Terms commonly used in the alcohol and other drug field are listed below.

All A B C D E F G H I K

Scoping Exercise | Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) | Short Course | Skill | Skills Analysis | Skills Transfer | Specialist Worker | Stakeholder | Structural Factors | Systematic Review | Systems Thinking

Scoping Exercise

An exercise which examines the existence of, range and breadth of an activity. For example a scoping exercise to examine the Australian AOD workforce would set out to examine:

  • what occupational groups are engaged in working with AOD users
  • the range of activities in which they are involved
  • the amount of activity in which they are involved.

Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI)

Screening and brief intervention (SBI) involves routine screening of the general practice population to identify those "at risk" of problematic alcohol and drug use and the subsequent delivery of brief structured advice on reducing excessive consumption (Lock et al, 1999). [Lock et al, 1999]

Short Course

A course of vocational education and training which stands alone and does not usually lead to a full qualification (Knight and Nestor, 2000). [Knight and Nestor, 2000]


An ability to perform a particular mental or physical ability which may be developed by training or practice (Knight and Nestor, 2000). [Knight and Nestor, 2000]

Skills Analysis

An identification of the skills or competencies needed for a job (Knight and Nestor, 2000). [Knight and Nestor, 2000]

Skills Transfer

The transfer of skills or competencies from one work context to another (Knight and Nestor, 2000). [Knight and Nestor, 2000]

Specialist Worker

Professional groups that respond to particular drug-related problems within a specific service. Examples of a specialist worker are a psychologist, social worker, and psychiatrist (Ask et al, 1998). [Ask et al, 1998]


A person or organisation with an interest or concern in something (Knight and Nestor, 2000). [Knight and Nestor, 2000]

Structural Factors

The physical and policy factors which can affect work practice. For example, the existence of policy documents and procedures or the physical environment in which a worker operates.

Systematic Review

A review of a clearly formulated question that uses systematic and explicit methods to identify, select and critically appraise relevant research, and to collect and analyse data from the studies that are included in the review. Statistical methods (meta analysis) may or may not be used to analyse and summarise the results of the included studies (Cochrane website, 2002). [Cochrane Website, 2002]

Systems Thinking

Seeing interconnections and relationships, the whole picture as well as the component parts (Guray, 2001). [Guray, 2001]


Lock, C.A., Kaner, E.F.S., Heather, N., McAvoy, B.R., Gilvarry, E. (1999). A randomized trial of three marketing strategies to disseminate a screening and brief alcohol intervention programme to general practitioners. British Journal of General Practice, 49:695-698.

Knight, A., Nestor, M. (2000). A glossary of Australian vocational education and training terms. National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd, Adelaide.

Ask, A., Ashenden, R., Allsop, S., Cormack, S., Addy, D., Beel, A. (1998). Education and Training Programs for Frontline Professionals Responding to Drug Problems in Australia: A Literature Review. Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA).

The Cochrane Collaboration. Website at:

Guray, C. (2001). Intervening in Organisational Systems: What Can Evidence-Based Service Deliverers Learn From Action Methods? In A.M. Roche, J. McDonald (Eds) Systems, Settings, People: Workforce Development Challenges in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Field, Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), p39-44. (242KB)