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Message from WANADA
2017 WA State Election
Member News
AOD News
Research News
Mental Health Programs & Services
Community Service News
Grants & Funding
In the Media
Job Opportunities
Message from WANADA

Festive Greetings and Best Wishes for 2017

Christmas Baubles 2016 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at WANADA. We very much appreciate your support throughout the year and wish you all the very best for 2017.

Many in the sector will be working over the holiday season to support others in the community. We particularly wish you and the people with whom you work a safe and rewarding festive season.

The WANADA office will close for Christmas and the New Year, re-opening on Tuesday 3 January 2017. We look forward to working with the alcohol and other drug sector again next year.

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2017 WA State Election

2017 WA State Election Campaign

WANADA is preparing our 2017 WA State Election Campaign in the lead up to the election on Saturday 11 March 2017. WANADA will once again host the Alcohol and other Drug Sector State Election Forum, planned for Thursday 2 February 2017. The West Australian's Medical Editor Cathy O'Leary will facilitate the forum, providing representatives from the major political parties with an opportunity to talk about their alcohol and other drug-related policies with the sector.

WANADA is also a part of the WA Human Services Peaks campaign, launched on Wednesday 21 December 2016 at City West Lotteries House. For more information on this campaign, please visit the WA Peaks State Election campaign website, follow the campaign on Twitter @PeaksWA, or visit WA Peaks on Facebook.

WANADA welcomes your participation and feedback on our advocacy work for the sector. For more information, please contact Ethan James on (08) 6557 9400 or via ethan.james@wanada.org.au.

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Member News

Cyrenian House / St John of God Hospital Subiaco - Low Medical Inpatient Withdrawal

Cyrenian House in partnership with St John of God Hospital Subiaco's Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network (DAWN) are pleased to announce the provision of four low medical inpatient withdrawal beds at a new service called Serenity Withdrawal Unit (SWU). The new service is located in a separate facility at Serenity Lodge Therapeutic Community (TC) in Rockingham.

In addition, the Rick Hammersley Centre TC has been funded by the MHC to operate an additional 10 residential beds from 1 January 2017. Serenity Lodge TC has been funded by the MHC to operate an additional six residential beds from 1 January 2017.

Please contact Cyrenian House Non-Residential Services on 9328 9200 for further information regarding assessment and admission to both the Rick Hammersley Centre and Serenity Lodge Therapeutic Communities and the Serenity Withdrawal Unit.

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Indigo Junction - Churchill Fellowship for Sharon Gough

Indigo Junction program manager Sharon Gough is among 106 Australians selected to travel the world in search of new ideas, excellence and innovation as a 2016 Churchill Fellow. As part of the Department for Child Protection and Family Support Churchill Fellowship, Sharon will investigate programs for young people leaving care that prevent homelessness. Sharon will travel to New Zealand, the USA and Canada, and we wish her all the best.

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Mission Australia - Christmas Lunch in the Park

Christmas Lunch in the Park
Sunday 25 December 2016
11am - 2pm
Wellington Square Park, East Perth
Free - donations welcome

Come along for a delicious lunch and entertainment. For more information, please visit:

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NDRI - Alcohol In The City

Alcohol in the city centre: Detection, unintended consequences and effects on the community
A free public seminar with Simon Moore, Professor of Public Health, Cardiff University
Wednesday 18 January 2017
11.30am - 12.30pm
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University Health Research Campus
10 Selby St, Shenton Park

This seminar will discuss research on real time analysis of CCTV data to detect and understand violence in night time environments; how "big data" can reveal the causes and consequences of alcohol use and how health services, and the community generally, are affected by those who drink alcohol to excess.

To RSVP, please email ndriau@curtin.edu.au.

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Social Reinvestment WA - Campaign Launch Breakfast

Social Reinvestment WA - Campaign Launch Breakfast
Monday 23 January 2017.
7.45am for 8am start
Venue TBC
Breakfast provided

The event will feature a Welcome to Country and special guest speakers, followed by a panel discussion.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Hayley via hbeth@aads.org.au or Sophie via sstewart@aads.org.au at Social Reinvestment WA.

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WACOSS 2017 New Year Sector Breakfast

WACOSS New Year Sector Breakfast
Friday 20 January 2017
8am - 10am
Mt Eliza House, Kings Park

WACOSS President Steve Joske CSC and CEO Louise Giollitto invite you to attend the Annual New Year Sector Breakfast.
This event allows members and supporters to come together to celebrate achievements over the past year and to welcome a new and exciting year ahead.   
Please RSVP by Monday 16 January 2017. For more information please contact info@wacoss.org.au or call (08) 9420 7222.

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AOD News

Exposure Draft Compulsory Treatment (Alcohol and other Drugs) Bill 2016

The Minister for Mental Health has released the Exposure Draft Compulsory Treatment (Alcohol and Other Drugs) Bill 2016 (Exposure Draft Bill) and associated Summary Model of Service for public comment.

The Mental Health Commission is now seeking feedback on the Exposure Draft Bill and the proposed Compulsory Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Treatment Program in Western Australia.

WANADA will make a submission based on sector input and research. For more information, please contact Ethan James on (08) 6557 9400 or via ethan.james@wanada.org.au.

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WANADA - Inquiry Into Crystal Methamphetamine (Ice) Submissions

Submissions to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Inquiry into Crystal Methamphetamine (Ice) closed on 14 December 2016. WANADA made a significant contribution to a joint submission prepared by the Network of Australian State and Territory Alcohol and other Drug Peak Bodies, as well as making our own submission specific to Western Australia. WANADArecommendations include:

  • that further investment in alcohol and other drugs is prioritised by the Australian Government to address the high level of unmet demand for services.
  • that the Australian Government invest in a national approach to address stigma and discrimination of people with alcohol and other drug issues.
  • that the Western Australian Government increase the number of demand and harm reduction initiatives, to support a more balanced approach to alcohol and other drug policy.

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Or for more information, please contact Ethan James on (08) 6557 9400 or via ethan.james@wanada.org.au.

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Research News

Deakin University - Alcohol/Drug-Involved Family Violence

New Deakin research has confirmed the link between alcohol and other drugs and domestic violence, showing heavy binge drinking doubles the risk of family or intimate partner violence.

The three year research project surveyed more than 5000 people and analysed police data from across the country, finding those who reported their partners engaged in heavy binge drinking were nearly six times more likely to report their partners had been violent towards them.

The study, Alcohol/Drug-Involved Family Violence in Australia (ADIVA), was completed by researchers from Deakin’s School of Psychology and funded by the National Drug Law Enforcement Fund.

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The Lancet - Compulsory Drug Detention Centres

In the Lancet Global Health, Martin Wegman and colleagues present their study of opioid use in opioid-dependent individuals released from compulsory drug detention centres (CDDCs) compared with those from voluntary methadone treatment centres (VTCs) in Malaysia. This study was the first prospective observational study to compare drug-use outcomes between the two facility types. The investigators showed that opioid-dependent individuals in CDDCs were signifi cantly more likely to relapse to opioid use after release than opioid-dependent individuals receiving methadone in VTCs (in unadjusted analyses, CDDC participants had significantly more rapid relapse to opioid use post-release compared with VTC participants [median time to relapse 31 days {IQR 26–32} vs 352 days {256–inestimable}, log rank test p<0·0001).

For more information, please read Relapse to opioid use in opioid-dependent individuals released from compulsory drug detention centres compared with those from voluntary methadone treatment centres in Malaysia: a two-arm, prospective observational study at the Lancet Clobal Health.

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Mental Health Programs & Services

MIFWA Carers Services - 2017 Well Ways for LGBTI Carers

MIFWA Carers Services are to be involved in a new initiative in 2017 that will provide Well Ways 'building a future' family education to LGBTI carers. MIFWA is now calling for expressions of interest for the program. For more information, please contact Trudy Young via trudy.young@mifwa.org.au or Samantha Scott via samantha.scott@mifwa.org.au.

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Community Service News

Claisebrook Lotteries House - Office Space Available

If your not-for-profit organisation is looking for an office space, Claisebrook Lotteries House has affordable accommodation and facilities available.

Centrally located in East Perth, it has a great community feel to it and provides a friendly, welcoming work environment.
For further information, please visit the Claisebrook Lotteries House website or contact Jane on 9221 7282 or email clha@iinet.net.au.

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Grants & Funding

Australian Government - Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Program

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is encouraging organisations to consider their eligibility to become an LDAT and apply for up to $40,000(pa) in funding. The $19.2 million LDAT Program has been funded by the Australian Government in response to the 2015 National Ice Action Taskforce and Strategy.

The objective of the LDAT Program is to help communities work together to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug harms. For more information, please visit ADF LDAT Grants.

The first round of grant funding closes Wednesday 8 February 2017.

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DLGC - Youth Engagement Grants Program

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for local governments and community service organisations to implement projects that engage young people (10–18 years old) in creative ways and help achieve positive outcomes. For more information, please visit the Department of Local Government and Communities - Youth Engagement Grants Program.

Applications are open on an ongoing basis, however, please allow up to 12 weeks for your project to be considered by the department.

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DSS - Try, Test and Learn Fund

The Try, Test and Learn Fund will trial new or innovative approaches to assist people who are at risk of long-term reliance on welfare into stable, sustainable employment.

The fund will target people who may have the capacity to work and are at risk of long-term welfare dependency. In the first tranche of the Fund, the groups to be targeted are young carers, young parents and young students at risk of long-term unemployment.

For more information, please visit Try Test and Learn Fund.

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AODtraining@MHC - Semester 1 2017 Calendar

The Semester 1 2017 AODtraining@MHC Calendar includes a range of new and regular training events, focussing on alcohol and other drug-related harms, available via a new online registration system. This new online registration system (IVVY) will provider easier accessibility for applicants registering their interest in calendar training.

New training events include:

  • ST330 Recognising and Responding to Amphetamine Intoxication/Toxicity & Opioid Overdose (frontline worker training)
  • ST329 Understanding AOD Issues and Family Inclusive Practice: Training for AOD Administration Workers

Regular training events include:

  • ST293 Group work - making it work
  • ST324 Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention
  • ST317 Advanced Motivational Interviewing

To register your interest in an event please visit AODtraining@MHC. (Please note: the web page may take a little while to load).

If you have any queries please feel free to contact Workforce Development via the new email address AOD.training@mhc.wa.gov.au or on (08) 6553 0560.

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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 are offering a Graduate Certificate in AOD Drug Studies with an applied approach to AOD studies. Please note that 2017 will be the last year of admission for the course. They are also offering a Masters in Addictive Studies, delivered through Monash University, with a greater focus on academic career development or research. For more information, please visit Turning Point Online Graduate Programs. Applications close Friday 3 February 2017.

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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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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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2017 Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference

The 4th Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference
15 - 17 May 2017
Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast

Abstract submission is open until Monday 6 February 2017. 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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In the Media

In the Media - 23 December 2016

Recent coverage of alcohol and other drug issues in the media has included a piece on alcohol use and domestic violence at The Conversation, an ABC News report on the headspace evaluation, and a Western Suburbs Weekly story on the Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service (WANDAS).

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 23 December 2016

Our newest job opportunities come from Palmerston Association, Cyrenian House, Hope Community Services, Tangentyere Council and WA Department of Health. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote - 23 December 2016

"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."

Martin Luther King

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