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Member News
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Grants & Funding
Community Service News
In the Media
Job Opportunities
Message from WANADA

2017 WANADA AGM and Sector Forum

WANADA Chairperson Terry Murphy and CEO Jill Rundle look forward to welcoming you to our -

2017 Annual General Meeting and Sector Forum
With Special Guest Speaker Hon. Alanna Clohesy MLC - Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier; Health; Mental Health
Thursday 19 October 2017
8.30am - 10.30am
Level 1, 1 Nash St, Perth
Light refreshments and networking

CEOs, managers, staff and consumers are invited to attend. For catering purposes, please register at EventBrite - 2017 WANADA AGM and Sector Forum. For more information, please contact WANADA Organisation Coordinator Vanessa Vidler on (08) 6557 9400 or email drugpeak@wanada.org.au.

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Opportunity At WANADA - Administration and Executive Assistant

WANADA is looking for an enthusiastic person to join the team. The successful applicant will have relevant experience in providing executive and administrative support in an office environment and be able to take responsibility for maintaining an efficient office.

For more information and to download the JDF, please visit WANADA - Administration and Executive Assistant. Enquiries should be directed to WANADA CEO Jill Rundle or WANADA Organisation Coordinator Vanessa Vidler on (08) 6557 9400.

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WANADA - Student Placement Program Video

WANADA's Student Placement Program has provided tertiary students with the opportunity to gain experience in the alcohol and other drug sector, working on meaningful projects that benefit alcohol and other drug services, workers and consumers. WANADA recently featured the experiences of four students in the video 'WANADA Student Placements: A Unique Experience.'

For more information about WANADA's Student Placement Program, please contact Project Officer Kim Ziapur on (08) 6557 9400 or via kim.ziapur@wanada.org.au.

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Member News

AADS Now Wungening Aboriginal Corporation

The Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service Inc (AADS) recently changed over registration with the Commonwealth Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.  AADS is now registered  under Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) and will now be known as Wungening Aboriginal Corporation (Wungening).

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Mental Health Week 2017

Mental Health Week 2017
Saturday 7 - Saturday 14 October 2017
Facebook: @mentalhealthweek
Instagram: @mentalhealthweekwa
Twitter: #MHW2017 and #MHWTURNS50

One in five people experiences mental health issues. In WA, Mental Health Week is presented by the Mental Health Commission in partnership with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health. For more events and information, visit:

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Anti-Poverty Week 2017

Anti-Poverty Week 2017 - Poverty and Young People
15 - 21 October 2017

In Australia, three million people live below the poverty line. 731,000 of them are children, and 240,000 of those children live here in Western Australia. Create awareness about the importance of eliminating poverty, and of championing for equality in our communities. Learn more at www.antipovertyweek.org.au/

Western Australians can get behind the WACOSS Anti-Poverty Week social media campaign, Child Poverty, "Start at the Beginning." Learn more in the WACOSS Anti Poverty Week 2017 Social Media booklet.

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NDRI - Working With Communities - AOD Intervention and Policy Research

Working With Communities: Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention and Policy Research
National Drug Research Institute 30th Anniversary Symposium
Thursday 30 November 2017
8.30am - 5pm
Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley

NDRI is celebrating 30 years of conducting research aimed at preventing and reducing harmful alcohol and other drug use in Australia. At this free event, leading NDRI researchers will present their latest innovative research in alcohol and other drug treatment, harm reduction, policy and prevention. And to top off the day, an outstanding panel of guest speakers will provide their perspectives on stigma and discrimination around alcohol and other drugs.

For more information or to register, please visit Eventbrite - NDRI - Working With Communities.

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NDRI - UK Alcohol Health Alliance

The UK Alcohol Health Alliance at 10 years - a story of highs and lows
With Sir Ian Gilmore - Chair, UK Alcohol Health Alliance and Honorary Chair, University of Liverpool
Tuesday 17 October 2017
11am - 12pm
Technology Park, Building 603, Level 2 Seminar Room (Room 213), Bentley

It is ten years this Autumn since about 15 organisations concerned about the rising tide of alcohol-related harm came together as the UK Alcohol Health Alliance. Professor Ian Gilmore will outline some of the successes and failures of trying to get evidence-based policies introduced, using examples relevant to all countries facing similar challenges.

For more information, please download the NDRI - UK Alcohol Health Alliance Seminar Flyer. To RSVP, email ndriau@curtin.edu.au.

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WAAMH / Tenancy WA - Home Truths: An evening with Michael Leunig

Home Truths: An evening with Michael Leunig
Saturday 2 December 2017
Subiaco Function Centre, 201 Subiaco Road, Subiaco

Join beloved cartoonist and quirky social commentator Michael Leunig for a night of heart-lifting entertainment, raising urgently needed funds for mental health and affordable housing services. Round up your friends and get your tickets now. For more information and tickets, please visit: https://www.tenancyconferencewa.org.au/michael-leunig

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Let's Talk Culture - Homelessness And Mental Health Support

Let's Talk Culture Seminar Series
Effects of homelessness and lack of mental health support for CaLD individuals
Thursday 26 October 2017
10am - 12pm
The Billabong Room, Herb Graham Recreation Centre      
38 Ashbury Crescent, Mirrabooka

Please RSVP by Monday 23 October 2017 to info@hconc.org.au.

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WA Bar Association - The Royal Commission and the Catholic Church

The Royal Commission and the Catholic Church
Speaker - Francis Sullivan, CEO, Truth, Justice and Healing Council
Tuesday 10 October 2017
5pm - 6pm
Conference Suite, Exchange Tower,
Level 8, 2 The Esplanade, Perth
Registration: $20 (includes drinks and canapés after the seminar)

Community service representatives are invited to join members of the Bar at their CPD seminar. Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council will speak on the challenge the Royal Commission presented for the Catholic Church and the issues that had to be tackled. This will be a unique insight into the running of litigation of the most complex kind.

Please register by close of business Friday 6 October 2017. For more information or to request a registration form, please email kknox@wabar.asn.au.

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AOD News

2018 WA Alcohol and Other Drug Excellence Awards - Nominate Now

The 2018 Western Australian Alcohol and Other Drug Excellence Awards are now open for nominations.  The awards ceremony will be held on 21 March 2018 during the 2018 WA Alcohol and Other Drug Conference and recognise outstanding alcohol and other drug practice. The 2018 Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Excellence Award categories are:

  1. Prevention - Excellence in prevention
  2. Harm Reduction - Reducing the risk of AOD-related harms
  3. Treatment - Improved treatment outcomes for people with AOD issues
  4. Capacity Building - Building capacity to prevent and/or respond effectively to AOD issues
  5. Partnerships - Partnerships for improved AOD outcomes
  6. Aboriginal - Improving AOD outcomes for Aboriginal peoples
  7. Families - Excellence in working with families and carers
  8. Young People - Preventing and reducing AOD harms in young people
  9. Research into practice - Translating research into practice for improved AOD outcomes
  10. Consumer Participation - Significant/ongoing contribution to improving lives of people with AOD issues

The closing date for submitting nominations is 1 December 2017. For more information, please visit the 2018 WA Alcohol and Other Drug Excellence Awards.

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WANADA / MHC - Comprehensive WA AOD Workforce Development Report

In September 2016, the Mental Health Commission funded the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (WANADA) to undertake a workforce mapping project evaluating the current delivery of Alcohol and Other Drug workforce development initiatives in Western Australia against the National AOD Workforce Development Strategy. The WANADA Workforce Project Report identifies recommendations to inform the development of the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Strategy which will be released later in the year.

Download your copy of the Comprehensive AOD Workforce Development in WA Report.

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MHC - Counselling Guidelines: Alcohol and Other Drugs - Feedback Survey

Workforce Development at the Mental Health Commission (MHC) is currently gathering feedback using an online survey on the 3rd edition of Counselling Guidelines: Alcohol and other drug issues (2013) by Marsh, O'Toole, Dale, Willis and Helfgott to inform the development of the fourth edition. Access the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AODcounsellingguidelines

If you would like to participate in telephone or face-to-face consultation please contact Judi.stone@mhc.wa.gov.au. If you would like to obtain hard copies of the current 2013 Edition of the Counselling Guidelines: Alcohol and other drug issues, please contact AOD.training@mhc.wa.gov.au.

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WANADA - 2017-18 WA State Budget Summary

In a tight fiscal environment, WANADA is pleased to note that Alcohol and Other Drug Non-Government Organisations funding has increased by 6.9% to $56,547,000 in the 2017-18 State Budget. However, WANADA does have concern in regards to the 13 FTE CADS positions originally funded as part of the previous Methamphetamine Strategy 2016 and will also monitor savings commitments to ascertain community and service impacts.

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Make Smoking History - 'Meet Mick' Campaign Update

From Sunday 1 October 2017 Make Smoking History (MSH) will air 'Meet Mick', an advertising campaign produced by Quit Victoria in 2012.  The campaign tells the story of real-life smoker Michael 'Mick' Roberts and his battle with emphysema.  A portion of the Facebook advertising will be targeted towards prompting at-risk groups to quit smoking.

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National Drugs Campaign - Encouraging People To Seek Support

The next phase of the National Drugs Campaign launched on 24 September 2017 and will run for a period of twelve weeks, through to 16 December 2017. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about the health and social risks associated with illicit drug use, with a specific focus on drugs such as MDMA and crystal methamphetamine. A key focus of the campaign material is the promotion of help seeking behaviour for those affected by methamphetamine use. The Commonwealth has developed a new complementary National Drugs Campaign website (www.drughelp.gov.au) that details some of the treatment options and support options available.

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Inquiry Into Crystal Methamphetamine - First Report

The Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement released the First report: Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine (ice) on 6 September 2017.

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New Resources

AIHW - 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report last week. According to the report:

  • there is greater support for education and treatment and lower support for law enforcement measures;
  • recent use of meth/amphetamine was highest in Western Australia;
  • about 1 in 20 Australians reported misusing pharmaceuticals, with 75% of recent painkiller users reporting misusing an ‘over the counter’ codeine product in the past 12 months;
  • the decline in daily smoking slowed in 2016 but improvements were seen among people living in the lowest socioeconomic area.
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AARB - It's Not Fair Play - Alcohol And Sport Report

The Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) released its latest report, It's not fair play - why alcohol must leave sport, in the lead up to the AFL and NRL Grand Finals. The report highlights the extent of community concern about alcohol marketing and sport and includes:

  • A foreword from Nick Marvin, former CEO and Managing Director of the Perth Wildcats.
  • An analysis of complaints to the AARB over five years that related to sport.
  • New market research that gauges public opinion about alcohol marketing and sport.
  • TV ratings data that shows hundreds of thousands of children watch sport on TV.

The report and recommendations will be communicated to relevant Federal and State Ministers and major sporting codes.

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MHC - Volatile Substance Use in WA Website

The Mental Health Commission has developed a volatile substance use (VSU) website: Volatile Substance Use in Western Australia. The evidence-based website will assist frontline workers, service providers and other professionals who work directly, or indirectly, with people affected by VSU. It contains a comprehensive collection of key documents and a wide range of literature and other resources to support an effective response to VSU both locally and state-wide. The resource can be accessed at https://vsu.mhc.wa.gov.au/

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Research News

SiREN Evidence Update - Research Summary

SiREN's bi-monthly Evidence Update provides bite size summaries of the latest evidence from key sexual health and blood-borne virus journals and reports with relevance to the Australian setting. The recent Evidence Update included:

@SiREN_WA regularly tweets new research articles and reports.

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Grants & Funding

WA Police - Community Crime Prevention Fund Grants

Local governments and not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to $25,000 for projects which demonstrate significant crime prevention benefits. The $1.05 million has been allocated from the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Partnership Fund budget. Projects and initiatives which fall into four broad areas will be given priority including:

  • Preventing and responding to anti-social behaviour;
  • Addressing and reducing alcohol and drug-related crime;
  • Youth justice and reducing reoffending; and
  • Prevention and early intervention to address the needs of children and families.

Applications close Monday 27 November 2017, 12.00pm (midday). For more information, please visit: https://policewa.smartygrants.com.au/

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Community Service News

Palmerston - Free Photocopier

Palmerston Association has a Kyocera KM-3035 photocopier that is still working but no longer needed. If your organisation can make good use of this free photocopier, it is available for pick up from Palmerston Armadale. For more information, please email armadale@palmerston.org.au.

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Dismantle Inc - BikeRescue and BikeTherapy Programs

Dismantle's BikeRescue is an engagement program for at risk, disengaged or disadvantaged young people which provides participants the opportunity to develop their social skills, build confidence in themselves and connect with local community, educational or vocational opportunities. The program is a mentoring program disguised as a bike building program, delivered by qualified and experienced bike mechanics and youth mentors.

The BikeTherapy Program is an adapted version of BikeRescue, with specific group and interpersonal therapy elements for participants  experiencing mental health challenges. Each program involves a range of partners.

For more information, please visit www.dismantle.org.au or visit Dismantle on Facebook.

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Holyoake - DRUMBEAT Facilitator Training - October 2017

Holyoake's universally successful, evidence based DRUMBEAT Program gives you the tools to help your clients achieve positive social emotional outcomes. Research shows that DRUMBEAT participants feel more confident and connected to others, less stressed and have better relationships with others. DRUMBEAT engages participants in a fun, non-threatening and inclusive process that is designed to improve multiple protective factors. This process is facilitated through a group music-making experience using hand drums.

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:

  • Kununurra - 10, 11, 12 October 2017
  • Perth - 27, 28, 29 November 2017

For more information, visit Holyoake - DRUMBEAT or contact Holyoake's DRUMBEAT via drumbeat@holyoake.org.au.

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ATCA - Therapeutic Community (TC) Training Course 2018

ATCA Therapeutic Community Training 2018 - Perth
16, 17, 18 April, 28, 29, and 30 May 2018
Cyrenian House, Perth
Cost: $875.00 per participant

The Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA) Board invites applications for the Therapeutic Community (TC) Training Course. This training program has been specifically written for Australian audiences and adapted from the Aotearoa New Zealand context developed by Matua Raki, and is aimed at supporting practitioners working in TCs or those wanting to work in the TC environment.

For more information, please contact Executive Officer, Dr Lynne Magor-Blatch at atca@atca.com.au. To apply for a place in this training please fill in the application form on Survey Monkey.

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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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AACBT International Workshop With Professor Arnoud Arntz

AACBT International Workshop
Professor Arnoud Arntz
Imagery Rescripting: a transdiagnostic technique to address problems related to traumatic and other negative experiences
One-Day Workshop
Monday 23 October 2017
9am - 5pm
The Niche, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands

Tickets remain for this one-day workshop, while the two-day workshop is now full. For more information, including cost, please visit AACBT - One-Day Imagery Rescripting Workshop.

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AASW (WA) - Social Farming & Social Work

The Australian Association of Social Work (WA) Branch and WA Eco-Social Work Practice group invite you to -

Social Farming and Social Work Workshop
With Dr Antonia Hendrick, Dr Susan Bailey and Dr Marilyn Palmer
Monday 23 October 2017
9am - 4.30pm
Starting at City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, Perth
Cost: Members - $15; Rural Members via Webinar - free; Non-members - $20.

For more information and to register, please visit AASW WA - Social Farming and Social Work. Rural Members should email the WA Branch via cpdwa@aasw.asn.au to register for the morning session.

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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

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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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:

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

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2018 Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference - Abstracts Open

2018 Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference
Prevention, treatment, recovery
28 - 30 May 2018
QT Hotel Gold Coast, Queensland

Abstracts close 5 February 2018. Submit your abstract at:

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WA Tenancy Conference 2017

WA Tenancy Conference 2017
The First Domino
27 - 29 November 2017
Bendat Community Centre, Wembley

Individual tenants and sector professionals from across WA are invited to register now. For more information, please visit: www.tenancyconferencewa.org.au

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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 - 6 October 2017

Alcohol and other drug issues in the media have included the AIHW's National Drug Strategy Household Survey results and alcohol advertising during sports broadcasts, while the ABC's Ladies We Need To Talk podcast has featured women's drinking (We need to talk about women's drinking, 28 September 2017).

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 6 October 2017

New job opportunities in the alcohol and other drug sector come from WANADA, Indigo Junction, and Milliya Rumurra Aboriginal Corporation with Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote - 6 October 2017

"Law is not law, if it violates the principles of eternal justice."

Lydia Maria Child

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