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Identifying and responding to domestic and family violence (DFV) survey
NADA wants to hear from you and your colleagues about current practices and needs in responding to people who have experienced DFV. The survey is open until 10 May 2017 and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please forward the survey link to staff.
New NADA domestic violence resources
NADA is excited to launch the Identifying and responding to domestic violence policy template, the Domestic and family violence screener and the Responding to domestic violence in AOD settings: What you need to know information sheet. These resources have been designed to be flexible for all NADA members to support consistent and standardised practice for identifying and responding to domestic violence experiences in your client groups.
If you’d like to know more about how to identify and respond to domestic violence, contact Ciara to find out about NADA’s domestic violence training.
CMHDARN workshop—Kickstart: Turning ideas into action
Attend this practical one-day workshop on 27 April to develop skills to develop your idea into a proposal for research or funding. The event will also launch of the CMHDARN Research Seeding Grants. Register now.
Launch of the CMHDARN Research Seeding Grants 2017
CMHDARN invites NADA and MHCC (Mental Health Coordinating Council) members to apply for the CMHDARN Research Seeding Grants. One-off grants of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) are available to help organisations build their capacity to undertake research. An information session will be held on 27 April 2017.

AACBT 38th National Conference
Innovations in cognitive and behavioural therapies across the lifespan
The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 23 April 2017. Key criteria for the Early–mid career travel grant application is to submit an abstract to the conference. View the abstract guidelines and download the templates located on the AACBT conference website before you submit. 

In memoriam: Carol Pedersen
NADA was saddened to learn of the recent death of Carol Pedersen, better known as Sister Carol, a trained nurse of St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and a Sister of Charity. Sister Carol was well regarded for her work in the inner city of Sydney, as Darlinghurst’s ‘Flying Nun’. She championed the client-centred approach to supporting the needs of people with alcohol and other drugs issues.
Social work student placements to start July 2017
The UNSW Social Work Program is seeking offers from agencies interested in having a Level 4 (fourth year) social work student on their final placement. Students are interested in offers that include case work, counselling, group work, social research, social policy, and community work. For this placement, there is a preference for the supervisor to hold a Bachelor of Social Work qualification recognised by the AASW and have two or more years of experience. For more information, please contact Maree Higgins on 9385 1963 or
Coming soon: Family Drug Support (FDS) interactive resource to support families
FDS is developing the first Australian online resource designed to support families struggling to deal with drug and alcohol problems. It will contain a film that follows a group of family members at various stages of change, shows the interactions that can occur in support groups, illuminates the progress that can be made by families in connecting with others and support services, and share insights into services and education programs. View the trailer.

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The NADA Practice Leadership (NPLG) have been working on an exciting and interactive forum to be held on 3 May 2017. The forum is designed to showcase evidence-based practices that organisations and workers can implement to Enhance Clinical Practice. Managers/team leaders and workers are encouraged to attend the workshop together to start the conversation around improved clinical practice and how they will implement the day’s practice tips in their organisations. Register now.

Did you know NADA has developed a guide to support members wanting to evaluate their programs?  

For more information, download the NADA Program Evaluation Guide [PDF].


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: Turning ideas into action
27 April 2017
Attend this practical one-day workshop on 27 April to develop skills to develop your idea into a proposal for research or funding. The event will also launch of the CMHDARN Research Seeding Grants. Register now.

Enhancing your clinical practice 
3 May 2017
Surry HIlls

This informative and practical forum with NADA’s Practice Leadership Group will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear and share best practice tips. There will be a manager and a worker stream, and opportunities to explore how enhanced clinical practices might be implemented in your organisation. Register now.

Get on board: Essentials for management committees and boards
30 May 2017
Surry HIlls
Being a member of a board of management or management committee means you have strict legal and ethical responsibilities. Governance is about the structures and systems and understandings that enable you to make the right decisions, and set the right course for your organisation. Register now.

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.

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.

Share the Advocate or subscribe
Download then print a copy for the lunch room, or forward the email alert to all staff. Contact Sharon to add emails to the Advocate alert email.

Share your news with NADA members and stakeholders
Promote new services and projects, partnerships, achievements or research activity in the next issue. Email Sharon with an expression of interest.

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New Resources

Cracks in the ice
Cracks in the ice is an online toolkit providing trusted, evidence-based, and up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (ice) for the Australian community developed by NDARC. View it here.
Psychological toolkit
This toolkit, from the Black Dog Institute, includes a collection of practical resources for professionals supporting clients with mental health issues. The toolkit includes questionnaires, tools for self-monitoring, and exercises for clients.
Presentation: Set the vision for the enhancement of Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Services
The recorded presentation focussed on the proposed approach for a single entry, multi-disciplinary/multi-modal service to support substance-using pregnant women from the antenatal period up to two years post-delivery.  The presentation can be accessed here. Please register or login to view the recording.
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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 channel two weeks after each event.
Workshops on how to capitalise on data and digital opportunities to improve service delivery
7 April 2017
The NSW Ministry of Health is represented on the Social Innovation Council (SIC), a strategic partnership between the NSW Government and the Forum of Non-Government Agencies (FONGA). As lead agency coordinating SIC activities, the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) is seeking employees of NSW human services non-government organisations (NGOs) to participate in upcoming workshops. Express your interest here.
Drug and alcohol, mental health, and primary care: Working towards integration
28 April 2017
Crows Nest

This free event will include local and international speakers presenting on innovative models for integrating mental health and drug and alcohol services into primary care facilities.

Kirsten Meisinger MD will be the key speaker for the event. Kirsten is the Medical Staff President and Primary Care Physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, Boston, USA. Her presentation will focus on the patient centred medical home model and how it has been used in the United States to integrate mental health and drug and alcohol services with general practice. Register now.

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.

Untangling depression: Practical strategies for cases that challenge us
11 May 2017

The workshop provides participants with a practical framework and evidence-based strategies to manage complex presentations of depression that require more than routine treatment. Accredited for CPD points.
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.

Western Sydney Primary Health Network's Connections Conference
30 May 2017
Rooty Hill

The Connections Conference: A joint response to western Sydney’s Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, and Drug & Alcohol challenges, hosted by WentWest, will explore the existing system barriers and opportunities in working towards integrated care within western Sydney. Read the program here.  Register here.
How2Program: Create a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans & intersex (LGBTI) inclusive service
31 May 2017

This training, facilitated by ACON, aims to support organisations to develop services that are inclusive of LGBTI clients and staff. Topics will include: auditing your service, consulting with consumers, developing an action plan, evaluating change, and more.
Smart Recovery facilitator training
1-2 June 2017

Attend this two-day course to learn about the SMART Recovery program and how to facilitate a group. Attendees will receive a comprehensive training manual and SMART Recovery group start-up kit.
2017 Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service connectedness conference
1-2 June 2017

Save the date. Exploring the links between drugs and alcohol, suicidality and mental health. For more information, email Pete France.
Aboriginal mental health & wellbeing workforce forum
14-15 June 2017

This forum will bring together Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing workers and others who support their work. Hosted by SES LHD in partnership with the AH&MRC, the theme of the forum is Looking back, looking forward. Email to express interest.

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Positions Vacant

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) counsellor—Odyssey House McGrath Foundation
Applications close 17 April
Learn more.
InReach officer: Community services—Odyssey House McGrath Foundation
Applications close 17 April
Learn more.
Psychologist: Community services—Odyssey House McGrath Foundation
Applications close 21 April
Learn more.
Transitional drug and alcohol worker—Community Restorative Centre
Applications close 26 April
Learn more.

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