Challenges and Opportunities in remote communities

Posted on April 20, 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.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the service system
  • Training and Support of AOD workers
  • Issues within rural and remote communities
  • Cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups
  • Emerging trends
  • Trauma informed services
  • The lived experience and their supporters

Mr Gerard Byrne, Operations Manager at The Salvation Army joins us next month to discuss Challenges and Opportunities in remote communities’.              

“In May 2012 The Salvation Army began an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Therapeutic Community (TC) in Mt Isa, providing recovery options to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, couples and families from central and northern Queensland.

The range of health, social, housing, employment and economic challenges that exist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impact on their decisions to access treatment and their capacity to optimise the treatment experience once they return to their community.

Whilst links have been built with key local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and individuals and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services, there have been a number of challenges.

Some of the challenges include recruitment and retention of staff, distance, transport, access to health and allied services, employment and training opportunities for residents and housing.

These challenges have provided great opportunity for the TC, it’s residents and the community to work together to overcome these.

This presentation looks at the challenges and opportunities of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific AOD TC in a remote area of Australia and the strategies that assist in overcoming challenges.”

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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