Indigenous AOD Workers' Wellbeing Resources
Alcohol and Other Drug Education and Training for Indigenous Workers: A Literature Review
Author: Gray, D., Haines, B., & Watts, S.
Publisher: Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. & National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology
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)'.
The 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce' report found that most AOD services for Indigenous people were provided by primary health care workers. While these workers were frequently confronted with drug use problems, they often were not provided access to sufficient training or information to enable them to respond adequately to these problems.
This literature review was undertaken as part of a larger project concerned with the development of resources to enhance the education and training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers in the illicit drug field. The specific aims of the literature review were to:
- identify the range of factors (including cultural relevance) which may have a role in mediating the impact of education and training on work practice change
- critically evaluate the evidence for the relevance of each factor to work practice change
- identify gaps and overlaps in currently available education and training
- identify barriers and facilitators to education and training and their impact on work practice
- make recommendations for overcoming the identified barriers to education and training
- identify the appropriate content for the training resource, and
- identify mechanisms for ongoing monitoring and evaluation, including performance indicators.
This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the ‘National Illicit Drug Strategy: Training Frontline Workers Initiative’.