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Bridging The Nutrition Gap

Over the last six weeks, residents at The Salvation Army's Bridge House have worked with Edith Cowan University Master of Nutrition and Dietetics student Melissa Dunham to explore how alcohol and other drug use can impact on nutrition. Melissa is a former research scientist at the Children's Medical Research Institute in Westmead, New South Wales, and later at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands. Now in the final weeks of her study, Melissa chose to undertake her Community Health placement at WANADA to broaden her understanding of the issues surrounding alcohol and other drugs.

After meeting with residents in detox, Melissa developed resources on nutrition that provide information about how nutrition can support improved mood and physical health. Staff at Bridge House are keen to include nutrition information into their program and Melissa has now developed a nutrition educator's guide to assist their efforts.

WANADA continues to place tertiary students within the sector as part of our Student Placement Program. For more information, please contact Maree Stallard on (08) 6557 9400 or via maree.stallard@wanada.org.au.

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NDRI - AOD Treatment in Prison

Alcohol and other drug treatment in prison
A free 2017 NAIDOC Week public seminar with Michael Doyle, University of Sydney
Thursday 6 July 2017
2pm - 3pm
Technology  Park, Building 603, Level 2 Seminar Room (Room 213)
Sarich Way, Bentley

This Aboriginal-led PhD project investigated the experiences of 31 men (14 Aboriginal and 17 non-Aboriginal) of prison-based AOD treatment programs. The results and findings for this research will be reported in this presentation, which will also include findings from a systematic review of international peer-reviewed literature in prison-based AOD treatment research.

For more information, plese download the NDRI - AOD in Prisons flyer. Please RSVP to ndriau@curtin.edu.au.

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2017 - Plan Your Event

International Overdose Awareness Day 2017
Let's #EndOverdose
31 August 2017

Take the time to come together to:

  • Remember loved ones and to demand action.
  • Recognise the signs of overdose and what to do.
  • Lobby to make the temporary opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone as widely available as possible.
  • Fight for better understanding among people who use drugs that they should call for an ambulance if someone overdoses.

Services that work with people who use drugs are encouraged to get involved and organise commemorations for staff and clients. For more information, visit https://www.overdoseday.com/

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WAAMH - Frame of Mind Comedy Night

Frame of Mind Comedy Night
Featuring MC Peter Rowsthorn with Mikey Robins, Werzel Montague and Ingrid Cumming
Friday 14 July 2017
Perth Concert Hall
Tickets: $39 / $29 concession or $45 at the door.

An evening of stories and laughter, raising funds for mental health services and suicide prevention in WA

Book now at http://waamh.org.au/frameofmind

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AHHA - Data and Innovation Collaboration Network Meeting

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Data and Innovation Collaboration Network Meeting
Speakers - Kim Snowball, Director Healthfix Consulting; A/Prof Suzanne Robinson, Theme Director Health Systems Health Economics, Curtin University; Rachel Hayhurst, Program Portfolio Manager, NPS Medicinewise; and Dr Judith Katzenellenbogen, School of Population and Global Health, University of Western Australia
Tuesday 27 June 2017
9.30am - 4pm
Aloft Perth,  27 Rowe Avenue, The Springs, Rivervale

Membership of both the Data and Innovation Collaboration Networks is open to all AHHA stakeholders with an interest in health data and innovation respectively. To register, visit AHHA Events. For more information, contact AHHA via admin@ahha.asn.au or on (02) 6162 0780.

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AOD News

AIHW - 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a summary of the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey. The 2016 survey shows that younger people (aged under 30) were smoking less, drinking less and using fewer illicit drugs in 2016 than in 2001. However, for people in their 40s, 50s and 60s, there was little to no change in drug usage behaviours over this period but their use of some drugs has increased between 2013 and 2016.

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Changes to Disability Support Pension and AOD

Australian Social Services Minister Christian Porter has made a determination that Table 6 - Functioning related to Alcohol, Drug and Other Substance Use be removed from the Tables for the Assessment of Work-related Impairment for Disability Support Pension. If not disallowed by the Senate, this amendment to the Social Security Act will come into effect on 1 July 2017 and relates to welfare reform announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.

WANADA is monitoring proposed welfare reform likely to have an impact on alcohol and other drug services and consumers. For more information, please contact Advocacy and Research Coordinator Ethan James on (08) 6557 9400 or via ethan.james@wanada.org.au.

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Harm Reduction Australia - Professional and Community Survey

Harm Reduction Australia invites you to take part in a very short survey (3-5 minutes only) to have your views included in the first of its national online surveys to inform public opinion on what Australians want in their drug policies. You can access the HRA Survey until Monday 31 July 2017.

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Support. Don't Punish Global Action Day

Support. Don't Punish, a campaign calling for drug policies focused on human rights, will hold its international day of global action on Monday 26 June 2017. The global advocacy campaign aims to raise awareness around harm reduction. For more information, visit:

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Australian Government - E-Cigarette Inquiry

The Australian Parliament's Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee has commenced an Inquiry into the Use of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers in Australia.

Submissions from interested individuals and organisations are invited by Thursday, 6 July 2017.  The preferred method of receiving submissions is by electronic format lodged online using a My Parliament account. Further information about the Committee's inquiry, including the full terms of reference and details on how to lodge a submission are available on the Committee's website.

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New Resources

Your Shout: A New Website Helping You Take Action On Alcohol

The McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth has launched Your Shout, an online alcohol advocacy toolkit to assist you in addressing alcohol-related harm in your community. The toolkit aims to equip young people, parents and concerned community members with all you need to take action on alcohol, no matter how big or small.

At the Your Shout website you'll find the latest news, facts and stats, common myths, tips and examples of what others like you have done. You can also post your tips, ideas and personal experience of addressing alcohol-related harms in your community.

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Research News

Drug & Alcohol Research Connections June 2017

Drugs and Alcohol Research Connections is a newsletter produced by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW, the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University and the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University. The current issue includes:

  • RESEARCH FOCUS: Long-term opioid use in patients with chronic non-cancer pain
  • OPINION: More research needed to address complex questions raised by take-home naloxone
  • ONLINE RESOURCE: NCETA's Ice: Training for Frontline Workers continues to grow
  • PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHT: A nationwide study of the extent and factors associated with fentanyl use in Australia
  • NEW PROJECT: Developing health promotion messages to encourage responsible drinking practices
  • CONVERSATION WITH: Wayne Hall, University of Queensland and Kings College London

Read more at:

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Alcohol-related Injury Admissions in WA

New research has compared trends in alcohol-related injury admissions in WA and England. In both places, people aged 16 to 17 years had the highest rate of alcohol-related injuries; however, the rate was twice as high among boys aged 16 to 17 in WA than in England. WA girls in the 13 to 15 and 16 to 17 years age groups had the greatest increase in admissions. Access the research in BMJ Open.

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Neuropsychological Aspects Of FASD Prevention And Intervention

A key challenge for Australian clinicians, policy makers and researchers is to collaborate on a coordinated, national response to FASD, according to a recent paper published in the Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Read more in Neuropsychological aspects of prevention and intervention for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia  by Fitzpatrick JP and Pestell CF.

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Grants & Funding

Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Grants - Round 2 Open

The Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program provides an opportunity for communities to help prevent alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems. The second round of applications to become an LDAT is now open. This is an opportunity to help form a team with cross-sector representatives and apply to become an LDAT. In this round, LDATs will receive a minimum of $10,000 to either develop their LDAT further or implement activity/ies. An invitation-only grant round will be open on 15 August 2017 where LDATs will be invited to apply for further funding of up to $40,000 (including the initial $10,000).

For more information, please visit ADF - Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Program or email the Alcohol and Drug Foundation via LDATEnquiries@adf.org.au

Applications close 14 July 2017.

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FPA - Future2 Grants Open

Do you know an inspiring not-for-profit organisation running programs for disadvantaged Australians aged between 12 and 25? Nominate them for a 2017 Future2 Make the Difference! Grant.

Through the generosity and fundraising efforts of FPA members and friends, Future2 will be awarding grants of up to $10,000 to not-for-profits around Australia who are running projects in the areas of:

  • Education - skills training and leadership development
  • Engagement - mentoring and juvenile justice programs
  • Employment - work experience and job readiness training
  • Wellbeing - remedial programs for drug and alcohol dependence
  • Independent living - addressing social exclusion and homelessness.

Visit the Future2 website to find out more about the grants program or nominate a local not-for-profit now. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 21 July 2017. Every application must be supported by a licensed financial planner who is a member of the FPA.

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MHC - Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal AOD Worker Training Program

Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs (Mental Health Commission) is seeking expressions of interest for the 2017 intake of:

Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Drug Worker Training Program
CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs

The 2017 intake will commence in September 2017 and further dates are outlined in the Strong Spirit Strong Mind Cert IV expression of interest form. The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Friday 7 July 2017.

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North Metropolitan TAFE - Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drugs

Do you work in Community Services with Alcohol & Other Drug use issues? Would you like formal recognition of your significant AOD experience?

Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drugs
A recognised TAFE qualification completed on-line and in the workplace
Ideal for experienced workers who aren't yet qualified, and for degree holders to emphasise their AOD expertise

North Metropolitan TAFE offers  recognition of prior learning (RPL) to experienced community workers who work in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector and to those who work in other sectors with clients experiencing significant AOD issues (Mental Health, Accommodation, Youth, Justice, etc). For further academic information, please contact the Course Coordinator, Jenn Lowe via jennifer.lowe@nmtafe.wa.edu.au.

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Rhythm2Recovery - August 2017

Rhythm2Recovery - Rhythmic interventions for social and emotional learning
Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August 2017
Cost $590

This course features over 120 exercises for both group, family and individual practice,  and has been especially designed for those working with individuals averse to standard 'talk based' approaches.
For more information and registration visit www.rhythm2recovery.com

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AAFT - Sculpting in Systemic Family Therapy

Australian Association of Family Therapy WA Branch presents -

Manifesting the Unseen: Sculpting in Systemic Family Therapy
With Anne Holloway, Clinical Social Worker
Monday 10 July 2017
Helping Minds (Carers' Centre)
182 - 188 Lord Street, Perth
Cost: AAFT Members - $10 / Non-AAFT Members - $20
To RSVP, please email admin@aaft.asn.au.

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Anglicare WA - Creating Safe, Child-Friendly Organisations

Creating Safe, Child-Friendly Organisations: Can sexual abuse be 'designed out?'
Presented by Professor Stephen Smallbone
Tuesday 27 June 2017
9.30am - 4.30pm
East Perth
Cost: $295 per person (incl. GST)

Professor Stephen Smallbone is a psychologist and editor of the Journal of Sexual Aggression. Stephen's research and practice team is concerned primarily with understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse. His publications include the books Situational Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (Wortley & Smallbone, 2006), Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Evidence, Policy and Practice (Smallbone, Marshall, & Wortley, 2008), and Internet Child Pornography: Causes, Investigation, and Prevention (Wortley & Smallbone, 2012).

Bookings are essential as places are limited. For more information and a registration form, please call (08) 9263 2122, email training@anglicarewa.org.au or visit anglicarewa.org.au.

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ASHM - Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings

Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program
Speakers include Dr Claire Italiano, Royal Perth Hospital
Saturday 24 June 2017
8.30am - 5pm
Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel, 150 Great Eastern Highway, Ascot
Free - lunch and refreshments provided.
Approved by RACGP QI&CPD Program. Total (40) Category 1 CPD points.

This course is designed to strengthen the capacity of clinical staff working in drug and alcohol settings, or working with people who inject drugs, to effectively test for, treat and manage hepatitis C.

Travel scholarships are available for regional/rural health workers; please contact ASHM for further information.

For further details contact Natalie Huska on (02) 8204 0784 or via natalie.huska@ashm.org.au. Register at ASHM Courses by Tuesday 20 June 2017.

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Blue Knot Foundation - Safeguarding Yourself

Safeguarding Yourself - Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma
Friday 30 June 2017
Adina Apartment Hotel, Perth
Cost: Regular - $310; Regular Group (3+) - $295

For more information and to book, please visit Blue Knot Foundation - Safeguarding Yourself.

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Save The Date - WA AOD Conference 2018

Western Australian Alcohol and other Drug Conference 2018
Leading the way: embracing new opportunities in the AOD sector
20 - 21 March 2018
Novotel Langley Hotel
221 Adelaide Tce, Perth

Presented by WANADA and the Mental Health Commission.

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2017 Australian Winter School - Register Now

Australian Winter School 2017
Coordinate Collaborate Integrate
27 - 28 July 2017

To register visit the 2017 Australian Winter School at Eventbrite. If you have any questions, please contact QNADA via info@qnada.org.au.

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Burnet Institute - 2017 World Hepatitis Day Symposium

World Hepatitis Day Symposium: Bridging the gap towards viral hepatitis elimination
Thursday 27 July 2017
12pm - 4.30pm

Join community leaders, experts and policy makers to discuss current approaches and challenges to the elimination of viral hepatitis. Register online at the Burnet Institute.

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Last Chance - Western Australian Mental Health Conference 2017

Western Australian Mental Health Conference 2017
Integrated LIves
13 - 14 July 2017
Perth Concert Hall

Registrations must close Wednesday 28 June 2017 if not sold out prior. Download the WA Mental Health Conference 2017 registration flyer.

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7th National Borderline Personality Disorder Conference

7th National Borderline Personality Disorder Conference
From stigma, to strength
18 October 2017
Bendat Community Centre, Perth
The 7th National Borderline Personality Disorder Conference in Perth is an initative by the Australian Borderline Personality DIsorder Foundation in partnership with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health.

Limited subsidised places available for people with lived experience and registrations are now open. For further information contact events@waamh.org.au and join the updates list: waamh.org.au/bpdc

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FCAWA 2017 Annual Conference

Financial Counsellors' Association of WA's Annual Conference
Waves of Change - Oceans of Opportunities
23 - 25 October 2017
Duxton Hotel, Perth

For regional and remote financial counsellors,  the conference extends for an extra day to 26 October 2017, with content specific to regional and remote issues. Abstract submissions are now welcome and close on 30 June 2017. For more information, please visit the FCAWA 2017 Annual Conference.

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In the Media

In the Media - 21 June 2017

Coverage of alcohol and other drug issues has included an ABC News 24 interview with WANADA CEO Jill Rundle about WA wastewater results and methamphetamine use.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 21 June 2017

New job opportunities in the alcohol and other drug sector come from Cyrenian House, Mission Australia, Curtin University and Womens Health and Family Services. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote - 21 June 2017

"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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