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

How Will Our Major Political Parties Address Alcohol and other Drug Issues?

With alcohol and other drug issues prominent in party campaigns, it's important for the alcohol and other drug sector to have a voice and to learn what the next four years may hold.

WANADA will host the Alcohol and other Drug Sector 2017 State Election Forum on Thursday 2 February 2017 from 10am – 12.30pm at Level 1, 1 Nash St, Perth. Cathy O’Leary, Medical Editor at The West Australian will facilitate the event

We encourage all member agencies and other major stakeholders, including consumers, to participate. To RSVP, please contact Siobhan Davenport via drugpeak@wanada.org.au or on (08) 6557 9400. For more information, please contact Ethan James on (08) 6557 9400 or via ethan.james@wanada.org.au.

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2017 WA State Election

WANADA - WA State Election Campaign And Healthy Communities Week

In the lead up to the 2017 WA State Election, WANADA will release a series of inforgraphics that focus on the need for specialist  alcohol and other drug services to be supported and resourced to meet community need. WANADA will share the infographics through social media, so please follow, like and share via @WANADAFYI (Twitter) and through WANADA's Facebook page.

WANADA also contributes to and supports the WA Peaks Election Campaign 'What if it was you?'. This week's campaign theme is 'Healthy Communities' and focuses on issues including alcohol and other drug use and mental health.

WANADA's Alcohol and other Drug Sector 2017 State Election Forum will be held during the week. Registrations and enquiries are welcome and we look forward to your participation on Thursday 2 February 2017, 10am - 12.30pm at Level 1, 1 Nash Street, Perth.

WANADA's pre-election commitment statements will also be released this week, so stay tuned.

For more information about WANADA's campaign, please contact Ethan James on (08) 6557 9400 or via ethan.james@wanada.org.au.

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Are You Enrolled To Vote?

The electoral roll will close on 9 February 2017 for the State general election to be held in March. To enrol to vote, update your enrolment or check your details, please visit the WA Electoral Commission website.

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MercyCare - Alternatives to Suicide Forum

Alternatives To Suicide Forum
Monday 20 February 2017
8.30am - 12.30pm
The Rise, 28 Eighth Ave, Maylands

Alternatives to Suicide is a group and philosophy developed by the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (USA). MercyCare is pleased to bring Lisa Forestell and Caroline White to Perth to outline how this approach evolved and why it has been so successful. For more information, please visit:

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Towards Elimination of Restrictive Practices 11th National Forum

Towards Elimination of Restrictive Practices 11th National Forum
(formerly Seclusion & Restraint Reduction forum)
Working together, a culture of care
4 - 5 May 2017
The University of Western Australia

Places are limited. There are also limited subsidised places available for people with lived experience. For more information, please visit Towards Elimination of Restrictive Practices 11th National Forum.

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Member News

Swan City Youth Service - Febfast

Swan City Youth Service (SCYS) in Midland has been selected as Febfast’s WA beneficiary for 2017. Swan City Youth is jumping on board febfast 2017 and “hitting pause for a cause” to support young people with disadvantage in WA. Take a pause from alcohol, sugar or something of your choice and help raise funds for SCYS.

To find out more, register or donate, please visit www.febfast.org.au/swancity

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AOD News

Parent and Family Drug Support Line - Peer Parent Volunteers

The Parent and Family Drug Support Line is currently recruiting for new parent peer volunteers to join its existing team. If you can spare  4 to 5 hours a week and have experienced your own son or daughter's alcohol or drug use problems, then the team would like to hear from you.

The Parent Support Network is a vibrant group of parent volunteers who have been providing telephone support to WA parents for many years. Parent peer volunteers receive free training, support and ongoing supervision,  as well as opportunity to access current information from leading experts within the sector.

If you or someone you know are interested, live in WA, have had experience of a child with alcohol or drug use problems and wish to apply for a volunteer position, please email parentdrugsupport@mhc.gov.wa.au and ask for a Volunteer Application Pack. All information is treated with respect to your privacy.  Details are never shared with anyone.

Applications will close by the end of February for training to commence at the end of April.

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Reminder - Exposure Draft Compulsory Treatment Bill - Submissions Due

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

Feedback is due Tuesday 31 January 2017.

WANADA is making 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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Research News

Addiction - Special Supplement on Alcohol Marketing

The scientific journal Addiction has released a special supplement on alcohol marketing, funded by Alcohol Research UK and the Institute of Alcohol Studies. Key findings from the collection of peer-reviewed manuscripts include:

  • exposure to alcohol marketing is associated with youth alcohol consumption
  • analysis of alcohol promotion during the 2014 FIFA World Cup indicates alcohol marketing practices frequently violate industry voluntary codes of practice
  • alcohol industry self-regulatory codes do not sufficiently protect children and adolescents from exposure to alcohol promotions, especially through the social media.

For more information, please visit Addiction Supplement: The Regulation of Alcohol Marketing: From Research to Public Health Policy - January 2017.

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Orygen - Two At A Time Report

Orygen has released a new report Two at a time: Alcohol and other drug use by young people with a mental illness. The report examines integrating treatments to broaden the reach of services for young people with co-occurring mental ill-health and alcohol and other drug issues, establishing earlier and improved rates of access to eHealth products and services and recommends making existing health clinics friendlier, as young people often find medical clinics unwelcoming and stigmatising.

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New Resources

Alcohol. Think Again - 'Glassbody' Campaign and Community Kit

The new Alcohol. Think Again campaign ‘Glassbody’ aims to build on the successful ‘What you can’t see’ campaign which has run since July 2014. The campaign is a joint initiative between the Mental Health Commission (MHC), and Curtin University (McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth). The community kit for “Glassbody” includes:

  • A3 poster
  • Infographic
  • DL  brochure
  • Factsheets
  • Website and email images
  • Social media posts

For more information, please visit alcoholthinkagain.com.au or download the Glassbody Campaign Community Kit.

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Australian Government - Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report

The seventh Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage (OID) report from the Australian Government Productivity Commission is available online. The report shows some positive trends in the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, but also shows outcomes have stagnated or worsened in some areas.

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AIHW - Tobacco Smoking Rates Across Australia 2014-2015

'Healthy Communities: Tobacco smoking rates across Australia, 2014–15' looks at tobacco smoking rates by Primary Health Network areas. Published in December 2016 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the report can be downloaded from the Australian Government's Healthy Communities site.

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Health News

New Federal Ministers for Health and Indigenous Health

Western Australian MP The Hon Ken Wyatt is the first Indigenous person to be promoted to the federal ministry after being appointed Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health. Greg Hunt has been appointed as the new Minister for Health, replacing Sussan Ley.

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Hepatitis C Treatment Zepatier Added to PBS

Zepatier was added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) on 1 January 2017. Zepatier, which is a combination of grazoprevir and elbasvir, is effective for hepatitis C genotypes 1 and 4. It is the first interferon-free treatment option for genotype 4 to be listed on the PBS.

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New Legislation For The Regulation of Medicines and Poisons in WA

New legislation, designed to provide a modern and flexible framework for the regulation of medicines and poisons in Western Australia will come into effect on Monday 30 January 2017.

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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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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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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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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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AACBT - Mindfulness-Based Treatments for Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders

The Australian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (AACBT) presents international guest Associate Professor Katie Witkiewitz -

AACBT International Workshop
Mindfulness-Based Treatments for Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders
With Associate Professor Katie Witkiewitz
Friday 10 March 2017
9am - 5pm
The Niche at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, 11 Aberdare Rd, Nedlands
Cost: AACBT Members - $340, Student AACBT Members - $170, Non-Members - $490

Find out the latest strategies from the international leading expert on mindfulness in addiction. For more information and to register, please visit AACBT - Perth Mindfulness Workshop.

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MIFWA - ASIST Workshop in Mandurah

ASIST Workshop
Monday 1 May and Tuesday 2 May 2017
9am - 4.30pm
Seashells Mandurah
16 Dolphin Drive, Mandurah
Free to persons living in the Peel Region and funded by the Mental Health Commission.

The two-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop is open to anyone 16 or older. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Joyce Vidot on 9237 8900 or via Joyce.vidot@mifwa.org.au.

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WAAMH - Advocacy Mentoring Workshop

A free workshop introducing a range of specific skills and opportunities for live practice in mentoring for consumers, carers, and family members is being launched next month.

Learn to help others become advocates by sharing your knowledge, expertise and experience, with paid mentoring roles available following the course.

Experienced consumer / carer advocates are invited to express interest in sharing their advocacy experience with others.

Individuals who complete the Mentoring Workshop will have the opportunity to be remunerated for their knowledge, skills, experience, and time as a small group mentor.

For more information, please visit WAAMH Free Advocacy Workshop.

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WAAMH - Advocacy for Action Seminar

Advocacy For Action Seminar
Saturday 11 February 2017
10am - 1pm
Workzone Building, Level 1 (report to reception)
1 Nash Street, Perth

Have your own views on mental health heard though a live practice and mentoring session with WAAMH's advocacy staff. This seminar is for people with lived experience as a consumer, carer or family member, and will be held in partnership with HelpingMinds, Consumers of Mental Health WA and Carers WA. Register or find out more at:

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SARC - 2017 Presentations

The Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) is offering free presentations facilitated by an experienced SARC trainer. Presentations are delivered at your workplace for groups of 10 or more workers. Presentations include:

  • The Sexual Assault and Responding to Disclosures - General
  • The Impact of Trauma
  • Building on Trauma Knowledge
  • Trauma Counselling: Where to Begin
  • Vicarious Trauma and Self Care for Workers
  • Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Abuse in the Clinical Setting

For more information, please visit the SARC Website. To reserve a presentation for your team, email SARCTraining@health.wa.gov.au.
SARC also offers a free online learning package on Responding to Disclosures, available on the SARC website.

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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

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

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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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14th National Rural Health Conference - Earlybird Closing

14th National Rural Health Conference
26 - 29 April 2017

Earlybird registration closes Tuesday 31 January 2017. For more information, please visit:

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WAAMH - 2017 WA Mental Health Conference and Awards

2017 WA Mental Health Conference and Awards
13 - 14 July 2017
Perth Concert Hall

Plus - Multicultural Mental Health Forum, 7 July 2017 at the Bendat Community Centre in Wembley.

Early bird registrations close 17 March 2017. To register, visit WA Mental Health Conference Registration.

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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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Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2017 - Abstract Extension

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

The Scientific Advisory Committee welcome abstracts. Abstracts now close midnight AEDT, Sunday 5 February 2017. For further 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 - 30 January 2017

Alcohol and other drug issues in the media have included a call from doctors to ban alcohol sponsorship of cricket and a piece in The Age / Sydney Morning Herald on one woman's experience of detox and rehabilitation.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 30 January 2017

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

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Quote - 30 January 2017

"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."

Samuel Johnson

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