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Message from WANADA
WANADA CEO Jill Rundle

2020 Promises a Shift in Perspective

WANADA is excited to be leading the 2020 WA Alcohol and other Drug Conference in collaboration with the sector. We are now collecting your reflections to support the conference theme of Shifting Perspective - Alcohol and other drugs: everybody's story. We look forward to your contributions and encourage you to plan your participation over 8-9 October 2020, at The Westin Perth.

WANADA is also pleased to be part of the Eliminating Hepatitis C Australia Partnership, funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation and coordinated nationally by the Burnet Institute. WANADA will be working to identify opportunities across the sector to better support service users to access hepatitis C education, testing and treatment.

For more information about WANADA's work, please contact WANADA on (08) 6557 9400 or via

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Wild Butterfly Documentary Screenings

Nine years in the making, set in WA and meticulously researched. Wild Butterfly is a dramatised documentary that explores the trauma of childhood sexual violence and its relationship to ongoing mental health issues and drug use. It uncovers the hidden story behind a family’s tragic circumstances and opens our eyes to the impacts of social injustices and prejudices that could befall anyone. 

View the Wild Butterfly trailer, find out how to host your own Wild Butterfly screening, or book tickets to see Wild Butterfly in WA cinemas:

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Upcoming Events

Members' News
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Swan City Youth - Register Now for Febfast

Swan City Youth is again a beneficiary of Febfast. Across Australia, thousands of people give up alcohol or sugar for the month of February to raise funds for young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they need. It is the perfect excuse to kick-start the year with a little good health and good will. Register now at Febfast.

AOD News

Take Home Naloxone Pilot

The Take Home Naloxone (THN) Pilot provides naloxone free-of-charge to anyone who is at risk of an overdose, including people who are prescribed opioid medicines, as well as people who are likely to witness an opioid overdose. Both injectable and intranasal formulations of naloxone will be available. Funded by the Commonwealth Government, the THN pilot is coordinated in WA by the Mental Health Commission until 28 February 2021.

Access the list of THN Pilot participating services and resources on overdose prevention and the use of naloxone.

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AOD News

Congratulations Professor Alison Ritter - appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours List for distinguished service to education, to drug and alcohol research and social policy, and to professional medical societies.

2019 Alcohol and other Drug National Workforce Survey Extended - all workers in the Australian alcohol and other drug sector are invited to participate. The survey takes 15-20 minutes and all participants will go into a draw to win an iPad mini.

ICHOM - Treatment Outcomes for Disorders Related to Substance Use or Addictive Behaviours - Consultation Survey - the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement has developed a standard set of outcome measures for substance use disorder. The outcomes measurement set is open for feedback and review until 16 February 2020.

New Resources
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New Resources

For more information, visit either Tools for AOD Workers or Reports into AOD Issues.

Action and Advocacy

Social Reinvestment WA - Youth Justice Draft Report and Workshops

Social Justice WA is collaborating with the youth justice sector and young people with lived experience to produce a report to highlight critical issues, and recommend key areas for urgent change in WA’s justice system.

Sector Workshop - Thursday 6 February 2020, 9am-12.30pm, King Edward Mallesons QV1, St Georges Tce, Perth. RSVP for the Sector Youth Justice Workshop on Eventbrite by Monday 3 February 2020.  

Lived Experience Workshop - Monday 17 February 2020, 12.30pm-4pm, YACWA Office, Leederville. RSVP for the Lived Experience Youth Justice Workshop at Eventbrite by 3 February 2020 and/or please share this invitation with relevant networks.

For more information, please contact Social Reinvestment WA via

Health and Community Service News
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Health and Community Service News

Congratulations Ms Patricia Murray - on being recognised in the Australia Day Honours List as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Tricia is CEO of Wanslea Family Services.

National Principles for Child Safe Organisations - Community Services Sector Survey - this WA Department of Communities survey is open until Friday 7 February 2020.

Research News
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Research News

Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia is a new report from the  Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) that consolidates the most recently available information on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Australia.

Grants and Funding
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Grants and Funding

  • Fortescue Community Grants - small grants to support community projects within the Town of Port Hedland, Shire of East Pilbara, Shire of Ashburton and City of Karratha. Applications open March 2020.
  • CommBank Grassroots Grants - grants of $1000 are awarded to charities creating a better society for youth in our communities. One to watch in 2020 - applications yet to open.

Learn more - visit Grants and Funding on the WANADA website.

Training and Workforce Development
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Training and Workforce Development

The AODtraining@MHC Semester 1 2020 calendar is now available. Register early to avoid disappointment. Places are still available for ST301: Family inclusive practice (4 and 5 March 2020) and KA036: Sniffing, huffing and chroming: Responding to volatile substance use (12 March 2020). For all event details and registrations, visit or contact / (08) 6553 0560.

Youth Focus is offering a full-day Youth Mental Health Masterclass on Wednesday 19 February 2020 in Perth. Presenters include Professor Pat McGorry, University of Melbourne and Orygen, and Assoc Professor Matt Coleman, Associate Professor in Rural and Remote Mental Health Practice, Rural Clinical School of WA. Tickets are $375 and bookings can be made at Youth Focus.

LivingWorks is hosting an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop on 4 and  5 February 2020 in Karawara at a cost of $300. For more information please contact Mel Zador on 0432 530 146 or via or Lorna Hirsch via

Learn more - visit Workforce Development on the WANADA website.

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WACOSS invites you to present at the WACOSS Conference 2020 - Finding Ground to be held 5-7 May 2020 at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle. Abstract submissions close Monday 3 February, 2020.

Learn more  - visit Conferences on the WANADA website.

In the Media
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In the Media

Milliya Rumurra CEO Andrew Amor has spoken to ABC Kimberley about proposed alcohol restrictions in the region (Blanket booze ban proposal pushed by WA police divides Kimberley towns, 22 January 2020).

Job Opportunities
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Job Opportunities

Alcohol and other drug-related roles are currently open at Cyrenian House, Womens Health & Family Services and Hope Community Services - Goldfields Community Alcohol and Drug Service.

For more information, please visit AOD Jobs.

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"Life is always moving, changing, shifting into its next shape. The movement is natural. It is how we evolve. Let the shifts happen. Take responsibility for yourself each step of the way. Trust the new shape and form of your world."

Melody Beattie

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