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Aboriginal drug and alcohol traineeship program (non-government sector)



The Aboriginal drug and alcohol traineeship program was developed by the Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) after receiving funding by NSW Health in 2009. The program was rolled out over a three year period in the non government sector, and offered three non-government organisations (NGOs) the opportunity to host an Aboriginal drug and alcohol trainee from 2010 to 2012.

The Namatjira Haven Drug and Alcohol Healing Centre, Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service and The Lyndon Community were successful in each gaining a trainee position. Trainees completed a relevant undergraduate degree while gaining invaluable work experience within the host organisation and other work placement settings. The program gave the trainee a holistic learning experience across the many facets of drug and alcohol health promotion and service provision, including mental health.

This program was based on the successful Aboriginal mental health trainee program that was implemented state-wide through area health services. This program was extended to the NSW Ministry of Health Local Health Districts with six Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Trainees commencing the program in late 2011

Abstract adapted from NADA


Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA)
PO Box 2345
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Ph: (02) 9698 8669
Fax: (02) 9690 0727

Heidi Becker
Project Manager
Ph: (02) 8113 1317


Last updated: 9 April 2015
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