Katherine health service workers have been upskilled to meet growing demand for alcohol and drug treatment.
A group of 12 local health service workers will today graduate from an RMIT University program aimed to equip them for the increasing demand for alcohol and other drugs treatment in the Katherine area.
The graduates from Sunrise Health, Kalano and the Department of Health completed RMIT University’s Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
RMIT Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drugs studies Chris Walters said monthly workshops in Katherine over the past 10 months, has helped address skill shortages and equipped local health workers to better manage the social issues they face in their jobs in local communities.
“The work is difficult and sometimes confronting. People at the front line need real skills that work in a very practical, down-to-earth way.
“RMIT and NT health service providers have partnered to design and deliver contextualised, nationally accredited programs in AOD
“Health care workers need the best training and development regardless of where they live and work in Australia.
“RMIT’s remote education program is based on the premise that alcohol and drug counselling education needs to be delivered in a face-to-face – human-to-human – situation.
“Now in its seventh year, RMIT’s NT education program has trained 152 local health workers in health service organisations in and around Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Ngukurr.
“This week, a total of 23 health workers will graduate at ceremonies in Katherine and Alice Springs,” Chris said.
The RMIT University’s Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs is being delivered with funding from the NT Government and NT health service providers.
The graduation ceremony will be held at 4pm at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Cultural Centre.