Drug and alcohol training and development
There is a range of drug and alcohol-related training options available in South Australia, for people with differing levels of qualification, expertise and interest. The information below will assist you with your training needs and includes a list of training providers and information sources on drug and alcohol issues.
Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)
Training for health professionals
- Addiction medicine training
- Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST)
- Training for Pharmacists
- Training for General Practitioners
- DASSA in partnership with the Mental Health Commission (Western Australia) provide training for Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Drug Workers - CHC30112 Certificate III Community Services Work, Alcohol and Other Drug, Strong Spirit Strong Mind.
- Indigenous Risk Impact Screen (IRIS)
DASSA provides training in the Indigenous Risk Impact Screen, a validated culturally appropriate screening tool for substance use and mental disorders in Aboriginal clients. For more information contact the Manager, Aboriginal Workforce Development on Tel 7425 5130.
A number of tertiary institutions offer drug and alcohol specific training programs. For full course information click on relevant course listed below.
University of Adelaide
- Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies
- Graduate Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health
- Masters Degrees and Doctoral Studies
- Managing Addiction: A Framework for Successful Treatment. This MOOC is now available for students, and is free. A verified certificate can be obtained for $50 on completion of the course.
University of Adelaide / King's College London (UK) / Virginia Commonwealth University (USA)
Monash University (Victoria)
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
NCETA provides a range of training covering topics such as, Alcohol and Drugs in Society, Drug Use in the Workplace, Alcohol and Drug Use among Young people. Worker wellbeing training for health and indigenous workers. Alcohol and Drug Use Issues for Child and Family Workers.
A free online training package is also available for workers who, as part of their job, come into contact with people who are ice-affected.
The Ice: training for frontline workers provides frontline workers with information and some practical strategies to respond to people who use ice.
To access the training package visit the Ice: training for frontline workers website.
NCETA in collaboration with the Middlesex University also offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Alcohol and Other Drugs and Older People.
Vocational education and training (VET)
There are a range of Australian and South Australian providers of vocational education and training that offer drug and alcohol units of competency or full qualifications. We recommend searching online to explore these options.
- TAFE SA provides a range of courses in alcohol and other drugs.
There are also a range of vocational education and training providers that offer drug and alcohol units of competency or full qualifications. We recommend searching Department for Education and Training website to explore these options.
- Aboriginal Health Council South Australia (AHCSA)
A Registered Training Organisation that provides a range of training in Primary Health Care for the Aboriginal sector.
- Centacare Catholic Family Services
A Registered Training Organisation that provides a range of courses covering Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health, Disability and Community Services.)
- Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc.
A Registered Training Organisation that provides a range of courses delivered in the Aboriginal context. Other accredited alcohol and other drug workshops can be tailored to suit a particular workplace.
Other training providers
- Drug Info (Australian Drug Foundation)
- National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)
- National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)
- South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS)
- Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
DASSA’s publicly accessible Library and Resource Centre has an extensive collection of information and resources on related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
ADIS provides a confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service for the general public, concerned family and friends, students and health professionals.
Contact ADIS on 1300 13 1340 between 8.30am and 10pm any day to speak with an experienced health professional. Information pamphlets, posters and other resources can also be downloaded or ordered through the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS).