Creating partnerships

A guide for Community Drug Action Teams and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
Public health Indigenous health Community-based social services Alcohol harms alcohol and drug interventions Australia

This resource provides a guide for Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs) and those in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) to build connections, work together and support each other to prevent and minimise harm associated with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use in their local communities.

Collaboration can increase the value of community action on a shared goal. Effective collaboration comes from understanding the role each group plays within the community and by learning about the skills and experience each brings to the task. The shared goal is creating better outcomes for communities.

The key to improving outcomes and creating change in any community is to work with, and be guided by, that individual community. Each community has specific needs and the ADF recognises that locally-led responses are vital when it comes to preventing and minimising harms caused by AOD.

Careful, sensitive planning and consultation is needed so that both parties can work together to put in place strategies specific to the needs of the local community.

The resource covers four stages of beginning a collaboration:

  1. Start the Conversation
  2. Discuss- Listen and Learn
  3. Build Strong Relationships
  4. Respect the Advice of Elders and Community Leaders
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