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Message from WANADA
AOD News
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Community Service News
Grants & Funding
In the Media
Job Opportunities
Message from WANADA

2017 WA State Election - One Week Out

We're one week away from the 2017 WA State Election and many people have already cast their vote. WANADA continues to advocate for cost-effective initiatives that will address alcohol and other drug-related issues in the long-term, including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services.

Over the last fortnight, WANADA has written to all candidates from the major parties, informing them of our position and encouraging them to learn more about alcohol and other drug services in their electorates. WANADA also responded to an opinion piece by Tom Percy QC in The Sunday Times with a letter to the editor. The Sunday Times published an abridged version of the letter on Sunday 19 February 2017.

WANADA will maintain our campaign until the election on Saturday 11 March 2017. We are working with other WA human service peak bodies to support the What If It Was Me? campaign. Support the campaign by following us on Twitter @WANADAFYI or Like us on Facebook.

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CoMHWA - Bring Your Voice Community Consultation

Bring Your Voice
Friday 10 March 2017
1pm - 4pm
YMCA HQ Leederville, 60A Frame Court, Leederville
Refreshments provided.

Share your views. It’s time to #makeachange in mental health. Free event with music, entertainment, consultation, storytelling and performance.

Hosted by Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA). Contact CoMHWA on 9258 8911 for more information.

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Harmony Week 2017

Harmony Week
15 - 21 March 2017

Everyone is encouraged to experience, explore and appreciate WA's wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity. For information on how to participate, download the 2017 Harmony Week Kit.

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A Taste of Harmony 2017

A Taste of Harmony is a great way to celebrate Australia's cultural diversity. You can celebrate cultural diversity in the workplace over two weeks, between 20 and 31 March 2017. The theme this year is 'A Taste of What Makes Australia Great', and it is your chance to share a dish that celebrates our diverse culture. A Taste of Harmony is a free event and there is no fundraising involved.

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International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day (IWD) 2017
Empower a Woman, Empower a Nation
Wednesday 8 March 2017

For more information, including IWD events in WA, please access DLGC - International Women's Day Events. .

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ECCWA - International Women's Day 2017

ECCWA - International Women's Day 2017
Be Bold for Change
Keynote Address - Ms Hanifa Deen, award-winning Australian author of Pakistani heritage
Plus Roia Atmar, an inspiring speaker from the Pat Giles Centre
Wednesday 8 March 2017
10.30am - 2.30pm
The Rise, 24 Eighth Ave, Maylands
Food and beverages provided.

This event has been organised by the ECCWA Women’s Subcommittee in partnership with culturally and linguistically diverse women and agencies that support them. RSVP by Monday 6 March 2017 (for catering) via admin@eccwa.org.au or find the event at Multicultural WA.

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AOD News

Department of Health - $75M Per Year For AOD Services

The Australian Government will continue to support drug and alcohol treatment services across Australia with funding of more than $75 million a year. Read more in 'Providing certainty and funding for alcohol and drug treatment services' (Media Statement, Minister for Health The Hon Greg Hunt, 3 March 2017).

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WA AOD Workforce Development Surveys Close Soon


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 extended to Monday 6 March 2017. For more information, please contact Donna Quinn on (08) 6557 9400 or via donna.quinn@wanada.org.au.

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AARB - Take Action On Alcohol Advertising

Do you want to see strong, independent regulation of alcohol advertising in Australia? Take action by submitting a complaint to the Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB). Developed by the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth and Cancer Council WA, the AARB accepts and reviews complaints from the Australian community about alcohol advertising. Making a complaint is simple - just send a pic or link to the ad (if you can) and briefly describe why it concerns you. At www.alcoholadreview.com.au you will find an online form and contact details to submit complaints.

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New Resources

Kirby Institute - WA GPs Embrace New Hepatitis C Treatment

Western Australian general practitioners are amongst the nation’s most proactive when it comes to prescribing effective new treatments for people living with hepatitis C. A new report released by the Kirby Institute at UNSW found that after the new treatments became available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) last year, the proportion of prescriptions by GPs in WA increased from 4 per cent in March to 23 per cent in September. This is higher than the national trend which showed an increase from 4 to 19 per cent.

For more information, visit GPs embrace new hepatitis C treatments uptake in Australia at WA Health or download Monitoring hepatitis C treatment uptake in Australia Issue #6 February 2017.

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Hepatitis Training and Resources

The Sexual Health & Blood-borne Virus Program at the WA Department of Health has provided these links to online training and resources related to hepatitis C.

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Health News

WCHNWA - Investing In Women Report

The Women's Community Health Network of WA has released a new report 'Strengthen families, strengthen communities … Invest in Women’s Health' in the lead up to the state election. The report calls for increased funding for Western Australia’s Women’s community health services to:

  • Prevent and respond to high rates of mental illness amongst girls and women
  • Prevent and respond to violence against women and children
  • Promote good sexual and reproductive health outcomes amongst girls and women
  • Promote gender equity for good health outcomes
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Research News

Financial Stress and Smoking

New research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health shows that smokers living in an area of socioeconomic disadvantage are under greater financial stress than either ex-smokers or non-smokers. The researchers, based at the University of Newcastle and the University of Nebraska, suggest that  enhanced cessation support is provided to smokers experiencing financial stress. Download the full article 'Financial Stress and Smoking within a Large Sample of Socially Disadvantaged Australians' (Ashleigh Guillaumier, Laura Twyman, Christine Paul, Mohammad Siahpush, Kerrin Palazzi, and Billie Bonevski).

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Telethon Kids Institute - 1 in 3 Young People in Detention Have FASD

About a third of young people in youth detention in Western Australia have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), preliminary data from the Telethon Kids Institute has shown. The Banksia Hill Project is the first study in Australia to assess and diagnose young people in a youth custodial facility for FASD. Read more in '1 in 3 young people in detention has alcohol related brain damage' at the Telethon Kids Institute.

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Community Service News

WA Volunteer of the Year Awards 2017 - Nominate Now

The prestigious WA Volunteer of the Year Awards recognises organisations or individuals who go above and beyond in their service to our community, generously giving their time and dedication to making our communities better places to live. Nominations close at 5pm Friday 10 March 2017. For more information, visit: https://awards.volunteeringwa.org.au/

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WACOSS - Advice And Assistance For Centrelink Disputes

In July 2016, Centrelink commenced piloting its automated debt recovery program. The systemic problems in this program have resulted in people, on an alarmingly large scale, being issued with:          debts they do not owe,

  • debts higher than they owe,
  • penalties as a consequence of insufficient appropriate avenues provided by Centrelink for people to redress discrepancies, and
  • penalties as a consequence of inadequate efforts on behalf of Centrelink to confirm notification of potential debts has been received.
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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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MHC - How To Write A Small Grant Application

How To Write A Small Grant Application
Presenter: Haylee Hawkins, Project Support Officer - Local Drug Action Groups Inc.
Wednesday 15 March 2017
9.30am - 12.30pm
Mental Health Commission, 1 Nash St, Perth
Cost: Free

Registrations close Friday 10 March 2017. Register online at MHC How To Write Small Grant Applications, or contact Tyra Thomas at the Mental Health Commission on 6553 0340 for more information.

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DLGC - Grants for Women

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for local governments and community service organisations to implement projects that focus on addressing the unique issues faced by women. For more information, please call 6551 8700 or email grants@dlgc.wa.gov.au or visit the DLGC website.

Applications close on Sunday 31 December 2017.

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Rise / MIFWA - Peer Work Course April 2017

Peer Work Course
Information session  - 7 April 2017, 10am - 1.30pm
Course - Fridays 21 April - 26 May 2017, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Helens Place, 12a Leslie Road, Middle Swan
Cost: $50

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you a person who has experienced mental illness?
  • Do you have lived experience of recovery?
  • Do you have a desire to help others?

This course might just be for you. To register, or for more details contact Rebecca Fitzpatrick on 0447 855 693 or email: rebecca.fitzpatrick@risenetwork.com.au.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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INHSU 2017 - Abstracts and Scholarships

6th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users
6 – 8 September 2017
Hyatt Regency on the Hudson, Jersey City/New York, United States

Abstracts are open and due Friday 28 April 2017. Scholarship opportunities are available and applications close Friday 28 April 2017. For more information, please visit: http://www.inhsu2017.com/

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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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In the Media

In the Media - 3 March 2017

Alcohol and other drug news coverage has included What happens to your body when you use ice? at ABC Health, Weekly Dose: GHB, a party drug that’s easy to overdose on but was once used in childbirth at The Conversation, and The leafy electorate named a grog assault hotspot in The West Australian.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 3 March 2017

Job opportunities this week come from WASUA, UnitingCare West, Womens Health and Family Services, and Cyrenian House Milliya Rumurra (CHMR). For more information, visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote - 3 March 2017

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.
You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."

Lucille Ball

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