Using the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre to close the gap
Background: The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre) is a national web resource that aims to support the alcohol and other drug workforce, health practitioners, researchers, academics, policy-makers, and community members, to reduce harmful alcohol and other drug use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
It provides free online access to evidence based and culturally appropriate knowledge-support and decision-support materials to help ‘close the gap’ in health between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians.
Who should attend? This workshop would be of particular interest to alcohol and other drug workers, Tobacco Action Workers, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and/or Health Workers. It may also be relevant for those working in the research and policy sector, and other health professionals.
Structure of the workshop: This 90 minute interactive presentation will take participants on a tour of the Knowledge Centre and its resources. Participants will be shown how to easily access information on alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and volatile substances; use specific health workforce and community resources; and given tips on how to find what is relevant to them, their clients, their families and their communities.
Some iPads will be supplied but participants are encouraged to bring a tablet or laptop to use in the workshop.
Intended outcomes: This session will demonstrate how the Knowledge Centre can assist workers in their efforts to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drug use use, as well as the time-saving benefits of the Knowledge Centre. It will additionally equip delegates with the skills to obtain the alcohol and other drug information needed to optimise their research and practice.