Increasing access to clinical/practice supervision in the Australian alcohol and other drugs sector

Internationally, clinical supervision is accepted as an essential and integral component in the development and maintenance of professional proficiency across disciplines. Among alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers however, access to effective clinical supervision is limited. This portfolio of PhD research sought to examine how access to clinical supervision could be increased in the AOD treatment service sector. Phase 1: Qualitative interviews and analysis with frontline workers and managers exploring barriers and enablers to accessing clinical supervision; Phase 2: Implementation and evaluation of a clinical supervision exchange model with AOD organisations in Qld; Phase 3: Analysis of system guidance, service contracts, and qualitative interviews with system managers to identify systemic enablers to increasing clinical supervision access for the AOD workforce. Results of all three phases will be presented.


Courtney O’Donnell Sector and Workforce Development Officer Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

Courtney O’Donnell is a Sector and Workforce Development Officer at QNADA. She is also undertaking her PhD at the University of Queensland (UQ), exploring opportunities to increase access to clinical/practice supervision among alcohol and other drug workers. Courtney holds a Master of Public Health from University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Psychological Science (with Honours) from UQ.


Credited Authors

Leanne Hides National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health University of Queensland

Nicole Lee CEO and Adjunct Professor 360edge and Curtin University


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