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Message from WANADA
Member News
Events
AOD News
New Resources
Health News
Health Programs and Services
Community Service News
Grants & Funding
Training
Conferences
In the Media
Job Opportunities
Quote for the Week
 
 
Message from WANADA

New WANADA Member - Abbotsford Private Hospital

The WANADA Board approved Abbotsford Private Hospital / Blackwood River Clinic as a new full member at its September meeting. Abbotsford Private Hospital offers In-patient and day patient psychiatric and psychological therapy, specialising in mood, anxiety, depression and alcohol and other drug dependency treatment. For more information about Abbotsford Private Hospital, please visit: http://abbotsfordhospital.com.au/

All memberships will be formally approved at WANADA's AGM on 27 October 2016. If you have any queries, please contact WANADA before the AGM on (08) 6557 9400 or via drugpeak@wanada.org.au.

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Member News

Swan Emergency Accommodation - New Name Indigo Junction

Swan Emergency Accommodation is changing its name to Indigo Junction on Friday 30 September 2016.

 Swan Emergency Accommodation's first youth service, which opened its doors in 1980, was called “The Junction.” Junction is synonymous with the Midland community, with the railway township historically known as “Midland Junction.” The colour indigo reflects great devotion, wisdom and justice along with fairness and impartiality. 

Indigo Junction looks forward to sharing its new website soon. In the meantime, please head to indigojunction.org.au and subscribe to receive news and updates.

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Events

WANADA 2016 AGM and Sector Forum

WANADA 2016 AGM and Sector Forum
Better Choices, Better Lives Implementation Update
With Guest Speakers David Axworthy and Sue Jones, Mental Health Commission
Thursday 27 October 2016
1pm – 3.30pm
State Library of Western Australia, Great Southern Room
25 Francis Street, Northbridge
Afternoon tea will be provided.

Please RSVP (including any dietary requirements) to Vanessa Vidler on (08) 6557 9400 or via vanessa.vidler@wanada.org.au.

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NDRI - Methamphetamine and the Mind

Methamphetamine and the Mind
Free public seminar with
Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin, National Drug Research Institute
Thursday 13 October 2016
12.30pm - 1.30pm
NDRI Seminar Room, Curtin University Health Research Campus,
Level 2, 10 Selby Street, Shenton Park

To RSVP, please call (08) 9266 1600 or email ndri@curtin.edu.au by Tuesday 11 October 2016. For more information, please download the NDRI Methamphetamine and the Mind flyer.

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Anti-Poverty Week 2016

Anti-Poverty Week 2016
Sunday 16 - Saturday 22 October 2016

 Help raise awareness about issues around poverty and support Anti-Poverty Week. You can get involved on social media - 
Or visit the Anti-Poverty Week website at www.antipovertyweek.org.au/
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Healthy Workplace WA - Healthy Start Breakfast Series

  • City Of Vincent Active Travel Case Study - 6 October 2016, 7.30am – 8.30am
  • Nutrition Facts and Fairytales - 3 November 2016, 7.30 am – 8.30am

For more information, or to register for either of these sessions, visit the HWWA training page at:
http://healthierworkplacewa.com.au/take-action/tools-and-resources/training/

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UWA - Let's Talk About Mental Health and Suicide

Let's Talk About Mental Health and Suicide
Reducing Stigma and Embracing Life
A free public event with presentations and stalls.
Saturday 15 October 2016
11am - 3.30pm
Wilsmore Lecture Theatre, UWA

To register, visit http://mentalhealthweekuwa.eventbrite.com.au.

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Mirrabooka Square Mental Health Interactive Journey

Mirrabooka Square Mental Health Interactive Journey
World Mental Health Day
Monday 10 October 2016
10am - 2pm
Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre

This World Mental Health Day event will feature award-winning live musicians, dancing, stress less activities, a wellbeing tree, competitions, cultural doll making, educational displays and information from a variety of community agencies.

For more information, please contact Emma Ketley, Community Development Officer - Stirling Catchment (Mirrabooka Community Mental Health Service and Osborne Park Community Mental Health Service) via Emma.Ketley@health.wa.gov.au.

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AOD News

State Government - New Community Services Minister

Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles has been promoted to Minister for Local Government, Community Services, Seniors and Volunteering and Youth. South Metropolitan Region MLC Nick Goiran will become the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Mental Health and Child Protection. For more information about changes to State Cabinet, please read 'Miles and Lewis promoted to State Cabinet' (22 September 2016).

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MHC - Compulsory AOD Treatment Program

 In July 2016, the State Government approved the development of a model of service and legislation to facilitate a compulsory alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment program.

 The Mental Health Commission (MHC) has now started the process of seeking input from the community. All stakeholders are invited to contribute, including people who have experienced AOD problems, family members of people with AOD problems, service providers, government agencies, and the wider community. For more information, please visit the Mental Health Commission's website. Submissions are open until 1 December 2016.
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WANADA - Compulsory AOD Treatment - Worker and Consumer Poll

To inform the development of WANADA’s advocacy position on compulsory alcohol and other drug treatment, we are undertaking a survey of alcohol and other drug workers and consumers.

WANADA encourages workers to complete the survey and also to share it with the people who access your service. To participate, please download the Alcohol and other Drug Worker and Consumer Compulsory Treatment Poll and return to WANADA by Friday 7 October 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact WANADA Advocacy and Research Coordinator Ethan James on (08) 6557 9400 or via ethan.james@wanada.org.au.

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MHC - Meth Helpline

Minister for Mental Health the Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA has officially launched the Meth Helpline. Situated within the Alcohol and Drug Support Service, the helpline provides a 24/7, confidential, non-judgmental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s methamphetamine use.

For more information about the Meth Helpline, please call 1800 874 878, send an email to alcoholdrugsupport@mhc.wa.gov.au or visit http://alcoholdrugsupport.mhc.wa.gov.au

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AARB - Raise Your Concerns About Alcohol Advertising

The Alcohol Advertising Review Board accepts complaints from the Australian community about alcohol advertising. If you’ve seen an alcohol ad that concerns you, visit www.alcoholadreview.com.au.

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Make Smoking History - Tobacco Tax Increase and Last Dance Campaign

On Thursday 1 September the Australian government increased the tax on all tobacco products by 12.5%. Now that the price of tobacco has gone up again your clients could really use your support to quit. We encourage you to use the opportunity to start a conversation about quitting with clients that smoke. It will not only help them save their money but also their life.

From Sunday 18 September 2016 Make Smoking History has aired the state-wide campaign ‘Last Dance’. The ‘Last Dance’ campaign will run in metropolitan and regional areas from Sunday 18 September to Saturday 29 October 2016, including 30 second TV advertisements, complemented by online and social media advertising. Smokers will be encouraged to visit the Make Smoking History website, while community service workers are encouraged to visit: http://makesmokinghistory.org.au/communityservices/

For more information about the Make Smoking History campaign please contact Sarah Beasley at Cancer Council WA on (08) 9388 4370 or email sbeasley@cancerwa.asn.au

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MHC - Methamphetamine Training For Frontline Workers

Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell has announced new frontline worker training and resources to better equip alcohol and other drug workers as part of the State Government's $14.9 million Western Australian Meth Strategy. The Mental Health Commission will train 450 frontline workers in Perth and regional areas in how to recognise and respond appropriately, including how to de-escalate a crisis, keeping the user, the public and themselves safe. The training and support resources are relevant for people working in alcohol and other drug and mental health services, police, corrections, hospital emergency departments, primary health care, child protection and social services.

For more information, please read 'Training for frontline workers facing meth users' (25 September 2016).

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New Resources

NDARC - 2016 EDRS Data

The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is a national monitoring system for ecstasy and related drugs that is intended to identify emerging trends of local and national interest in the markets for these drugs. Download the 2016 EDRS Report.

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AIHW - Australia's Health 2016

Every two years the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is required to compile a national report card on the health of Australians and their health system. Download the 15th report in the series, Australia's health 2016.

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WAPHA - My Region Community Engagement Portals

Primary Health Exchange is the WA Primary Health Alliance community engagement portal.  New “My Region” pages include a short survey to support Primary Health Network needs assessments and to capture the priority health needs in our communities. The pages include regional health snapshots to download and links to other sources of health profile data. Join the conversation and tell WAPHA the needs of your local community. Please share the page with service users, colleagues, family and friends and help WAPHA understand the health story for your area.

For more information, please visit:
http://phexchange.wapha.org.au/my-region

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Health News

WA Health - Clinical Alert - Gonorrhoea

Clinicians in metropolitan Perth need to be aware that gonorrhoea cases have more than doubled since 2010 and the rate of increase has jumped steeply since the beginning of 2016.

For more information about the clinical management of gonorrhoea visit http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Silver-book/Notifiable-infections/Gonorrhoea and for real-time gonorrhoea notification data visit http://www.public.health.wa.gov.au/3/1549/3/gonorrhoea.pm

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WA Health - BBV Campaign for Aboriginal Audiences

WA Health has launched a new blood-borne virus awareness campaign for Aboriginal audiences. The campaign tagline is "Look after your blood: never share needles" and encompasses prevention, testing and treatment messages.

The television ads will initially air on WIN TV in bursts between 11 September and 8 October, and on Goolarri TV between 11 September and 18 November 2016. Accompanying radio ads will be broadcast in bursts on Noongar Radio (Perth metro), Goolarri Radio (Kimberley), PAKAM (Pilbara) and 6PAC (Goldfields) between 26 September and 27 November 2016. Facebook ads will run continuously between 11 September and 27 November 2016.   Posters to distribute for display in NSPs, clinic waiting rooms and community spaces are also available. 

Campaign assets direct people to www.couldihaveit.com.au for more information.
 

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Curtin University - Adult Health Survey Results

Earlier in the year, researchers from Curtin University asked people from sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia to take part in an online survey on HIV knowledge and use of health services. Over 200 people took part. A brief overview of some of the adult health survey results is now available.

Researcher Corie Grey would like to thank all who generously donated their time to take part. If you have any questions about the research, please contact Corie at corie.gray@curtin.edu.au.

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Health Programs and Services

ECU - The Nutrition Clinic - Eating For Health

Would you like personalised nutrition advice for general healthy eating, fitness or managing a health condition? The Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at Edith Cowan University are providing free student-led dietetics consultations for adults who would like help in understanding and managing their general health or chronic diseases.

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Community Service News

2016 WA Youth Awards - Nominations Open

The WA Youth Awards recognise Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years for their achievements and contributions to the community, and outstanding youth groups and organisations that serve and support the State’s young people.

Nominations close at 1pm, Friday 7 October 2016. To submit a nomination or for more information including the awards categories and key dates please visit:
https://www.yacwa.org.au/wayouthawards/

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Stirling Support Program

Vision Counselling and Psychology in partnership with the City of Stirling is delivering the -

Stirling Support Program
Free counselling service
Thursday mornings
9am – 12noon
Suite 1, Building 2, Scarborough Leisure Centre.

The Stirling Support Program offers weekly counselling appointments to City of Stirling residents. You are eligible if you are over 18 years of age and a student / unemployed / receiving a pension / or Centrelink benefits. To make an appointment call 1300 184 746

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Grants & Funding

Community Crime Prevention Fund

The WA Police Grants Team invites incorporated not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities to apply for funding to implement community crime prevention projects. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for crime prevention initiatives.
 
For more information and applications, visit Smartygrants. For enquiries please contact the Grants Team on 9222 1423 or email grants@police.wa.gov.au. Submissions close at 12.00pm on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

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2017 Youth Week Grants

Nearly $80,000 in State Government grants is now available to local governments and community sector organisations for 2017 National Youth Week celebrations in Western Australia.
 
The National Youth Week grants program closes on Thursday 20 October 2016. For more information, please visit 2017 National Youth Week Grants.

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Training

Turning Point Online Graduate Programs in Addiction 2017

Turning Point deliver the Graduate Certificate in AOD Studies, Graduate Diploma in AOD Studies and the Master of Addictive Behaviours (together with Monash University). These courses are suited for those with at least a bachelor degree. For more information, please visit Turning Point Online Graduate Programs.

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ASHM - Hepatitis B and C Webinars 2016

Upcoming free educational webinars in hepatitis B and C include:

Complex Chronic Hepatitis B, Part 4: HBV & co-infection HIV/HCV/HDV
Tuesday 6 December 2016
6pm - 6.30pm (AEST)

Please contact Lucie Perrissel, Project Officer Viral Hepatitis at lucie.perrissel@ashm.org.au to register or if you have any questions about this or past webinars.

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AODtraining@MHC - Advanced AOD Prevention

Advanced AOD Prevention: A facilitators guide to developing a local Alcohol and Other Drug Management Plan.
Presenters - Community Programs Staff – Mental Health Commission
Friday 21 October 2016
9am – 3pm
Mental Health Commission,  1 Nash St  Perth
Cost: Free

Registration: Please email communityprograms@mhc.wa.gov.au with your name and contact details or contact Katie Gallagher, Senior Project Officer, Mental Health Commission on 6553 0266 for more information. Application deadline: Wednesday 12 October 2016.

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AODtraining@MHC - Provide CPR

ST300 Provide CPR
Presented by Workforce Development Staff, Mental Health Commission
Tuesday 25 October 2016
9am – 12.30pm
Perth

Please register your interest at AODtraining@MHC - Provide CPR. Application deadline is 4 October 2016.

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Anglicare WA - Responding to Challenging Behaviours

Responding to Challenging Behaviours
Thursday 10 November 2016
9.30am – 4.30pm
East Perth (venue details provided on confirmation)
Cost: $230 (incl GST) per person

This workshop is suitable to those working within the community sector as front line staff where the client group have complex and urgent needs and are seeking immediate resolution.

Bookings are essential. To request a booking form, please email training@anglicarewa.org.au or call 9263 2122. For more information about Anglicare WA training, please visit Anglicare Training Courses.

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SPSW - FASD - The Impact of Early Interventions

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) The Impact of Early Interventions
Presented by Robyn Williams, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Candidate
Thursday 10 November 2016
9am – 4.30pm (8.45am – registration)
Therapy Focus – Suite 5, 1140 Albany Highway, Bentley

This Society of Professional Social Workers workshop will fill fast. For more information and to request a registration form, please contact Sheridan Rainford-Lynn on 0409 596 660 or email: srainfordlynn@gmail.com

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Conferences

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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15th World Congress on Public Health - Melbourne

15th World Congress on Public Health
3 - 7 April 2017
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level. Follow the action on Twitter via @wcph2017 or #WCPH2017.

Early bird registration closes 7 December 2016. For more information about the conference visit www.wcph2017.com.

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In the Media

In The Media - 30 September 2016

Alcohol and other drug issues in the media include an ABC Four Corners report on demand for residential rehabilitation and research into young people hospitalised for alcohol and other drug-related harm.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 30 September 2016

Our newest job opportunity comes from Cyrenian House. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote for the Week

Quote - 30 September 2016

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet."

James Oppenheim

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