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AOD News
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Research News
Mental Health News
Mental Health Programs & Services
Grants & Funding
In the Media
Job Opportunities
Message from WANADA

Citizenship Draws Deni To AOD Sector

Deni Campbell is in her third year at UWA studying Population Health and Political Science and International Relations at UWA. Through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship, Deni is now completing an internship in the alcohol and other drug sector facilitated by WANADA.

A keen interest in public health and the social and environmental determinants that have an impact on health has led Deni to undertake her internship at WASUA, where she is supporting the assessment and evaluation of the impact of Hepatitis C treatment.

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

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Zonta House - Comedy Fundraiser 2017f

Zonta House Comedy Fundraiser
With Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale
Thursday 4 May 2017
Rigby's Bar and Bistro, Perth
Tickets include a three course meal and comedy show.
Cost - $79 per person / $790 table of ten

For more information and to book, please visit Zonta House Comedy Fundraiser at Eventbrite.

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HIV Shifting Sands

The WA branch of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd is proud to present -

HIV Shifting Sands: HIV cure, PreP, TasP, plus other topics
A conversation with Cipri Martinez
Thursday 20 April 2017
6pm - 8pm
City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth
Cost: SAS Members free / Students (ID card required) $20 / Non-members $30

For more information or to RSVP, please email pd.saswa@gmail.com.

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AOD News

Youth AOD Networking Meetings

The Youth AOD Networking meeting is a quarterly meeting for staff  who work specifically with young people to support them with their AOD issues. The aim of the group is to increase knowledge and awareness of other agencies and services, develop working relationships across agencies, foster appropriate referrals and collaborative work, and to identify issues faced by staff and strategies to deal with these.

The meetings are held at DAYS from 9.30am - 11am and generally include updates from agencies, a presentation from a guest speaker, discussion regarding referral pathways and identified drug trends. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 9 May 2017 at the DAYS Residential Rehabilitation site and will focus on an update of the Youth AOD Service Directory.

If you are interested in attending please contact Allan Colthart or Phyllis Pottier on 9226300 or at allan.colthart@mhc.wa.gov.au or Phyllis.Pottier@mhc.wa.gov.au.

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Local Drug Action Teams Announced

More than 160 partnerships have been formed between local councils, service providers, schools, police, sporting groups and non-government organisations to bring these teams together to prevent and reduce the harms of drugs. These include LDATs in Kalgoorlie, Bunbury and Nannup.

Over the next three years, 220 Local Drug Action Teams (LDAT) will be established across the country and supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to develop locally focused and responsive action plans to reduce the impact of drugs, with a particular focus on the drug ice.

For more information, please read 'Local Drug Action Teams rolling out across Australia to battle the scourge of ice ', Joint Media Release - The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health; Sport and Chris Crewther MP, Federal Member for Dunkley, 3 April 2017).

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Drugspeak - Send Us Your Stories

Do you have a positive story to share about your work in the alcohol and other drug sector? Drugspeak is the partnership newsletter of WANADA, the Mental Health Commission and the wider WA alcohol and other drug sector. We invite your stories of between 150 - 300 words, preferably with a high quality image. Contributions from not-for-profit services can be sent to Deanne Ferris at WANADA via deanne.ferris@wanada.org.au by Friday 28 April 2017, or please call Deanne to discuss your story idea on (08) 6557 9400.

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ACIC - National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has released its first National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report. This data will provide statistically valid datasets of methylamphetamine usage and distribution patterns across 51 sites in capital city and regional areas across all states and territories. The program covers approximately 58 per cent of the population, or over 14 million people. Findings include:

  • WA had the highest levels of methylamphetamine, with levels in both capital city and regional areas above the respective national averages. Note - only one regional site was included in WA.
  • Oxycodone and fentanyl (licit and illicit) consumption across all jurisdictions is at concerning levels.
  • NSW, SA and WA regional sites had higher than average fentanyl levels.

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ADF - Good Sports Program

More than a thousand community sport clubs across the country are being encouraged to take part in an Australian Government program to reduce the impact of illegal drugs on Australian communities. As part of the National Ice Action Strategy, the Good Sports program is being expanded with an additional $4.6 million in funding to include a new education module on tackling illegal drugs.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation will implement the program over the next three years and around 1,200 community sporting clubs will be provided with information, tools and support. Sporting clubs wanting more information on where forums will take place and how to become involved in the Good Sports Program are encouraged to visit the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website.

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New Resources

Telethon Kids - FASD Hub Development

The Australian Government FASD Action Plan identified the need to create a 'one-stop shop' for all Australian FASD information that is current and evidence-based. FASD Hub will make finding information about FASD easier, whether you are a health professional, person living with FASD, parent or caregiver, person working in other professions interacting with or managing clients with FASD, researcher or policy maker.

Over the next few months, consultations will take place to ensure the needs, information gaps and tools are identified and addressed, where possible, by this new website. The next step is to carry out testing of key concepts and prototype navigation with end users. For more information, please visit Telethon Kids Institute.

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TEDxMidAtlantic - Addiction Is A Disease

Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions with kindness, compassion and fairness. In a personal, thoughtful talk, he encourages the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders.

Watch Michael Botticelli: Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one, filmed in October 2016 at TEDxMidAtlantic.

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Research News

Riding The Radio Wave

The Australian Journal of Rural Health has published a paper that examines the impact of a locally designed alcohol and other drug radio advertising campaign for Aboriginal people in a remote community in Western NSW. Read more in Riding the rural radio wave: The impact of a community-led drug and alcohol radio advertising campaign in a remote Australian Aboriginal community.

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Mental Health News

WAAMH - WA Mental Health Awards 2017

The WA Mental Health Awards celebrate individuals, organisations and groups that have made an outstanding contribution to mental health in WA. To help you write a winning nomination, WAAMH is offering a free Nomination Writing Workshop in Perth on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

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Mental Health Programs & Services

Ruah Community Services - WRAP in Burns Beach

WRAP in Burns Beach
Facilitated by people who share a lived experience of mental health issues
Six Mondays from 24 April 2017
10.30am – 1.30pm
Bramston Park Centre, 5 Mattingleys Approach, Burns Beach
Free for City of Joondalup residents ($50 for non-residents)

Do you experience anxiety, depression or any other mental health difficulties? Would you like to learn simple skills and strategies to improve your mental health and wellbeing? Then WRAP is for you. To register or for more information, email wrap@ruah.com.au or call (08) 9485 3939.

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Grants & Funding

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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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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SPSW - Preventing Relapse and Resolution Breakdown

Preventing Relapse and Resolution Breakdown - Changing Human Behaviours
Presented by Rachael Rea, BSW, DipCommSer-AOD
Wednesday 10 May 2017
9am - 4.30pm (8.45am registration)
Mental Health Commission Training Room, 1st Floor, 1 Nash St, Perth
CPE 13 Points
Morning/afternoon tea and lunch provided

The focus of this workshop is on relapse prevention rather than relapse management and aims to assist the worker develop the necessary skills and confidence to explore relapse prevention with their clients. It will use relapse prevention in respect to alcohol and other drugs behaviours as the focal point, however the skills and knowledge learned in the workshop can be applied to other relapse behavioural areas.

Society of Professional Social Worker (SPSW) workshops and events are open to all human service workers. For more information and a registration form, please contact Dr. Barbara Meddin via waybob@iinet.net.au.

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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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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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William Street Family Therapy - Window of Tolerance Preliminary

The Window of Tolerance - Making Sense of Effects of Trauma With Children, Young People and Families
Presenter - Angela Ranallo, Clinical S/W; Child and Family Therapist
Friday 28 July 2017
9.30am - 4.30pm
Conference Room, 544 William St, Mount Lawley
Cost: $165 inc GST
Morning/afternoon tea provided.

For more information, please contact Angela Ranallo on (08) 9319 8262 / 0404 470 042 or please visit:

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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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YACWA / SHQ - Nuts and Bolts of Sexual Health Perth 2017

Nuts and Bolts of Sexual Health
Monday 8 - Wednesday 10 May 2017 OR Monday 15 - Wednesday 17 August 2017 OR Monday 13 - Wednesday 15 November 2017
9am - 4.30pm daily
SHQ, 70 Roe St, Northbridge

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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 WA Aboriginal Sexual Health Forum

The 2017 WA Aboriginal Sexual Health Forum
Yarning our way
3 - 4 May 2017

For more information, please visit The 2017 Aboriginal Sexual Health Forum.

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27th IFNGO Conference in Macau

The Association of Rehabilitation & Toxicodependentes Macau (ARTM) and The International Federation of Non-Government Organisations for the Prevention of Drug and Substance Abuse (IFNGO) invite you to the -

27th IFNGO Conference
6 - 8 November 2017
Grand Sheraton Hotel, Cotai Strip, Macau

Abstract submission is open with the last day for submission on 30 April 2017. For up to date information about the conference, program, venue and registration, please visit www.ifngo2017.org

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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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In the Media

In the Media - 4 April 2017

Alcohol and other drug issues in the media have included the announcement of Local Drug Action Teams in WA ('Ice-mad WA gets only 3 drug teams The West Australian, 3 April 2017), WA's drug court and two of the specialist alcohol and other drug services with which it works (Drug court looks to break WA meth cycle The West Australian, 27 March 2017) and the results of wastewater drug monitoring (Drug report finds WA exceeding averages in 'explosion' in methylamphetamine use, ABC News, 26 March 2017).

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 4 April 2017

Our newest job opportunities come from Womens Health & Family Services, the WA AIDS Council and St Patrick's Community Support Centre. For more information, visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote - 4 April 2017

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

Barack Obama

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