Standard frontline worker ice training package

October 2015

NCETA: Professor Ann Roche, Associate Professor Nicole Lee, Allan Trifonoff, Roger Nicholas, Dr Alice McEntee, Victoria Kostadinov, Tania Steenson, Stacey Appleton

Other Collaborators: 

Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (GGT UDRH)
South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS)
Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV)

Project description: 

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University, in collaboration with the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (GGT UDRH), South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS), the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV) has been commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to develop an online training package on ice for frontline workers. The training package is being developed for a diverse range of services, including health and welfare, education and criminal justice. It will be available online and the prototype is expected to be released in November 2015.

The training package will contain a series of independent but complementary and related modules. Users may work through the modules separately or as a set, independently or in a group environment. The modules will complement existing training available, and the content will be adaptable for use in other training environments. The structure and content of the modules will also provide learners with access to more in-depth materials for further professional development where required. The additional in-depth materials will be tailored to the needs of particular workforce groups, such as mental health and alcohol and other drug workers.

At present, the training package is expected to be 7 subject based modules and each module will contain from between 1 to 7 topics (the total number of topics in the overall package will be approximately 20). The information in the topics will not include dense text, rather, the information will be broken down into a number of small units and graphics (e.g. managing critical incidents, communication/engagement, and worker safety). The package will also include case studies, role plays and simulations to maximise practical skill development.