Available courses

This resource aims to build the capacity of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) workers and organisations to better support clients with complex needs, with a particular focus on cognitive impairment and criminal justice contact. A number of topics will be added over time to this course. Current topics include:

  • What we mean by complex needs and why it's important for AOD workers to consider it in their and their organisations practice
  • What cognitive impairment is and how you can identify it
  • Strategies that you can implement in your practice

The e-learning resource is supported by a :

Who should complete this course?

Front line staff and managers working in alcohol and other drug service provision should complete this course. Prior understanding of alcohol and other drug misuse and treatment is assumed.



The MERIT eLearning module provides MERIT knowledge for workers from across the NGO AOD sector. 


The MERIT program provides a referral pathway away from the criminal justice system for eligible clients. Workers should be aware of this program as it provides early referral into treatment at any time up to the first court appearance. MERIT differs from other drug court initiatives as all legal, supervision and treatment issues are dealt with by a single team of case workers. 


The MERIT program eLearning module was developed by the Health Education Training Institute (HETI) and is hosted by NADA in collaboration with the NSW Ministry of Health. 

If you would like further information about the MERIT program visit http://www.merit.justice.nsw.gov.au/.  


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