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Message from WANADA

Welfare Reform and Prison Rehabilitation

The WA State Government's announcement that an alcohol and other drug rehabilitation facility for women be established in May 2018 is welcome news. WANADA has long advocated for improved prison services, including a Therapeutic Community, and believes the new facility has the potential to achieve better outcomes for both prisoners and the community.
 

The Australian Government has proposed that new welfare recipients in Mandurah be drug tested as part of a national trial to commence in January. The trial is in addition to welfare reform announced as part of the Federal Budget in May. WANADA has made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs: - Inquiry into Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017. WANADA is not supportive of the trial, and considers there are inclusive alternatives to support people on welfare to access alcohol and other drug services.

For more information about changes that impact on the alcohol and other drug sector and WANADA's advocacy work, please contact Advocacy and Research Coordinator Ethan James on (08) 6557 9400 or via ethan.james@wanada.org.au.

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WANADA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - New Provider

Many WANADA member agencies are covered under our Employee Assistance Program. The EAP offers free, confidential counselling to workers from our participating member agencies, as well as their family members, for up to six sessions.

In 2017-18 we are pleased to work with a new provider, Relationships Australia WA. Workers can access the EAP by calling Relationships Australia WA direct on 1300 364 277.

If you have any questions about WANADA's EAP, please contact us on (08) 6557 9400 or via drugpeak@wanada.org.au.

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Kim Returns To Guide Students On Placement

The WANADA team is pleased to welcome back Kim Ziapur in the role of Project Officer. Kim works part-time to support sector development through student and graduate placements.

With a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology, Kim has a background in research, counselling and project work in the alcohol and other drug and mental health sectors. Kim has worked in Perth and the Goldfields.

Kim now works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and can be reached on (08) 6557 9400 or via kim.ziapur@wanada.org.au.

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Member News

WAAC - Marriage Equality Postal Survey Counselling

The current Australian Marriage Equality Postal Survey is a difficult time for LGBTIQ+ people in Australia. The WA AIDS Council, with assistance from the WA Mental Health Commission, is providing additional and specific counselling in relation to the Postal Survey from September through to November 2017. This support is provided in the form of telephone counselling on 1800 671 130, face-to-face counselling at its premises, and online chat support via the WA AIDS Council website. These services will be available during business hours, 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

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Events

WAAC - Perth International Queer Film Festival 2017

Perth International Queer Film Festival 2017
Wednesday 13 - Thursday 21 September 2017
7.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)
The Backlot Studios, 21 Simpson St, West Perth

For more information, please visit the Perth International Queer Film Festival on Facebook.

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Disability Safe Week 2017 Forum - Building Safer Communities

Building Safer Communities
Disability Safe Week 2017 Forum
Key Presenter - Jane Rosengrove speaks on being a woman with disability who has experienced institutional living, emotional and sexual abuse
Friday 15 September 2017
9.30am - 4pm
Bendat Community Centre, Wembley
www.disabilitysafeweek.org.au
 
How can we all work together to reduce the risk of people being exposed to abuse? Explore best practice in prevention and response.

For more information, please contact Mary Butterworth via mary.butterworth@ddc.org.au or on (08) 9420 7230 (Monday, Tuesday, Friday). To register, visit Eventbrite - Disability Safe Week 2017 Events.

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AOD News

Rehabilitation Prison For Western Australia

The State Government is set to bring the Wandoo Reintegration Facility back into public hands and turn it into Western Australia's first alcohol and other drug rehabilitation prison. For more information, please read 'WA's first rehab prison to open as Wandoo returns to public hands' (WA Government Media Statement, 27 August 2017).

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WA State Budget 2017-18 - South West AOD Rehabilitation Service

According to a WA Government media statement, the WA State Budget will include $18million to build and operate an alcohol and other drug rehabilitation centre in the South West. For more information, please read 'McGowan Labor Government’s Plan for Collie-Preston underway', 1 September 2017.

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Methamphetamine Traffickers Face Life Imprisonment After New Laws Pass WA Parliament

The Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Methamphetamine Offences) Bill 2017 increases the maximum sentence for trafficking 28 grams or more of methamphetamine from 25 years to life imprisonment. The new law has now passed both Houses of State Parliament. For more information, please read 'Life imprisonment laws for meth traffickers pass Parliament' (State Government media statement, 16 August 2017).

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Research News

NDRI - Social Costs Of Methamphetamine Use

Methamphetamine consumption is associated with a diverse range of harms and costs to individual drug users, their families and wider society. A new report by the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, The Social Costs of Methamphetamine in Australia 2013/14, estimates the cost to have been $5,023,795,786 in 2013/14. This estimate considers: prevention, harm reduction and treatment; health care (e.g. hospitals, GPs ambulance); premature mortality; crime (includes police, courts, prisons and victims); child maltreatment and protection; clandestine laboratories and production; road crash cost, and; workplace accidents and productivity.

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NCETA - Substance Misuse in Older Australians

Researchers at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction at Flinders University have outlined Australian data on substance misuse and ageing in a recent issue of the British Medical Journal:
 
"In Australia, the largest percentage increase in drug misuse between 2013 and 2016 was among people aged 60 and over, with this age group mainly misusing prescription drugs. However, people over 50 also have higher rates than younger age groups for both past year and lifetime illicit drug misuse (notably cannabis)."

Read more in the British Medical Journal (Substance misuse in older people, 22 August 2017 - BMJ 2017;358:j3885) or at The Conversation (Beer, bongs and baby boomers: the unlikely tale of drug and alcohol use in the over 50s, 23 August 2017).

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Public Health Research and Practice - Alcohol Ad Review Board

A paper on the development, implementation and impact of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) has been published in Public Health Research and Practice (open access). The paper summarises lessons learnt that can guide other countries seeking stronger regulation of advertising that contributes to poor public health outcomes, including for unhealthy food and gambling.

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New Resources

Drug and Alcohol Research Connections August 2017

Drug and Alcohol Research Connections is a joint publication of the collaborative network of alcohol and other drug research centres; National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW; National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University; and National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University. The August 2017 issue includes articles on patterns, prevalence and correlates of alcohol and other drug use, and Australians dying from accidental overdose of pharmaceutical opioids.

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Drink Tank - New Alcohol Industry Ad Rules

The alcohol industry’s ABAC Scheme has updated its content code to include ‘Placement Rules’. But what does it really mean? Not much, according to Julia Stafford and Hannah Pierce from the Alcohol Ad Review Board. Read more in 'New industry ad ‘rules’ are nothing more than window-dressing' - Drink Tank, 24 July 2017.

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Grants & Funding

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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Training

Turning Point / Monash - Graduate Course in Addictive Behaviours

Take the next step in your career with a Graduate Course in Addictive Behaviours. Delivered fully online, Turning Point's graduate course offered in partnership with Monash University will expand your specialist knowledge and skills to advance your career in the addiction field. From 2018, Turning Point and Monash University will offer the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Addictive Behaviours as part of a nested program leading to the Master of Addictive Behaviours. Three levels of entry are offered into the Master of Addictive Behaviours depending on prior qualifications and experience which can reduce the overall course duration. Applications for 2018 entry are now open and first round offers close Friday 27 October 2017.

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WHFS - Hoarding - September 2017

Hoarding: Working With Clients and Hoarding Behaviours
Tuesday 19 September 2017
9.30am - 4.30pm   
The Platform, Level 3/256 Adelaide Tce, Perth 

This event is designed for health professionals working with people who exhibit hoarding behaviours and hoarding disorder. Womens Health and Family Services trainers will facilitate, drawing on their extensive experience in this area to create an engaging, interactive group training session.

To book, please visit Trybooking - WHFS Hoarding.

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WHFS - Mindfulness Techniques - September 2017

Mindfulness Techniques
Presented by Womens Health & Family Services, Dr Sue Lee and Tanja Luck
Thursday 14 September 2017
1pm - 4pm   
227 Newcastle St, Northbridge

WHFS presenters will guide you through a number of different mindfulness techniques that can add variety to both your clinical work and your personal practice.

To book, please email bookings@whfs.org.au.

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WHFS - Motivational Interviewing for DV Clients - September 2017

Motivational Interviewing for DV clients - Introduction
Tuesday 26 September 2017
9.30am - 12.30pm
227 Newcastle St, Northbridge

This training provides an introduction (or a refresher) on Motivational Interviewing (MI), a technique which uses a collaborative conversation style to strengthen a person's motivation and commitment to change, where motivation has been identified as a key factor to support success and behaviour change. Motivational interviewing has a strong evidence base of its effectiveness with a range of issues including substance use, mental health, exercise, and medication compliance.

To book, please visit Trybooking - WHFS Motivational Interviewing for DV clients.

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AODtraining@MHC - AOD Recovery - October 2017

ST325 AOD Recovery - what does it mean for clients, workers and services?
Presented by Workforce Development, Mental Health Commission
11 October 2017
Perth

Please register your interest at AODtraining@MHC - AOD Recovery. To view other training events, please visit AODtraining@MHC.
Application deadline: 20 September 2017.

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AODtraining@MHC - Amphetamine Intoxication/Toxicity and Opioid Overdose - October 2017

ST330 Recognising and Responding to Amphetamine Intoxication/Toxicity and Opioid Overdose
Presented by Workforce Development, Mental Health Commission
Friday 27 October 2017
Perth

Please register your interest at AODtraining - Recognising and Responding to Amphetamine Intoxication/Toxicity and Opioid Overdose. To view other training events, please visit AODtraining@MHC.

Application deadline: 6 October 2017

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AODtraining - Medications Used In The Treatment Of Substance Dependence - October 2017

ST314 Medications used in the treatment of substance dependence: Current therapies and future options
Presented by Dr Richard O'Regan, Medical Officer, Next Step Drug and Alcohol Services
Tuesda 17 October 2017
Perth

Please register your interest using the following link - AODtraining@MHC - Medications used in the treatment of substance dependence. To view other training events, please visit AODtraining@MHC.
Application deadline: 26 September 2017

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CCYP - Child Safe Organisations WA Seminar

The Commissioner for Children and Young People invites you to -

Child Safe Organisations WA: Perth Seminar
Wednesday 11 October 2017
9am - 4pm
Commissioner for Children and Young People
Ground floor, 1 Alvan St, Subiaco
Free

The seminar promotes the creation of an organisational culture where the safety, wellbeing and participation of children are reflected in policies and day-to-day practices at all levels. Limited places are available. For more information and to register, please visit Trybooking - Child Safe Organisations WA Seminar.

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PHAIWA - Advocacy 101 - September 2017

Advocacy 101
Tuesday 12 September 2017
9am - 4.30pm
Building 603, Conference Room 213
6 Sarich Way, Bentley; Technology Park
Free

This workshop is for all keen advocates and people wanting to know more about public health advocacy. This is a hands on workshop where you will build your skills and knowledge of advocacy. 

Please register by 8 September 2017 at EventZilla - PHAIWA Advocacy 101 Workshop. Please note places are limited.

Presented as part of PHAIWA's Capacity Building and Professional Development project funded by Healthway.

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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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Conferences

2018 Alcohol and Other Drug Conference - Call For Abstracts

2018 Alcohol and Other Drug Conference
Leading the Way: Embracing New Opportunities in the Alcohol and Other Drug Sector
20 - 21 March 2018
Novotel Langley Hotel, Perth

The conference will bring together a diverse range of speakers exploring the issues involved with embracing new opportunities in criminal justice, leading the way in policy (harm reduction) and leading the way in practice. Keynote speakers are Chief Constable Michael Barton, Durham Constabulary, UK and Professor David Forbes, University of Melbourne. The conference is hosted by WANADA and the WA Mental Health Commission.

Abstract submissions are now invited. For more information about abstract submissions, earlybird registration and the program, please visit:
http://2018aodconferencewa.com.au

Or please contact AOD.training@mhc.wa.gov.au or call (08) 6553 0312.

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NDARC Annual Symposium 2017

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre's Annual Symposium
Changing the Game: 30 Years of Drug and Alcohol Research
3 and 4 October 2017
Sydney

Celebrating NDARC's 30th birthday with a very special program looking at the exceptional changes that have occurred in the field over the past 30 years, the symposium will also include cutting edge research in treatment, prevention, epidemiology and policy. For more information and to register, please visit the 2017 NDARC Annual Research Symposium.

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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:
http://sandas.org.au/product/sandas-symposium-2017/

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In the Media

In the Media - 6 September 2017

Alcohol and other drug news has included Cheap wine war as Aldi grog hits WA (The West Australian, 30 August 2017), Do you think drug testing for welfare recipients will work? (Australian Journal of Pharmacy, 24 August 2017) and Silent killer: The opioid addiction crisis that has crept up on regional Australia (ABC News, 3 September 2017).

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 6 September 2017

New job opportunities in the alcohol and other drug sector come from Bloodwood Tree Association, Curtin University - Looking Forward, Moving Forward, and Cyrenian House. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote

Quote - 6 September 2017

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all."

Dale Carnegie

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