Demonstrated understanding of harm minimisation and the National Drug Strategy in Australia

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CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

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General Instructions:

To demonstrate competency in this task you will need to complete all the questions outlined in the assessment.

This assessment requires you to undertake a broad range of activities and respond to each part of the question.

Some questions have a word limit for you to consider in your responses.


Assessment Criteria:

To achieve a satisfactory result, your assessor will be looking for your ability to demonstrate the following key skills/tasks/knowledge to an acceptable industry standard:

·         Analysed current economic, historical, political, social and legal contexts and their influence on service delivery

·         Demonstrated understanding of duty of care and dignity of risk

·         Identified risks and strategies for working in the AOD sector for self and clients

·         Demonstrated understanding of harm minimisation and the National Drug Strategy in Australia.

·         Listed 5 reasons why people use substances

·         Researched an article or resource outlining a co-occuring AOD and mental health issue and provided a brief summary

·         Identified two personal values and how to adequately deal with issues when planning interventions

·         Identified an AOD organisation, their values and how they apply in practice

·         Demonstrated an understanding of models of delivery and their treatment approaches

·         Demonstrated an understanding of Prochaska and DiClemente’s stages of change, relapse and provided 3 questions to ask a client in order to establish their stae of change


Number of Attempts:

You will receive up to two (2) attempts at this assessment task. Should your 1st attempt be unsatisfactory (U), your teacher will provide feedback and discuss the relevant sections / questions with you and will arrange a due date for the submission of your 2nd attempt. If your 2nd submission is unsatisfactory (U), or you fail to submit a 2nd attempt, you will receive an overall unsatisfactory result for this assessment task. Only one re-assessment attempt may be granted for each assessment task, with the exception of Apprentices or Trainees who are permitted an additional supplementary assessment. For more information, refer to the Student Rules.

Submission details

Insert your details on page 1 and sign the Student Declaration. Include this template with your submission. 

Save your work on your desk top or USB with the following name:

[your surname]_ [your first name]_CHCAOD001_AS1

Example: Smith_John_CHCAOD001_AS1


In-text referencing and a reference list is required for this.

Refer to the APA Referencing Guide on Connect; the APA Referencing Guide is also available at the TAFE Gold Coast Library Subject Guide Home Page


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Note to Student

An overview of all Assessment Tasks relevant to this unit is located in the Unit Study Guide.

 Assessment Task

  1. a) Research the following contexts of AOD work.
  • Economic
  • Historical
  • Political
  • Social

Write your analysis of each of the contexts including how the contexts have influenced service delivery.
(50 words each context)


b) Provide your understanding of the ways you can maintain up-to-date information on the historical, economic, political, social, and legal contexts of AOD work. (50 words)


Demonstrate your understanding of the following terms (approx. 100 words for both – not each)

  • Duty of Care
  • The dignity of Risk.

a) What are some risk issues when working in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector? Include risks to both yourself and the client. (At least three of each

  1. b) List five risk and mitigation strategies that can be used to increase a worker’s safety.
  2. a) Describe the philosophy of the National Drug Strategy in Australia? (50 words)
  3. b) What are the 3 key pillars of the National Drug Strategy, and briefly explain. (50 word
  4. c) On what is the philosophy of harm minimization based? (50 words)