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Message from WANADA

WANADA Management Development Program - Applications Open

Expressions of interest are invited from emerging leaders in the WA alcohol and other drug sector for Series 2 2017 of the WANADA Management Development Program (WMDP). The program will be held in Perth on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October, Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 November, and Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December 2017.

To ensure the program's future, WANADA charges $600/participant from member organisations. Non-members affiliated with the AOD sector are eligible to participate at a negotiated cost. We also offer some support to regional member services for travel and accommodation costs.

To express your interest, please complete the Series 2 2017 Application Form and return it to WANADA via wmdp@wanada.org.au. For more information, please email wmdp@wanada.org.au or call us on (08) 6557 9400. The closing date for applications is Monday 4 September 2017.

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Hope Springs Draws Monash University Pharmacy Students

As part of WANADA's Student Placement Program, five Clinical Pharmacy students from Monash University are currently on placement at Hope Springs Community Farm in Geraldton.

Hope Springs Community Farm offers a long term residential alcohol and other drug treatment program, based on the Therapeutic Community model of care. Farm residents are engaged in vocational and life skills training through active social enterprises, as well as regular training from a local permaculture expert. The Hope Springs program also features group, peer, and individual counselling and coordinated free time activities.

The Student Placement Program is designed to offer reflective learning experiences for students. Students on placement at the Farm have the opportunity to interact with and work alongside residents. The placement program aims to support students in developing their knowledge, skills and practice in working with alcohol and other drug consumers.

For more information or to discuss hosting a student placement, please contact WANADA Sector Development Manager Maree Stallard via maree.stallard@wanada.org.au or call (08) 6557 9400.

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Member News

St Patrick's Community Support Centre - DayCentre Weekend Closure

St Patrick's Community Support DayCentre will no longer open on weekends, effective from 1 October 2017. St Pat's focus will continue to be on making sure it is providing high quality  and integrated services and programs during the week that assist people to live full and independent lives as well as continue to address the long term impact of homelessness as well as the root causes. 

The three month lead time will provide St Pat's with an opportunity to transition across and talk to clients and other agencies to ensure that the impact on clients is minimal. St Pat's will be working with other agencies in an effort to secure access to alternative weekend support for clients.

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Events

WASUA - Promoting Hepatitis Awareness Week

With World Hepatitis Day fast approaching on Friday 28 July, WASUA will be promoting Hepatitis Awareness Week from Friday 21 July 2017.

Nurse Practitioner Leanne will be available at WASUA's Health Clinic throughout the week. All of WASUA's friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to answer any of your questions on the testing and Hepatitis C treatment offered through the Hepatitis C Community Clinic.

Call in to find out more and get your information packed Hepatitis Week show bag or give WASUA a call on (08) 9325 8387.

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NDRI - Social Cost of Methamphetamine Use

Estimating the societal cost of methamphetamine use in Australia
A free public seminar with Steve Allsop and Robert Tait, National Drug Research Institute
Wednesday 23 August 2017
12.30pm - 1.30pm
Technology  Park - Building 603, Level 2 Seminar Room (Room 213)
Sarich Way, Bentley

This presentation discusses the recent cost-of-illness (CoI) study that aimed to quantify the overall social costs associated with methamphetamine use. It will also explore the challenges in conducting drug related CoI studies. For more information, please download the NDRI seminar flyer.

Please RSVP to ndriau@curtin.edu.au.

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Shelter WA - Mental Health, Housing and Homelessness Event

Mental Health, Housing and Homelessness Forum and Workshop
Tuesday 8 August 2017
9am - 1pm
The Duxton, 1 St Georges Tce, Perth
Cost: $99 / $80 Shelter WA members. Group discounts available.
Light lunch included.

Shelter WA invites you to an event examining how our systems of government and community services can work more effectively to address homelessness and insecure housing among people with severe mental illness. The Hon Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, Mental Health will be opening the event. He will be joined by the soon to be Director General of the Department of Community Services, Grahame Searle, the Mental Health Commissioner, Tim Marney, Acting Corrective Services Commissioner, Tony Hassall, Emergency Specialist at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), Dr Amanda Stafford, and Professor of Criminology and Academic Chair at the UNSW, Eileen Baldry.

For more information and to register, please visit:
http://www.shelterwa.org.au/mentalhealth

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2017 - Plan Your Event

International Overdose Awareness Day 2017
Let's #EndOverdose
31 August 2017
www.overdoseday.com

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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AOD News

Teen Challenge's Malcolm Smith Wins Prime Minister's AOD Award

Congratulations to Teen Challenge WA CEO Malcolm Smith, winner of the 2017 Prime Minister's Award at the recent Alcohol and other Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards. Malcolm opened Teen Challenge WA in 1985 and has dedicated the last 30 years to helping young people in Western Australia get back on their feet.

Hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation in Canberra last month, the awards also recognised Professor Steve Allsop from the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University. Steve is the first recipient of the 2017 National Honour Roll. Steve has contributed 40-years to the AOD sector and his commitment to preventing harm from alcohol and other drugs is unwavering. His contribution has benefited researchers, service users, providers and policymakers across Australia.

For more information about the awards and other winners, please visit:
http://adf.org.au/community/aod-awards/

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Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Members Announced

The State Government has established a specialised taskforce as it continues to implement its State-wide, co-ordinated and targeted Methamphetamine Action Plan. Reporting to the Community Safety and Family Support Cabinet Sub Committee, taskforce members will participate as individuals, rather than as representatives of their organisations, to contribute to discussions based on their own knowledge and experiences. Taskforce members include:

  • Ron Alexander (Chair) - Director General, Department of Sport and Recreation
  • Professor Daniel Fatovich - Professor of Emergency Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital and The University of Western Australia; and Head of the Centre for      Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine (UWA)
  • Don Punch - Bunbury MLA
  • Professor Colleen Hayward AM - Chair, Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Council; Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin (Centre for Indigenous Education and Research) and   Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous, Edith Cowan University
  • Professor Simon Lenton - Director, National Drug Research Institute
  • Michelle Fyfe APM - Assistant Commissioner, State Crime, WA Police

For more information, please read 'More support to help WA's methamphetamine battle' (26 June 2017).

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CoMHWA - Peer Workforce in Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services Survey

The WA Peer Supporters' Network is currently researching the peer workforce in mental health and alcohol and other drug services.
Survey results will be used to develop guidance and recommendations on growing and sustaining the peer workforce for services.

The survey is anonymous, takes about 10 minutes to complete and is open to individuals, families, carers, peer workers, and agencies/organisations from the mental health or alcohol and other drug sectors. To take the survey and go in the draw to win one of six $80 VISA gift cards, visit:
http://www.comhwa.org.au/wapsn

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WA Police Truck To Disrupt Methamphetamine Supply

WA Police have taken delivery of a high-tech X-ray truck aimed at stemming the flow of meth and other drugs into WA. For more information, please read 'New WA Police meth truck to disrupt supply of ice into WA' (State Government Media Statement, 10 July 2017).

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New Resources

Australian Indigenous AOD Knowledge Centre - New Digital Tools

New digital tools designed to inform and educate the sector are now available on the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (AODKC). These  include:

These resources are in addition to two recently published eBooks and webinar recordings on topics which include ice and alcohol harm reduction. You can view all of the Knowledge Centre HealthInfoBytes and Webinars on the HealthInfoNet YouTube channel.

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MCAAY - Guides To The Alcohol Industry

The McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth have produced a series of guides to the alcohol industry which cover: 

  • Major alcohol companies in Australia: Producers and distributors
  • Major alcohol sales outlets
  • Peak bodies and representative groups

It's important for all those with an interest in alcohol policy to understand the nature of the industry to help inform a broader understanding of how alcohol companies and industry groups seek to influence alcohol policy in Australia. This includes knowing who produces, distributes and promotes the major alcohol brands in Australia, who the major players are in the liquor retailing world, and understanding the arguments alcohol groups use to influence governments and the public discussion. The guides bring together this information from sources including company websites, annual reports, industry publications and submissions to government inquiries.

You can also read about the industry guides on Drink Tank.

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AOD Programs and Services

Cyrenian House - Family Matters

Family Matters
Mondays 7pm - 8.30pm
Cyrenian House, 318 Fitzgerald St, Perth
Free

A group where you can get support from other families and a Cyrenian House counsellor if you are worried about drug use in your family. The  group offers an opportunity to

  • Talk about what's going on for you
  • Get some information on drugs and their effects
  • Learn new coping skills
  • Learn different communication strategies that may help you to better support your family member
  • Help others who are in a similar situation by listening to their stories and by sharing what you've learnt along the way.

Please call to book on 9328 9200 or email enquiry@cyrenianhouse.com.

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Health News

WCHN - Survey - Better Health Services For Women

The Women's Community Health Network WA and the Women's Health Strategy and Programs Unit, Women and Newborn Health Service, WA Health are seeking to survey women in Western Australia about their health needs and concerns, how they seek help for their health issues, barriers to getting help and what they do to keep healthy.  

This short survey is anonymous and no personal identifying information is collected. The information provided will be used to assist in improving the health and support services that community-based women's health centres provide.  Traditionally, women's health centres provide counselling, clinics, support groups and activities.

The surveys are open until 11 August 2017.  Access the survey at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GM2HSZY

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Grants & Funding

Stronger Communities Program - Round 3

The Stronger Communities grant program provides eligible local government agencies, not-for-profit organisations that are legal entities, and trustees of property trusts with grants from $2500 to $20,000 to fund small capital projects that deliver social benefits in each of the 150 electorates across Australia.
 
Applications for round three will open on Monday 7 August 2017.

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Strong and Resilient Communities Grants Open

The Strong and Resilient Communities grants activity (SARC) is part of the Australian Government's commitment to building strong and resilient communities by supporting local community organisations in their efforts to overcome disadvantage and solve complex social problems.
 
SARC comprises three grant programs:

  • Community Resilience grants
  • Inclusive Communities grants
  • National Research grants (open later in 2017).


Applications for Inclusive Communities grants and Community Resilience grants close at 2.00pm (AEST) on Wednesday 23 August 2017. For more information, please visit Community Grants Hub.

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Training

LivingWorks Education Inc - ASIST Two-Day Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. (ASIST)
Training facilitated by National Centre for Suicide Prevention Training (WA) Inc.
Thursday 31 August and Friday 1 September 2017
9am - 5pm (registration on Day 1 at 8.45am)
St Mary's Cathedral.  17 Victoria Square, Perth
Cost: $345 per person or $320 per person if 3 or more from the same organisation attend the same workshop.

Places are strictly limited to 24 participants. For more information, please contact Lorna Hirsch on 0411 555 422 or via lorna.a.hirsch@gmail.com.

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SPSW - When Grief Gets Complicated - August 2017

When Grief Gets Complicated
Presented by Lisa Bailey (Dip Psychology) and Clare Robbins BA (Hons)
Wednesday 9 August 2017
9am - 4.30pm (8.45am registration)
Therapy Focus - Unit 6, 1140 Albany Hwy, Bentley
CPE 13 Points

A person with complicated grief has difficulty resuming their life due to the severity and longevity of their emotions. Such grief is often associated with the circumstances surrounding the death, such as suicide, sudden traumatic death, or violent death. This workshop is suitable for workers who are likely to come into contact with clients who experience grief.

Registration essential. For more information, please contact Jan Snook via onesnook1@yahoo.com.au or on 0412 418 098 after 20 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
Perth
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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Conferences

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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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
Melbourne

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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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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In the Media

In the Media - 21 July 2017

Alcohol and other drug news has included tips for parents on teenage alcohol use from The Conversation and an article in Britain's The Sun newspaper that lists Perth as one of the world's top 10 most dangerous cities thanks to high rates of methamphetamine use.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 21 July 2017

New job opportunities in the alcohol and other drug sector come from Bloodwood Tree Association, The Salvation Army Bridge Program, and St Patrick's Community Support Centre. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote

Quote - 21 July 2017

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."

Soren Kierkegaard

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