Remote Alcohol & Other Drugs Workforce Forum Alice Springs 2018

Remote Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce

The Remote Alcohol & Other Drug Workforce Program held its annual Forum this week in Alice Springs. Thirty-five members of the workforce plus invited guests, local and interstate presenters attended the 3 day event.
The Program’s Workforce is drawn from Primary Health Care Centres across the NT, spanning over 30 communities in remote, regional and urban settings. Extending from the Top End, to the Barkly and Central Australia, the Workforce includes both Department of Health and Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisations employees.
The theme for this year’s Forum was Clients, Communities, Connections And Culture. This theme was chosen because Workforce members felt it was these 4 characteristics that best reflected and encapsulated working in remote communities.
The theme also provided a guide, along with member input for the forums content which focused comprehensively on alcohol & other drug issues affecting remote and regional areas today. Topics included understanding and working with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Domestic & Family Violence, Volatile Substance Misuse, and Role Modelling & Aboriginal Leadership in community. This forum also saw the release of the Yarning about Smoking resource. The Forum held an Awards Evening celebrating the achievements of the Workforce. Sue Korner gave the award of Remote Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker of the Year to James Glenn and Patricia Raymond.
The popularity of these forums each year demonstrates the importance of coming together as a remote workforce, which provides a sense of connectedness and reinforces the support links considered one of the successes of the Remote AOD Workforce Program.