Systemic intervention practice at an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drugs treatment centre

Stephens, Anne (2014) Systemic intervention practice at an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drugs treatment centre. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 27 (4). pp. 309-323.

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe the use of systemic intervention research methodology at an Indigenous-specific Australian drug and alcohol 'therapeutic community' rehabilitation setting. Systemic intervention is a three step methodological framework belonging to the systems thinking discipline. Practitioners must be mindful of the boundaries of the systems with which they are working; the need to select appropriate theoretical and methodological approaches to the context of the research, and undertake interventions towards sustainable and desirable change. Three participatory methods are detailed to highlight the importance and value of reflective practice. The three methods ranged from consultative through to collegial levels of participant engagement. Systemic intervention is a useful methodology in the context of indigenous health research and could be a valued approach in other research contexts that are explicit in their intent to help close the gap on Indigenous health disadvantage.

Item ID: 29383
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-9295
Keywords: systemic intervention; participatory research methods; alcohol and other drugs; therapeutic community; rehabilitation; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; evaluation research
Funders: Queensland Drug and Alcohol Council, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 05:42
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920414 Substance Abuse @ 50%
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