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

Deeper Understanding of AOD Issues Thanks To Student Placement

UWA Masters of Public Health student Claire Corbould has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Neuroscience, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and International Relations. Claire has chosen to undertake an internship at WANADA, assisting with the Workforce Development Project.

"I've studied the personal and social impacts of AOD use and consider AOD prevention, treatment and harm reduction as an ethical imperative, and a necessity to improve the social and physical health of our communities," says Claire. "I'm interested in the translation of research into practice and value WANADA's role in AOD knowledge translation."

  Claire says her understanding of the sector has already deepened as a result of meeting with serveral WANADA members.

For more information about WANADA's student placement program, please contact Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator Donna Quinn on (08) 6557 9400 or via donna.quinn@wanada.org.au

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2017 WA State Election

Roger Cook Appointed Mental Health Minister

With the 2017 WA State Election behind us, we now welcome Roger Cook MLA as Minister for Health; Mental Health with Alanna Clohesy as Parliamentary Secretary. Other ministerial appointments relevant to the alcohol and other drug sector and community services include:

Fran Logan - Corrective Services
Simone McGurk - Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services
Ben Wyatt - Aboriginal Affairs
Bill Johnston - Housing
Michelle Roberts - Police; Road Safety
John Quigley - Attorney General
Peter Tinley - Veterans Issues; Youth
Mick Murray - Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering
Paul Papalia - Racing and Gaming; Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
Sue Ellery - Education and Training
Stephen Dawson - Disability Services
David Templeman - Local Government

If you have any questions about WANADA's advocacy plans as we work to engage with a new State Government, please contact us on (08) 6557 9400 or via drugpeak@wanada.org.au

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WACOSS - Emerging Issues Forum

Emerging Issues Forum for Community Sector Leaders
Monday 3 April 2017
1pm - 3pm
The Platform, Level 3, 256 Adelaide Tce, Perth
Cost - $48.00 (WACOSS Members) $60.00 (Non-Members)

This forum provides analysis to inform the service and strategic planning needs of the executives and Boards of community service providers into the future. For more information and to register, please visit WACOSS Events - Emerging Issues Forum 2017.

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AOD News

Australia21 - Can Australia Respond To Drugs More Effectively and Safely?

'Can Australia respond to drugs more effectively and safely?' is a new Australia21 report launched this week by beyondblue founder and former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett along with former NSW Premier Bob Carr. According to Australia21, the report recognises the weight of evidence from Australia and overseas that proves policing is singularly unsuccessful in reducing harms or changing drug use habits. For more information, please read 'Senior police and drug users stand side-by-side for law reform' (Australia21 Media Release, 20 March 2017).

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FARE - #BoozeFreeSport Campaign

FARE has launched its winter #BoozeFreeSport campaign and is calling for alcohol brand sponsorship of football to be phased out. Millions of Australian children and families will be watching footy codes like the AFL and NRL this winter. Along with the footy, there will be lots of alcohol advertising, as there was with the cricket over summer. Children's exposure to alcohol advertising is associated with them drinking more and from an earlier age. To support the campaign:

  1. Become a #BoozeFreeSport fan
  2. Share #boozefreesport with your networks
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Just One Life Campaign For Pill Testing

Just One Life is a new campaign on pill testing and is a collaboration between Noffs Foundation, Australian Drug Observatory, DanceWize (HRV), Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Harm Reduction Australia. For more information on the campaign, please visit Just One Life or to join the campaign on social media use the hashtag #JustOneLife.

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New Resources

ACOSH - New Website

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) has launched a brand new interactive website. The website features polls, resources, timelines, statistics and social media feeds. Explore the new website and join online campaigns at www.acosh.org

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Health News

ECU - 2016 Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Health Status

The Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016 provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The overview shows that the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continues to improve slowly and there have been a decline in the death rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and also a significant closing of the gap in death rates between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people. For more information, please visit the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

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Mental Health Programs & Services

MIFWA - suicide to Hope Workshop - Mandurah 2017

suicide to Hope
A Recovery and Growth Workshop
Friday 16 June 2017
9am - 5pm
Quest, 22 Flinders Lane, Rockingham
Course Fee: Subsidised by the MHC. Training normally $350.

This is a one-day workshop primarily designed for clinicians and other professional helpers who work with persons previously at risk of and currently safe from suicide. It provides tools to help these professionals and persons with experiences of suicide to work together to develop achievable and significant recovery and growth goals.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Joyce Vidot on 9237 8900 or via Joyce.vidot@mifwa.org.au.

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Grants & Funding

CommBank - Grassroots Grants 2017

As part of its Community Grants program, CommBank is awarding $2 million in Grassroots Grants of up to $10,000 each year for three years to youth-focused community organisations across Australia. Visit Grassroots Grants for application information, eligibility criteria and guidelines.

Applications close at 11.59pm (AEDT) Friday 31 March 2017.

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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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WACOSS - Big Data and Social Investment Events 2017

WACOSS is holding a series of events on Big Data and Social Investment, including:

  • Change the Story Report Launch - Monday 3 April 2017, 3pm - 4.30pm, The Platform, Level 3, 256 Adelaide Tce, Perth
  • Big Data and Social Investment Forum: Strong Evidence, Smart Decisions, Better Future - Tuesday 4 April 2017, 9.30am - 4.30pm, City West Receptions, 45 Plaistowe Mews, West Perth
  • Big Data and Social Investment Masterclass - Wednesday 5 April 2017, 1.30pm - 4.30pm, City West Receptions, 45 Plaistowe Mews, West Perth

For more information about these events and more, please visit WACOSS Big Data and Social Investment Events.

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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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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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Relationships WA - Professional Development April/May 2017

Relationships WA is offering the following professional development courses in West Leederville:

  • Intro to being a Supervisor, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 April 2017
  • Parenting Between Cultures - Working with Migrant and Refugee Parents, Wednesday 3 May 2017
  • Introduction to Couples Counselling, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May 2017

For more information or to enrol, please call (08) 6164 0200 or visit Relationships WA - Professional Development Courses.

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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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In the Media

In the Media - 20 March 2017

Alcohol and other drug issues in the news include Party like it’s payday… with rum? at Drink Tank and Survey looks at alcohol management choices in the North West Telegraph.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 20 March 2017

Our newest job opportunities come from Holyoake and Mission Australia. For more information, visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote - 20 March 2017

"So what's it like to be me? Ask yourself, 'What's it like to be me? The only way we'll ever know what it's like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself hat's where home is."

Bill Murray

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