focus. Unlike traditional approaches, this is broad and comprehensive, targeting individual, organisational and structural factors, rather than just addressing education and training of individual mainstream workers (Roche, 2002).'

 

Background

Development of the Strategy involved a comprehensive literature review; a discussion paper; and an extensive national consultation process involving workshops in each jurisdiction, a call for written submissions and key informant interviews. The literature review and discussion paper prepared during the development of Australia’s National Workforce Development Strategy are also being used to inform the Global Addiction academy Project’s (GAaP) international workforce development project and New Zealand’s workforce development initiatives.

 

Outcome Areas

The Strategy proposes 12 key outcome areas that are achievable in varying local contexts of community service provision in Australia. Outcome areas include:


Outcome area 1.

Understand the specialist AOD prevention and treatment workforce
 

Outcome area 2.

Create a sustainable specialist AOD prevention and treatment workforce by addressing recruitment and retention issues
 

Outcome area 3.

Match roles with capabilities
 

Outcome area 4.

Enhance capacity to cater for older AOD clients as well as those with co-and multiple morbidities and other complex needs
 

Outcome area 5.

Improve child and family sensitive practice
 

Outcome area 6.

Improve consumer participation in AOD service provision, policy and planning
 

Outcome area 7.

Increase the capacity of the workforce to respond appropriately to AOD issues among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
 

Outcome area 8.


Increase the capacity of the workforce to respond appropriately to AOD issues among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups
 


Outcome area 9.


Increase the capacity of the workforce to respond appropriately to AOD issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals
 


Outcome area 10.


Enhance the capacity of generalist health, community, welfare and support services workers to prevent and reduce AOD harm
 


Outcome area 11.


Continue to develop the criminal justice workforce to prevent and reduce AOD harm
 


Outcome area 12.


Promote the ability of the education sector to prevent and reduce AOD harm
 

 

Publications


EN600_web.jpgDownload the Strategy.

Download the discussion paper and literature review.