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Message from WANADA
AOD News
Research News
AOD Programs and Services
Community Service News
Grants & Funding
In the Media
Job Opportunities
Message from WANADA

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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DAA / NDRI - ATSI Data Sovereignty

Department of Aboriginal Affairs and NDRI invite you to -

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data sovereignty in Australia: Principles and practice
A free seminar with Dr Raymond Lovett, Australian National University
Thursday 27 April 2017
11.30am (11.30am - networking; 12pm - presentation; 1pm - discussion)
Department of Aboriginal Affairs
Meeting Room Wangkiny - Training Room 2
Ground Floor, 151 Royal Street, East Perth

For more information, access the NDRI seminar flyer. Please RSVP to Aboriginal.Affairs.Community.Practice@daa.wa.gov.au.

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Youth AOD Networking Meeting - May 2017

Youth AOD Networking Meeting
Tuesday 9 May 2017
9.30am - 11am
DAYS Residential Rehabilitation

These quarterly meetings are for staff  who work specifically with young people to support them with their AOD issues. The May meeting will focus on an update of the Youth AOD Service Directory.
  The May meeting will focus on an update of the Youth AOD Service Directory. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Allan Colthart via allan.colthart@mhc.wa.gov.au or Phyllis Pottier via Phyllis.Pottier@mhc.wa.gov.au.

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MHC - Diversion Forum May 2017

Diversion Forum
Thursday 18 May 2017
2pm - 4pm
North East Metropolitan Community Alcohol and Drug Service (NEMCADS)
4 Stafford St, Midland
Afternoon tea provided.

Jessica Miller from MHC will talk about the Young Adult Drug and Alcohol, and Mental Health Attitudes Survey, while NEMCADS Diversion Officer Matthew Welch will showcase the service.

Places are limited. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Denise McPhee via denise.mcphee@mhc.wa.gov.au by COB next Friday 28 April 2017.

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OAIC - Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2017

Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2017
Trust and Transparency
Monday 15 - Friday 19 May 2017

For more information about Privacy Awareness Week events, please visit:

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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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AOD News

DAYS / MHC - Survey On Youth Sector AOD Training Needs

The Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS) and Workforce Development at the Mental Health Commission would like to know what the alcohol and other drug training needs are of the youth sector. Please have your say through this short, anonymous survey:

The survey closes Sunday 30 April 2017.

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Next Stage Of Liquor Licensing Reform

The WA State Government has commenced plans for the next stage of reform of WA's liquor licensing laws, making sure tourism, community and cultural benefits are strongly considered in liquor licence applications. For more information, please read 'Next wave of liquor reforms underway to create jobs' (9 April 2017).

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Royal Life Saving Australia - Alcohol and Water Don't Mix

A new campaign by Royal Life Saving Society Australia urges men to look out for each other, and to avoid alcohol before or during swimming, boating and fishing. The campaign aims to prevent further lives being lost to drowning.

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Research News

SiREN - Evidence Updates

SiREN's new bi-monthly Evidence Updates provide bite size summaries of the latest evidence from key sexual health and blood-borne virus journals and reports with relevance to the Australian setting. Journal articles that may be useful for alcohol and other drug workers in the first Evidence Update included -

For more information about SiREN, please visit siren.org.au or email the SiREN Team at siren@curtin.edu.au

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AOD Programs and Services

Cyrenian House - Moral Reconation Therapy Group

Moral Reconation Therapy Group
Tuesdays commencing 2 May 2017
10.45am - 12.15pm
318 Fitzgerald St, Perth

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is designed to help you to feel better about yourself and to learn positive social behaviours and beliefs. It will also help you to make decisions that are better for you and those around you. It includes active group participation and some group-related preparation outside of the group time (plenty of support is given to help you with this).

Join the group at any time. If you are interested in attending, please contact Cyrenian House on (08) 9328 9200 or via enquiry@cyrenianhouse.com.

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Community Service News

Social Reinvestment WA - Cost Of Locking Up Fine Defaulters

Social Reinvestment WA has shown its support for Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan’s call to reassess the prison population in WA. According to Social Reinvestment WA, 10 people a day are locked up on average in WA for failing to pay fines, mostly due to circumstances of poverty.

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ERA - Energy Consumers Guide

The Economic Regulation Authority are interested to know if the community services sector would find it useful to have hard copies of Switched On: Energy Consumers Guide.

WACOSS will collate and pass back responses to the ERA to inform the size of their print run. To respond, please contact Demelza Rogers at WACOSS on (08) 9420 7222 or via demelza@wacoss.org.au.

Consumer representative organisations can also contact the ERA directly to request hard copies.

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Grants & Funding

NAIDOC Week 2017 Grants

Funding is available under the IAS Culture and Capability Programme to help communities to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2017 (2 - 9 July 2017). The NAIDOC local grant funding round is now open and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet invites eligible applicants to submit applications for funding. For more information, visit Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - Indigenous Affairs - NAIDOC Week Grants.
Applications close 4pm (AEST) Thursday 27 April 2017.

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Safer Pathways For CaLD Women In Regional Areas

The Department of Social Services is seeking applications from service providers to test innovative and collaborative ways to improve service pathways for CALD women living in regional areas.

These grants are intended to help address barriers in accessing mainstream family and domestic violence or sexual assault services.
For further information about eligibility and how to apply, please access Community Grants Hub - Safer Pathways for CaLD Women.

Applications close 2pm (AEST) Thursday 25 May 2017.

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Department of Health - Research Translation Projects 2017 (Round 11)

The Department of Health invites Expressions of Interest for the eleventh round of the Research Translation Projects (RTP) funding program. The RTP program seeks to support high-quality research projects that have the potential to be translated into policy and/or practice in WA Health, with the aim of investigating improved efficiencies that can be delivered whilst maintaining and/or improving patient outcomes. 

For this round a two-stage application process will apply. Expressions of Interest that are short-listed in the first-stage review will be invited to submit a Full Application for the second-stage review. The Guidelines for Applicants and Expression of Interest form can be downloaded from the Research Development website. For assistance please contact the Research Development Unit via email to CMOResearchDevelopment@health.wa.gov.au or telephone (08) 9222 4415.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 1pm, Monday 8 May 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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MHC - Video Conference - Hepatitis C - A Hopeful Horizon

Video Conference: Hepatitis C - A Changing Landscape, A Hopeful Horizon
Presented by Hepatitis WA
Tuesday 9 May 2017
10am - 12pm

For the first time ever, Australia faces the prospect of being hepatitis C free! This videoconference will provide an up-to-date overview of hepatitis C in WA and Australia and discuss the changing landscape of the treatment options which are evolving faster than ever before. Topics include: transmission, testing and screening and prevention strategies. The psycho-social impact of living with hepatitis C including stigma and discrimination will also be discussed.

Target audience: This event is for professionals working in the alcohol and other drugs sector and other professional staff working with clients to prevent or reduce AOD related harm.

To register for this event please visit Mental Health Commission Training and Events.

Application deadline: 2 May 2017

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MHC - Video Conference - AOD Recovery

Video Conference: AOD Recovery - What Does This Mean for Clients, Workers and Services?
Presented by Workforce Development Branch, Mental Health Commission
Tuesday 16 May 2017
10am - 12pm

Recovery in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector has traditionally meant achieving abstinence or harm reduction through controlled use. More recently, recovery has come to be associated with a holistic approach that considers the issues of choice and quality in all aspects of a person's life.

This videoconference will draw on the consumer voice and their recovery experiences as well as provide an introduction to current recovery theory and practical strategies for working from this perspective.
Please note: This event is a brief version of the one-day session conducted as part of the AODtraining@MHC calendar - ST325 AOD Recovery - What Does This Mean for Clients, Workers and Services?

Target audience: This event is for professionals working in the AOD sector and other professional staff working with clients to prevent or reduce AOD related harm.

To register for this event please visit Mental Health Commission Training and Events.

Application deadline: 9 May 2017.

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Closing Soon - - WA AIDS Council - Informed Consent Training

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. Registrations close Friday 28 April 2017.

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WACOSS - Story-Based Approach For Capturing Outcomes

Story-Based Approach For Capturing Outcomes
Wednesday 3 May 2017
9.30am - 4.30pm
City West Lotteries House
Room 1, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth

The Most Significant Change (MSC) technique is a monitoring and evaluation tool ideally suited to providing qualitative information on program outcomes and impact. MSC collects stories of change in peoples' lives as a result of the intervention. It is transferable across cultural contexts, can pick up unexpected outcomes and supports organisational learning and program improvement. MSC is easy to use and requires no special professional skills.

For more information, please visit WACOSS - Story-Based Approaches For Capturing Outcomes.

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Anglicare WA - Challenging Conversations in the Workforce

Anglicare WA would like to invite you and your team to this full day workshop which will help people conduct daily, difficult and courageous conversations that cultivate teamwork and build connected relationships.

Challenging Conversations in the Workforce
Friday 19 May 2017
9.30 - 4.30pm
East Perth
Cost: $230 (including GST) per person

Bookings are essential as places are limited. For more information and a registration form, please email training@anglicarewa.org.au

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2017 Postgraduate Training in Narrative Therapy

Level One - An Introduction to Narrative Approaches in Therapy
Trainer - Dr Ian Percy MSW PhD
Part One: Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 May 2017 - 9am - 4.30pm
Part Two: Thursday 20 and Friday 21 July 2017, 9am - 4.30pm
Conference Room, Saint Catherine's House, 113 Tyler St, Tuart Hill
Fee $880 (inc GST)

People often arrive for therapy with a sense of despair and feelings of failure concerning their lives and relationships. Narrative Therapy seeks to acknowledge their concerns as well as recognise that people's lives are multi-storied and they do possess certain knowledges and skills that can address their difficulties.

For more information and a registration form, please contact Ian Percy on 0422 498 607 or via narrativetherapy@hotmail.com.

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WSFTC - Giving a Voice to Marginalised and Migrant Families

The William Street Family Therapy Centre is proud to offer this two-day Workshop by a world-famous Master Family Therapist & Master

Giving a Voice to Marginalised & Migrant Families
A workshop with Maurizio Andolfi, Professor in Residence @ William Street Family Therapy Centre
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May 2017
9.30am - 4.30pm
William Street Family Therapy Centre, 544 William Street, Mount Lawley
Cost: Regular: $528 (Includes GST) If paid after 28 April 2017 / Earlybird: $484 (Includes GST) If paid before 28 April 2017

For more information or to book online, please visit: William Street Family Therapy Centre

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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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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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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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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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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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6th National Indigenous Closing the Gap Health Conference

6th National Indigenous Closing the Gap Health Conference
27 - 29 November 2017
Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns

For further information, visit Indigenous Conference Services.

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AACBT 38th National Conference - Abstract Submissions Extended

AACBT 38th National Conference
Innovations in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies across the Lifespan
26 - 27 October 2017

Key criteria for the Early-Mid Career Travel Grant Application is to submit an abstract to the conference. Access the abstract guidelines and download the templates located on the AACBT conference website.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday 23 April 2017.

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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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Western Australian Mental Health Conference & Awards 2017

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

Register now. Download the Western Australian Mental Health Conference & Awards 2017 Registration Flyer.

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In the Media

In the Media - 20 April 2017

Alcohol and other drug issues in the media have include the ABC's Australian Story on Shalom House, a piece by Associate Professor Nicole Lee and Dr Stephen Bright on What is ‘success’ in drug rehab? at The Conversation, and a Sunday Times article on the need for increased resources for the WA alcohol and other drug sector, with comments from WANADA CEO Jill Rundle.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 20 April 2017

Our newest job opportunity comes from the Kimberley Community Alcohol and Drug Service. For more information, visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote - 20 April 2017

"You can never solve a problem with the same perspective that created it."

Albert Einstein

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