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

Regional, Rural and Remote Managers Networking Forum

WANADA supports regional, rural and remote managers working in the Western Australian alcohol and other drug sector through our bi-annual Regional, Rural and Remote Managers Networking Forum. This provides participants with an opportunity to network, share ideas and collaborate.

The next forum will be held over Thursday 31 August and Friday 1 September 2017 in Perth. WANADA is pleased to offer eligible attendees a travel subsidy to contribute towards travel and accommodation costs.

To register, please visit the Regional, Rural and Remote Managers Networking Forum at EventBrite. Registrations close Monday 28 August 2017. For more information, please contact WANADA on (08) 6557 9400 or via drugpeak@wanada.org.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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WASUA / HepWA / WAAC - International Overdose Awareness Day 2017

International Overdose Awareness Day 2017
Time To Remember, Time To Act
Free Community Barbecue
Thursday 31 August 2017
12noon - 2pm
Hyde Park, Perth (near the Lake Street Entrance)

Hosted by WASUA, Hepatitis WA and the WA AIDS Council with support from Torre Butchers and Northbridge Supa IGA. For more information, please contact WASUA on (08) 9328 8387.

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Choral Evensong for International Overdose Awareness Day

Choral Evensong for International Overdose Awareness Day 2017
Sunday 27 August 2017
St George's Cathedral
38 St Georges Terrace, Perth

If you or your colleagues are interested in attending, there are a number of different ways you can be involved. For more information, please contact The Reverend Gareth Hughes on (08) 9325 5766 or via gareth.hughes@PerthCathedral.org.

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Neami National - Consumer, Family and Carer Workshop

Consumer, Family and Carer Workshop
Wednesday 16 August 2017
10.30am - 2pm
The Rise, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands
Light lunch provided.

Have you or someone you care for experienced mental health issues or alcohol and other drug problems? Workshop discussions will be informal, confidential, and well-managed to make sure
everyone gets to share their point of view. A participation payment is provided for consumers who attend the workshop.

Please RSVP by 11 August 2017 via georgina.mcnair@neaminational.org.au.

The AOD and Mental Health Integrated System of Care project is funded by WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA). WAPHA is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the PHN Program.

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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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AOD News

National Drug Strategy 2017-2026 (NDS)

The National Drug Strategy 2017-2026 (NDS) has now been endorsed by the Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum (MDAF). It outlines the national priorities for preventing and minimising the harms of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to individuals, families and communities. The strategy represents the agreement of all Australian Federal, State and Territory governments on the key policy priorities for the next ten years (2017-2026) and aims to help build safe, healthy and resilient Australian communities.

The strategy's development was coordinated by the Federal Department of Health and developed in consultation with stakeholders and the public. MDAF will publish annual progress reports under the NDS, and provide more detailed progress reports directly to the Council of Australian Governments every three years.

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MHC - Comment on the WA AOD Interagency Strategy 2017-2021

Drug and alcohol use affects the entire community.  In consultation with key stakeholders, the Mental Health Commission (MHC) has developed a draft Western Australian Alcohol and Drug Interagency Strategy 2017-2021.

Interested individuals and organisations are invited to have their say about its key policy and strategic directions 'to prevent and reduce the adverse impacts of alcohol and other drugs in the
Western Australian community'.

To view the draft strategy and provide your comments, please visit the MHC website. Submissions must be received by 5pm Thursday 31 August 2017.

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GetUp - #HopeNotHarm

Dr Alex Wodak AM, President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, and other healthcare professionals are denouncing the Federal Government's proposed welfare reform as seriously out of step with clinical evidence, international best practice and their commitment to do no harm. To learn more, visit the #HopeNotHarm petition at GetUp.

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New Resources

ACIC - Wastewater Drug Monitoring - Second Report

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has released the second report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program, revealing that of the substances tested, methylamphetamine remained the highest consumed illicit drug across all regions of Australia. Download the report, including WA results, at:

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painHEALTH Website

painHEALTH is a new website developed through the Department of Health, Western Australia in collaboration with Curtin University, University of Western Australia and the Musculoskeletal Health Network. The aim of the website is to help health consumers with musculoskeletal pain access reliable and usable evidence-informed information and skills to assist in the co-management of their musculoskeletal pain.

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Research News

NDARC - Methamphetamine-related Death in Australia

Professor Shane Darke and fellow researchers at the University of New South Wales National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have recently published 'Rates, characteristics and circumstances of methamphetamine-related death in Australia: a national 7-year study' in the journal Addiction. The research shows that almost one quarter of the nation's methamphetamine related deaths occurred in Western Australia and that 40% of these occurred in regional Western Australia. Read more in Ice causes death in many ways, overdose is just one of them at The Conversation (31 July 2017).

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RFDS - Report on Health Care Access, Mental Health and Preventative Health

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has released its newest research paper, Health care access, mental health and preventative health. The report describes the results of an online survey of 454 remote and rural Australians. The five most important issues identified by respondents were access to medical services; mental health; drugs and alcohol; cancer; and cardiovascular health. 

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Health News

New Direct-Acting Antiviral Hepatitis C Treatment Available on PBS

The Australian Government has taken another significant step to eliminate hepatitis C from Australia by subsidising a new drug which can treat all forms of the disease with an expected success rate of 90%. Epclusa® is the first of the new direct acting antivirals that can be used to treat people with any genotype of hepatitis C, meaning it can treat all types of the disease. The August 1 listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) means patients will only pay a maximum of $38.80 per month for the medicines, with concessional patients paying just $6.30.

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WA Government - Sustainable Health Review - Public Submissions Open

Western Australians are being encouraged to have their say in the State Government's Sustainable Health Review, with the public submission period now open. Submissions are sought from all members of the community, including people and organisations within the WA health system, who would like to share their experiences and perspectives on how the health system can harness new ideas, technology and innovation to ensure it can continue to deliver high-quality healthcare into the future.

For more information about how to make a public submission, please visit:

Public submissions close on Monday 2 October 2017.

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First Interim State Public Health Plan - Consultation

The Chief Health Officer would like to engage with interested stakeholders across WA to seek feedback on the First Interim State Public Health Plan, as well as gather ideas on how the WA Department of Health can best work with its partners into the future. The plan includes:

  • a report on the health status of Western Australians,
  • public health objectives and policy priorities for 2017-2021.

To provide your feedback please access the First Interim Public Health Plan online survey by Friday 1 December 2017.

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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:

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Community Service News

YACWA - 2017 WA Youth Awards - Nominate Now

The WA Youth Awards recognise young Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years for their achievements and contributions to the community. The awards also reward outstanding youth groups and organisations that serve and support the state’s young people. Nominations are now open and close Thursday 31 August 2017.

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Palmerston Association - Free Toner Available

Palmerston Association in Subiaco has upgraded its Kyocera printer and can no longer use the toner. The toner is for a KYOCERA PRINTER C5400DN:

  • TK-574C - cyan - 1 - RRP $265.65
  • TK-574K - black - 1 - RRP $214.65
  • TK-574M - magenta    - 1 - RRP $265.65
  • TK-574Y - yellow - 1 - RRP $265.65

This toner is new and still in the box and available FREE of charge. Collection is from Palmerston Corporate Services in Subiaco. If you are interested, please contact Donna Cooke on 9287 5400 to organise pickup.

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AOD Programs and Services

Cyrenian House - Family Matters

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

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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Grants & Funding

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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City of Perth - Community Enhancement Grants Program

The City of Perth recognises that community programs build strong and resilient communities and can address key issues at a local level to make the city a better place to live, work and visit.

The city offers funding up to $10,000 through its Community Enhancement Grants program to facilitate projects that create new partnerships and deliver practical sustainable outcomes.

Round 1 applications close Thursday 31 August 2017. For more information on how to apply, including timelines, please visit City of Perth Community Enhancement Grants.

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Stronger Communities Program - Round 3 Open

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 close Thursday 28 September 2017 at 5pm AEST.

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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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Holyoake - DRUMBEAT Facilitator Training Workshops

The evidence-based DRUMBEAT Program gives people the skills to develop satisfying and respectful relationships with others, and feel confident and connected to their communities. The 3 day training workshop will teach you how to use the powerful language of rhythm to engage your clients in learning life-skills that support all of us through our personal, academic and professional lives. You will learn:

  • Basic drumming skills (no prior musical experience needed)
  • Positive behaviour management strategies
  • How to adapt the program content to different ages and abilities

Register to become an accredited DRUMBEAT Facilitator:

For more information, visit www.holyoake.org.au/drumbeat or contact us at drumbeat@holyoake.org.au.

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MercyCare - Working with Adults Impacted by Complex Trauma

Working with Adults Impacted by Complex Trauma
Presenters: Lisa Gardiner, Director, and Liz Sanders, Portfolio Manger, SAL Consulting
Thursday 24 August 2017
9.30am – 4pm (arrive 9am)
MercyCare, 38 Ord St, West Perth
Fee: Early-bird: $199+GST (until 11 August) / Standard: $250+GST

Presented by SAL Consulting in partnership with MercyCare. This course offers practical knowledge and skills when working with individuals and families in child protection, early intervention, education and who have a whole of family approach to development.

For more information, please call 1300 851 795, email registrations@salconsulting.com.au or visit www.salconsulting.com.au.

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AODtraining@MHC - Induction Training For New AOD Workers - September 2017

Induction Training For New AOD Workers
Presented by Workforce Development, Mental Health Commission
Monday 18 - Tuesday 19 September 2017

To register your interest by Monday 28 August 2017, please ST222 - Induction Training. To view other training events please visit AODtraining@MHC.

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AODtraining@MHC - ST301 Family Inclusive Practice - September 2017

Family Inclusive Practice
Presented by Workforce Development, Mental Health Commission
Wednesday 13 - Thursday 14 September 2017
Target audience: Clinical and support workers in an AOD specialist setting.

This workshop aims to assist workers in the alcohol and other drug sector to translate 'Working with Families' policies into practice and identify ways in which Family Inclusive Practice may be enhanced within their service. The training will support workers to understand the impact of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use on families and significant others.

To register your interest by 23 August 2017, please visit ST301 - Family Inclusive Practice. To view other training events please visit AODTraining@MHC.

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WAPHA - Treating Alcohol and Drugs in Primary Care Training

A new training program from WA Primary Health Alliance and Edith Cowan University.offers GPs support to manage patients with alcohol and other drug problems. The Treating Alcohol and Drugs in Primary Care (TADPole) education project offers a series of education activities covering general and specific alcohol and other drug topics and skill-based techniques.
For more information, please visit WAPHA - TADPole. To register for upcoming training activities taking place in Perth during September, please visit Eventbrite - TADPole.

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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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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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ASHM Conference - Scholarships Close Soon

Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference 2017
6 - 8 November 2017

ASHM through its Scholarship Program is offering Scholarships to attend the Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference. Applications close Friday 11 August 2017. For more information about scholarships and eligibility, please contact Rini Das via rini.das@ashm.org.au or on (02) 8204 0770. For more information about the conference, please visit:

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ATCA 2017 Conference

Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association 2017 Conference
Innovation: Enhancing the TC model
31 October - 3 November 2017
Pullman Hotel King George Square, Brisbane

Earlybird registrations close 31 August 2017. For more information, please visit:

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SANDAS Symposium 2017

Minimising the Harm
19 October 2017
8.30am - 5pm
Adelaide Pavilion, Cnr South Tce and Peacock Rd, Adelaide
Speakers include Professor Nicole Lee, Director at 360Edge, a specialist drug and alcohol consultancy, Professor at the National Drug Research Institute and Consultant Psychologist.

Early bird prices available until 16 September 2017. Register at:

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In the Media

In the Media - 10 August 2017

Recent alcohol and other drug-related media coverage has included Prescription opioid epidemic coming to Australia (Sydney Morning Herald, 5 August 2017) and Cashless welfare may save sexually abused kids: Police Commissioner (The West Australian, 1 August 2017).

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 10 August 2017

New job opportunities in the alcohol and other drug sector come from Cyrenian House and Milliya Rumurra (CHMR), Fresh Start Recovery Programme and Curtin University - Looking Forward, Moving Forward. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote - 10 August 2017

"In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer."

Albert Camus

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