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Alcohol and other drugs treatment guidelines for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – in a non-Aboriginal Setting
NADA has developed guidelines to support non-Aboriginal service providers in the AOD sector working with Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Guidelines are intended to support services to establish better relationships and linkages with Aboriginal organisations and in Aboriginal communities. The Guidelines also provide practical guides and resources to support workers and organisations to improve their service delivery when working with Aboriginal service users.
This project has been evaluated by UNSW National Drug and Alcohol Research Council (NDARC). All services completed a pre and post audit and attended a Guideline workshop to measure if there was change. Twelve of the fifteen services who participated engaged in the project until completion.
Community Restorative Centre (CRC) provides a range of services to people involved in the criminal justice system and their families. CRC is the lead provider of specialist throughcare, post-release, and reintegration programs for people transitioning from prison into the community in NSW. All CRC programs aim to reduce crime and break entrenched cycles of disadvantage, offending and imprisonment.
CRC developed community resources for people exiting custody:
CRC have developed a lanuage guide related to people who may have had contact with the criminal justice system. Download the
Please visit our dedicated co-occuring mental health and alcohol and other drugs webpage here for up to date information, resources and training.
Health professionals play an important role in smoking cessation. Supporting smokers to quit is an activity for the whole health care system and should be integrated into as many settings as possible, including hospitals, health services and community settings. Health professionals can be very effective in encouraging and supporting people to quit smoking regardless of their professional discipline.
Combining brief advice with other effective interventions, such as pharmacotherapy can greatly increase quit smoking success.
The following guidelines and resources will assist health professionals to confidently provide evidence-based management of nicotine dependence and smoking cessation for their clients/patients.
Resources related to management of nicotine dependence in the health care setting
Resources related to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
Resources related to Aboriginal smoking
Resources related to smoking and mental health and smoking and disadvantage
The Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic at University of Sydney have provided a collated document of local services offering gambling support.
GambleAware also offers information, resources and support for individuals, their family, friends and carers as well as health professionals. GambleAware counsellors are available over the phone. For 24/7 and free, confidential advice and support, call GambleAware on 1800 858 858.