A group of 31 Northern Territory local health service workers graduated this week from an RMIT program aimed at helping them meet increasing demand for alcohol and other drugs treatment.
The graduates from Congress, CAAAPU, Mission Australia, DASA, Bushmob, BRADAG, Anyinginyi Health Co-op, Central Australia Health Service and Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge completed RMIT University’s Diploma of Community Services in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health.
Graduation ceremonies were held in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.
RMIT University Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, said health care workers needed the best training and development regardless of where they lived and worked in Australia.
“RMIT’s NT education program is now in its sixth year. It has trained 118 local health workers in health service organisations in and around Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Ngukkar,” Martin said.
"Teachers and support staff have learned from the students, as experienced workers in their own right, about the realities of remote health and community work.
"We recognise the effort and service they provide in their community. In the harshest conditions a long way from modern services, in a role that shows the human face and touch in difficult and challenging situations.
"I'm proud that RMIT is putting any surplus from running these programs in the Northern Territory into educational initiatives that will help indigenous students."
The RMIT Alcohol and Other Drugs training team from the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies has travelled to the Northern Territory to provide regular workshops for the students.Also playing their part with tutoring support has been our RMIT Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Dean of the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Professor David Hayward said RMIT and the participating NT health service providers have partnered to design and deliver contextualised, nationally accredited programs in alcohol and other drugs and mental health case management.
“The training has helped address skill shortages and equipped local health workers to better manage the social issues they face in their jobs in local communities,” he said.
"RMIT welcomes opportunities to tailor programs and services for agencies across Australia."
RMIT University’s Diploma of Community Services is being delivered with funding from the NT Government and NT health service providers.
Story: Louise Handran