NGO Aboriginal Drug and
Alcohol Traineeship Program
In July 2009, NADA received funding from the Mental Health Drug
and Alcohol Office, NSW Ministry of Health to roll out a three
year Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Traineeship Program in the non
government sector. NADA, in close partnership
with the State Coordinator of NSW Aboriginal Drug and
Alcohol Traineeship Program (NSW Ministry of Health) have
established this exciting new program across the
sector. This program is based on the successful
Aboriginal Mental Health Trainee Program currently being
implemented state wide through Local Health Districts.
The program offers three NGOs the
opportunity to host an Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Trainee from
2010 to 2012. Namatjira Haven Drug and Alcohol Healing Centre,
Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service and The Lyndon
Community were successful in each gaining a trainee position in a
highly competitive selection process.
Trainees undertake a relevant
undergraduate degree while gaining invaluable work experience
within the host organisation and other work placement settings. The
program gives the trainee a holistic learning experience
across the many facets of drug and alcohol health promotion and
service provision, including mental health.
A comprehensive undergraduate degree
has been developed in partnership with the Aboriginal Health and
Medical Research Centres' Aboriginal Health College and the School
of Indigenous Health, Nursing and Midwifery at the University of
Wollongong for this program. Trainees complete a
Certificate IV and Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs and an
Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Primary Health (community Care) at the Aboriginal Health College
before articulating into the Bachelor of Health Science
in Indigenous Health Studies at the University of Wollongong.
Study is undertaken through
flexible delivery mode that includes block teaching and e-learning
over a three year period. Study is combined with the provision
of a robust support network that focuses on learning and
development, cultural mentoring and work place learning for the
trainees in their host organisation and local community.
The program is overseen by a steering
committee comprising of representatives from the Aboriginal Health
and Medical Research Council, the Office of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Health and the NSW Ministry of Health.
Recently this program successfully
extended to the NSW Ministry of Health Local Health
Districts with six Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Trainees
commencing the program in late 2011.
The (then) NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, The Hon.
Carmel Tebbutt, launched the Non Government Organisation Aboriginal
Drug and Alcohol Traineeship Program on the 4th February 2010 at
the Aboriginal Health College, Little Bay.
The Hon. Carmel Tebbutt, Dept Premier,
and Minister for Health with Trainees (Left to right) Alan
Lockwood (Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service), Erin
Stanley (The Lyndon Community) and Greg Jarrett (Namatijira Haven
Drug and Alcohol Healing Centre).
For further information on the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol
Traineeship Program please contact Heidi Becker, Program Manager on
(02) 8113 1317 or Heidi@nada.org.au