Indigenous Health Substance Use

Daniel

Daniel
Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) 2010


“I work as a Mental Health Counsellor for an Allied Health Program in Katherine in the Northern Territory and my work involves regular travel to remote communities in the region.
I had previously spoken to people from the NT who had completed the Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion with the University of Sydney- School of Public Health, and the feedback I got highly rated the course and University. I became interested and looked up the University’s site online and came across the Indigenous Health –Substance Use Course.
I have learnt so much from the Course material (which is on-going), my lecturers and fellow students. I highly recommend this course and will be (and have been) advocating for more people from the NT to check it out. I have also included some of the knowledge and information learnt to date, within my personal practice style when working with my clients within my region.
I hope to apply knowledge from this course to further contribute to the advancement of Indigenous health and well-being in my region.”


Craig

Craig
Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) 2010


"I live in Nambucca Heads and am currently doing volunteer work with a local youth centre. I work with aboriginal youths aged between 13 and 20 years. This involves working with local liaison officers at Mid North Coast Police, detectives who investigate cases, families, parents, and friends who are involved and supporting the youths and seeing changes in their children.
This course is an opportunity for me get more education on alcohol and other drugs and use, as well to make a difference to some people’s lives and change their perspective on alcohol and drugs.
I’m finding that university is a huge step and academic writing as well as the course content is really in depth. The first 3 blocks is very overwhelming with knowledge and learning the way to write university style but it’s coming together with help from lectures and special guests that come in and teach academic writing.
I really like that the course is interactive and I’m enjoying listening to everyone’s input. This for me is being able to grab someone’s inspiration and makes you strive to excel and be able to stand tall. This class has this effect and makes you proud to be Aboriginal and Torres Strait and all looking to make a difference in our respective communities.
If you’re thinking about studying this course then give it all you’ve got, be passionate about this job and wanting to make a difference in your community."


Bev

Bev
Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) 2008


"I am an Aboriginal woman of the Wiradjuri nation NSW. I have graduated as a State Registered Nurse, and a Master of Indigenous Studies/Wellbeing. Presently I am studying a Grad Dip Indigenous Health in Substance Use with Prof Kate Conigrave at USyd to assist in Indigenous Health Improvement.
For anyone thinking about doing this Substance Use Course – go for it! Our mob needs you, and you are valuable."


Leon

Leon
Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) 2008


"I am an Alcohol and Other Drug Coordinator and mentor currently employed by Kakadu Health Service in Jabiru NT The Graduate Diploma is something I wanted to undertake as a matter of personal achievement, considering I have been involved in the alcohol and drug field for the past 29 years. Experience has shown me that some people do not listen or take serious a person if they have no formal qualification. For me the most challenging aspect is that at 57 years of age l have to work hard at study and learn how to research articles and put it all together. Thanks to Assoc. Prof Kate Conigrave, I have been given the opportunity to acquire formal qualifications to compliment my practical experience.


Lana

Lana
Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) 2008


"I am an Alcohol and Other Drug Worker at CAAPS in Darwin. I would like to thank Kate Conigrave and the University of Sydney for giving me the opportunity to gain the qualifications I need to increase my knowledge in this field.
I never thought I could do anything like this, but I’m glad I did and I am so proud of myself.
When I first signed up for the course, I kept thinking about how I was going to cope with my study. I tried weighing up the pros and cons - unfortunately the cons always outweighed the pros no matter how I looked at it.
At first I tried to implement a study plan – unfortunately that fell by the wayside when trying to complete my first assignment. I could have very easily threw it all in but I didn’t, I persevered, and I’m glad I did. I’m so glad I did, because when I graduate I know I’ve accomplished something, something I know will help me in the future.


Jimmy

Jimmy
Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) 2008


"I work as a Project Officer for the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council South Australia. I have been working for them for the past seven years in a program called Makin’ Tracks, traveling around the whole state visiting communities assisting them to develop strategies to prevent petrol sniffing, alcohol and other drug issues. I work with youth and schools to education and advocate for 23 communities throughout South Australia and beyond. I’m already using what I’ve learnt during the course in my current job. In my job we’re taking the classroom outside into the bush – education in the scrub.
Doing this Graduate Diploma will assist me with working in the communities and I have already learnt so much with Dr Kate Conigrave."


Kelvin

Kelvin
Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) 2008


"I’m a Drug and Alcohol Worker at ATODS (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Services) Rockhampton. I work in a clinical setting mostly with assessing clients as well as education and increasing awareness about the short and long term effects of drugs and alcohol.
I’ve been in the drug and alcohol field for 4 years now and I’m grateful for such courses like the Grad. Dip. Indigenous health (Substance Use) and professionals like Kate Conigrave to give opportunities and their time for Indigenous Drug and Alcohol workers to become experts in their own right.
I thought I knew everything about drug and alcohol problems. When I started the program I realized that I knew the basics but the problems are different in every Aboriginal community around Australia. The whole experience has been great. I was nervous on the first day but later, after meeting the others, I felt like we’d been friends a hundred years.
The course is more important and more informative than workshops or short courses etc. It prepares you and develops you as a professional. If I can do it, anyone can."


Lowana

Lowana
Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) 2008


"I am an Aboriginal Health Education Officer from Newcastle, working with an Aboriginal Birthing Service (Hunter New England Health). My mob is the LAMA LAMA people of Coen Far North Qld.
I work in partnership with midwives, the child, and family health nurses working with families with children 0-5 years, working with ‘high risk’ families that have drug and alcohol, mental health and child protection issues. The Aboriginal Birthing Service is designed to work in health promotion in order to build capacity and empowerment among Aboriginal families.
I hope to implement strategies to help communities identify and reduce the harms of drug and alcohol which is considered to being a barrier of Aboriginal women meeting the needs of their children."


Melanie

Melanie
Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) 2008


"I'm an Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker at Durri Aboriginal Medical Service in Kempsey NSW and work as part of the wellbeing team. I work closely with the female wellbeing officer. I am thoroughly enjoying this opportunity to participate in this course.
The Grad Dip benefits myself and my community and is an opportunity to ensure that I am receiving up to date practical training that will be able to be taken into the community.
The best part of this program is being able to come together with other alcohol and other drugs workers from all over Australia and share ideas and experiences. The blocks are a lot of fun; a chance to get away and focus on study."