The ACT AOD Qualification Strategy (QS) aims to ensure the development and maintenance of a competent and professional ATOD workforce in the ACT. It also aims to ensure that all ATOD workers in the ACT have a shared minimum knowledge and skill base.
Compliance with the QS is a performance expectation in all funding agreements between ACT Health and specialist alcohol and other drug treatment and support services.
ATODA provides full subsidies for ACT ATOD workers to undertake the four core units (or “AOD Skill Set”) from the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drug Work that are required by the Qualification Strategy.
Download the ACT AOD QS Policy.
In order to meet the Qualification Strategy requirements all specialist ACT ATOD services (funded by ACT Health) will require relevant staff to successfully complete:
1. A qualification in ATOD or addiction studies which is equivalent to, or above, the Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC43215).
2. A health, social, or behavioural science related tertiary (university) qualification plus the ‘Alcohol and Other Drug Skill Set’:
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with AOD issues
CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with AOD issues
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual AOD treatment plans
3. A First Aid qualification equivalent to the following units:
HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
The AOD Skill Set Course is comprised of four core, AOD specific, units from the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drug Work. Upon successful completion of the AOD Skill Set, each worker will be provided with a nationally-recognised Statement of Attainment.
The training includes 12 face-to-face training days and two one-hour assessment simulations. The training is delivered by Uniting ReGen. Training fees are fully subsidised by ATODA with funding from ACT Health.
The AOD Skill Set Course information and application form is available here.
Further information: Please contact Annette from ATODA by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 6249 6358
Upcoming training dates:
CHCAOD001: Work in an AOD context
6, 7, 20, 21 Aug 2019 (4 days face-to-face training)
CHCAOD004: Assess the needs of clients with AOD issues & CHCAOD009: Develop and review individual AOD treatment plans (combined delivery):
8, 9, 10, 22 Oct 2019 – 4 days face-to-face training
23, 24, 25* Oct 2019 – 1 hour simulation assessment
21 Oct 2019 – Student Support Day
CHCAOD006: Provide interventions for people with AOD issues
26, 27, 28 Nov & 10 Dec 2019 – 4 days face-to-face training
11, 12 & 13* Dec 2019 – 1 hour simulation assessment
9 Dec 2019 – Student Support Day
*could be removed depending on group size
Important dates for applying:
3 June 2019 – Applications to ATODA open
28 June 2019 – Applications to ATODA close
18 June 2019 – Information Session
Week of 8 July 2019 – Notification of application outcome from ATODA
First Aid Training 2019 for specialist Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) workers
ACT AOD workers are invited to apply to undertake subsidised First Aid training as part of the ACT AOD Qualification Strategy.
About the training
Workers who undertake this one-day training and complete the required online study will receive a Certificate for the following units:
• HLTAID001: Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
• HLTAID002: Provide basic emergency life support
• HLTAID003: Provide first aid
The details of the First Aid training courses are as follows:
Date: Tuesday 28 May OR Wednesday 29 May 2019
Time: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Venue: St John Ambulance ACT Office, 14 Thesiger Court, Deakin ACT
Important: The training requires online study and completion of a module prior to attending the full-day session. Participants will be assessed on the pre-course learning at the beginning of the day. If they have not completed the pre-course study they will not be able to attend the training.
Who can apply?
Under the Qualification Strategy, First Aid is a requirement for all workers employed by specialist ACT ATOD services funded by ACT Health who directly provide AOD services to clients (e.g. assessment, counselling, group work, case work).
Full subsidies for relevant workers to undertake First Aid training are being provided by ATODA. Two (2) groups of 18 places are available for workers.
To ensure that these resources are available equitably across the sector the places will be allocated in line with the ACT AOD QS priority of allocation policy. For more information, see the ACT AOD QS Policy.
How to apply
To apply, workers must read through the First Aid Course information and Application Form 2019, complete the application form on page 2, including authorisation by a direct supervisor or Chief/Executive Officer, and return via email to email@example.com.
Applications close on Friday 26 April 2019. Applicants and their direct supervisor or Chief/Executive Officer will be notified of outcome of their application in the following days.
For more information: Please contact Annette from ATODA by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 6249 6358 if you have any questions regarding the application process.
For more information, contact:
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT
Phone: (02) 6249 6358