60% of graduates at RMIT Drugs and Alcohol program are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

15th Sep 2016

A university lecturer has highlighted the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s involvement in tailoring and delivering culturally appropriate alcohol, drugs and mental health services in the Northern Territory.

31 health service workers from nine health organisations have graduated with a diploma of Community Services in alcohol and other drugs and mental health.

Program co-ordinator with RMIT University Chris Walters says the training allows graduates to become conduits between Aboriginal and mainstream service providers.

Mr Walters says the exchange of knowledge during the accredited training has led to a greater appreciation of Aboriginal culture with around 60% of the graduates being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.