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Message from WANADA

WANADA Launches 2017-19 Strategic Plan

WANADA launched its 2017-19 Strategic Plan at the 2016 Annual General Meeting and Sector Forum on Thursday 27 October at the State Library of Western Australia. WANADA's strategic priorities are to:

  • Maximise WANADA’s unique position as peak body.
  • Promote the strengths of the alcohol and other drug sector of Western Australia.
  • Create a collaborative environment that supports services to deliver best practice initiatives.

Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM and Sector Forum. WANADA's 2015-16 Annual Report is now also available.

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Compulsory AOD Treatment Forum

Professor Colleen Hayward AM, Chair of the Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Board, and Barry MacKinnon AM, Chair of the Mental Health Advisory Council, cordially invite you to attend the -

Compulsory Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Forum
Friday 11 November 2016
9.30am – 12pm (registration from 9.20am)
Level 1, 1 Nash Street, Perth
Cost: Free of charge

Discussion and feedback at the forum will inform the development of the Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Board and Mental Health Advisory Council’s formal submissions to the Mental Health Commission.

WANADA is pleased to facilitate the event. Register for the Compulsory Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Forum at Eventbrite. More information is available in the Compulsory AOD Treatment Forum flyer , or please contact WANADA on (08) 6557 9400 or via drugpeak@wanada.org.au.

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PODCaB - Community Forum - Alcohol and other Drugs

The Palmerston, Outcare, and DAWN Capacity Building (PODCaB) Project proudly presents -

Community Forum - Alcohol and other Drugs
Master of Ceremony Dr Ros Worthington OAM
Thursday 10 November 2016
8.45am - 3pm
Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club
115 Breakwater Parade, Mandurah
Free with morning tea and lunch provided.

This is a free community event bringing families and health professionals together to explore the impact of alcohol and other drugs and the supports available. For more information, please download the PODCaB Community Alcohol and other Drug Forum flyer or call Palmerston on (08) 9287 5400.

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WA AIDS Council - ZERO 2016 Exhibition

Zero 2016
An exhibition of new works in support of Western Australians living with HIV
Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 December 2016
PS Art Space, Fremantle

A special Opening Night Launch Event will be held on Thursday 1 December 2016, World AIDS Day, from 6.30pm. Every week in 2015 Australia recorded 20 new HIV infections - 20 too many. ZERO is the inspiration for an exciting exhibition of works to celebrate World AIDS Day and to raise funds for the work of the WA AIDS Council in "Getting to Zero": Zero new infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths. All works from the exhibition will be for sale with proceeds shared between the artists and the WA AIDS Council.
For updates and behind the scenes footage follow ZERO on Facebook and Instagram (official hashtag: #artforzero2016 ). For more information, visit the WA AIDS Council Website.

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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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AOD News

NDRI - Livesofsubstance.org

Researchers at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University recently launched an innovative new website livesofsubstance.org. Lives of Substance is Australia's first dedicated website presenting carefully researched personal stories of alcohol or other drug addiction, dependence or habit.

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Extra Residential Rehabilitation Beds Announced

The State Government has announced the locations of 60 new residential rehabilitation treatment beds as part of the $14.9 million Western Australian Meth Strategy 2016. The service providers were selected through a competitive tender process.

The new beds will be available at Cyrenian House (20) and Palmerston (eight) in Perth, Abbotsford Private Hospital near Nannup (16), Hope Community Services in the Mid-West (10), the Goldfields Rehabilitation Services Inc in Kalgoorlie (four) and Yaandina Family Centre in the Pilbara (two). For more information, please read 'Meth strategy delivers 60 extra treatment beds' (1 November 2016).

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Medicinal Cannabis Now Controlled Prescription Drug

New Commonwealth legislation making medicinal cannabis a controlled prescription drug came into effect on 1 November 2016.

Medical practitioners will be at the centre of all treatment decisions and patients will need to discuss their situation with their treating doctor. Only a pharmacist will be able to dispense medicinal cannabis, with supply from any other means remaining illegal in Western Australia.

Read more in the State Government media statement 'Medicinal cannabis laws set to change' (28 October 2016).

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AOD Survey Now Open - Win A $350 Gift Voucher Or An iPad Mini 2

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre is conducting an online evaluation of its web resource by running a national user survey. The 5-10 minute survey will provide the Knowledge Centre with valuable feedback that will be used to ensure that it continues to deliver a resource that meets the needs of its users.

As a thank you for taking part, participants may choose to submit an entry for the prize draw of either a $350 gift voucher or an iPad Mini 2. If you complete the survey within the first week of it opening, your name will go into the draw twice. The survey will run from Monday 31 October to Friday 18 November 2016. To participate, please visit:

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New Resources

AODKC - Volatile Substance Use E-Book

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre has launched a new eBook about volatile substance use (VSU). Based on the 2016 Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the interactive electronic version is a powerful learning tool.

Users can read it, listen to it, make notes and copy/paste content. Embedded in the eBook are short films and links to the original source of references. Once downloaded, the eBook can be accessed and used multiple times in any way that the user determines.

The eBook has been created for Apple devices such as iPads, iPhones, laptops and desktop computers. It is free to download from iTunes and via the AODKC website.

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Research News

NDRI - Alcohol Related Assaults

The National Alcohol Indicators Project (NAIP), conducted by the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University, has found that an estimated 10,360 Australians aged 15 and over – an average of 200 people each week – were hospitalised in 2012/13 because of injuries attributed to alcohol-related assault. For more information, please visit NDRI - NAIP or read 'Alcohol-attributable assault puts 10,000 Australians in hospital in one year' (28 October 2016).

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Grants & Funding

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 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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SPSW - Appreciative Inquiry

A First Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
Sarah Lewis, Chartered Organisational Psychologist, Appreciating Change Consultancy, England and Wales
Tuesday 6 December 2016
9am - 4.30pm (8.45am registration)
Ngala Community Services, 275 Abernethy Road, Cloverdale
CPE 13 Points

Sarah is an internationally recognized trainer in helping human service teams, organizations and professionals to use Appreciative Inquiry to achieve positive change for their clients or within their own team.

All welcome - Society of Professional Social Workers (SPSW) workshops and events are open to all human service workers. For more information and to request a registration form, please contact the SPSW Executive Officer via eo@spsw.net.au.

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2017 Post-Graduate Course in Systemic Therapy

Applications for Year 1 and Year 2 are open now for the Systemic Therapy Post-Graduate Course. This accredited training program is for clinicians looking for in depth learning of the theory and practice of Systemic Therapy and Family Therapy. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, trainees are eligible to apply for clinical membership of the Australian Association of Family Therapy.

The two-year course consists of 200 hours per year, meeting weekly for five hours. The Foundation level will take place on Tuesdays, 12pm to 5pm, beginning 7 February 2017. The Advanced level will take place on Thursdays, 12pm to 5pm, beginning 9 February 2017. The cost is $4,145 per year.

To apply or for more information, please contact Course Director Roxanne Garven via rgarven@iinet.net.au or on 0423 165 971. More Course Information is available at:

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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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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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GAPC2017 - Call For Abstracts

The Global Alcohol Policy Conference (#GAPC2017)
Mobilising for change: Alcohol policy and the evidence for action
4 - 6 October 2017

The Scientific Advisory Committee invites abstract submissions from researchers and practitioners for a range of presentation types including oral presentations, workshops, table-tops, and posters.

Abstract submissions close midnight AEDT Sunday 22 January 2017. For more information, visit:

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VAADA 2017

The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) 2017 Conference
Complexity, collaboration, consumers and care
16 - 17 February 2017

The event will provide practitioners and stakeholders with an opportunity to take stock of current issues impacting the Victorian AOD sector, showcase best practice, and reflect on effective service provision and policy strategies.

For more information, please visit:

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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 - 2 November 2016

Alcohol and other drug issues in the media have included the 60 new residential rehabilitation beds in WA, an urgent need for detox beds in the Kimberley, and changes to laws relating to the medical use of cannabis.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 2 November 2016

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

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Quote - 2 November 2016

"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live."

Flora Whittemore

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