NCETA supports frontline workers in Central Australia

October 2017

Following a request from Drug and Alcohol Services Australia (DASA) in the Northern Territory, NCETA staff facilitated two one-day workshops for approximately 60 frontline workers, supervisors and managers from 14 service providers in Alice Springs. 

The interactive workshops utilised NCETA’s online Ice: Training for Frontline Workers resource and an evidence-based approach to address a range of issues, dispel common myths and help participants identify practical strategies and tools they can use in a range of settings when working with people who are using or withdrawing from crystal methamphetamine. 

The focus of the workshops was on practical strategies to support workers respond to people using crystal methamphetamine and were designed to assist attendees: 

  • Enhance their awareness of the harms and impacts of crystal methamphetamine 
  • Build their confidence in dealing with crystal methamphetamine-related issues 
  • Learn strategies to assist them to assess and manage clients and residents who are withdrawing from crystal methamphetamine.

The majority of workshop participants indicated that: 

  • The workshops were highly relevant to their current work situation 
  • They were able to apply what they had learnt 
  • The training had given them real-time skills and greater confidence to respond to people using crystal methamphetamine.

In addition to being provided with information on how to access NCETA’s online Ice: Training for Frontline Workers, participants were also provided with a range of other NCETA resources including copies of NCETA’s methamphetamine information sheets which aim to inform people about current patterns and trends in methamphetamine use, associated harms, and intervention options.

NCETA’s methamphetamine information sheets can be accessed here.