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Brief Intervention Scaffold

Filed in: hppei


Brief Interventions engage people to think about their health in ways that are meaningful, helpful, supportive, and are effective at evoking change in behaviours. These short, often opportunistic conversations are suitable for use with the people you have contact with every day in the overall community support, treatment and education sectors, and are effective at promoting and sustaining positive health behaviour change.

The Brief Intervention Scaffold project is designed to provide Tasmanian Community Services workers the framing and tools to craft effective, evidence-based brief interventions.


Supporting the release of the Tasmanian Alcohol and Other Drug Brief Intervention Framework, DEN is offering training based on the newly developed Brief Intervention Scaffold: A Tasmanian Guidebook for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Brief Interventions.

Visit the Brief Interventions Training Page for more information.

The Scaffold Guidebook

The Brief Intervention Scaffold: A Tasmanian Guidebook for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Brief Interventions resource is a reference guide for workers in the wider Tasmanian ATOD sector.

The resource is organised into three sections:

  • The Blueprint, containing information about the nature of and evidence behind brief interventions;
  • The Toolbox, containing reference information for the tools required to provide a brief intervention and additional tools which can improve or tweak practice;
  • The Briefcase, containing short two-page summary ‘briefs’ for specific groups. The Scaffold launched with three briefs: A general Brief Intervention summary, a brief for General Practitioners, and a brief for Community Service workers.

A preview of the Scaffold and ordering information can be found on our Resources Page.

Cover page of the Brief Intervention Scaffold. Shows a pastel brown illustrated scaffold with a ramp and manual elevator, adorned with vines, below bold brown title text.


As part of DEN’s role as Lead Agency for the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (PPEI) project, the organisation was tasked with creating a unified framework for ATOD brief interventions.

During consultation with the PPEI Advisory Group, it became clear that the wider ATOD sector required not only a framework based on the most up-to-date evidence, but an associated guidebook and training package to enable upskilling new entrants and to support the continuous improvement of existing workers in the field.

The wider ATOD sector is comprised of a large variety of workers with a range of skill sets and educational pathways, including addiction medicine specialists; the broader health and medical workforce including GPs, specialist doctors, nurses, and other primary health care and hospital workers; multicultural workers, including Migrant and Aboriginal workers; needle and syringe workers; paramedics and first responders; peer workers; pharmacists; prevention workers; social workers; specialist psychologists and psychiatrists; age care sectors; alcohol and other drug specialist services; addiction specialist services; child safety services; community welfare and support services; the criminal justice workforce; disability support services; the education sectors; emergency medical services; employment services; housing support services; income support services; the mental health workforce; and youth sectors.

The Scaffold project intends to provide a single point of reference and common ground for these workers when providing ATOD brief interventions.