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AOD News
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Message from WANADA

Julie Brings Experience and Drive to Cross-Sector Collaboration

Julie Hassett brings a diverse background in human services,to her new role as Cross-sector Projects Coordinator at WANADA, with experience in remote health, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, disability, homelessness and youth work.

Julie is working across sectors to create and drive fresh but real strategies to achieve best possible access, choice and outcomes for consumers and their families.  Julie aims to work hard to increase awareness and understanding and to reduce stigma and discrimination.

Julie is currently visiting alcohol and other drug services to meet staff and clients and learn more about their work. For more information, please contact Julie at WANADA on (08) 6557 9400 or via julie.hassett@wanada.org.au.

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AADS - Methamphetamine Community Forum

Methamphetamine Community Forum
Speakers - Rosalie Kickett - St John of God Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network (DAWN), Elaine King and Sandra Harris - Palmerston Association, Sarah Lloyd - Next Step, Sergeant Craig Davis - Perth Police Station, plus a representative of Cyrenian House.
Friday 9 December 2016
11am - 2pm
Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service, 211 Royal St, East Perth
Light lunch and refreshments provided.

Come to our free information session to learn more about ice and its impact on users and their families. Discover ways to deal with an ice user and learn where to get help. Topics include:

  • What is ice and what does it do?
  • The best ways of dealing with an ice user
  • Ways to help someone stop using ice
  • What are the options? Detox. Rehab.
  • Your questions

For more information, please contact AADS on 9221 1411.

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AOD News

WANADA - Compulsory AOD Treatment Submission

Mental Health Commission consultation on the Compulsory Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment in Western Australia: Discussion Paper closed on Thursday 1 December 2016. Thank you to our members and the 211 sector workers and consumers who contributed to WANADA's written submission.

For more information, please download WANADA's Submission to the Compulsory Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment in Western Australia: Discussion Paper. If you have any questions, please contact WANADA's Advocacy and Research Coordinator Ethan James on (08) 6557 9400 or via ethan.james@wanada.org.au

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More Specialist AOD Nurses For EDs

Specialist alcohol and other drug nurses will provide screening, assessment and intervention, as well as support to other hospital staff responding to complex methamphetamine-related cases. They will also support patients and their families to connect with treatment options and will train other medical staff.

 Nurses will service the Rockingham, Armadale-Kelmscott, Midland, Royal Perth and Bunbury hospitals, and Joondalup and Peel health campuses.

For more information, please read the State Government media release 'More nurses to back up expanded meth campaign' (27 November 2016).

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Just One Life Campaign

Harm Reduction Australia, Noffs Foundation, the Drug Observatory, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and DanceWize have announced a new campaign to get pill testing established in Australia. For more information or to sign up, visit the Just One Life website.

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Health News

Getting Australia's Health on Track - Policy Report

Getting Australia's Health on Track was developed by a national collaboration of 70 leading chronic disease experts and organisations who have also worked together on the related Australia's Health Tracker. Getting Australia's Health on Track outlines a suite of policies that will help address the problems revealed in the Tracker data sets. Access the Getting Australia's Health on Track Report.

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New Resources

1800RESPECT - Frontline Worker Toolkit

Frontline workers are in a unique position to take a stand, make a difference and help provide support in relation to domestic and family violence. Educate yourself on how to address barriers to access, how to assess if a woman is in danger, what action to take and how to create a safety plan. To find good practice guidelines, videos, webinars, tools and resources to help, access the frontline workers toolkit.

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RFDS - Indigenous Health Report

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has released its newest research paper entitled "Providing Aeromedical Care to Indigenous Communities."

This research paper presents, for the first time, three years of RFDS patient data outlining the diagnostic reasons for which Indigenous Australians in different locations of remote and rural Australia were transported by the RFDS. The research demonstrates that almost one-third (17,606) of all RFDS aeromedical retrievals are for Indigenous Australians. Of these:

  • 14% were for children under the age of five;
  • 17.9% were in response to injury or poisoning;
  • 14.4% were in response to a stroke, heart attack or disease of the circulatory system;
  • 12.8% were in response to pneumonia, asthma or other disease of the respiratory system.

The research recommends more resources for health service provision in remote Indigenous communities. The report also recommends development of new cultural credentials for mainstream health services, to better meet Indigenous health care need -  something the RFDS is taking on-board as part of its continued efforts to better service these communities.

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Community Service News

Volunteering WA - Corporate Volunteers for Large Projects

Have a large project you could use a team to help complete? Volunteering WA (VWA) members can access corporate volunteer teams for free, and VWA will provide a contribution to put toward the cost of materials.

The teams usually consist of 10 - 30 people looking to volunteer for about six hours. VWA will visit your site to help prepare for the team, organise all the details for the day and help you identify what tools are needed. VWA's corporate teams have demolished and rebuilt playgrounds, renovated gardens repaired bikes, built furniture and much more.

Contact Angelina at VWA on 9482 4324 or via angelina@volunteeringwa.org.au to discuss your project.

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AlintaCARE Alert

Do you have clients who may need extra assistance to pay an Alinta gas bill? Jacaranda Community Centre may be able to help, taking applications (up to six per agency) commencing Wednesday 7 December through to 5pm Tuesday 13 December 2017.

Please consider how this might assist a client during the Christmas period to reduce their debt. Application forms are available at www.jacarandacommunitycentre.org.au or from WACOSS or FCAWA. Please do not worry about the dates on the forms.

The application and the front of the bill can be faxed to (08) 9477 5300 or please scan and email to info@jacarandacc.org.au. If you have any questions, please contact Tracey at Jacaranda Community Centre on (08) 9477 4346.

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Grants & Funding

Community Grants Hub - Volunteer Grants 2016

The Australian Government is inviting organisations and individuals representing volunteer based community groups to apply for Volunteer Grants 2016 funding.

The funding will help volunteers to do their important work, and the grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 each will allow organisations to buy much needed equipment, such as computers, or help with training volunteers, fuel costs or undertaking background security checks.

For more information, please visit Volunteer Grants 2016. Applications close at 2pm AEDT, Tuesday 20 December 2016.

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NDRI - PhD Scholarships 2017 - Melbourne

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for two PhD scholarships related to new ARC-funded research projects in the area of alcohol and other drug use.

Based in NDRI's Social Studies of Addiction Concepts research program (Melbourne), the projects are qualitative in method, and address the following issues:

  1. Performance and image-enhancing drug (PIED) use: interview-based, observational and cognate methods will investigate how men who inject PIEDs give meaning to their use and how they understand the health aspects of PIED use. [One scholarship]
  2. Uptake of naloxone, the lifesaving medication for reversing opioid overdose: interview-based, observational and cognate methods will investigate experiences of naloxone administration and the reasons for Australia's relative lack of progress in expanding use of this important medication. [One scholarship]

For more information, pleae visit NDRI PhD Scholarships. Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 16 December 2016.

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WANADA Management Development Program 2017

Expressions of interest are invited for the WANADA Management Development Program (WMDP).

The program takes place on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 March, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April, and Friday 26 May 2017.  The training will be held in the training rooms in the new WANADA office building, Workzone, Level 1, 1 Nash Street, Perth. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 6 February 2017. Download the 2017 WMDP Application Form now. For more information, please contact Maree Stallard on (08) 6557 9400 or via WMDP@wanada.org.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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Full Stop Foundation - Workplace Responses to Gender Based Violence

Workplace Responses to Gender Based Violence
Tuesday 14 February 2017
10am - 10.45am WST / 1pm - 1.45pm AEDT

Find out how employers can address gender-based violence as a workplace issue, by developing and implementing policy and responses to support employees who have experienced this violence, as well as those who may use this violence. This webinar is brought to you by 1800RESPECT as part of the 'Stand Together against Domestic and Family Violence' campaign during the 16 Days of Action, 25 November - 10 December 2017.

For more information and to register, please visit 1800RESPECT - Workplace Responses to Gender Based Violence Webinar Registration.

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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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WA Mental Health Conference 2017 - Abstracts and Sponsorship Opportunities

The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), with the support of the WA Mental Health Commission (MHC), will host the -

2nd WA Mental Health Conference 2017
13 - 14 July 2017
Perth Concert Hall

Abstracts close Friday 9 December 2016 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit WA Mental Health Conference 2017.

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AChSHM - 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting

The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) Annual Scientific Meeting
Rise to the Challenge
Saturday 18 March 2017
Primus Hotel, Sydney

For more information, please visit: http://sexualhealthmedicineasm.com.au/
If you require further information, please email raphaelle.kelly@racp.edu.au

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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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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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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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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 - 7 December 2016

Alcohol and other drug issues in the media have included the Australian Greens drug policy, medical cannabis, Hepatitis C treatment and research into a gene associated with alcohol moderation.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 7 December 2016

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

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Quote - 7 December 2016

"Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety."

Rose F. Kennedy

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