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AOD News
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In the Media
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Message from WANADA

2016 WANADA AGM and Sector Forum

WANADA's Annual General Meeting & Networking Afternoon Tea will be held Thursday 27 October 2016, 1pm - 2pm, at the State Library of WA. Please register for the WANADA AGM at EventBrite.

The 2016 Sector Forum will follow the AGM from 2pm - 3.30pm. Special guests Sue Jones and David Axworthy from the Mental Health Commission will provide an update on the implementation of Better Choices, Better Lives. Register for the AOD Sector Forum at EventBrite.

Registration for these events closes 25 October 2016 and AGM apologies can be sent to Vanessa Vidler via vanessa.vidler@wanada.org.au or on 6557 9400. For more information, please download the WANADA 2016 AGM and Sector Forum flyer.

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WHFS - Moving On Fundraising Dinner 2016

Fundraising Dinner for Womens Health and Family Services
Wednesday 2 November 2016
Quinlan’s Restaurant, South Metropolitan TAFE
15 Grosvenor Street, Beaconsfield

Money raised will be donated to the Moving On Program at WHFS. This program provides educational scholarships to assist women to complete various accredited courses at Certificates I, II, III and IV levels. There is currently no VET fee assistance for these courses.

For tickets, please contact Jenny Carter on jcarter@whfs.org.au, on (08) 6330 5400 or book online through TryBooking via these links - https://www.trybooking.com/NHVDOR or https://www.trybooking.com/233769

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Telethon Kids Institute - Developmental Pathways Research Forum

Developmental Pathways Research Forum
Monday 31 October 2016
9.30am - 12.45pm
Change of venue - Bendat Basketball Centre, Mt Claremont

The Developmental Pathways Project is a landmark project, which takes a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to investigate pathways to health and wellbeing, as well as developmental and social outcomes among WA children and youth. Presentations include 'Alcohol-related harm in young people in WA' by Mr Scott Sims.

Please RSVP by Wednesday 26 October 2016 to Melanie Hansen via melanie.hansen@telethonkids.org.au or on (08) 9489 7798.

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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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AOD News

New Methamphetamine Clinic and Expanded CADS

The State Government has launched a new specialist methamphetamine clinic and a major expansion of its community alcohol and drug services. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the clinic and expanded services were key elements of the $14.9 million Western Australian Meth Strategy 2016, funded in the 2016-17 State Budget. For more information, please read '$4.23 million boost to drug and alcohol services' (16 October 2016).

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Strong Spirit Strong Mind Funding Continues

The State Government will provide $890,000 to further fund its Strong Spirit Strong Mind alcohol and drug awareness campaign after independent evaluation of the initiative showed outstanding results. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the campaign was designed to prevent and delay the early uptake of alcohol and other drug use among young Aboriginal people aged 12 to 25 years. For more information, please read '$890,000 for Strong Spirit Strong Mind campaign' (5 October 2016) or visit Alcohol. Think Again - Strong Spirit Strong Mind.

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Kimberley Roundtable on Suicide Prevention Communique

Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley chaired a roundtable discussion on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide in the Kimberley last week. Read more in the Minister's communique at Communique – Kimberley Roundtable; suicide prevention.

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Make Smoking History - Seeking People For TV Ad

The Make Smoking History team is currently looking for people to star in a new campaign to air on TV next year. If any of your staff or clients are trying to quit, or have quit in the last 12 months or so, please let them know. People chosen for an audition or to be in the ad will be reimbursed for their time. For more information, please visit:

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New Resources

AIHW - Alcohol Trends Report

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report, Trends in alcohol availability, use and treatment 2003-04 to 2014-15, shows that young adults are more likely than any other age group to drink at risky levels, but are the least likely to receive treatment for alcohol use. Read the full report at the AIHW website.

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WAPHA - Integrated Primary Care Approach Video

The WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) held an information session regarding an integrated primary care approach to mental health and alcohol and drug care on Tuesday 4 October 2016. A video of the event and associated materials are now available on the WAPHA website.

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WACOSS - Cost of Living Report 2016

The Cost of Living Report 2016, released this week by the WA Council of Social Service in conjunction with the start of Anti-Poverty Week, sees the lack of significant growth for low-income households as part of a trend in Western Australia towards high levels of inequality. Download the WACOSS 2016 Cost of Living Report Fact Sheet or the full WACOSS 2016 Cost of Living Report.

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Health News

SARC - New Telephone Numbers

The Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) now has new telephone numbers:

  • Admin/Business line: 08 6458 1820
  • Emergency/Crisis Line: 08 6458 1828
  • Freecall number remains unchanged 1800199 888
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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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MHC - Suicide Prevention Grants

Suicide Prevention Grants of up to $20,000 are now available for local government and not-for-profit organisations to undertake peer support and mentoring based activities.

The grants have a focus on Aboriginal-led programs that bring people together in a supportive environment to build personal resilience and enhance social and emotional wellbeing. Organisations promoting the wellbeing of people in the LGBTI community are also encouraged to apply.

Applications for grants close at 5pm, Monday 14 November 2016. For more information and guidelines on how to apply, visit www.mhc.wa.gov.au

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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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2017 Health Promotion Scholarships

Applications are now open for the 2017 Health Promotion Scholarships. The Australian Health Promotion Association (WA Branch) in collaboration with Healthway offer two types of scholarships for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are wanting to work in the health promotion field (three six-month full-time scholarships (part-time options can be negotiated) are offered for rural or metropolitan placements during 2017).
  • Health promotion and health science graduates (two six-month full-time scholarships are offered for rural or metropolitan placements during 2017).

Applications close 9am Monday 14 November 2016. For more information and to download an application form, visit:

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WASUA - Naloxone Training - October 2016

Naloxone Training
Thursday 27 October 2016
10.45am - 1pm
Free - lunch provided.

This is for people who work in the sector, or at risk of overdose, or witnessing overdose. Learn how to recognise and respond to overdose and use naloxone.

Please note: If you want to see the GP for the script and fill it for Naloxone you will need to bring your Medicare card.

For more information, please contact WASUA to register on 9325 8387.

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WASUA - Safe Disposal - October 2016

Safe Disposal
Wednesday 26 October 2016
1pm - 3pm
u22/7 Aberdeen Street Perth
Cost: $50.00

  • Western Australian Safe Disposal guidelines
  • Contributing factors of safe disposal concerns
  • Prevention  and Management of safe disposal Issues
  • Safe Handling of discarded equipment

Previous exclusions do not apply. Numbers are limited. To receive a registration and payment form, please contact Diane via cdw@wasua.com.au or on (08) 9325 8387 - or visit www.wasua.com.au

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ASHM - Interferon-free Hepatitis C Treatment

Preparing Patients for Interferon-free Treatment for Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings
Keynote speaker Dr Oyekoya Ayonrinde, Fiona Stanley Hospital
Monday 7 November 2016
6pm - 9pm (Registrations begin at 5:45pm)
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central, 24 Mount Street, Perth
Free - dinner and refreshments provided.
Approved by the RACGP QI&CPD program. Allocated 2pts/hour, total CPD pts 4 (Category 2) points.

The new treatments of hepatitis C can be prescribed by general practitioners, as well as medical staff in drug and alcohol settings.

Registrations Close Monday 31 October 2016. Register at www.ashm.org.au/courses
For further details contact Sam Hoang (02) 8204 0740 or via Sam.Hoang@ashm.org.au.

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ECU - Cannabis Check Up Training

ACCU: the Cannabis Check-Up: an intervention for cannabis.
Free Professional Development Event
Facilitator - Dr Celia Wilkinson
Thursday 3 November 2016
9.30am - 1pm
Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus
Building 8, Room 201 A, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup

The training is based on a clinical trial run by staff from the National Cannabis Prevention & Information Centre, UNSW, Sydney, and uses Motivational Interviewing techniques.  It is suitable for clinicians who see clients that are primarily non-treatment seeking.

Places are limited to 15. Please email training@ncpic.org.au to register, including your full name, organisation, position, telephone and email address, as well as a description of your client base.

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Positive Choices Webinar - Challenges of New Psychoactive Substances

How can teachers and parents respond to the challenge of "legal highs"? Evidence-based prevention for new and emerging drugs (NPS)
Presented by Dr Katrina Champion
Wednesday 26 October 2016
4pm - 5pm AEST
Free webinar

This webinar will be useful for teachers, parents and anyone else seeking information about the prevention of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), also known as 'legal highs' or 'synthetic drugs'. To register, please visit Positive Choices Webinar registration.

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WHCSP - Family and Domestic Violence Study Day 2016

Women's Health Clinical Support Programs presents its annual family and domestic violence study day -

Looking between the gaps: The unseen complexities facing the culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community.
Thursday 17 November 2016
9am - 4pm (registration at 8.30am)
Agnes Walsh House, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Subiaco
Morning and afternoon tea provided. Participants to arrange own lunch.

Video conferencing will be available for regional participants. Places are strictly limited and registrations are due by no later than Friday 11 November 2016. For more information, please email  carol.kaplanian@health.wa.gov.au.

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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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2017 International Dignity Conference

The Centre of Response - Based Practice and The Women's Council presents -

The 2017 International Dignity Conference
Celebrating 40 Years Of Women's Council 1977-2017
22 - 24 May 2017
The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.dignityconference.com, or call (08) 9420 7264 or email dignity2017@womenscouncil.com.au

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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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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 - 19 October 2016

Alcohol and other drug issues in the media have included an emerging hallucinogenic drug, an escalation of methamphetamine use in the Kimberley and an Australian Story episode on newsreader Talitha Cummins and alcohol use.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 19 October 2016

Our newest job opportunities come from Cyrenian House, The Salvation Army Bridge Programme and St Bartholomew's House. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote - 19 October 2016

"Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships."

J.K. Rowling

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