The ACT Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Profile aims to profile the specialist ATOD sector workforce in the ACT, and has occurred every three years since 2006. The fifth Profile was conducted in 2017 and involved administering a Workers’ Survey (distributed to workers at each of the nine participating ACT specialist AOD organisations), and an Organisation Survey (completed by a manager or executive staff member from each participating specialist AOD organisation).
The profile informs a more detailed understanding of the sector, effective representation for the sector, future development needs and helps the sector to target current gaps in skills, knowledge and satisfaction. These findings can also be compared over time to the results from the previous surveys. For the first time in 2017, the survey also measured worker wellbeing, enabling an examination of how these wellbeing factors and other workforce issues interrelate. A supplement to the Workforce Profile provided a snapshot of smoking behaviours of workers in ACT specialist AOD services and their attitudes towards tobacco management activities within these services.
The Workforce Profile 2017 is the fifth Profile of the specialist ATOD sector.
Findings of the supplementary tobacco module of the Workforce Profile were presented at the 2019 APSAD Scientific Alcohol and Drug Conference: van der Sterren A, Fowlie C, Alleva L and Bode A. ‘Smoking behaviours and attitudes towards tobacco management policy and practices of workers in specialist alcohol and other drug services in the ACT’, poster presented at the APSAD Conference, Hobart, 10 – 13 November 2019.
Previous profiles were undertaken in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2014. The profiles are funded by ACT Health.
For more information on the Project, download the Terms of Reference.
The objectives of the Workforce Profile Project 2017 are to:
- fulfil reporting requirements against the ACT ATOD Qualification Strategy on behalf of ACT Health funded and delivered ATOD services
- provide an overview of the characteristics of the specialist workforce
- examine the wellbeing of ATOD workers
- assess qualification and remuneration levels of workers
- examine recruitment, retention and professional development processes, issues and needs
- monitor the application of the ACT ATOD Qualification Strategy on remuneration and other conditions of employment
- monitor trends in the characteristics, capacity and development of the ACT ATOD sector workforce
- assess the sustainability of the workforce to meet future demands and challenges.
This report presents a profile of the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) specialist alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) sector in 2014.
This report presents a profile of the Australian Capital Territoryʼs (ACT) Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) sectorʼs workforce qualifications and remuneration as at February 2011.
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