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Indigenous AOD Workers' Wellbeing Resources

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

Type: Resource
Author: Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council
Publisher: Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council
Year: 2008

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.

The discussion cards can be used to encourage discussion within small groups on several topics:

  • Types of loss
  • Transgenerational trauma
  • Supporting people through grief and loss
  • The grief journey
  • Helping clients through grief
  • Worker self-care.

The discussion cards are part of a larger resource package that aims to increase workers' knowledge in four main areas:

  • Drug and alcohol related issues
  • Suicide
  • Grief and loss issues
  • Stability and referral approaches.

In addition to the discussion cards, the resource package also includes:

  • A facilitator guide
  • A participant guide
  • Power point slides
  • Case studies
  • A mentor guide
  • Assessment tools.

The resource package satisfies the skills and knowledge required for three units of competency in the HLT33207 Certificate III Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care qualification.

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