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The Remote AOD Workforce Program is a combination of Remote AOD Workers in both Department of Health and Aboriginal Medical Services in the Northern Territory. The program consists of over 50 workers across 40 communities who are located in primary health care centres. The role of the Remote AOD Worker is provide direct client & family service delivery & community development activities that increase the capacity for service provision at the local level, and enable appropriate support for clients, carers, families and communities affected by AOD issues.
These stretch from Darwin in the Top End, across the Arnhem Land region and the Victoria/Daly River region down through to Katherine and Katherine West region, out to Borroloola and Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria, into the Barkly through Elliott & Tennant Creek, down to Central Australia and as far south as Finke near the South Australian border. This is an Indigenous Workforce and wherever possible, our workers are local people living within their community. The workers are supported by a Program Support Unit that sits within Alcohol and Other Drugs Services that provides sector leadership and management, clinical direction, supervision, training, education and resources and general support. This website forms part of the support given to the these workers.
The recognition from the Commonwealth of the success of the program is reflected in the ongoing funding. The Remote AOD Workforce Program continues to have the opportunity to embed substance misuse service delivery into primary health care settings, enabling holistic client care and community capacity building in remote, regional and urban communities across the Northern Territory.
This role involves the Remote AOD Workforce engaging in two fundamental areas of service delivery and capacity building. Therefore the workers engage in two types of activities:
Individual & Family Service Delivery
In May 2013, Menzies School of Health Research delivered an evaluation report to assess the extent to which a Remote AOD Workforce has been established and is being supported to increase capacity for AOD service provision at the local level, and enable appropriate support for clients, carers, families and communities affected by alcohol and other drugs. Read the full report for an examination of the successes of this Remote AOD Workforce Program.