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NADA workforce development training grant program—applications close 25 January 2017

Current financial members of NADA are invited to apply for funds to support training attendance for the January to June 2017 period. 
Grants accessible
  • Individual training grants up to  $450 (excl. GST)
  • Individual grants with travel support up to $800 (excl. GST)
  • Group training grants up to $4000 (excl. GST)
To find out more, click here or email
ADF funding for local drug action teams—year one applications close 8 February 2017
The Australian Drug Foundation is encouraging organisations to consider their eligibility to become a local drug action team and apply for up to $40 000 in funding (pa). Learn more.
Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund—expressions of interest close 17 February 2017
Women NSW recently launched the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021: Safer Lives for Women, Men and Children and the $20 million Innovation Fund to support identified needs. Download the fund guidelines [PDF] or visit the website for more information.
Details now available for National FDS Day (24 February 2017)
Family Drug Support (FDS) is pleased to announce that details on the 2017 National FDS Day are now available. This is an annual event to highlight the need for families to not only be recognised and heard, but to be supported and encouraged to speak about their needs and concerns.
Australian Winter School 2017—call for abstracts close 28 February 2017
The theme of the 2017 Australian Winter School is ‘crossroads’. To submit your abstract or register interest in the conference, visit

AIHW alcohol and other drugs webpages redeveloped
The AIHW provides statistics and related information on drug and alcohol use, based on three main collections—National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS), Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS), National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data (NOPSAD). They recently redeveloped their alcohol and other drugs webpages.

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NADAbase monthly data reviews
Please don’t forget to enter, check and review your previous month’s N/MDS client data entry by the 22nd of the current month for accuracy. If you need support or advice please contact
CMHDARN 2017 Community Research Mentoring Project—applications close 1 March 2017
Would you like support developing a research project?
Would you like to develop new research skills?

Initial support is available for up to six months with potential for extension. There is no cost involved, but you will need to make time for your research and working with your mentor. Click here for more information and the application form.
Have you seen the new look CMHDARN website? Click here.

Have you seen the NADAbase Data Snapshot?
Are you interested in starting Benchmarking processes with your client outcome data?  Download the snapshot [PDF]. Are there other types of analyses you would like to see via the snapshot? Email with your suggestion.



Sex, Drugs and What’s My Role?
A forum that brings alcohol and other drug, sexual and reproductive health together
Friday 24 February 2017

A NADA forum that brings together AOD, sexual and reproductive health. Presenters will be invited from STIPU, ACON, KRC and themes we hope to explore include: field experiences of bringing together AOD and sexual health in practice, Pep and PreP, the Love Bites project to explore the youth focus, and reproductive health and substance use. Register now.
SAVE THE DATE: Working with women engaged in alcohol and other drug treatment workshop
Thursday 2 March 2017

SAVE THE DATE: Identifying and responding to domestic violence workshop
Friday 3 March 2017

SAVE THE DATE: Integrating trauma informed practice when working with clients affected by AOD workshop
Wednesday 15 March 2017

SAVE THE DATE: Working with women engaged in alcohol and other drug treatment workshop
Thursday 30 March 2017

SAVE THE DATE: Integrating trauma informed practice when working with clients affected by AOD workshop
Friday 31 March 2017

See all NADA events on the Events Page.

Issue 4, December 2016
Aboriginal innovation
In this issue of the Advocate, we learn about culturally appropriate tools and resources to enhance client care, programs that foster meaningful connections for young people, and a community-driven and practical evaluation process for Aboriginal residential rehabilitation services.

Also read features from:
  • AH&MRC
  • Orana Haven
  • Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council
  • Weigelli Centre
  • ADF
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 mailing list.

Share your news with members and stakeholders
Members and stakeholders can promote new services and projects, partnerships, achievements or research activity in the next issue. Express your interest by emailing Sharon.

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New Resources

Toolkit: Preventing violence against women in your community
This new toolkit released by Our Watch, has been designed for practitioners and community organisations who wish to engage the community, in a participatory, partnership approach, to prevent violence against women and their children, and to work with other organisations that are part of an integrated family violence network.
Family Planning Association of Australia: Effective contraception methods
This pictorial two-sided guide [PDF] helps clinicians counsel women about contraceptive options in an efficacy framework.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV website
This website, designed by South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), aims to educate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about HIV, improve HIV testing rates, and end the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV. It includes information about HIV, health promotion resources, information about HIV Awareness Week, data and research reports and information for health workers about testing, health promotion and education, and supporting patients with HIV.
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A practical guide to community-based approaches for reducing alcohol harm
31 January 2016, 1pm AEDT
Join a free webinar hosted by the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre and facilitated by Professor Anthony Shakeshaft from NDARC. To attend, click this link about five minutes before it's due to commence. View more information.
Leading practice conference 2017
6–7 February 2017

This conference [PDF] aims to critically consider the challenges and best practice in responding to issues of risk in the work of practitioners and organisations driving positive change and best outcomes for vulnerable children, families, youth and communities into the future.
VAADA conference 2017
16–17 February 2017

Complexity, collaboration, consumers and care is the conference theme. Click here for more information.
Free SMART recovery facilitator training course
1–2 March 2017 or 14–15 March 2017
Western Sydney

SMART Recovery Australia has received a grant to help establish more SMART Recovery meetings in Western Sydney. Staff from Western Sydney AOD organisations may attend training at no cost (limited to 2–3 staff per organisation). Each attendee must register here.
Mindfulness-based treatments for alcohol and substance use disorders
14 March 2017
The Grace Hotel, Sydney

This workshop, hosted by AACBT International and facilitated by Associate Professor Katie Witkiewitz, provides an introduction to mindfulness-based interventions to increase awareness of triggers and automatic reactions in the service of reducing heavy drinking and drug use, as well as the risk of relapse to substance use following treatment.

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Positions Vacant

Case Worker / Counsellor—Lyndon (Katoomba)
Applications close 18 January 2017
Learn more.
Clinical Director: Treatment and Services—St Vincent de Paul (Armidale)
Applications close 24 January 2017
Learn more.
Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Worker—Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service
Applications close 20 January 2017
Learn more.
Manager of Transition Programs—Community Restorative Centre (Far west)
Applications close 30 January 2017
Learn more.
Youth Development | Health Promotion | Drug & Alcohol Prevention—Youth Solutions

Applications close 30 January 2017
Learn more.

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