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Indigenous AOD Workers' Wellbeing Resources

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

Type: Book
Author: Roche, A., Tovell, A., Weetra, D., Freeman, T., Bates, N., Trifonoff, A., & Steenson, T.
Publisher: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University
Year: 2010

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.

This report is part of a series of three reports stemming from the project examining Indigenous alcohol and
other drug worker wellbeing. The principal aims of this project were to identify and understand Indigenous alcohol and other drug workers’ experiences and perspectives on wellbeing, stress and burnout. The longer term aim was to develop the capacity of alcohol and other drug workers and service providers to improve Indigenous workers’ wellbeing.


The full project entailed several discrete components:

  1. a literature review
  2. an online survey and call for submissions, and
  3. interviews and focus groups with alcohol and other drug workers.


Three separate reports have been prepared, corresponding with the separate components of the project. This report presents the findings from the third part of the project, that is, the interviews and focus groups conducted with Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers.

Click here to download the literature review and survey report.

Click here to order hard copies of these reports.

EN439_Roche_2010.pdf