Two key challenges for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) workforce are staying up to date with the latest research and developments and integrating knowledge into practice. The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre meets these challenges by translating evidence-based research and information about AOD into resources for everyday practice. This practical assistance assists the workforce to engage and learn more effectively, and to be better informed. This, in turn, helps to prevent the risks of harm from AOD use among members of the community.
The Knowledge Centre has been developing a suite of digital tools for health workers including eBooks and animated infographics for use on personal electronic devices.
The Knowledge Centre’s latest eBook is based on the 2016 Review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The review provides a comprehensive synthesis of key information for people involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia, and the eBook version is the review in another dynamic format. The eBook is a tactile sensory tool that provides several ways of using the latest technology to assist learning about this topic. Users can read it, listen to it, make notes and copy/paste content. Embedded in the eBook are short films and links to the original source of references. Once downloaded, the eBook can be accessed and used multiple times in any way that the user determines.
The eBook is free to download on iOS (Apple) devices through iTunes here.
The Knowledge Centre’s animated infographics are short two-minute films that accompany the eBook and provide a snapshot of key information and statistics in an audio-visual format. Infographics present information into in an easy-to-understand medium and are a key part of the Knowledge Centre’s future digital strategy. They can be accessed from the Knowledge Centre or on the HealthInfoNet’s YouTube channel here.
All of these new digital resources are available from the Knowledge Centre http://aodknowledgecentre.net.au/
For those who like more traditional resources, the Knowledge Centre continues to provide an extensive collection, such as online and PDF versions of reviews, publications and health promotion resources.
If you would like to find out more about any of our resources, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.