The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work – University of Sydney – 11 September 2012

Posted on September 11, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Alcohol & Drug Dep. |

The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work – University of Sydney – 11 September 2012

“It has to fit in the glove box and you shouldn’t need a medical degree to make sense of it. It needs to be practical and useful to someone working in Cape York or in Adelaide. I’d like it to help me work with families, the community and keep track of the latest sleeping pills, inhalants or illegal drugs as well as the latest treatments.

In response to such requests, and in a first for Australia, a handbook written with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals has answered the call for a comprehensive resource to help clinicians address alcohol and drug issues.

The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work, publicly launched yesterday by the Governor of NSW and Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, is written specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals.

“Workers in the field told us that they needed an easy-to-use handbook to help them meet the challenges they face every day,” said Professor Kate Conigrave, a specialist in addiction medicine at Sydney Medical School and a senior editor of the handbook.

“Clinicians in the alcohol and drug field are helping people with a mix of social, physical and mental health issues, as well as with alcohol or drugs. So the same person who may suffer from alcohol withdrawal seizures may also need treatment for viral hepatitis, treatment for mental health problems because of past traumas, and may urgently need secure and safe housing.”

“The clinician is trying to make all of this happen as well as supporting the person to stay away from alcohol. And all the time treatments for alcohol and drug problems are improving and changing, so clinicians need to stay up to date.”

The book was created in partnership between the University of Sydney and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal agencies and health professionals. Four of the six editors are Aboriginal. All editors bring together decades of combined experience in working in urban and remote areas.”

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