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The Aboriginal drug and alcohol traineeship program has been developed by the Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) after receiving funding by NSW Health in 2009. The program will be rolled out over a three year period in the non government sector, and offers 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 will undertake a relevant undergraduate degree while gaining invaluable work experience within the host organisation and other work placement settings. The program will give the trainee a holistic learning experience across the many facets of drug and alcohol health promotion and service provision, including mental health.
This program is based on the successful Aboriginal mental health trainee program currently being implemented state-wide through area health services. It is envisaged that the Aboriginal drug and alcohol traineeship program will extend to area services state-wide in the near future.
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
Ph: (02) 8113 1317