Event Details

EIIF 10: Addressing alcohol and drug issues among construction workers: patterns, predictors and outcomes of a training intervention

9 September 2021
10:00am – 11:00am
Online Webinar, At your computer,
Hosted by the Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs (NADA) in partnership with NSW Health, this webinar series will showcase the research undertaken by NGO AOD treatment services and their research partners, as part of the AOD Early Intervention and Innovation Fund (EIIF) grant rounds.

Funded as part of the NSW Drug Package, the purpose of EIIF was to help build the evidence base for early intervention models and support people at risk of problematic AOD use, particularly young people.

The fund consisted of the NGO Evaluation Grants Scheme (EGS), and the AOD Innovation Grants Scheme (IGS). Fourteen projects were funded through these schemes, and we look forward to their findings being presented as part of this series.

Host: Tonina Harvey

Presenter: Professor Ann Roche

Presenter biography: Professor Ann Roche has been the Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University since 2000. She has over 40 years' experience in public health as a researcher, educator, and policy analyst and has held academic posts at the University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle, Queensland University and Flinders University. Her research goals over the past 30 years have been to improve responses to alcohol and other drug related problems through innovative organisational and behaviour change initiatives with a particular focus on research translation and dissemination. 

Research team: This project was undertaken as a collaborative venture with the NSW Building Trades Group Drug and Alcohol Committee. The team involved comprised Jim Finnane, Ken Pidd, Vinita Duraisingam, Janine Chapman, Brooke Phillips, Ann Roche.

The presentation: This presentation provides details of a multi-site intervention among NSW construction workers examining patterns and predictors of their alcohol and drug use and the efficacy of a training program to reduce risky consumption and associated harms. Findings of exceptionally high levels of cocaine use are noted, together with high levels of concurrent risky drinking and pain relief (opioid based) medication. Recommendations for future approaches and interventions are identified. 

Further information: 
If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Suzie Hudson, suzie@nada.org.au.

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