Part 1: Research and report on AOD issues and
responses for a target group
For this task,
you need to choose one (1) target group from the list below and answer the
questions that follow about your chosen group. Your answers for all should
total approximately 1000 words.
NB: You will need
to do some research beyond the information provided in the learning materials
to be able to answer the questions well. An Internet search is a good place to
and Torres Strait Islander peoples
from non-English speaking backgrounds (you can choose a specific background if
(GLBTI) people (you can choose one of these groups if you wish)
in rural or remote regions of Australia
Answer the following five (5) questions.
does society and/or the media generally view or portray this group? What are
some of the stereotypes about this group? You need to provide examples to
support your conclusions, i.e. a brief survey of people you know, or evidence
from newspapers or TV programmes.
might this group’s alcohol and other drugs use be influenced by social,
cultural or environmental factors?
3. What are some of the important issues
for this group with regard to their alcohol and other drugs use? You must
research the National Drug Strategic Framework and analyse the impact on
service delivery, as well as consider:
impact that alcohol and other drugs use has on the health of the target group
problems that arise.
issues and the consequences for relationships, including family, work and
4. How has alcohol and other drugs use
changed over time, and how has this affected this group?
5. What types of services or projects
would be useful to minimise the harms of alcohol and other drugs use for
members of this group? Briefly explain how they might be useful in minimising
harms. Think about services or projects that focus on the alcohol and other
drugs user in the context of their environment and social influences.
Part 2: Case Study
Read the following case study and answer the six (6)
questions that follow.
Max is a 43
year-old man who has had unstable housing for many years and is currently
staying in a short-term accommodation service for people with diagnosed mental
illnesses. He was diagnosed with bipolar 1 a long time ago and, although
medicated, he still has episodes of mania where he believes he is immortal. He
has had ongoing issues with gambling, to the extent that he is now under a
You are an
accommodation support worker in the service, and your role is to support
residents to develop a recovery plan, obtain longer-term housing and assess and
strengthen their support networks.
1. Describe the communication techniques
you would use with Max to develop and maintain respect, hope, trust and
steps would you take to provide and/or adapt your services to meet Max’s needs?
the barriers Max may experience in directing his own recovery. How would you
work with Max to address these?
4. Whilst complying with your legal and
ethical responsibilities, how would you work respectfully with Max during
episodes when he believes he is immortal?
and briefly describe Max’s rights regarding financial guardianship. What could
you do to support him to understand and exercise his rights?
asks to be referred to a peer support service for people with bipolar 1. What
information would you include in the referral?
Answer the following four (4) questions.
1. What are the benefits of seeking
feedback from your colleagues, supervisors and the people you help?
2. Describe the steps you would take
when seeking feedback from clients, colleagues or supervisors.
how you would use the feedback you receive to improve professionally.
is the purpose of monitoring and following up with the person you help?
Part 4: Research and summarise models of AOD
Research two (2)
of the following models of alcohol and other drugs practice.
the theories and evidence behind each approach, and how it may be beneficial. Ensure
you reference your information sources.
health model, including systems approach
of Change (or the Trans theoretical Model)
following two (2) questions.
health treatment in Australia has changed a lot since the establishment of the
first asylums in the 1800s.
a change relevant to each of the four (4) contexts below:
a) Historical context, including
changing approaches to working with people with mental health issues.
context, including changing societal views of mental health.
context, including government policies and initiatives.
g) Economic context, including how the
current economic situation affects the mental health sector and people with
mental health issues.
2. Identify three (3) myths about mental
illness and describe why they are wrong or unhelpful.