The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre this week launched two portals and a free mobile phone app to support efforts to reduce harmful substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:
- The Alcohol and other Drugs Workers’ portal – Each of the fifteen topic areas has had new sections added. ‘Tips for workers’ provides guidelines on how to approach challenges of AOD practice when working with clients, from information on specific drugs, general principles of counselling and case management, how to recognise and respond to clients with substance use and mental health issues.
- The Community portal – is designed for community members and Elders working to reduce harms from AOD use in their communities. The portal provides plain language factsheets on the effects of alcohol and other drugs, as well as information on what communities can do and where to go for help. The ‘Your stories’ page allows community members to share their stories about what is working in their community.
- Our new mobile phone app AODconnect – is a national directory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AOD treatment services, designed for AOD workers or anyone who wants to find a culturally appropriate service. Services can be found through an interactive map by state/territory or region or by alphabetical listing, as well as by type of service. AODconnect is currently available for iOS devices (iPhones and iPads).
For further information, visit here.