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Message from WANADA

WANADA Pre-Budget Submission 2018/19

WANADA's Pre-Budget Submission for 2018/19 is now available. Priorities for the alcohol and other drug sector are -

  • Delivery of an Aboriginal alcohol and other drug residential service in the south of the state
  • Delivery of an improved shared outcomes, data and policy system
  • Programs to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug related stigma and discrimination

For more information, please contact WANADA Advocacy and Research Coordinator Ethan James on (08) 6557 9400 or via ethan.james@wanada.org.au.

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WANADA Welcomes Marcelle George

The WANADA team recently welcomed Sector Development Manager Marcelle George. Marcelle has worked in a range of health settings, including in blood-borne virus prevention. She is particularly interested in the cultural processes that determine the use and acceptability of various drugs, and is keen to explore how very pressured health budgets can be reconfigured to comprehensively prevent drug-related harms (or at least allow early and effective intervention). As Sector Development Manager while Maree Stallard takes leave, Marcelle looks forward to resuming prior working relationships and developing new ones with the committed people who work in the alcohol and other drug sector.

For more information about WANADA's Sector Development work, please contact Marcelle on (08) 6557 9400 or via marcelle.george@wanada.org.au.

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Introducing WANADA's 2017/18 Board

Following the Board Election, WANADA is now pleased to introduce our 2017/18 Board, including two new members:

  • Terry Murphy (Independent Chair)
  • Carol Daws
  • Sheila McHale
  • Daniel Morrison
  • Angie Paskevicius
  • Angela Corry (newly elected after earlier appointment)
  • Jonathan Farr (newly elected)
  • Mick Geaney (newly elected)
  • Paul McMullan (newly re-elected).

WANADA thanks members of the 2016/17 Board for their contribution to the specialist alcohol and other drug sector.

WANADA's 2016/17 Annual Report is now available in calendar format online and in print. For more information, please contact Organisation Coordinator Vanessa Vidler on (08) 6557 9400 or via vanessa.vidler@wanada.org.au.

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Well At Work Thanks To Georgia

Cyrenian House staff members are enthusiastic participants in a work wellness program coordinated by Curtin University student Georgia Eaton. Georgia is working with managers and champions to complete a workplace wellbeing audit and with champions from four sites to implement the program. Once completed, the program will be evaluated, with potential for expansion to other services or sites.

Georgia is currently studying a double degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion and has volunteered to work in the alcohol and other drug sector after learning about WANADA's Student Placement Program. Georgia is from Wyalkatchem in country Western Australia and has a particular interest in the health of people living in rural or remote areas.

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

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WANADA Sustainable Health Review Submission

WANADA has made a submission to WA Health's Sustainable Health Review on behalf of the alcohol and other drug sector. WANADA recommended:

  1. The Sustainable Health Review Panel separately consider the system impacts of alcohol and other drug associated harms.
  2. The transition of corrections health services to Department of Health portfolios is prioritised.

For more information about 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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Palmerston / Outcare / DAWN - LGBTIQA+ Community Forum

LGBTIQA+ Community Forum
Wednesday 8 November 2017
8.45am - 3pm
South Perth Community Hall
Corner Sandgate Street and South Terrace, South Perth
Free event - morning tea and lunch provided

A forum for people of diverse sexuality and/or gender, their families and professionals to talk about mental health and substance use issues. The forum is hosted by Palmerston Association, Outcare and St John of God Subiaco Hospital Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network.

Please register ASAP as places are limited. For more information and to RSVP, please download the LGBTIQA+ Community Forum flyer.

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Richmond Wellbeing - Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Workshops

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Workshops - Focussing on Local Communities

  • Perth Central - (a joint workshop with Neami National with service providers only) - Friday 27 October 2017, 9am – 1pm, City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth
  • Fremantle - Hilton (community members and service providers) - Wednesday 1 November 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Fremantle PCYC Centre (Art Space), 34 Paget St, Hilton
  • Cockburn / South Lake (community members and service providers) - Thursday 16 November 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm, South Lake Ottey Family & Neighbourhood Centre, South Lake Child Care Centre, 2 South Lake Drive, South Lake
  • Rockingham (community members and service providers) - Friday 24 November 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Gary Holland Centre (Multipurpose Room), 19 Kent St, Rockingham

Richmond Wellbeing is running the Integrated Care Project to understand and improve people’s experience of care from alcohol and other drug and mental health services within their community. The results of our consultation will inform the use of funding, either of new initiatives, or improvements to existing services.

Please RSVP to Richmond Wellbeing on (08) 9350 8827 or iscinfo@rw.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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Richmond Wellbeing - Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Workshops - Aboriginal Communities

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Workshops  - Focussing on Local Aboriginal Communities

  • Perth Central - Thursday 2 November 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre, Ngala Maya Kadidjiny Room (Training Centre), Level 7, Building/3 Forrest Place, Perth
  • Cockburn / South Lake - Thursday 9 November 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm, South Lake Ottey Family & Neighbourhood Centre, South Lakes Child Care Centre, 2 S Lake Drive, South Lake
  • Langford - Wednesday 15 November 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Langford Aboriginal Association - Langford, 15 Imber Turn, Langford WA 6147
  • Kwinana - Thursday 23 November 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Darius Wells Centre (Ken Jackman Room), Chisham Avenue and Robbos Place, Kwinana Town Centre
  • Wanneroo - Tuesday 28 November 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo
  • Joondalup - Thursday 30 November 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Joondalup Library Meeting Rooms (Room 3), 102 Boas Avenue, Joondalup

Richmond Wellbeing's AOD and Mental Health Integrated Systems of Care Project invites you to participate in a workshop with local community members and localised service providers to share your knowledge and experience of services for people with mental health issues and alcohol and other drug issues. This project can consider funding some new initiatives or improvements to existing services in your area.

Please RSVP to Richmond Wellbeing on (08) 9350 8827 or via iscinfo@rw.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 - 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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Women's Council - 27th Annual Domestic Violence Memorial March

The Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA) invites all community members to attend the

27th Annual Domestic Violence Memorial March
To honour all those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic and family violence.
With MC Verity James; Welcome to Country by Doolann-Leisha and Walter Eatts; Didgeridoo - Samuel Pilot-Kickett and guest speaker The Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence
Friday 17 November 2017
Supreme Court Gardens
Corner Barrack Street and Riverside Drive, Perth
Free morning tea and information stalls

For further information, contact Carolyn on (08) 9426 7264 or carolyn@womenscouncil.com.au.

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Turning Point - Pathways Out Of Addiction - Social Groups and Identity

Pathways out of addiction: the role of social groups and identity
Presenters:  Professor Dan Lubman, Professor David Best, Professor Catherine Haslam, Associate Professor Petra Staiger, Dr Genevieve Dingle, Dr Michael Savic, Ramez Bathish, Melinda Beckwith
Thursday 16 November 2017
3pm – 5pm AEDT
Turning Point, 142 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
The event will be live-streamed

How do people move out of addiction and into recovery? Not only will you hear about cutting edge research, but you will have the opportunity to ask questions and reflect on the implications of the research for policy and your own practice.

There is no cost to attend or view online but registrations are essential. For more information and to register, please visit Turning Point - Pathways to Addiction. General enquiries should be directed to Radha Perera on radhap@turningpoint.org.au or (03) 9412 9954.

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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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AOD News

UWA Research Into FIFO / DIDO Worker Wellbeing

The State Government has granted The University of Western Australia's (UWA) Centre for Transformative Work Design, $498,841 to carry out research into the wellbeing and mental health impact of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) arrangements on workers. The research reference group includes the Mental Health Commission; family representatives; employee and employer representatives; the WA Association for Mental Health; and WANADA. For more information in 'New mental health research project to further support FIFO sector' (WA Government Media Statement, 11 October 2017).

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Victorian Government Commits To Medically Supervised Injecting Centre

The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) has congratulated the Victorian government on committing to the implementation of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) to radically address the overwhelming substance related harms afflicting the area of North Richmond. Coronial, ambulance, police and other health related data have for many years in concert illustrated a catastrophe unfolding in the North Richmond area with the size, scale and complexity of this issue requiring a specific local response. Read more in 'VAADA: Medically Supervised Injecting Centre a bold innovation to reduce harms' (VAADA Media Release, 31 October 2017).

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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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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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New Resources

Anex Bulletin Volume 14, Edition 3 Out Now

Anex Bulletin Volume 14, Edition 3 features: 

  • Hepatitis C and how Western Australian frontline workers are encouraging their clients to get tested and treated
  • NSW workers giving away free naloxone to at-risk opioid users
  • Roadside and workplace drug testing
  • Tanning injections
  • South Australia's Clean Needle Program - worker profile
  • A comparison of naloxone in ampoules and Prenoxad
  • Infographics on the latest arrests and drug seizures data, as well as the key findings of the National Drug Strategy Household Survey

Read Anex Bulletin online or download Anex Bulletin.

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Research News

Drug and Alcohol Research Connections - October 2017

Drug and Alcohol Research Connections is a joint publication of the 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 current issue features:

  • The price of ice: The social and economic costs of methamphetamine to Australia
  • Drug testing: How it works and what it can, and cannot, achieve
  • Breaking the ice online intervention 

Read the October 2017 issue at: www.connections.edu.au

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Health News

Women's Community Health Network Update Issue 8 2017

Women's Community Health Network WA (WCHN)Update Issue 8 2017 includes:

  • Unplanned pregnancy counselling and pregnancy termination: are women accessing the services they need? 
  • The health of Australia's females
  • Mental health, sexual identity, and interpersonal violence: Findings from the Australian longitudinal Women's health study
  • Seeking help for domestic and family violence in regional, rural, and remote areas
  • Whatever it takes: Access for women with disabilities to domestic and family violence services
  • ABS 'victims of crime' figures
  • Two in five pregnant women don't receive care in the first trimester 
  • Community, Respect & Equality (CRE) Project      
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First Interim State Public Health Plan Consultation

Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, the Chief Health Officer of the Western Australian Department of Health has released the First Interim State Public Health Plan for consultation. The First Interim State Public Health Plan includes:

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

The online consultation is the first phase of the process and is targeted specifically at local government. The second phase of consultation will target WA State Government, non-government organisations and other health bodies. The survey closes 31 December 2017. Any queries should be directed to publichealthact@health.wa.gov.au.

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Health Care Australia - Animal Therapy

Health Care Australia is offering animal therapy in Perth from November 2017. Animal assisted therapy teams consist of a certified therapy animal and a trained handler. Therapy teams visit hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living centres children's homes and other similar facilities to help lift spirits and facilitate recovery.

You can book Tara and dog Loki to come along to any facility throughout Perth and any client home for as long as you wish on an ongoing basis or as a one-off. Please call Cat (08) 6465 8602 or email Catherine.Barrowman@healthcareaustralia.com.au.

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Grants & Funding

Lotterywest - Grants Information Seminar

If you are planning a project or event that requires grant support, Lotterywest offers a great opportunity to learn how you can get the funding for your project.

Grants Information Seminar
Friday 10 November 2017
10am - 12pm
Level 2, 38 Station St, Subiaco

For more information access Lotterywest Grant Information Seminar.

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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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AAIMHI Clinical Case Work - Two Cases with Distressed Families

Infant Mental Health Clinical Case Work - Two Cases with Distressed Families
With C. Gally McKenzie and Olivia Marshall
Thursday, 16 November 2017
6pm - 8pm
Cost: AIHMHI WA Members - $10 / Non-Members - $25

For more information and to RSVP, please email aaimhiwatraining2@gmail.com

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WHFS - Training for Health Professionals November 2017

Upcoming training from Women's Health and Family Services includes:

  • Demystifying Domestic Violence - 9 November 2017
  • DV- Responding with Compassion to Disclosures of DV - 29 November 2017
  • Smart Phones & E-Safety - 30 November 2017

For more information, please visit WHFS Training and Education for Health Professionals.

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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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Holyoake - DRUMBEAT Facilitator Training November 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:

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

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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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In the Media

In the Media - 1 November 2017

Alcohol and other drug issues in the media have included the opening of the Serenity Withdrawal Unit and a new methamphetamine clinic in the Wheatbelt.

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities - 1 November 2017

New job opportunities in the alcohol and other drug sector come from Cyrenian House, Palmerston Association and Holyoake. For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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Quote - 1 November 2017

"What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured."

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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