The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) inc.

past Projects

Aboriginal Family Intervention Project

Aboriginal Family Intervention Project

Project Summary:
The Aboriginal Family Intervention Project aims to train and support Family Mentors who will be able to assess needs, identify services required, negotiate documented care plans and provide ongoing monitoring and review of clients, their household members and extended family group.

Project Objectives:
To reduce the rates of harm caused by drug use in urban Aboriginal households by training and supporting Aboriginal Mentors and their supporters to directly access those households hardest to reach by traditional health and welfare strategies.

To extend the range of support services with access to the most dysfunctional urban Aboriginal households by establishing a link between established services and household units.

To improve the response of household members to a range of health and welfare problems, including life threatening situations such as overdose and suicide ideation.

To support the physical and psychological health of those members of dysfunctional households who are taking some responsibility and attempting to assist other family members to deal with drug use and issues such as:

Domestic Violence
Financial Difficulties
Physical and Mental Health Problems
To evaluate the program regularly and make adjustments periodically as indicated.

Project Strategies:
To conduct a series of workshops involving a wide range of families and individuals in the Adelaide metropolitan area, particularly targeting people who have expressed a desire to become involved in more proactive efforts to address the high rates of drug use, overdose and suicide amongst Aboriginal people. The aims of these workshops include:

Educate community members about the proposed model of assistance, Identify and motivate people to become involved as mentors, Hear community concerns and adapt the model according to community feedback, and to tailor the training program to the needs of those indicating interest in becoming involved

Program Development
Develop a training program, based on the needs of the mentors, with the involvement of the Project Co-ordinator and ADAC staff. Included in the training program would be topics covering a basic understanding of the dynamics of drug addiction, effective interventions, avenues of referral, overdose prevention and response and intervention.

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Barbeque (Ended July 2010)

Sadly ADAC does not receive funding for this project so can no longer weekly run this service.

ADAC holds a weekly BBQ in West Terrace providing healthy food and beverage and this is a focal point to facilitate connections between Hepatitis C Council SA Metropolitan Educator and Volunteers, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council workers and community members. The purpose of this connection is to continue the positive relationship, already established with this arguably marginalised community of people in inner city Adelaide in order to provide information education and referral for those experiencing issues pertaining to Alcohol and Other Drug use (including methylated spirits), hepatitis C prevention and care services such as advocacy, referral and brief intervention along with attendance by other services such as clean needle program workers and workers from the homeless sector.

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Better Medication Management for Aboriginal People with Mental Health Disorders and their Careers

Better Medication Management for Aboriginal People with Mental Health Disorders and their Careers

ADAC, in partnership with the Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery has recently produced the following report:

"Better Medication Management for Aboriginal People with Mental Health Disorders and their Carers - A Pilot Study in Northern Metropolitan Adelaide", de Crespigny, C., de Bellis, A., Cruse, S., Kowanko, I., Murray, H., Turner, M., Parfoot, W., Roberts, G., Wilson, S., Aboriginal Health Team (now known as Muna Paiendi) (2002), Adelaide, SA.

We are not able to provide the full text version of the report at this time, however the following, drawn directly from the report, provides an overview of the published report.


Grief and loss, chronic poverty, social dislocation, lack of culturally safe services and long term cultural disruption continue to affect the health and well-being of Aboriginal Australians.

The latest statistics indicate that the Aboriginal population is still much sicker, younger and poorer than the non-Indigenous population. Mental Health disorders (problems of emotional and social well-being) are widespread among Aboriginal people, and often complicated by other chronic illness and/or substance use. Quality medication management can be difficult for many Aboriginal clients, their carers or other family members.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that unsafe or inappropriate use of medicines is common, with potentially damaging physical, social and economic consequences.

Aims and Objectives
The aim of this study was to explore the particular needs, experiences and contexts of Aboriginal people diagnosed with a mental health disorder, their carers and other family members, focusing on issues relating to management of medications. The objective was to develop recommendations for quality use of medications for this group.

Participants and Methods
Data was collected from semi-structured interviews and focus groups with Aboriginal people with mental health disorders, carers and health workers. All participants were drawn from the northern metropolitan suburbs of Adelaide. Verbatim transcripts were analysed thematically and recommendations developed collaboratively with health workers.

The data provided a rich insight into the experiences and views of Aboriginal people with mental health disorders, their carers and health workers in relation to medication use. It seems that some people cope with their mental health disorders and manage their medications quite well, and that the Northern Metropolitan Community Aboriginal Health Team provide support and care beyond the call of duty. However it is also evident that medications are not always used safely or optimally, potentially putting some people at risk. Many Aboriginal people with mental health disorders, their carers and other family members are struggling to cope with multiple and complex problems in their lives and are not always receiving adequate and appropriate support. The major issues to emerge from this research centre around:

understanding of mental illness and medications
co-ordination of services
adequate and appropriate services
the relationship between alcohol or other drugs and mental illness
burden on carers

Another important outcome is the development of a partnership model for ethical research which provides tangible benefits for participating Aboriginal communities. The research team is applying the model to a larger South Australia wide project currently in progress on the same topic funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care through the Quality Use of Medicines Evaluation Program.


1. That effective and multifaceted programs that address poverty and its root causes among Aboriginal people be implemented and sustained.

2. That health services and health professionals ensure that their practices and policies are culturally appropriate. Suggested strategies include:

Cultural awareness training and support for non-Indigenous GPs, nurses, pharmacists and other mainstream health workers;
ensuring mainstream health professionals are educated about Aboriginal understandings and manifestations of health/illness, social and emotional well-being, and traditional approaches to healing;

dissemination of current referral information for a range of services relevant to Aboriginal social and emotional well-being issues (eg schemes to reunite families);
employing more Aboriginal workers across all health and social services in the northern metropolitan area of Adelaide
clarifying, formalizing and promoting systems for recognition and payment of traditional healers (Ngangkari)

3. That culturally appropriate information about mental health issues be made widely available to the Aboriginal community in order to:

raise awareness and understanding of social and emotional well-being issues;
destigmatise mental illness;
increase understanding of the different roles of health professionals (eg psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, traditional healers), in relation to mainstream and alternative treatments encourage people to seek help
increase general understanding of medications for mental illness, including purpose, safe use, compliance, interaction with other substances, side effects, storage and disposal.
This information could be provided in multiple forms (eg brochures, posters, videos, stickers) and locations (eg health centres, pharmacies, community centres, sports clubs, schools).

4. That a range of culturally appropriate early intervention strategies for Aboriginal people with social and emotional well being problems be developed and promoted. These might include peer group counselling and community support groups.

5. That integrated health service delivery systems be developed in the northern metropolitan area. Suggestions relevant to medication management include:

adopting a regional approach to health service delivery and planning, involving hospitals, emergency departments, GPs, pharmacies and the Northern Metropolitan Community Heath Team (Muna Paiendi)

Aboriginal and mainstream health services in the northern metropolitan region together developing an equitably resourced system for distributing medications to those who cannot afford them using additional funds allocated to GPs through the Aboriginal Primary Care Access Program to provide extra consultation time with Aboriginal clients for provision of appropriate explanations and information about mental health and medications;

Developing and implementing effective communication systems between health services, eg a simple interagency computer network. These systems should enable service providers to track individual clients so that over prescribing and conflicting advice is minimised, while preserving confidentiality.

Developing and implementing systems for effective co-ordination of health and other service providers. In particular, better linkages between health services and correctional, educational, employment and social services are required;
fostering and strengthening collaborative networks of workers across health and social portfolios (eg Aboriginal Workers Forum and the Northern Interagency Group).

6. That all workers providing assistance to Aboriginal people with mental health problems and requiring medications have access to professional training about:
Social and emotional well-being issues in Aboriginal communities;

mental health problems;
alcohol and other drugs; and
safe management of medications.
These topics could be included in curricula for Aboriginal health worker education programs such as the Certificate in Aboriginal Primary Health Care.

7. That gaps in service provision for Aboriginal people in the Northern Metropolitan area of Adelaide be addressed. In particular there are identified needs for:

health services for Aboriginal youth;
gender specific Aboriginal health services;
health services for older Aboriginal people; and
drug and alcohol services for Aboriginal clients, eg substance use clinics, harm minimisation schemes, health promotion activities and positive role modelling in schools and community groups.

8. That Aboriginal family members who care for people with mental health problems be supported in their role and recognized for their contribution. In particular, respite schemes, transport assistance and financial support are urgently needed.

9. That support and skills development be made available to Aboriginal clients in budgeting for medications.

10. That pathways be developed for supporting quality use of medications by Aboriginal elders on discharge from hospital; and Aboriginal prisoners with mental illness on and after release, eg by strengthening and formalising links between correctional services health staff, health workers on the outside and families.

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Development of Resources to Enhance the Education and Training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workers in the Illicit Drug Field.

This project commenced in October, 2001. It is a two year project that has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging through the National Illicit Drug Strategy.

Project Aims:
The aim of the project is to contribute to the development of a competent workforce of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers who have appropriate illicit drug, community development and cultural skills.

Project Strategies:
To achieve the aim of the project, a resource package about illicit drugs, for Indigenous workers, has been developed. Throughout the various stages of the development of the package, consultations with Indigenous workers and organisations have been held around the country.

The Resource Package:
Presently, The Resource Package includes a number of different things:

Information about illicit drugs. There is a 'Worker's Manual', which is a brief guide about illicit drugs and helping people with illicit drug problems. Plus, there are pamphlets about heroin, cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy and marijuana that give information about the drug, messages for 'keeping safe' when using, and a 'body picture' to map the effects of the drug on the individual. There are also several pamphlets and booklets about illicit drugs included in the package.

An 'Information and Skills Program' designed to enhance knowledge about illicit drugs and skills in helping people with illicit drug problems. This program includes:
Information Units. These Units provide detailed information about the most common illicit drugs (heroin, cannabis, amphetamines and ecstasy) and the models and ideas that are current in the alcohol and drug field (eg harm minimisation). There are also units about helping people with drug problems that cover issues such as building relationships, how to 'raise the issue' of drug use, the 'stages of change' and relapse prevention.

A 'Workbook'. Each Unit has a series of suggested workbook exercised. These can be used by workers to develop their knowledge about illicit drugs and their information resources and networks. The exercises also encourage workers or trainees to find out more about drug-related issues, and to practice skills that go along with helping people with drug problems. Trainers could use these exercises as the basis for their training.

A 'self assessment' tool. This self-assessment can be used by a worker to decide which lessons in the Information and Skills program may be the most relevant for them. trainers could use the self assessment in a similar way with their trainees.

A counselling demonstration video - 'Therapeutic Journeys - Counselling Aboriginal Clients and their Families'. Many of the workbook exercises are based around this video.
The Resource Package could be used in several ways, but we see the main ones being:

As a self-directed 'learning package' for workers who need more information about working with people who have drug-related problems. Workers need the support of their organisation and access to supervision or 'on-the-job' support if they are using the package this way.

As a resource for trainers who may be involved in training workers about illicit drug issues.
Pilot of the Resource Package: In the first 6 months of 2003 the Resource Package will be piloted. Being part of the pilot includes:

Completing the 'self assessment' by workers or trainees before and after using the Resource package.

A telephone (or face-to-face) conversation before and after using the package to talk about how you hope to use the package, and afterwards, whether it met your expectations.

For an individual worker, or group of workers, gaining the support or your organisation/manager to undertake the pilot.

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Don't Gamble with your health - Health Promotion Cards

The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council of South Australia Inc. (ADAC) has produced a set of playing cards (funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing) featuring education and promotion messages designed to raise awareness and understanding of alcohol and other drug related issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' communities.

To obtain a pack of the cards or for distribution enquiries, please contact:
National Mailing and Marketting
11 Tralee Street

Telephone (02) 6269 1000
Please quote reference number NDSU37
when ordering cards from
National Mailing and Marketting

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Grief and Trauma

The focus for this project was to assist communities and individuals to cope with the grief and trauma experienced due to drug misuse, premature deaths, violence, suicide and the host of other causes that affect Indigenous people.

The project arose from meetings in Murray Bridge in 1996 and 1997 to address the appalling levels of suicide and premature death being experienced by the community at that time. A group of Elders met and developed the In Search of a Rainbow document which outlined a community response to help individuals and families deal with the grief and trauma they were suffering.

Project Objectives:
The program had a number of aims supporting individuals, families, Indigenous workers and the community as a whole. The project was based at the Lower Murray Nungas Club in Murray Bridge but much of the individual support work was done after hours from the principal Project Officer's home or in others homes.The Project Officers' roles included supporting individuals and families facing difficult situations.

Project Strategies:
One aspect of the project was its efforts in maintaining the community services provided by the Lower Murray Nungas Club after funding to such organisations was cut in 1997. The Project Officers were active in keeping its doors open, maintaining its services and trying to get other programs and funding to make sure that the Murraylands community continued to have a functioning community centre. The project provided administrative support for the Club at a committee level and within administration.

The Project Officers also had associated roles on the boards of community organisations such as Kalparrin Community, the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (AJAC), and the Aboriginal Elders Council.

Project Status:
Past project.

Resources resulting from the project:

The Grief and Trauma project has produced its own information pamphlets on grief and loss issues and there is also a range of resources dealing with grief and loss. These can be obtained from the resources section of the website, in the leaflets area of resources.

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Moving Across the Frontline: Young Aboriginal people and Hepatitis C

I am employed by ADAC for two days per week as a project officer. Primarily I am working on the Moving Across the Frontline: Young Aboriginal People and Hepatitis C, which is
a collaborative project involving ADAC, The Hepatitis C Council of South Australia (HCCSA) and Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA). So far we have consulted with young people in Mount Gambier, Coober Pedy and Warriappendi School.

We have revisited them since then and given education sessions about hepatitis C and overdose followed by them taking control of the sessions and writing and putting together short films with messages about hepatitis C.

We are currently at the end of this project and the short films in the form of DVD's should be out there fairly soon. This project has been a lot of fun for workers and young people alike. We have also consulted with a number of workers to find out where the gaps are in delivery of information and support regarding hepatitis C. A written report on this will be available at the completion of the project. With regard to this project,.

I wish to thank the following people,
Leslie Wightman from HCCSA, Don Hayward, Garry Goldsmith, Troy Bond from DASSA, Dave Salamon from Warriapendi School, Matt and Clayton also from Warriapendi School, and of course Jimmy Perry from the Makin Tracks Project at ADAC. I also wish to thank all of the young people, the staff from Warriapendi School, Pangula Mannamurna and Burrundies in Mount Gambier, Rose Temple from Umoona CDEPT in Coober Pedy and the Coober Pedy Area School who allowed us to use their premises.

I have represented ADAC on the hepatitis C sub committee that is a committee of people who discuss and deal with many issues regarding the virus.

A copy of the DVD is available from ADAC please email or ring.

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National Alcohol and other Drug Work Force Development

WA Alcohol and Drug Authority and the Aboriginal Drug Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. will be responsible for Indigenous National Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Development Program.

ADAC will be the lead agency in South Australia to support the delivery of the program with the Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia.

A project Officer will be employed for this project.

11th July 2008
Sharon Drage is the Strong Mind Strong Spirit Project Officer

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Police Drug Diversion Liaison Project

Police Drug Diversion Initiative This program assists Aboriginal people who have been charged by the police with possession of small amounts of illegal drugs. As an alternative to going to court and being fined and getting a criminal record, the person charged can elect to be diverted to attend an assessment at ADAC and if they want other help we can put them in touch with counseling or treatment services. Research about Aboriginal people and diversion shows that in the past Aboriginal people have not been very successful in accessing these sorts of programs so ADAC decided to look at what causes this and to do something about it. Not understanding what diversion was and what benefits it offered, lack of a postal address or telephone, lack of transport, difficulty in keeping appointments and distrust of the system were all identified as barriers. ADAC can now conduct the assessments for Aboriginal people diverted under this new program. ADAC is a registered Assessor for the Police Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative - our assessor has been working with diversion programs for the last 10 years. ADAC offers much more than just an assessment. We go to the person and explain what the diversion is all about, we can help with transport to make sure people make their appointments and we can link people to other services, treatment and other forms of assistance. We can also help other assessors with Aboriginal clients by providing these services for other assessors. Who can ADAC assist? Young people under 18 years of age charged with simple possession of cannabis and other illicit drugs such as speed and heroin People over 18 charged with simple possession of illicit drugs other than cannabis e.g. speed, heroin, ecstasy etc. What does ADAC offer? Assessments and brief interventions for Aboriginal people Assistance for clients to access treatment and other help they may need: • Transport • Referrals • Resources • Assistance for other assessors with Aboriginal clients How does it work? Once a police officer identifies an alleged offender as Aboriginal, they are advised that they can be referred to assessment by an Aboriginal organisation. If they agree to that, the Police Officer will notify the Drug Diversion Line (DDL) and the DDL will then send ADAC the details of the diversion and ADAC will make contact with the person. Our Diversion Liaison Worker can visit the person at home, explain what diversion means, tell them about the advantages of the scheme and can even provide transport for them to get to an appointment. ADAC can provide assessments and brief interventions. We have a range of culturally appropriate education and information materials. We also have good networks with other Aboriginal and mainstream service providers. We can follow a person through and assist them as they access other services we can provide transport, advocacy and continuing support as they benefit from detoxification, counseling or rehabilitation. Project Officer Byron Wright Project Officer Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. 155 Holbrooks Road, Underdale, South Australia, 5032 Ph: 08 8351 9031 Email:

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Quality Assured status

A national pilot project for substance misuse services.

ADAC is proud to be the first Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Substance Misuse Peak Body to have been awarded Quality Assured status by the Quality Improvement Council of Australia.Quality Improvement Project

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Quality Improvement Project

Quality Improvement Project

As South Australia is the only state with a community controlled peak body, representing substance use organisations, we are ideally placed to participate and support the national pilot project for the use of quality standards.

The need for quality recognition is a key element, identified in the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) review of Indigenous Substance Misuse Organisations, to show the quality and the extent of the work performed by Indigenous organisations. The Quality Improvement (QI) process allows people to identify what they do well and highlight areas that need development and areas of unmet need. It provides an evidence base for funding requirements and reporting.

The QI project provides a focus for ADAC to further improve and develop its systems and responses to alcohol and other drug issues. It supports our focus on relevant and appropriate health promotion, research and advocacy. We are now preparing for the quality accreditation process, which will see ADAC gain national recognition as a quality endorsed community organisation.

Other council members are also participants in this process and have used it to review and promote their work. The aim of the project is that by the end of 2003 all permanent council organisations; Aboriginal Sobriety Group, Kainggi Yuntuwarrin and Kalparrin will, along with ADAC have achieved Quality Accreditation. Currently each organisation has identified areas of development and have all undergone successful partial reviews against various standards.

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Quality Use of Medication Pilot Project

A collaborative project of ADAC and the Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery which explores working with clients, carers and families on the appropriate use of medication for Aboriginal people with mental health problems.

The aim of this study was to explore the particular needs, experiences and contexts of Aboriginal people diagnosed with a mental health disorder, their carers and other family members, focusing on issues relating to management of medications.

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Spirit Festival and Aboriginal Football Netball Carnival 2008

Spirit Festival and Aboriginal Football Netball Carnival 2008

As many of you would know, the Social Inclusion Unit of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet has provided 2-year funding for the introduction of an Aboriginal Cultural and Sports Festival for South Australia, one in a regional area and one in Adelaide.

The first of these Festivals was held last year in Moonta, which combined the Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival with a Festival of arts, culture with additional sporting and recreational activities.

Plans were underway for this style of Festival to be held in Adelaide over the October long weekend 2008. The intention was to hold the Arts and Culture component of the Festival in Elder Park and secure venues within the City of Adelaide for the sporting components. However, it proved very difficult to secure venues at the same time and within close proximity to each other over that weekend.

It has been decided that the Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival will still feature as a part of the overall Festival, but will maintain it’s tradition of being held on the October long weekend and the Spirit Festival will continue, as planned in December 2008.

Information regarding both events is provided below.

• Spirit Festival 2008
We are pleased to introduce the “Spirit Festival” - an Aboriginal Culture and Sports Festival for South Australia. The Festival has been named – Spirit Festival – in recognition of the spirit of sport, the spirit of the arts and most importantly the spirit of our people and our culture. The 2008 Spirit Festival will showcase, amongst other cultural activities, music and dance performances from high-profile artists and a market place to include Aboriginal crafts, visual arts exhibitions and traditional food tasting, with life styles and health information. Thousands of people over a two-day period will experience the world’s oldest living continuing cultures of South Australia. The Spirit Festival will be held for the first time in Adelaide, South Australia, at Elder Park and surrounding areas, over the weekend of the 13th and 14th December 2008.

• Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival 2008
The Aboriginal Football Netball Carnival will maintain its tradition and be held on the 4th and 5th October (long weekend) this year. The SANFL and Netball SA are sponsoring this event by offering their professional grounds and facilities in support of the Spirit Festival. Football players will enjoy the SANFL standard of playing field and facilities with the Football component being held at the West Adelaide Football Club. Equally the Netball players will enjoy the world-class courts and facilities offered at ETSA Park.

These facilities are within 1.9kms of each other (a 4 minute drive by car or a 10 minute walk). Transport will be provided between Richmond Oval and ETSA Park over the October long weekend, so community have more of an opportunity to see more games and to support their teams. The Transport service will stop after the last game at each venue on each day.

To register teams, or for further information about the Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival please contact:

For the Carnival
Attn: Scott Wilson Director ADAC
Phone: (08) 8362 0395
Fax: (08) 8362 0327

For the Spirit Festival
Attn: Karl Telfer Project Officer
Phone: (08) 8362 0395
Fax: (08) 8362 0327

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Strong Spirit Strong Mind

Strong Spirit Strong Mind- National Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drug worker Training Program Certificate III Community Services work (AOD).

The Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Drugs Program of the Government of Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (DAO) have developed a Drug and Alcohol training program for the purpose of equipping front line Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol workers with the skills to work effectively and in a culturally secure manner with Aboriginal communities.

The program recognises the unique history of Aboriginal peoples in Australia, and the unique cultural responsibilities that exist within these communities.

The program recognises the cultural setting in which Aboriginal Australians learn best, and strives to incorporate these principles into the delivery of the course content. This is a Nationally Recognized Training program with nationally recognised qualifications.

The program is currently being delivered throughout Australia under the auspice of the Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office (DAO), and as such is subject to the National best practice guidelines of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). This framework provides the basis for Australia nationally consistent, high quality Vocational Education and Training system.

In South Australia, the Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. (ADAC) is responsible for rolling out this program in collaboration with the Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA). DAO provides the funding, learning resources and structure for the program. DAO also provide support and expertise to the South Australian training team.

This program is unique and distinct from other training programs with its learning content underpinned by evidence based practice for alcohol and other drugs, particularly relating to work with Aboriginal people and their respective communities. All learning materials and methods have been developed by Aboriginal professionals and relate to an Aboriginal worldview through introduction of Aboriginal models of practice and cultural ways of working.

The Strong Spirit Strong Mind program utilises a range of learning strategies including training blocks and action learning. Action learning involves consolidating counseling and community development skills, regular clinical supervision, supported learning and set tasks.

The South Australia training team attend the learning blocks and then between blocks go out and see the participants where they work and support them to complete assignments, which will demonstrate the competencies that have been delivered during the training blocks. Currently there are participants in the program from Yalata, APY Lands, Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta, and Port Pirie.

At the completion of these blocks it's envisioned that the participants in the program will all achieve the necessary competencies to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

The Co-ordinator of the Strong Spirit Strong Mind Program in Adelaide is Sharon Drage.

Sharon Can be contacted on:
Phone: 08 8362 0395
email Sharon

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Using Rapid Assessment Procedures to Investigate the Impact of Injecting Drug Use Amongst Indigenous Australians in Metropolitan Adelaide.

Project Aims:
The aim of this project was to use Rapid Assessment Procedures (RAP) to undertake research to assess the practices of Aboriginal injecting drug users in metropolitan Adelaide. This project aimed to gather information about injecting practices and issues relating to Injecting Drug Use (IDU) that are important to the Aboriginal community.

Project Objectives:
A major component of the project was to utilise Peer Interviewers (Aboriginal people with experience of injecting drug use) to conduct a survey of Aboriginal people who inject drugs. The survey for this project was based on a previous survey that ADAC conducted in Murray Bridge. Information gathered during this project will be used to improve the available knowledge base on Indigenous IDU and inform further development of more appropriate responses and services.

Project Strategies:
The project was supported by a Community Advisory Committee, consisting of representatives from:

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
Nunkuwarrin Yunti (an Indigenous Health Service)
SAVIVE (an IDU peer based program area of the AIDS Council of SA)
The Parks Community Health Centre
The Aboriginal Health Council; and
The C Clearly (Hepatitis C) project.
Throughout the project ADAC has had continuing contact with the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), who have been undertaking similar research in Western Australia.

The project is funded by The Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH).

The project has been endorsed by The Aboriginal Health Council's Ethics Research Committee.

Project Status:
Concluded August 2003

Resources resulting from the project
During the early stages of the project it became evident that many Indigenous injecting drug users were unaware of the range of services and what they offered, so ADAC has produced a service directory in the form of a wallet sized foldout card (ADAC Help Card). The Help Card is based on a previous resource produced for newly released Indigenous prisoners as part of the ADAC Prison Project.

Updating the ADAC Hep C Poster occurred as a result of identifying a need within the Indigenous community for information on Hepatitis C.

ADAC have also produced a review of existing literature, documenting the major findings of research into Indigenous IDU and providing a picture of the main issues for Indigenous injecting drug users.

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Young NUNGAS Yarning Together

Young Nungas Yarning Together is a partnership initiative of Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. and the Parks Community Health Service (CANHS). Young Nungas Yarning Together Program targets Aboriginal youth aged between 12 to 18-years of age. It identifies that many youth of secondary school age may be experiencing significant changes in their lives and that this time is a time where they may become exposed to risk taking activities through their peers. Young Nungas Yarning Together aims to establish a sustainable ˜Peer Educator project for Aboriginal youth in the˜Parks area" that: