Yes you can teach first aid for Drug and Alcohol misuse – independent review shows promising results for Lyndon’s Drug and Alcohol First Aid (DAFA) Courses

The Lyndon Drug and Alcohol First Aid program is being assessed by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University. NCETA’s speciality is evaluating workforce and training initiatives relevant to drug and alcohol interventions.

Lyndon is very excited about the preliminary results of this peer reviewed study, as it highlights the potential effectiveness of the program in making a difference to those suffering from drug and alcohol misuse issues through better education of their friends, family and wider community.

The evaluation consisted of three surveys of workshop participants conducted at different time points – before the workshop, immediately after the workshop and three months after completing the workshop. The surveys assess participant’s knowledge of drug and alcohol topics, attitude towards supporting people who use drugs and alcohol and confidence to talk to someone about their drug and alcohol use. There were separate surveys for the community workshop and the workplace workshop.

The data collection will conclude on September 30, 2016.

The evaluation will be completed in December 2016 and the early results are promising. At the halfway point NCETA reported that immediately after attending the Drug and Alcohol First Aid Workshop, participants had significantly:

  • Improved their awareness and knowledge of drug and alcohol misuse
  • Improved their ability and confidence to respond to someone who misuses drugs and/or alcohol.

Changed their attitudes towards problem use of drugs and alcohol. I

Director of NCETA, Professor Anne Roche, will present the final report at the 2016 The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD) conference in Sydney in November.

The paper is titled CAN YOU TEACH ALCOHOL AND DRUG FIRST AID? (YES, YOU CAN) and the abstract is available here 

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