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3 Jun. 2020

Alcohol and other drugs treatment guidelines for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – in a non-Aboriginal setting

The ‘Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Guidelines for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’ resource has been developed to support non-Aboriginal service providers in the AOD sector working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Download the resource here.

Auditing your organisation
The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) has released a tool for AOD agencies to use when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

An audit tool that compliments the Guidelines has been developed that supports implementing the Guidelines. The audit tool is designed to identify areas within organisation where change can be made to support their organisational practice with working with Aboriginal people. If a service chooses to have an audit conducted it is recommended that the audit takes place first. The audit tool can support a service through the process of implementing areas of the Guidelines.

It is advised that the audit process be conducted by an Aboriginal person, in order for the assessment to be comprehensive and that advice can be provided on ways to improve.

‘Having an organisation actually come in actually go, “this is where you’re doing well. These are the areas you can improve on,” I think that’s really very valuable.’ Manager of a participating service


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. The report will be linked here soon.

For further information regarding this resource please email Raechel Wallace at NADA or alternatively you can contact the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Network Leadership Group

This project was funded and supported by a consortium of six Primary Health Networks including CESPHN, SWSPHN, Wentwest, Coordinare, HNECCPHN and Western NSW PHN.