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Drug and alcohol NGOs moving to three year contracts with the NSW Ministry for Health
The review process outlined by Dr Jo Mitchell, Centre for Population Health, at the 2016 NADA AGM, removes the need for competitive tendering for current NGO drug and alcohol funding. The process will involve a standard compliance assessment of performance, governance and financial stability of all funded NGOs to determine eligibility for three year contracts. Assessments will be carried out by LHD NGO contract managers with the LHD Drug and Alcohol Directors. Where appropriate, efforts will be made to simplify contract arrangements where organisations have multiple funding agreements. Those considered to have ‘low compliance’ will have plans put in place and support will be provided by the Ministry, in conjunction with NADA. For more information, contact Larry.

RFP delivery of professional development on AOD—closes 9 April 2017
Wentworth Healthcare Limited, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, issues this request for proposal for the delivery of professional development on alcohol and other drugs (Area of Need 1) and low intensity early intervention options for mental health services (Area of Need 2). Click here to view the tender online.

Please submit your questions in writing via the Tenderlink online Q&A forum by 31 March 2017.

Ministry of Health industry briefing for Mental Health Reform Innovation Fund—round 2
Monday 27 March 2017
9.30am–11.30am (please arrive at 9am)
Kirribilli Club, 11 Harbourview Crescent, Lavender Bay

Discover more about the fund, the specific ‘target areas’ where innovation is being sought and the potential to work in partnership with other organisations to develop and implement local innovative solutions. This briefing will cover fund application and selection processes and will be followed by the opportunity to seek further information on the Mental Health Reform. More information [PDF].
RSVP by close of business Thursday 23 March, by email to Please also email any questions you have about the fund, and your queries will be addressed on the day.

Substance use recovery evaluator (SURE) is now online
SURE is a validated measure of AOD recovery that was developed with, and is to be completed by, people in recovery. Completion online will provide an automatic score and brief feedback. To learn more about SURE, click here.

NSW Drug Package updates
Youth detox and treatment services
Consultation with a range of service providers has been completed and a review of existing service utilisation has been used to inform tender specifications. The tender is expected to be open late-March or early April 2017 to both LHDs and NGOs.
Women and women with children residential rehabilitation
Two services, Jarrah House and Kamira have received a funding enhancement due to their demonstrated ability to immediately increase capacity for women and their children. An expert reference group was convened focusing on evidence of gaps in service delivery, locations of services and appropriate population groups to target. An open tender to the NGO sector is likely to be released towards the end of March 2017.
Community treatment and aftercare
Planning for the development of the purchasing arrangements is underway and an expert reference group has been convened. The tender is expected to be released in April 2017. NADA is advocating that the proposed model for the enhancement of NGO drug treatment services be considered in terms of continuing care, rather than aftercare, and focus on the wider holistic needs of clients post intensive treatment. This is a largely underfunded area of the drug and alcohol program in the NGO sector.
Early intervention innovation (EII) fund NGO evaluation grants scheme
This scheme is for NGOs in the AOD sector to evaluate existing programs and to build the evidence base. Grants are worth $30,000 to $150,000 over two years, out of a total pool of $800,000. This scheme followed a one stage expression of interest process. Outcomes of the process were announced in mid-February.
Early intervention innovation (EII) innovation grants scheme
This scheme is for NGOs and their partners to specifically drive AOD early intervention innovation and to focus on vulnerable young people. Grants are worth $50,000 to $1 million over two years out of a total pool of $3 million. Successful applicants from the expression of interest stage were invited to complete a full application in mid-February. Full applications will close 31 March 2017.
Families and carers
Drug & Alcohol Population and Community Programs (DAPCP) is undertaking a project to map existing services, programs and resources in NSW that support families and carers of people with AOD issues. This will be used to identify gaps and inform the further three years expenditure.

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NADA has had an influx of new talent!
NADA created a new program manager role to support NADAbase, filled by Cassandra McNamara. Cass will provide NADA and its members with NADAbase, evaluation and research support to further the capacity of the NGO sector in the collection, analysis and reporting of client treatment and outcome data.
Maricar Navarro, NADA’s new office coordinator, will have oversight of its quality improvement accreditation process. Maricar is also responsible for the administrative and coordinating functions relating to NADA’s operations, including member services.
Natasha Murray is the new CMHDARN research network administrator, employed to maintain all aspects of the network and where relevant, initiate new activities.

Need help drafting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between you and a partner agency?
NADA has developed a 'Memorandum of understanding template' to assist. Download the NADA Policy Toolkit 2nd Edition and navigate to > Governance and Leadership > Organisational Development > Supporting documents > Partnerships
NADA is constantly reviewing our Policy Toolkit. Please send your ideas/suggestions/revisions to

Working with women engaged in alcohol and other drug treatment workshop
30 March 2017
Come and be a part of an engaging and practical free workshop that will enhance your skills for engaging with women accessing AOD treatment. Register now

Integrating trauma informed practice when working with clients affected by AOD workshop
31 March 2017

Register now for this interactive training, facilitated by the Blue Knot Foundation, that provides knowledge and skills for working clinically with adult survivors of complex trauma who have problematic AOD use issues.

Women’s AOD Services Network forum: Engaging Aboriginal women in AOD services
6 April 2017
Surry Hills
Register now to attend this networking forum which will focus on improving engagement with Aboriginal women accessing mainstream AOD services.

Methamphetamine workshop 
20 April 2017
Surry Hills

The workshop will assist frontline workers to better understand methamphetamine use and the associated using culture, as well as providing effective interventions that can enhance support strategies and outcomes within generalist AOD treatment services. Register now

CMHDARN workshop ‘Kickstart: From idea to proposal’
27 April 2017
Save the date. This practical one-day workshop, in partnership with UTS, will give participants the skills to develop their ideas into proposals for research or funding. More details to come

SAVE THE DATE Enhancing Your Clinical Practice 
3 May 2017

An informative and practical workshop-style forum with NADA Practice Leadership Members and an opportunity to share your best practice tips with your colleagues. More information coming soon.

Safeguarding yourself: Recognising and responding to vicarious trauma
Surry Hills: 25 May 2017 Register now
Newcastle East: 7 June 2017 Register now
Parramatta: 14 June 2017 Register now
This one-day interactive workshop explores the nature of vicarious trauma, contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue, and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work with people impacted by diverse traumas.
SAVE THE DATE Get on Board: Essentials for management committees and boards
30 May 2017
Trainer: Lane Blume, CCWT. More information coming soon.

Aboriginal cultural awareness training
13 June 2017
Surry Hills

Facilitated by Felicity Ryan, this workshop will help participants understand Aboriginal cultures, nations and protocols; discrimination, myths and stereotypes; the impact of colonisation and how this has affected contemporary Aboriginal peoples; and much more. Register now
Aboriginal people and strength based practices within a drug and alcohol setting workshop
14 June 2017
Surry Hills

Prior completion of the Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training with Felicity Ryan is required to register for this workshop. Register to understand traditional Aboriginal practices and AOD, the role of alcohol in Australia since colonisation, impacts of alcohol consumption on Aboriginal people and much more. Register now
See all NADA events on the events page.

Issue 1, March 2017
Harm reduction
In this edition of the Advocate, we learn about harm reduction, and how this works in practice. The approach is described within an abstinence-based residential therapeutic community and in the development of a relationship between people who inject drugs and the police. The benefits of long-term engagement, researching drug users in an active drug market, is also explored.

Also, read features from:
  • Australian Greens
  • Tackling Nicotine Together
  • NSW STI Programs Unit
  • Harm Reduction Australia
  • Dunlea Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service.
Read the Advocate

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New Resources

ADF resource: Breaking the ice in our community
This fact sheet helps families and elders support someone who may be struggling with crystalline methamphetamine dependence. It contains information on the drug and practical strategies on how to respond. Copies can be ordered or downloaded from the NSW Health Your Room website.
ADF resource: Healthy spirit healthy community
This booklet contains information on crystalline methamphetamine (ice) and other drugs including alcohol. It was based on a Victorian resource developed by the ADF in conjunction with VACCHO. Copies can be ordered or downloaded from the NSW Health Your Room website.
Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016
This overview provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is freely available on HealthInfoNet, along with presentations of key facts, tables, and figures.
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2017 ACWA endorsed CPD Calendar
The Australian Community Workers Association have released their 2017 CPD calendar [PDF]. They have also released resources to help you develop your own professional development plan.

Insight seminar series
Commencing on 8 March, this semester’s seminar program boasts a diverse range of topics including neuroscience, steroids, cannabis, psychedelic medicine, community capacity building and sensory approaches. Seminars can be viewed via webinar or Insight’s Vimeo or YouTube Channel two weeks after each event.
Family worker training and development program calendar
FWT+DP have released their February 2017 training calendar which includes a range of great events on the impact of trauma on the developing brain and more!
National Aboriginal wellbeing conference
29-30 March 2017

This conference will focus on the issues related to trauma and healing and showcase the innovative programs being delivered nationally and within our communities to promote healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 
Marsha Linehan: Dialectical behaviour therapy
3-5 April 2017

Last chance to register. Dr Linehan will introduce and update the very latest applications of skills in the areas of emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Develop your skills and effectiveness when working with suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, borderline and antisocial personality disorders.
MSIC safer injecting workshop
1 May 2017

If you’re currently working or volunteering to support people who inject drugs, and have some level of training and/or experience, this workshop is for you. This workshop is a full day course which aims to expand your skills in providing safer injecting advice.
Australian & New Zealand addiction conference
15-17 May 2017
Gold Coast

This conference, covering topics surrounding prevention, treatment and recovery, will include presentations from leading sector specialists, researchers, psychologists and other practitioners.

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Positions Vacant

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) assessment officer—Odyssey House
Application closes 29 March 2017
Learn more.
Psychologist—Odyssey House
Application closes 29 March 2017
Learn more.
Project officer—ATDC
Learn more.
Member relations officer—ATDC
Learn more.

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