Having our voices heard: Indigenous leadership in the NT
The Remote Alcohol and Others Drugs (AOD) Workforce Program Leadership Group is a consortium of senior Remote Alcohol and Other Drugs Workers from primary health care centres within Department of Health and Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisations that sit within the Remote AOD Workforce Program. An award-winning Indigenous Workforce that spans the NT since 2007, the Leadership Group formed in 2013 to act as a lead voice and advocate in remote issues regarding alcohol and other drugs and social emotional wellbeing. The group also sits within the overall program’s governance structure to be a conduit between the workers on the ground and the Program Support Unit that provides clinical direction, education, mentoring and business support.
Its functionality is many fold as the group is an opportunity for professional development to grow workforce members and acts as mentors to newer Remote AOD Workers, supporting them with their clinical work and community development projects, providing advice, guidance, feedback and a helping hand when workers sit in isolated communities facing some of the most challenging work in Australia. The workforce sees closing the gap as starting from the ground up, by empowering local Aboriginal and Islander people in their communities as Remote AOD Workers to ensure their voices are heard, and continue to be heard within their communities, the Northern Territory and across Australia. Indigenous leadership continues to close the gaps every single day.