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The Remote AOD Workforce Program is a combination of Department of Health and Aboriginal Medical Services Drug and Alcohol Workers in the Northern Territory. The program consists of over 30 workers across 17 communities who are located in primary health care centres.
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, Ali Curung & 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 Remote Health, Alice Springs 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 Remote AOD Workforce Program developed this website to assist with the professional development of remote AOD workers in the Northern Territory. However, no matter whether you are a very experienced and qualified health worker or new to the AOD area, or you are Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, Territorian or non-Territorian, the resources in this website can help support you in your professional and personal orientation to your workplace. This website can be used by any practitioner to enhance your professional development and your clinical practice when working remote or with Aboriginal and Islander people.
Each section in this website addresses a focus area of your work, such as direct client work and community development activities. We hope that getting familiar with the information contained in this website will help you:
- feel confident that you’re staying up-to-date with the best information that’s out there about what works in the AOD field and in Aboriginal community settings, and also the current best practice guidelines ;
- feel ready to comfortably share ideas and perspectives with your co-workers, AOD colleagues , and supervisors about your work, knowing that you all have a shared knowledge base and vocabulary you can refer back to;
- feel equipped to give important and valuable feedback to the Remote Workforce Program Support Unit about what’s helpful, what’s not, what needs to be changed and what’s missing from this website.
Because new research and improved AOD information and guidelines are always being released, this website is designed so it can be updated and improved regularly and easily. Whenever you come across any new resources that you think should be included, please let us know by dropping a quick email to: firstname.lastname@example.org