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Acceptability of an Aboriginal Wellbeing Intervention for Supporters of People Using Methamphetamines

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Families and workers often suffer significant stress while supporting people who are experiencing problems related to methamphetamine use yet there is little evidence on how best to help. Small pilot studies can provide valuable information about potential ways to intervene. This paper presents a pilot study of an Aboriginal family wellbeing intervention with workers in an Aboriginal health service. The pilot indicated that participation in the intervention improved the psychosocial empowerment and wellbeing of workers, that these workers perceived the program as relevant to families, and that this was an intervention they felt they could deliver to clients themselves.

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An Aboriginal family wellbeing intervention was piloted and found to improve the empowerment and wellbeing of workers. Participants regarded it as highly relevant for families supporting people using methamphetamines and other drugs.


This research has added to our knowledge about how to assist those supporting Aboriginal people using methamphetamines and other drugs.
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Keywords: Indigenous Issues; Intervention Study; Substance Abuse

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Social Work and Social Policy, School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia 2: Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Social Work and Social Policy, School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3: Koorie Education, Early Childhood and School Support Division, South Western Victoria Region, Department of Education and Training, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 4: Tropical Leader/Research Professor (Education for Social Sustainability), Division of Tropical Environments & Societies, College of Arts, Society & Education, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Publication date: July 3, 2018

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