Breaking the Cycle of Addiction in Remote Northern Territory

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Addiction Editor

The 4th Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference is on next month at the Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast over the 15th – 17th May.

Mr Frank Campbell, Indigenous Health Project Officer at AMSANT joins us next month to discuss ‘Breaking the Cycle of Addiction in Remote to Urban Indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory’.

Mr Frank Campbell  will deliver a presentation about changing the conversations we have, breaking the transgenerational and epigenetic cycles of addiction. Equipping our children and communities with the knowledge and skills to go without. To pause on the urges and delay our reactions through; goals setting, visualisation and forward thinking. Providing and embedding progressive relevant real life skills, cultural grounding and career profiling in our education systems.

Working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health, on projects such as Care Coordination of Chronic Disease and Tackling Indigenous Smoking. AOD & SEWB programs in regions and remote areas of low socio-economic backgrounds with contributing social determinants in health.

In recent, times the commonly known addictions most harmful to Indigenous communities through chronic diseases and higher mortality rates, are considered to be alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and sugar. However, with the introduction and roll out of remote internet on mobile devices there is now trending addictive dangers suggested to extend to online gambling, gaming and social media, causing other dysfunctional and social problems for individuals and the community.

The idea of breaking the cycle, is about taking personal responsibility for our own health and our families health; providing community input and support, mentor partnerships with local heroes and champions with a grass roots approach to practical policy development on the fight against harmful addictions.

Providing early childhood development, education and planning for parents, and children throughout schooling in a culturally appropriate progressive approach. Upskilling and providing the best foundations possible to reduce if not stop addictive behaviour throughout early intervention, and thorough individual screening and profiling for roles in our communities best suited to such.

For more information on the upcoming 2017 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference and to secure your spot, please visit addictionaustralia.org.au.

 

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