National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

The National Drug Strategy 2010-2015: consultation draft

Workforce

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Commitment to workforce development
Who is the workforce?
What challenges face the workforce?
A systematic approach to workforce

Commitment to workforce development

An appropriately skilled and qualified workforce is critical to achieving and sustaining effective responses to drug misuse.

The National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 is committed to addressing a range of factors impacting on the ability of the workforce to function with maximum effectiveness.

Who is the workforce?

The Australian alcohol and other drug workforce involved in prevention and minimisation of drug misuse is highly varied spanning diverse employment sectors, industries, communities and cultures. It includes anyone who comes into contact with drug misuse as part of their role, including health professionals; police, Customs and Border Protection officers, corrections workers; teachers; hospitality staff and community and welfare workers.

Exposure to people who misuse drugs and the consequences of their drug misuse varies across the workforce. Each of the following groups has unique and specific workforce needs that require comprehensive and systematic development:
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What challenges face the workforce?

The following have been identified as workforce development priorities for the next five years of the strategy:

A systematic approach to workforce

The National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 will continue to support the development of a qualified workforce. The Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs will establish a working group drawing in workforce experts to develop a national workforce strategy to help address these challenges.

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