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2013

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2013)

A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services: guide for practitioners and providers.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

This document is a guide for mental health practitioners and services to Australia's national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services.

The guide provides:

  • definitions for the concepts of recovery and lived experience
  • descriptions of the practice domains and key capabilities necessary for the mental health workforce to function in accordance with recovery-oriented principles
  • guidance on tailoring recovery-oriented approaches to respond to the diversity of people with mental health issues, to people in different life circumstances and at different ages and stages of life.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council

Cussen T, Payne J, Marks D (2013)

Policing alcohol and illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in metropolitan environments.

Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

Jenner L, Lee N (2013)

Screening for substance use and related issues by specialist alcohol, tobacco and other drug treatment and support services in the ACT: discussion paper.

Canberra: Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT

McGuinness K, Leckning B (2013)

Bicultural practice in the Northern Territory children and families sector: practitioners' reflections of working two-ways.

Darwin: Centre for Child Development and Education and Strong Aboriginal Families, Together, Menzies School of Health Research

This publication reports on a qualitative research project which aimed to describe how cultural models of service delivery are understood, and to identify key elements to inform the development of a two-way, bicultural practice framework for the children and families sector in the Northern Territory (NT).

While the research focused on practice in non-government organisations (NGOs) delivering services to children and families at risk of substance misuse, family violence, and mental health issues, the researchers anticipate that the findings in this report could lead to a sharper policy and practice focus on cultural safety in the broader Australian Indigenous context.

The study design included:

  • a selective literature review
  • interviews and focus groups with 74 participants (48% Aboriginal) from nine organisations delivering services in remote, regional and urban settings across both the Top End and Central Australia
  • thematic analysis.

The report presents eight themes derived from the thematic analysis:

  • two-way practice
  • governance
  • operational management
  • recruitment and training
  • cultural safety
  • reflective practice
  • quality assurance
  • adapting systems.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Feeling deadly, working deadly: Indigenous AOD worker wellbeing resource kit (2013)

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

This resource kit aims to reduce stress and burnout, and improve wellbeing among Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers. It includes a range of resources to help workers manage the variety of situations and stressors they face. The kit contains:

  • 2 DVDs
    • a DVD containing all the kit's written resources
    • a video resource which takes a humorous look at a day in the life of an Indigenous AOD worker
  • Staying deadly handbook of strategies for preventing stress and burnout
  • 7 Theory into practice (TIP) sheets for managers and supervisors
  • 4 Theory into Practice (TIP) sheets for Indigenous AOD workers
  • 5 case studies - discussion starters on the problems faced by Indigenous AOD workers
  • a talking circle guide - a guide for conducting talking circle discussions
  • a workforce development checklist
  • an online directory of worker resources.

The kit was developed by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) and forms part of NCETA's program of work on Indigenous AOD worker wellbeing.

Abstract adapted from National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)

Theory into practice (TIP) sheets for Indigenous AOD workers (2013)

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

These TIP Sheets have been written specifically for Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers to help them enhance their wellbeing and prevent stress and burnout. They can be used either as a package or individually. The workers' TIP sheets include:

  • worker wellbeing: a guide for workers
  • mentoring: a guide for workers
  • clinical supervision: a guide for workers
  • goal setting: a guide for workers.

The TIP sheets are part of the Feeling deadly, working deadly: Indigenous AOD worker wellbeing resource kit suite of resources that have been produced by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University to enhance Indigenous worker wellbeing and reduce work-related stress. The resources were developed following a review of relevant literature; and an extensive consultation process involving public submissions, a national on-line survey, interviews and focus groups.

Abstract adapted from National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Council (2013)

NIDAC online consultation: a professional body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drug workers.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Council

New South Wales Centre for Population Health (2013)

NSW needle and syringe program guideline 2013.

Sydney: NSW Ministry of Health

These guidelines provide the framework for Local Health Districts (LHDs) and agencies involved in the delivery of the Needle and syringe program (NSP) in New South Wales (NSW). The guidelines set out key principles and the roles and responsibilities for health services in order to meet the aim and objective of the NSP in NSW. The guidelines cover information about:

  • service models
  • operating and establishing a NSP
  • approval and authorisation
  • protection and wellbeing of children of young people
  • work health and staff safety
  • police relations
  • data collection and evaluation.

Abstract adapted from NSW Ministry of Health

Nicholas R, Adams V, Roche A, White M, Battams S (2013)

A literature review to support the development of Australia's alcohol and other drug workforce development strategy.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Nicholas R, Adams V, Roche A, White M, Battams S (2013)

The development of Australia's alcohol and other drug workforce development strategy: a discussion paper.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Roche AM, Duraisingam V, Trifonoff A, Battams S, Freeman T, Tovell A, Weetra D, Bates N (2013)

Sharing stories: Indigenous alcohol and other drug workers' well-being, stress and burnout.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 32(5): 527-535

Roche AM, Duraisingam V, Trifonoff A, Tovell A (2013)

The health and well-being of Indigenous drug and alcohol workers: results from a national Australian survey.

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment; 44(1): 17–26

Taylor KP, Bessarab D, Hunter L, Thompson SC (2013)

Aboriginal-mainstream partnerships: exploring the challenges and enhancers of a collaborative service arrangement for Aboriginal clients with substance use issues.

BMC Health Services Research; 13: 12

Retrieved 10 January 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-12

Wheeler A, Crozier M, Robinson G, Pawlow N, Mihala G (2013)

Assessing and responding to hazardous and risky alcohol and other drug use: the practice, knowledge and attitudes of staff working in mental health services.

Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy; early online(http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09687637.2013.864255):

2012

Crane PR (2012)

Youth alcohol and drug practice guide 2: legal and ethical dimensions of practice.

Brisbane: Dovetail

This report was developed to provide a good practice guide for workers or services in Queensland engaging with young people affected by alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. The report covers the legal and ethical dimensions of practice in the AOD field, and aims to contribute to the growing knowledge and skill-base on how to most effectively work with young people experiencing problematic AOD use.

This report is one of six good practice guides developed by Dovetail in partnership with the School of Public Health and Social Work at the Queensland University of Technology. The guides are designed for use by practitioners across clinical and community-based contexts.

Abstract adapted from Dovetail

Drug and Alcohol Office (2012)

Drug and alcohol interagency strategic framework for Western Australia 2011-2015: capacity building, coordination and monitoring support plan 2012-2015.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

Hinton R, Nagel T (2012)

Evaluation of a culturally adapted training in Indigenous mental health and wellbeing for the alcohol and other drug workforce.

ISRN Public Health; 2012: 380581

Retrieved 3 January 2012 from http://downloads.isrn.com/journals/ph/2012/380581.pdf

Perth Co‐occurring Disorders Capacity Building Project (2012)

Aboriginal cultural security guide for human service organisations - first edition.

Perth: Department of Health and Ageing

This guide has been developed to help Western Australian human service organisations improve their delivery of culturally secure services to Aboriginal people and their communities. The guide provides information on cultural considerations and practical suggestions for achieving strategies in the following areas:

  • organisational and structural/systemic level
  • service delivery and program level
  • human resource management of Aboriginal staff in your organisation
  • practice and responsibilities of individual staff members.

This guide was produced by the Palmerston Association on behalf of the Perth Co‐occurring Disorders Capacity Building Project Consortium.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office (2012)

Drug and alcohol office reconciliation action plan 2012.

Perth: Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (2012)

Standard on culturally secure practice (alcohol and other drug sector).

Perth: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

The Standard on culturally secure practice (alcohol and other drug sector) has been developed for alcohol and other drug (AOD) agencies to gain a formal certification of a culturally secure practice.

The Standard contains seven performance expectations and criteria. Agencies are awarded a 'good practice' certification if they meet 80% of the essential criteria for each performance expectation.

The Standard is supported by a separate document, the Interpretive guide to the standard on culturally secure practice. The Interpretive guide helps agencies to achieve certification by providing examples of how to interpret and apply the standards.

The Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) developed the document in consultation with the WA AOD sector, and with Indigenous AOD services Australia-wide. The Drug and Alcohol Office of WA and the Australian Government's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health funded its development.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2011

Beacroft L, Richards K, Andrevski H, Rosevear L (2011)

Community night patrols in the Northern Territory: toward an improved performance and reporting framework.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Craze L, Mendoza J (2011)

Building capacity in non-government alcohol and drug services - the Queensland experience: a tough but perfect confluence.

Brisbane: Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

Logan G, Bakos K (2011)

Our Healing Ways successful strategies for working with dual diagnosis issues, Aboriginal way.

Fitzroy, Vic: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2011)

NIDAC implementation plan.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (2011)

Governance toolkit: a resource to help improve governance knowledge and practice.

Sydney: Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies

Roche A, White MA (2011)

Alcohol and other drug VET qualifications and training providers database.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

This document presents details of the training providers of alcohol and other drug related vocational education qualifications, as at 30 August 2011. It includes details of the courses offered by publically funded Technical and Further Education Institutes (TAFE) and industry based and private registered training organisations (RTOs).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Circuit training: a guide for alcohol and other drug agencies and consumers (2011)

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

This guide is designed to assist workforce development and is intended to provide information and examples for working with alcohol and other drug consumers around exercise, health and wellbeing. It provides information including:

  • the benefits of exercise
  • how to design a circuit training routine
  • circuit training guidelines
  • example of circuit training set-up and training session.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (2011)

Comorbidity capacity building toolkit.

Perth: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies

This toolkit was produced by the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide guidance for other Western Australian alcohol and other drug (AOD) services planning to undertake capacity building initiatives. The toolkit was developed in accordance with knowledge gained throughout the national Improved services initiative (ISI) project. This project aimed to build the capacity of non-government AOD organisations to effectively identify and treat comorbid substance use and mental illness.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

Healthy eating for wellbeing: a nutrition guide for alcohol & other drug agency workers (2011)

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

This guide aims to give alcohol and other drug workers basic information about: the overlap between nutrition and alcohol and other drug use; and rehabilitation, to inform their work with consumers. The booklet provides information on:

  • nutrients affected by alcohol and other drug use
  • side effects of undergoing alcohol and other drug rehabilitation
  • side effects of psychotropic medication
  • tips to assist with side effects
  • healthy weight gain and weight loss
  • guide for serve sizes each day
  • what to look for on labels
  • useful websites.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (2011)

Review of the impact of the AOD improved services initiative in Western Australia.

Perth: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (2011)

Standard for culturally secure practice (alcohol and other drug sector): (final draft for consultation).

Perth, WA: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies

These draft guidelines were produced by the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies as a final draft for consultation in March 2011. The Standard for culturally secure practice (alcohol and other drugs sector): (final draft for consultation) outlines performance expectations for agencies working within the alcohol and other drugs sector and their communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (2011)

The culturally secure Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander recruitment and retention guide.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies

The Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies has developed a Culturally secure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and retention guide to support CEOs and senior managers of services in the alcohol and other drugs sector. The guide is designed to provide CEOs and line managers with a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and their culture. This guide provides useful tips and examples of positive approaches to recruiting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers.

Abstract adapted from the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (2011)

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies annual review 2010/2011.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

2010

Allan J (2010)

Engaging primary health care workers in drug and alcohol and mental health interventions.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 16(4): 311-318

An Indigenous workforce development checklist for the AOD field (2010)

Bates N, Weetra D, Roche AM

This document is part of a suite of resources that aim to enhance Indigenous worker wellbeing and reduce work related stress. It was designed for Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers and explores a number of issues relevant to them. This document contains:

  • two checklists
    • one for Indigenous AOD workers employed in an Indigenous organisations
    • one for Indigenous AOD workers employed in non-Indigenous organisations
  • a guide that outlines how to use the checklists.

The checklists contain questions which may assist in the development of staff cultural competency and are a useful workforce development training tool.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Duraisingam V, Roche AM, Trifonoff A, Tovell A (2010)

Indigenous AOD workers' wellbeing, stress and burnout: findings from an online survey.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to investigate issues among Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers. This report is part of a series of three reports stemming from the resulting project, and is accessible individually and as part of a resource package for Indigenous AOD workers: the Indigenous worker wellbeing resource (2012).

As part of this project, a national online survey was conducted in 2008 among Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers from various AOD organisations providing services to the Indigenous population across Australia. This report outlines the key findings following analyses of the 294 valid responses (62% Indigenous, 37% non-Indigenous, 1% unknown). Information on the survey background, results, and discussion is also presented in this report.

Abstract adapted from National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Gray D, Stearne A, Wilson M, Doyle M (2010)

Indigenous-specific alcohol and other drug interventions: continuities, changes and areas of greatest need.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) (2010)

Indigenous alcohol and drug workforce challenges: a literature review of issues related to Indigenous AOD workers' wellbeing, stress and burnout.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to investigate issues among Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers. This review forms the initial component of the resulting project, and is accessible both individually and as part of a resource package for Indigenous AOD workers: the Indigenous worker wellbeing resource (2012).

The literature review presents major findings of key factors impacting on the wellbeing of Indigenous workers in the AOD field. The review examined over 400 reports, journal articles, and other documents relevant to stress, burnout, and wellbeing of workers responding to Indigenous AOD issues.

Abstract adapted from National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Roche A, Tovell A, Weetra D, Freeman T, Bates N, Trifonoff A, Steenson T (2010)

Stories of resilience: Indigenous alcohol and other drug workers' wellbeing, stress, and burnout.

Adelaide: Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to investigate issues among Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers. This report is part of a series of three reports stemming from the resulting project, and is accessible individually and as part of a resource package for Indigenous AOD workers: the Indigenous worker wellbeing resource (2012).

The report is a collation of material on the views of Indigenous AOD workers in regard to worker wellbeing. The report's target audience includes:

  • frontline workers
  • managers
  • funders and policy makers.

Abstract adapted from National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Roche AM, Pidd K (2010)

Alcohol and other drugs workforce development issues and imperatives: setting the scene.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Western Australia Department of Corrective Services (2010)

Drug and alcohol agency action plan 2010 - 2014: Western Australia Department of Corrective Services.

Perth, WA: Department of Corrective Services, Western Australia

The Department of Corrective Services' action plan outlines strategies to reduce offenders' drug use, improve their health and wellbeing, and reduce the burden of disease and disability on the community as a whole. It also details the Department's aim to strengthen collaborative partnerships with other government and non-government agencies and community organisations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australia Department of Corrective Services (2010)

Offender drug and alcohol strategy 2010 - 2014: Western Australia Department of Corrective Services.

Perth, WA: Department of Corrective Services, Western Australia

The Department of Corrective Services' Offender drug and alcohol strategy 2010 - 2014 has been developed to address the specific needs of offenders in custody and under community supervision by providing a platform to address the harm caused from licit and illicit drug use. The strategy will ensure a range of measures are delivered to reduce offender drug use and prevent the associated harm. The strategy has a strong law enforcement approach, in addition to a holistic rehabilitative approach, to foster behaviour change that encourages law abiding lifestyles by reducing re-offending.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2009

Andy B (2009)

Indigenous dual diagnosis project.

DrugInfo Newsletter; 7(3): 7

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Enhancing the alcohol and other drug treatment services national minimum data set: counting clients and reporting comorbidity.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Conigrave K, Morley M, Miller W, Lee K, Hearn S, Wise M (2009)

The professional development of Indigenous Health Workers; building capacity to address substance misuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples through university education.

Paper presented at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2009. 1-4 November 2009, Darwin

Indigenous dual diagnosis project (2009)

DrugInfo Clearinghouse

The DrugInfo Clearinghouse has developed this factsheet which outlines some of the key themes and findings from the consultation report developed during the first stage of the Indigenous dual diagnosis project.

This project has three aims: to increase coordination and collaboration between alcohol and other drug and mental health services; to develop and facilitate dual diagnosis training and resources that are culturally appropriate and relevant; and to build capacity in the Aboriginal workforce.

The findings described in the factsheet provide valuable insights for people working with Aboriginal clients with a dual diagnosis and their families and communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Gray D, Green M, Saggers S, Wilkes E (2009)

Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled alcohol and other drugs sector in Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

At the request of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council (QISMC), the National Drug Research Institute was commissioned to conduct a review of the alcohol and other drugs sector in Queensland. This report makes 23 recommendations in relation to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Alcohol and other Drug Sector in Queensland. Recommendations are made in relation to: the organisational structure of QISMC; member support; Indigenous capacity; service provision and standards of care; staffing; training; and reporting.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) (2009)

Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers' wellbeing, stress & burnout: brief report no.1.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)

Shaw L, Turner P (2009)

Providing accredited brief interventions training using Indigenous specific resources.

Paper presented at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2009. 1-4 November 2009, Darwin

2008

Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (2008)

Working with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who inject drugs.

Canberra: Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League

Roche A, Weetra D, Tovell A, Freeman T, Trifonoff A (2008)

Indigenous AOD workers wellbeing: an examination of individual, organisational & systems factors.

Paper presented at the Flinders Aboriginal Health Research Unit Seminar. 25 August 2008, Adelaide

Roche AM, Duraisingam V, Wang P, Tovell A (2008)

Alcohol & other drugs, mental health & comorbidity: a training review.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University

Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office (2008)

Strong spirit strong mind: Drug and Alcohol Office reconciliation action plan 2008-2010.

Perth: Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

 
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