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wungana makuminya (Turning the Path)

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The Drug Education Network collaborated closely with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre to deliver this training across Tasmania. This project was successfully completed in 2019, resulting in 26 students, of which 22 were Tasmanian Aboriginal, attaining a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC43215).

The training opportunities in this project included:

  • Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Cultural Awareness and Cultural Safety Workshops
  • SMART Recovery Facilitator Workshops

The wungana makuminya logo. White text and lineart on a black background. A handwritten font says 'wungana makuminya' above two wavy lines representing a turning path. The subtitle reads 'Turning the path on alcohol and other drugs'


The wungana makuminya project successfully completed in 2019. The project was nominated for the following awards:

Tasmanian Training Awards 2019:
Finalists for the Industry Collaboration Award – Drug Education Network & Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation
Finalist for Training Provider of the Year Award – Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation
Finalist for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year – A wungana makuminya student won Special Mention
Finalists for Vocational Student of the Year – Two wungana makuminya students were entrants


wungana makuminya was primarily funded by Primary Health Tasmania (PHT) and was announced in 2017 with a media release:

The key partners were DEN, responsible for managing the project, and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (TAC) who were the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver the nationally recognised Certificate IV course.

The qualification program aimed to equip key frontline staff who provide services and interventions to people with alcohol and other drug issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions.

The training entailed a combination of a seminar style training series and on-the-job tasks to build skills, and ran both in Northern and Southern Tasmania for 18 months, with the interactive seminar training occurring in the first 12 months. On-the-job support was available to assist participants to put the training into practice and to complete the qualification. The program covered relevant topics, was delivered in an interactive manner and aimed to provide participants with a challenging, interesting and enjoyable experience. The program was fully funded by PHT, resulting in no training or assessment fees for workers or employers.

Following a recruitment process, a core group of students participated in the training program across 18 months. A total of 26 students successfully completed the Certificate IV, attending a graduation ceremony in September 2019.

During the training period, additional workshops were provided to workers outside of the core student group, accessible across Tasmania.

SMART Recovery Australia (click here to visit their website) were contracted to provide training for the project, with enrollment open to workers with the ability and intent to run SMART Recovery workshops. 16 people successfully completed this training.

Additional workshops run by TAC provided accredited training in the areas of Cultural Awareness and Cultural Safety to further improve the availability of culturally appropriate services across the state. A total of 90 participants successfully completed the cultural workshops.