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Ice: Training for Frontline Workers

The increase in people using ice (crystal methamphetamine), rather than other forms of methamphetamine, has received much media and political attention due to the unique harms associated with its use. Crystal methamphetamine is the most potent form of methamphetamine and it is usually smoked, thereby increasing the 'hit' experienced by users. In addition, although there has not necessarily been an increase in the amount of methamphetamine users, those who use it tend to do so more frequently (i.e., weekly/monthly) and belong to more vulnerable groups (e.g., young, female, Indigenous). As such, there is a pressing need for support for people who use crystal methamphetamine, their families, friends, and co-workers.


Who is the oneline training aimed at?

Ice: Training for Frontline Workers was developed by NCETA as part of the Victorian Government’s Ice Action Plan. It was designed to meet the needs of a wide range of frontline workers including those from the health and welfare, education, criminal justice and transport sectors, and developed following an extensive consultation process to identify key learning needs.  


What does the online training contain?

The training has 7 independent but complementary modules, with each containing up to 8 topics. It provides information and resources for frontline workers to enhance their existing skills and knowledge and guide workers’ practice when assisting clients and their families, and working with their colleagues.  

The online training is very broad and comprehensive in its approach, but has a specific focus on the identification and care of people who are intoxicated with, and/or withdrawing from, crystal methamphetamine and their families and carers. The online training covers a broad range of issues including:

  • Information about crystal methamphetamine and its use and harms
  • How crystal methamphetamine use affects people and communities
  • Worker safety and preventing, managing and recovering from crystal methamphetamine-related critical incidents
  • Legal issues
  • Using crystal methamphetamine with alcohol and other drugs
  • Communicating with and supporting people who use crystal methamphetamine
  • Preventing and intervening in crystal methamphetamine use
  • Organisational responses to crystal methamphetamine.

The online training is designed to be flexible with content that suits a variety of needs. You can work through all the modules, just one module, or any number of individual topics. You may want to just select the modules and topics that are most relevant to your particular circumstances. It’s up to you!   


Access the online training here


 Facilitator’s Guide

This Facilitator’s Guide is a companion document to NCETA's online training. It has been developed to assist trainers to use components of NCETA’s Ice: Training for Frontline Workers in face-to-face training sessions and other training programs.

The Guide is divided into the following sections:

  • Section 1: Information about preparing and delivering training
  • Section 2: A brief overview of the online Ice: Training for Frontline Workers
  • Section 3: Examples of two training plans, one each for:
    • Workers with a clinical role
    • Generalist workers e.g., non-alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers

The Guide also contains the following set of Appendices:

Appendix 1: A list of all of the references from the online training (including publication links where available).
Appendix 2: Links to all of the videos from the online training
Appendix 3: Descriptions of each of the cases studies from the online training
Appendix 4: Links to all of the further learning resources and the topics that they relate to from the online training
Appendix 5: A list of all of the references from the online training (including publication links where available).

The Appendices are intended to assist face-to-face trainers navigate their way through the online training resource and to select modules, topics, videos, case studies, further learning resources and references that are most appropriate to them and their audiences.


Click here to download a copy of the Facilitator’s Guide.



More Information

Contact NCETA or Allan Trifonoff for further information.

NCETA Allan Trifonoff

T: (08) 8201 7535

E: nceta@flinders.edu.au

W: www.nceta.flinders.edu.au 

T: (08) 8201 7511

Mob: 0411 261 540

E: allan.trifonoff@flinders.edu.au