Coping with stress and uncertainty during COVID-19

Feeling overwhelmed and on edge in the wake of COVID-19? You’re not alone. As difficult as this situation is—and as powerless as you might sometimes feel—there are steps you can take to improve your health and wellbeing.

This eLearning course has been developed to help AOD workers cope with stress and uncertainty during COVID-19. It explores the factors that make coping difficult and outlines a variety of helpful tips and strategies to support you to look after yourself during these challenging times.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • explain why coping during a public health crisis as an AOD worker is challenging
  • identify your stress response and emotional triggers
  • apply proven coping and relaxation tools and techniques to reduce stress and enhance health and wellbeing. Learn online.

AODTS NMDS elearning course—an interactive guide to the data set

The aim of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Service National Minimum Data Set (AODTS NMDS) resource is to develop a nationally consistent approach to AOD service data collection.

The training objectives are to:

  • increase participant awareness of the data elements in the AODTS NMDS
  • increase participant understanding of common errors in AODTS NMDS data collection
  • increase service capacity to accurately record and report AODTS NMDS data
  • increase participant awareness of the resources available to support data collection and reporting.

Please note: The information in this resource is based on the 2018–19 AODTS NMDS Data Collection Manual. The manual is updated annually and should always be referred to in the first instance.

This module was developed by the State and Territory Alcohol and other Drugs Peak Network. Learn online.

Engaging with families and significant others in the AOD sector

This course will raise your awareness and develop your skills and knowledge for engaging and supporting families and significant others of people with substance use issues. Learn online.

Complex needs capable

Learn how to better support clients with complex needs, with a particular focus on cognitive impairment and criminal justice contact. Current topics include:

  • What we mean by complex needs and why it’s important for AOD workers to consider it in their and their organisations practice
  • What cognitive impairment is and how you can identify it
  • Strategies that you can implement in your practice

A number of topics will be added over time to this course. Learn online.

Magistrates early referral into treatment (MERIT)

The MERIT program provides early referral into treatment, away from the criminal justice system for eligible clients. MERIT differs from other drug court initiatives as all legal, supervision and treatment issues are dealt with by a single team of case workers.This module was developed by the Health Education Training Institute and is hosted by NADA in collaboration with the NSW Ministry of Health. Learn online.

Asking the question: Recommended gender and sexuality indicators

For an organisation or service delivery to be inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and communities, it means taking into account a person’s lived experience of gender identity, sexual orientation, body diversity and intersex status. This module aims to build the capacity of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) workers and organisations to be LGBTI inclusive, by providing guidance on gender and sexuality indicators that can be implemented to meet the specific needs of all clients. This resource has been developed by ACON, in partnership with NADA and Central and Eastern Sydney PHN. Learn online.