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

WANADA - Workforce Development Surveys 2017

With support from the Mental Health Commission, WANADA is mapping and evaluating the current delivery of alcohol and other drug workforce development activities in Western Australia, in line with the National Alcohol and other Drug Workforce Development Strategy.

As part of the project, WANADA is conducting two surveys -

Completing these surveys will support WANADA in building a more comprehensive understanding of alcohol and other drug workforce development in Western Australia.

For further background information on alcohol and other drug workforce development please refer to the Consultation Paper.

Closing date for the surveys is Monday 27 February 2017. For more information, please contact Donna Quinn on (08) 6557 9400 or via donna.quinn@wanada.org.au.

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2017 WA State Election

WANADA - Make A Difference - 2017 WA State Election Position Statement

WANADA today released its 2017 WA State Election Position Statement. Priorities for the alcohol and other drug sector include the need for an Aboriginal-specific alcohol and other drug residential service in the state's south, and effective prison programs that prevent and treat alcohol and other drug related problems in order to reduce recidivism and crime.

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Major Party Alcohol and other Drug Policy Platforms

Before you vote or take action, find out more about our major political parties' positions on alcohol and other drugs.

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WA AOD Sector 2017 State Election Forum

The Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA (WA Liberals), the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC (WA Labor) and Greens WA candidate for the North Metropolitan region Alison Xamon gave support to maintaining the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025 at the Alcohol and other Drug Sector 2017 State Election Forum in Perth on Thursday 2 February 2017.

Participants raised the need for more regional services in local communities, the growing importance of cross-sector approaches to alcohol and other drug issues, prevention and education efforts, the need for more alcohol and other drug specialist doctors in our hospitals, and the continuing importance of harm reduction services.

The event, facilitated by Cathy O'Leary, Health and Medical Editor at WA Newspapers, brought together over 50 alcohol and other sector representatives, including consumers, to hear from party representatives.

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Palmerston - National Family Drug Support Day Events

National Family Drug Support Day
Wednesday 22 February 2017
5pm - 6pm - Family Networking Dinner
6pm - 7.30pm - Family Support Group
134 Palmerston Street, Perth

National Family Drug Support Day aims to reduce stigma and discrimination for families and drug users and promote family drug support services and harm reduction services. Palmerston will be hosting a free evening event for families to coincide with Family Drug Support Day. The event will include a light supper and presentations from local agencies on the support they offer families. Families are also welcome to stay for the weekly Family Support group after dinner.

Please RSVP by 20 February. To register or for more information please call Palmerston Perth 9328 7355 or email perth@palmerston.org.au.

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NDRI - Measuring and Modelling Alcohol Harms

Measuring and Modelling Alcohol Harms
Adam Sherk, PhD Candidate and Research Associate, Centre for Addictions Research of BC, Canada
Thursday 2 March 2017
1pm - 2pm
Technology Park, Building 603, Level 2 Seminar Room (Room 213)
Sarich Way, Bentley

Advances in measuring alcohol-attributable harms, such as deaths, hospitalisations and potential years of life lost, will be discussed, and a policy to consumption to harm alcohol policy model will then be presented to give us the ability to estimate changes in alcohol-attributable harms from proposed or realised changes in alcohol policy. This seminar will be of interest to researchers, public health advocates, statisticians, students and others with an interest in alcohol-related harm.

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

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Inaugural WA Charitable Food Sector Forum

WA Charitable Food Sector Research Forum
Thursday 9 March 2017
2pm - 5pm
Curtin Business School, 78 Murray St, Perth
Light afternoon tea provided.

Anyone interested in any aspect of food relief in Western Australia is invited to the first WA Charitable Food Sector Research Forum to explore opportunities to work together. This interactive forum is designed to discuss recent research findings, explore current challenges within the sector, and look for opportunities to connect and build collaborations for improvement.

Please RSVP by 13 March 2017. For registration and more information, please visit the WA Charitable Food Sector Research Forum at Eventbrite.

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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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AOD News

CADS Consumer Involvement Committee - Seeking Consumer Co-Chair

The Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) Consumer Involvement Committee is seeking a Consumer Co-Chair. The committee supports the metro CADS to be responsive to consumer needs by actively engaging consumers and encouraging effective consumer participation. The Committee provides input on issues such as policy, planning, implementation, workforce development, evaluation and service delivery activities that affect the lives of alcohol and other drug consumers. The committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 10.30am - 12noon in East Perth.

For more information on remuneration, the committee and how to apply, please visit the Mental Health Commission website. Applications close Monday 27 February 2017.

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Make Smoking History - From Every Quitter Campaign

On Sunday 12 February 2017 Make Smoking History (MSH) launched their brand new WA-made campaign 'From Every Quitter'.  The campaign features a diverse group of twelve Western Australians who have recently quit smoking or are currently attempting to quit.  In the television advertisement each person delivers an authentic heartfelt plea directly to camera, asking smokers, "If you can't quit with me, don't smoke around me."

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ACOSH - Seven Actions To Achieve A Tobacco Free Western Australia By 2025

In 2010, it was estimated that the social costs of smoking in WA were $3 billion and the total direct healthcare costs were about $202 million. In the lead up to the 2017 WA State Election, ACOSH has released 'Seven actions to achieve a Tobacco Free Western Australia by 2025.'

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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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New Resources

WACOSS - Not-For-Profit Landscape Report

The Western Australian Council of Social Service has released a report on the state’s not-for-profit landscape, which shows that WA’s charities sector employs 7% of the state’s workforce – three times as many workers as agriculture, forestry and fishing put together, and just behind manufacturing at 7.4% and mining at 8%. Download a PDF of the full WA Not-for-profit Landscape Report.

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Health News

Australian Government - National Rural Health Commissioner

Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner will be an independent and high-profile advocate for regional, rural and remote health. The Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, will introduce the Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) Bill 2017 into the House of Representatives to establish the role of the Commissioner as part of important reforms to regional and rural health in Australia. For more information, please read 'Australia's First National Rural Health Commissioner: The Champion of Regional and Rural Health Reform' (8 February 2017).

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Grants & Funding

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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WA AIDS Council - BBV Informed Consent Training 2017

BBV Informed Consent Training
Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 June 2017
9am - 4.30pm
City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth
Cost: $350 (inc GST) with morning tea and lunch provided.

For more information, please contact Reena D'Souza on (08) 9482 0000 or via rdsouza@waaids.com.

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WACOSS - Masterclasses - Self-Directed Services

WACOSS is hosting a series of three masterclasses that will build on the Empowering and Transforming Lives Forum where agencies, consumers and carers will all have a chance to hear the latest international developments and share local insights on self-directed services. The masterclasses will provide an opportunity to take the learning from the forum and apply it in particular sectors.

Masterclass 1: Designing Self-Directed Support for Children in Care - Tuesday 28 February 2017
Masterclass 2: Designing Self-Directed Support for People with Disabilities - Wednesday 1 March 2017
Masterclass 3: Individual Service Design for People with Complex Needs - Thursday 2 March 2017

For more information, plese visit Self-Directed Services - Masterclasses.

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AODKC - Professor Ann Roche and Allan Trifonoff - Methamphetamine Webinar

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) is hosting this free webinar -
What workers and organisations can do to support clients and communities in relation to crystal methamphetamine
With guest presenters Professor Ann Roche and Allan Trifonoff, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA).
Wednesday 8 March 2017
10am - 11am AWST

The webinar will cover communicating effectively with people using crystal methamphetamine, staying safe - preventing and managing critical incidents, examples of harm reduction strategies, service reorientation and tailoring environments, addressing stigma and working with/supporting families.

No additional software required to join the webinar, other than a stable internet connection. Access the link five minutes prior https://acp.ecu.edu.au/healthinfonet/
If you have any questions, please contact Avinna via a.trzesinski@ecu.edu.au.

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Lifeline / City of Gosnells - DV-Alert for Frontline Workers Supporting Multicultural Communities

DV-Alert Training for Frontline Workers Supporting Multicultural Communities
Tuesday 28 February and Wednesday 1 March 2017
9am - 4.30pm
Mills Park Centre, 86 Brixton Street, Beckenham

For all health, allied health, community, higher education, childcare frontline workers supporting multicultural communities. To register, please visit www.dvalert.org.au

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Relationships Australia - Defusing Angry and Abusive Customers

Defusing Angry and Abusive Customers
Wednesday 29 March 2017
9.30am - 1pm
22 Southport St, West Leederville
Fee: $110 per person

This half day seminar offers key principles and strategies to defuse  clients' and  customers' anger and reduce abusive behaviour right from the start. It also assists you to reduce your own stress levels. 

Call 6164 0200 to enrol. For more information, please visit Relationships Australia - Defusing Angry and Abusive Customers.

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WAAMH - Mental Health Training Semester 1 2017

The Western Australian Association for Mental Health's (WAAMH) training team has released its Semester One Training Calendar for 2017. Training courses include:

  • Influential Public Speaking for Change-Makers - 16 March 2017 - 11 May 2017 (Thursday evenings)
  • De-escalation Techniques - 27 March 2017 - Perth, May 2017 - Bunbury and Albany
  • Mental Health Communication - 10 April 2017 - Perth, May 2017 - Bunbury and Albany
  • Positive Psychology Tools - 12 April 2017
  • Mental Health First Aid - 19 and 20 April 2017
  • Re-thinking Thoughts  - 11 May 2017
  • Mindfulness - 14 and 21 June 2017 - Wednesday evenings
  • Workers with Mental Health Issues - 20 June 2017

Register early online at WAAMH Events.

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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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Australian Winter School 2017 - Call for Abstracts

The Australian Winter School Conference
27 - 28 July 2017
9am - 5pm daily
Mercure Brisbane 85 - 87 North Quay, Brisbane

Share your work and inspire others. The program will include plenaries, multiple concurrent sessions and panels on a range of issues including: harm reduction, treatment and prevention.

Abstract submissions close Tuesday 28 February 2017. Submissions can be made via the website: www.winterschool.org.au

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Fourth Contemporary Drug Problems Conference - Abstracts Open

Fourth Contemporary Drug Problems Conference
Making alcohol and other drug realities
23 - 25 August, 2017
Helsinki, Finland

Abstracts close 1 March 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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International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference 2017

International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference 2017
24 - 26 March 2017
Sydney Convention Centre

IMiA 2017 Conference will be co-convened by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians and The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. 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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In the Media

In the Media - 16 February 2017

Alcohol and other drug issues in the media include warnings about synthetic drugs in WA, virtual reality and the risk of addiction, and our major political parties' plans to address methamphetamine issues as we approach the 2017 WA State Election.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 16 February 2017

Our newest job opportunities come from Mission Australia and Womens Health and Family Services. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote - 16 February 2017

"In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it."

Marianne Williamson

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