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This nationally recognised course provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work with people who are affected by alcohol and other drugs. Topics covered by this course include the nature of addiction, treatment types, and communication skills. This course has a special focus on emotional healing and the impacts of inter-generational trauma. It also pays special attention to the cultural aspects of working with Indigenous people who are struggling with addiction.
This course has been developed with feedback from rural and remote Indigenous communities, and course content has been contextualised to give participants a broad range of skills and knowledge to work in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations. The course includes opportunities to practice real skills, work in groups, and share stories and learning experiences.
This qualification has been widely used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers to supplement their qualifications in primary health care.
Indigenous students are eligible to receive ABSTUDY benefits for the duration of this course. These benefits may include funds for accommodation, meals, and travel to Townsville, as well as an income-dependent fortnightly allowance.
This course is delivered in mixed-mode block training, consisting of three lots of five-day training spread over several months.