Forging closer links with Malaysian AOD services
In late October 2016, Drug and Alcohol Services SA hosted Dr Norni Abdullah from the Addiction Unit, General Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during her study tour of South Australia.
As part of her visit to South Australia, Dr Abdullah met with NCETA staff to explore a range of strategies for the management of Amphetamine Type Stimulants/other synthetic drugs, and responding to people who are dependent on various drugs. She was also keenly interested to find out more about NCETA’s current research program.
During her discussions with NCETA staff, Dr Abdullah outlined her plans for establishing a one-stop shop in Kuala Lumpur for high-risk crystal methamphetamine users focusing on screening, assessment, early and brief interventions. Her areas of interest included strategies for identifying and responding to psychosis; managing relapse; and the application of health-related initiatives to help reduce drug-related crime.
Dr Abdulla was provided with information about NCETA’s work on crystal methamphetamine and she was particularly impressed with the practical resources that the Centre has developed to assist frontline workers and services including our:
- Comprehensive online Ice: Training for Frontline Workers
- Information resources on Methamphetamine Use in Australia; and Methamphetamine: Effects & Responses.
She took copies of a number of NCETA’s resources and expressed a desire to form closer links between the two organisations.