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Message from WANADA

New Stakeholder Engagement Role at WANADA

WANADA has an exciting new role for an energetic and skilled professional. The Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for seeking opportunities, coordinating activities and building stakeholder relationships that contribute to WANADA’s strategic direction. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Thank You - Member Survey

Thank you to WANADA members for taking the time to complete our 2016 Member Survey. While it's very useful to have members complete the annual survey, WANADA welcomes feedback from members and other stakeholders at any time and we are currently developing an Evaluation and Monitoring Plan. For more information, please contact Sarah Whinghter on 6557 9400 or via sarah.whinghter@wanada.org.au.

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2016 International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day
Wednesday 31 August 2016

On International Overdose Awareness Day, do something that helps bring overdose to the attention of your local community. There are many opportunities for individuals, families and communities to get involved. For more information and to list your event, visit: http://www.overdoseday.com

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WISWA - Networking High Tea

WISWA Networking High Tea
Wednesday 14 September 2016
1pm onwards
The Pagoda Resort & Spa
Cost: $77 Member / $99 Non-Member

Guest speakers include -

  • Alisa Cardaci - Operations Manager, Vital Conversations
  • Conrad Liveris - Workplace Diversity Specialist
  • Carol Daws - CEO, Cyrenian House

To RSVP or for more information, please email wiswa@ifap.asn.au or visit www.ifap.asn.au

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AOD News

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards - Nominations Open

The call for nominations for the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards is currently open. The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards, including the Coralie Ober Honour Roll were introduced in 2012 to provide peer recognition of, and appreciation for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in the alcohol and other drug field. Successful award recipients will be announced during the dinner at the 4th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference in Glenelg, South Australia on Thursday 13 October 2016.

Award Categories include:

  • Excellence Award, female worker
  • Excellence Award, male worker
  • Remote Worker Award, female worker
  • Remote Worker Award, male worker
  • Encouragement Award, female worker
  • Encouragement Award, male worker
  • Recognition Award, service or program

We encourage you to nominate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals or services/programs for these awards. Nominations must be received by midnight Monday,5 September 2016 and provided by completing the application form on the 4th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference website at: http://nidaconference.com.au/awards/

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Wastewater Methamphetamine Test Results

The State Government will use data collected from its methamphetamine wastewater testing trial to help inform the State Government's Western Australian Meth Strategy 2016. The results provide data on consumption levels; daily, weekly and seasonal rates; trends; and a broad geographical breakdown. Read more in 'Water test results to inform WA Meth Strategy' (1 August 2016).

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FARE - Game Changer+ Media Literacy Program

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has launched a media literacy program, called Game Changer+, that aims to increase the ability of high school students to think critically about alcohol advertising messages. The Game Changer+ program will be introduced in selected schools in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). For more information, please visit the FARE website.

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Member News

St. Patís - South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum (SWMPF) Award Wins

An initiative of St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre has taken out two top awards as part of the Institute of Public Administration WA 2016 Achievement Awards. The South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum (SWMPF) won Best Practice in Collaboration between Government and Non-Government Organisations as well as the award for Innovation in the Not for Profit Sector. The SWMPF is a collective of 80 not-for-profit and government human service providers, business and community members in the Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville regions who work collaboratively to tackle complex social issues. It has been led by St. Pat’s since its inception in 2013.

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New Resources

Tackling Indigenous Smoking Portal

A new Tackling Indigenous Smoking portal has been launched as part of the Health Department’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Programme. Tobacco smoking is the most preventable cause of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is one of the key focuses of the COAG health initiatives.

Produced by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, the free-to-access online portal is located on the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (AIAODKC) web resource and can be used by anyone interested in or working in the area of smoking reduction. Visit: www.tacklingsmoking.org.au

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ABS - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015 with a sample of 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia. The NATSISS is a six-yearly multidimensional social survey. Access the key findings (including a short video) at the NATSISS web page.

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Victoria University - Australiaís Health Tracker

Australia’s Health Tracker, Australia’s Adult Health Tracker and Australia’s Children and Young People Health Tracker are report cards that provide a comprehensive assessment of the health of Australians in relation to chronic diseases and their risk factors.

Compiled through the collaborative effort and expert guidance of leading Australian public health and chronic disease experts, Australia’s Health Tracker has been developed and is published by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration at Victoria University.

For more information and to download, visit Victoria University Publications - Chronic Diseases.

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Health News

Curtin University - Adult Health Survey With People from Africa and Asia

Researchers from Curtin University are looking for people who were born in sub-Saharan Africa or South East Asia who have been in Australia for less than 10 years to take part in a 15-minute online survey. This survey will explore health knowledge and access to health services. If you complete the survey, you can go in the draw to win one of three (3) $50 gift vouchers. To participate, or for more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/2aPooTY

If readers could kindly share this link with your network that would be very much appreciated. For more information about the project, please contact Corie Gray via corie.gray@curtin.edu.au

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Leadership WA - Yorga Djenna Bidi Course September 2016

Applications are now open for Leadership WA’s Yorga Djenna Bidi course. Designed and developed in partnership with Aboriginal women for Aboriginal women, this immersive and collaborative course builds leadership skills to enable you to become a more inspirational, confident and effective leader.  Yorga Djenna Bidi is a foundation course for ongoing leadership development.

Closing date is 17 August 2016. For further information and to apply now, visit Leadership WA’s Yorga Djenna Bidi Course or contact the Leadership Development team on 08 9369 6777.

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AODtraining@MHC - Special Event with Dr Scott Miller

ST328 Feedback Informed Treatment
Presenter: Dr. Scott Miller, Ph.D - Co-founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence
Thursday 17 – Friday 18 November 2016
9am – 4.30pm
Cost: $150 (Please note: this is a non-refundable cost)

Please register your interest by 30 September 2016 at AODtraining@MHC.

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AODtraining@MHC - Mental State Examination

ST262 Mental State Examination
Presented by: Wes Elliott, Midland Community Mental Health Clinic
Wednesday 7 September 2016
9am – 4.30pm

Mental State Examination reports on an individual’s mental state and behaviour. This workshop aims to provide clinicians working in mental health and AOD services with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and describe signs and symptoms of mental illness using a standardised format.

Target audience: Professionals working with clients affected by mental health and AOD problems

Please register your interest at: AODtraining@MHC - Mental State Examination.

Application deadline: 17 August 2016

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AODtraining@MHC - Induction Training For New AOD Workers

ST222 Induction training for new AOD workers
Presented by: Workforce Development Staff, Mental Health Commission
Monday 19 – Thursday 22 September 2016
9am – 4.30pm

This training aims to equip new AOD workers with the foundation knowledge and skills required to work effectively with clients presenting with AOD issues. The format comprises three discrete modules held over four days, which allows participants to choose the modules that best fits their work role and training needs.

Target audience: New workers in the AOD sector

Please register your interest at AODtraining@MHC - Induction training for new AOD workers.

Application deadline: 29 August 2016

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Rhythm2Recovery - September 2016

Rhythmic interventions for social and emotional learning
Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September 2016
Cost: $550

Rhythm2Recovery is a model of practice utilising rhythmic exercises. This course features over 120 exercises for both group, family and individual practice, and has been especially designed for those working with individuals averse to standard ‘talk based’ approaches. For more information and registration visit www.rhythm2recovery.com

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Wesley LifeForce - Suicide Prevention Workshop - September 2016

Suicide Prevention Workshop
Wednesday  7 September 2016
9am – 4pm
Quality Inn Ambassador Hotel
196 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them. The training is open to community members aged over 18 years. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance as well as support materials.

If you know of any individuals or groups who may be interested in attending, please ask them to register at EventBrite - Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Workshop.

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ATCA Gathering 2016 - Registrations Open

Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association 2016 Gathering
Come sit together
21 - 23 November 2016
Rydges Hotel Melbourne

The ATCA Gathering 2016: “come sit together” -  will bring together people from across the alcohol and other drugs sector and will provide a forum to highlight and foster interagency partnerships that improve outcomes for clients, especially Aboriginal clients.

The conference dinner and awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Tuesday 22 November, and bookings for this are separate to the registration fee. 
For more information, visit www.events.atca.com.au

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Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference - Official Satellite Meeting

Hepatitis C Treatment for Everyone, Everywhere
An official satellite meeting of the Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference about the best community models of care for hepatitis C to ensure people with hep C from diverse populations get cured!
Wednesday 28 September 2016 - 11am - 7pm and
Thursday 29 September 2016 - 7.30am - 1pm (immediately prior to the Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference)
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
Cost: Free

Access the Satellite Program on the Associated Events page of the Viral Hepatitis Conference. Register now at ASHM's Courses and Events - Hepatitis C Treatment for Everyone, Everywhere.

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NDARC 2016 Annual Symposium - Registrations Open

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre 2016 Annual Symposium
Current Issues in Substance Use: The Bigger Picture
Monday 12 September 2016
John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW

To view full details of the program, speakers and costs visit NDARC 2016 Annual Symposium.

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International Conference on FASD - Call for Abstracts

The 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Research
1 - 4 March 2017
Vancouver, Canada

This advanced level conference brings together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research – from the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan. The four-day event provides an opportunity to begin a dialogue and enhance understanding of the knowledge, research, and critical actions related to FASD.

Abstract submissions are due by 26 August 2016. For more information, please visit:

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2nd Australasian Youth Justice Conference - Registrations Open

The 2nd Australasian Youth Justice Conference
From Evidence to Practice
13 - 15 September 2016

For more information and to register, please visit the 2nd Australasian Youth Justice Conference .

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In the Media

In The Media - 1 July - 11 August 2016

Alcohol and other drug issues in the media have included the release of a new Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic tool.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 12 August 2016

Current job opportunities come from WANADA, Holyoake, Ngnowar Aerwah, Cyrenian House, Palmerston Association, the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service and St Bartholomew's House. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote for the Week

Quote - 12 August 2016

"The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have."

Anna Quindlen

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