No 8 April 2008 Workforce Development _WFD_ is a multi-faceted by forrests


									No 8. April 2008
Workforce Development (WFD) is a multi-faceted, systemic approach to building the capacity and sustainability of the alcohol and other drug (AOD) workforce. The AOD workforce includes anyone who comes into contact with AOD issues as part of their role, including medical specialists, nurses, police, teachers, bar staff, managers and health & safety officers.

Welcome to Edition Eight of the DASSA Workforce Development e-Newsletter.
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The following conferences have been added to the DASSA website: If you have not accessed the conference list previously there may be conferences of interest that have previously been added. Local, national and international conferences are included on the list with links to the conference website or contact details for further information. The conference list is contained within a PDF but you can navigate by each month by using the ―bookmarks‖. (If these are not visible click on the ―Bookmark‖ tab on the LHS of the document)

South Australian Conferences
     Risk Management Conference: Risk Odyssey 2008, 29 April 2008, National Wine Centre, Adelaide, South Australia State Conference: Side by Side, 30 April 2008, Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, South Australia 4th Annual Reintegration Puzzle Conference: Multiple Disadvantage and the Revolving Door, 26-27 June 2008, Holiday Inn Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia 2008 Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research, 14-17 August 2008, Stamford Grand Hotel Adelaide, Glenelg, South Australia Destination Inclusion: SACOSS stronger Communities Conference 2008, 21-22 August 2008, Adelaide, South Australia



5th Biennial Australian Learning Communities Network Conference: Connecting Faces, Places and Spaces, 26-28 October 2008, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia 9th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference, 26-28 November 2008, Adelaide, South Australia

Australian and New Zealand Conferences
   The 3rd Engaging Indigenous Communities Conference 2008, 28-29 April 2008, The Mercure Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland National Conference Family Violence and Specialists Courts: National and International Perspectives, 22-23 May 2008, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Creating Synergy V: Between Research and Practice within Drug & Alcohol & Mental Health, 11-13 June 2008, Function Centre, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales 2008 IPAA National Conference: The Future of Public Service: Striking the Right Balance, 19-20 June 2008, Crystal Palace Convention Centre, Luna Park, Sydney, New South Wales Australia’s Health 2008 Conference, 24 June 2008, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Conference: Substance Use Across the Lifespan: Evidence & Interventions, 24-25 July 2008, La Trobe at Beechworth, Beechworth, Victoria Men’s Advisory Network 2008 Second National Conference – From Babies to Blokes: The Making of Men, 3-6 August 2008, Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia Drugs, Alcohol and Family Violence, 14-16 August 2008, Sheraton Mirage Hotel, Port Douglas. Far North Queensland Bi-National Conference Trauma, Disorganised Attachment and Dissociation: Opportunities for Repair, 22-24 August 2008, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association: Advancing the Community Approach, 9-11 September 2008, Byron Bay Resort, Byron Bay, New South Wales 9th National Mediation Conference: Mediation: Transforming the landscape, 10-12 September 2008, Hyatt Regency Perth Hotel, Perth, Western Australia 15th Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress (ACOTS) Traumatic stress: Challenges for the coming decade, 11-13 September 2008, Bayview Eden, Melbourne, Victoria Centre for Rural & Remote Health Biennial Conference - Creating Futures: Research, Practice & Policy Indigenous, Rural & Remote and Island Nations in Transition, 22-25 September 2008, Cairns International Hotel, Cairns, North Queensland eResearch Australasia 2008, 29 Sep-1 October 2008, Sebel and Citigate Hotels, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria 28th Annual Congress Psychiatry, Psychology and Law: Risks v Rights, 23-26 October 2008, Manly Pacific Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales 2008 Australian & New Zealand Adolescent Health Conference: My space, your space, our space: exploring the future of adolescent health together, 6-7 November 2008, Melbourne University, Victoria


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Overseas Conferences
 5th UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders: Reclaiming lives: best Practices for Treatment, 8-10 May 2008, Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London, UK

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2008 UK National Smoking Cessation Conference, 30 June-1 July 2008, BirminghamHilton Metropole, Birmingham, UK Beyond 2008 International NGO drug policy forum, 7-9 July 2008, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna, Austria Drugs Alcohol & Criminal Justice: What About Harm Reduction? 17-18 July 2008, Warwick University, Coventry, UK National Conference on Injecting Drug Use, 27-28 October 2008, London West Novetel, Hammersmith, UK South East Asian and Oceania Regional Health Impact Assessment Conference, 8-10 December 2008, Chaing Mai, Thailand BASPCAN’s Seventh National Congress: Changing Landscapes, Emerging Challenges- contemporary issues in safeguarding children and young people, 13-16 September 2009, University of Wales, Swansea, UK

Events, Education and Training
 Helping People to be Tobacco Smoke Free! One day workshops, Training for all those who work with people with mental illness and want to support them to quit or reduce tobacco. Dates in 2008 and Venue:  2nd May, Friday:- 91 John Street, Salisbury  16th May, Friday - Mental Illness Fellowship, Keswick  18th June, Wednesday:- Enfield Mental Health, Enfield  3rd July, Thursday:- Margaret Tobin, Flinders Medical Centre Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Cost: Free. Registration: Email: or Phone: 82002000 or 82002006 3 Day Short Course: Qualitative Methods in Public Health Research, 2-4 June 2008 Aims: This course is designed to provide participants with a broad overview of qualitative research methods and to equip them with basic skills in qualitative research. There will be a strong emphasis on the application of these methods for public health research and evaluation. Venue: Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia Course Facilitator: Dr John Coveney, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Flinders University, Cost: $660 (GST inclusive) and includes course materials, morning and afternoon tea. Info: 3 Day Short Course: Designing and Administering Questionnaires, 1-3 September 2008 Aims: To provide participants with the ability to: - Gain an understanding & appreciation of constructing questionnaires - Appreciate different methods of survey administration - Conduct fundamental data analyses, and to interpret results - Construct an instrument within a team - Critically appraise surveys Venue: Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia Course Facilitator: Dr George Tsourtos, Lecturer, Department of Public Health, Flinders University. Cost: $660 (GST inclusive) and includes course materials, morning and afternoon tea. Info:




5 Day Short Course: Health and Sustainable Cities & Communities, 13-17 October Course Aim: What is a healthy community? How do we create healthy and livable cities? What does it mean to be socially and environmentally sustainable? This short course aims to provide participants with knowledge and skills and national and international insights for developing Healthy and Sustainable Cities and Communities approaches, programs and projects. An important focus will be on the role of collective action across sectors (community, local government, education, environment, health) in promoting health and well-being within the broader context of social, environmental, economic and cultural sustainability Venue: Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia Keynote presenters: Professor Fran Baum and Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe Cost: $1,100 (GST inclusive) and includes course materials, morning and afternoon tea. Info: TAFESA Regional Short Courses The following short courses are being offered by TAFESA Regional the cost is $168 per person, this includes learning resources, assessment, statement of attainment that is Nationally recognised if student attends and completes all components of the course and course reading materials, and assessments. They will be accredited one unit of competence and can go towards a full qualification, either Certificate IV or Diploma in Community Services, e.g. Alcohol and Other Drugs Work; Mental Health; Youth Work and Community Work  Brief Interventions Workshops – TBA Expression of Interest sought; need minimum of 15 participants to run this course – see note below  Self-Harm/Suicide Workshops - (8th & 22nd or 15th and 29th May) Self-harm/Suicide enrolments and payments to be received at the enrolment centre by 30/4/08. Venue: Panorama TAFE for both courses Note: Brief Intervention Workshops expressions of interest to be directed to Andrea Robinson, contact details below. Once there are enough people to run a course enrolment packs will be sent out with the dates for the course. Info: Andrea Robinson., PACS Admin Officer, Community Services & Health, TAFE SA Regional - Pt Pirie, Ph: 8638 4217 World Hepatitis Awareness Day: HepLinkSA Forum Monday 19 May 2008 9.00 am – 12.30pm Education Development Centre, Milner St, Hindmarsh Room G.11B Program:  Jo Morgan Hepatitis B the basics  Dr Stephen McNally Hepatitis B needs assessment  Jack Wallace Hepatitis B in SA refugee community  Hepatitis C education DVD: Don‘t be Buntha Hep C don‘t let it be  Education resource: Tip for Living well with Hep C in Rural SA Lunch will be provided between 12 – 12.30 Info and RSVP: John McKiernan, Coordinator: Education Program, Hepatitis C Council of SA Ph: 08 8362 8443 or Email:



 Community Grants: Drug Action Week® 22-28 June 2008 Drug & Alcohol Services South Australia in partnership with the South Australian Network of Drug & Alcohol Services (SANDAS) is offering a limited number of one-off

grants of no more than $500 to non-government organisations seeking to hold Drug Action Week® events in 2008. The aim of the Drug Action Week® Grants Program is to support and build the capacity of non-government organisations to develop and host Drug Action Week® events. Closing date: May 16th. More information is available on the DASSA website. Drug Action Week® 2008 is a week of activities held nationally to raise awareness about alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues in Australia. The week also aims to highlight the achievements of the dedicated individuals who work within the AOD sector to reduce alcohol and drug-related harm. During Drug Action Week® the theme message will be– Alcohol is a drug – TOO! For further information about Drug Action Week® and the activities that will be held in that week go to the website below. The national events calendar will be updated regularly.

Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD)
 Drug Testing in Schools – evidence, impacts and alternatives, Research Paper 16, Ann M. Roche, Ken Pidd; Petra Bywood, Vinita Duraisingam, Tania Steenson, Toby Freeman, Roger Nicholas, Australian National Council on Drugs, 2008 The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) was commissioned by the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) in March 2007 to undertake an independent, comprehensive and critical examination of all relevant issues involved in drug detection and screening in the school setting. The results of the review are presented in this report.

National Centre for Education and Training on Addictions (NCETA)
 Young people and alcohol: the role of cultural influences, Roche AM et al, National Centre for Education and Training on Addictions, Adelaide, 2008 A study on the role of cultural influences on young people's drinking has found that alcohol marketing is important. It "...uses sophisticated techniques that impact on young adults and adolescents including those who have not yet started drinking... Alcohol ads influence non-drinkers to start drinking; exposure to ads influences the level of drinking in established drinkers, and drinking generates positive attitude toward alcohol ads (a two-way relationship)." Other findings include: Young people are drinking earlier: i.e. the age at which 50% of population has had a full drink has reduced over time from 19 years to 15.5 years; by age 18 years 50% of males and female are risky drinkers and consumption of spirits has increased due to the marketing success of RTDs.

National Drug Strategy (NDS)
 The costs of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug abuse to Australian Society in 2004/05, Report prepared by David J. Collins, Macquarie University and Helen M Lapsley, University of Queensland and University of New South Wales for the Department of Health and Ageing, 2008 This monograph estimates the total social costs of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use to the Australian Community in 2004-05.

Info: o64  Full Report: The costs of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug abuse to Australian Society in 2004/05 – Monograph Series No 64 (PDF 499 KB) 34F55AF632F67B70CA2573F60005D42B/$File/mono64.pdf  Summary Version: (Monograph Series No 66): The costs of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug abuse to Australian Society in 2004/05 (PDF 350 KB) mono66/$File/mono66.pdf

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)
  Physical and psychological harms of psychostimulant use, S. Darke, S. Kaye, R. McKetin & J. Duflou, NDARC technical report 286 Driving and clubbing in Sydney: A study of drug use and risk among nightclub attendees, J. Ross, G. Campbell, L. Degenhardt & P. Dillon, NDARC technical report 289 The above two reports are not available online. These are available for purchase:  A Summary of Diversion Programs for Drug and Drug-Related Offenders in Australia: Monograph 16: Hughes, C. and Ritter, DPMP Monograph Series, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, NSW, 2008 The diversion of illicit drug users and drug-related offenders comprises an important component of Australia's policy response to illicit drugs. This project has summarised the current state of diversion in Australia: its nature and design. The project identified 51 programs operating for the diversion of drug and drug-related offenders throughout Australia. These programs are now provided across the full spectrum of the diversion system, via police, courts and specialist courts. By documenting the major types of diversion and their unique features we have identified key similarities and differences.

National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF)
 Predicting alcohol-related harms from licensed outlet density: A feasibility study, Monograph series no. 28, Tanya Chikritzhs, Paul Catalano and Richard Pascal, National Drug Research Institute and Naomi Henrickson, Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office, NDLERF, 2007 The overall aim of this feasibility study was to progress the development of an Australian model sensitive to local risk factors to help authorities determine appropriate liquor outlet densities for minimising alcohol-related harms within communities. The impact of social networks and not-for-profit illicit drug dealing on illicit drug markets in Australia, Roger Nicholas, National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund, 2008 The illicit drug markets in Australia are often regarded as fiercely competitive, profit driven ‗dog-eat-dog‘ enterprises dominated by criminal groups. From this perspective, the participants in the markets come together only briefly to conduct their profitmotivated transactions. While this may describe some of the upper levels of the market, a rather different picture emerges when examining the limited amount of research that has been conducted concerning the lowest level of the retail illicit drug market. At this level


of the market, the research clearly demonstrates that social networks become far more important to the distribution of illicit drugs.

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)
 The Queensland Drug Court: A recidivism study of the first 100 graduates, Research and Public Policy Series No. 83 Jason Payne, Australian institute of Criminology, 2008 This is the third in a series of AIC papers examining the drug court program and the outcomes for offenders in their endeavours to become drug and crime-free.

Australian Drug Foundation (ADF)
 Drugs and driving in Australia: a survey of community attitudes, experience and understanding, Jane Mallick, Jennifer Johnston, Netzach Goren and Vanessa Kennedy, Australian Drug Foundation, 2007 The Australian Drug Foundation, in partnership with Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, with funding from AAMI has recently completed a study into drugs and driving in Australia. The report on this research, was recently launched at the State Library of Victoria. Copies of the report can be downloaded or obtained by contacting Druginfo on email or tel. 1300 85 85 84 or Full Report stralia_fullreport.pdf Summary Report stralia_summary.pdf

Resources and Websites
 Cannabis Resources The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) has recently released two resources related to cannabis.  Cannabis and your body The Cannabis and your body fold-out leaflet provides an easy to understand graphic outlining the effect of cannabis on your body in the long-term. It also includes an explanation of different types of cannabis and briefly discusses cannabis psychosis. Suitable for young people or low literacy audiences. (Cat no. 753, $0.55 each).  Cannabis diary The pocket-sized Cannabis diary is a key tool for people who want to reduce or stop their cannabis use. It is discreet, easy to use and full of information about the impacts of cannabis consumption. It includes strategies for reducing use, and provides a daily diary for tracking patterns and changing habits. (Cat no. 743, $1.65 each). Copies can be ordered through the ADF resource catalogue or online at:  Australian Drug Foundation’s Drugs and their effects brochure Drugs and their effects brochure is available in nine community languages to assist recent migrants from African and Asian countries. English version, (PDF 185K) can be accessed at Languages include: - Albanian, PDF 546KB - Amharic, PDF 546KB - Arabic, PDF 673KB - Chinese, PDF 1.04MB - Dari, PDF 528KB - Farsi (Persian), PDF 528KB - Somali ,PDF 467KB - Tigrinya, PDF 524KB - Vietnamese, PDF 633KB If you have any problem downloading these links or you want the order form go to the Druginfo Multicultural website at: 

Drugs and Driving (website) With support from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), the DrugInfo Clearinghouse has just completed the redevelopment of the drugs and driving website. Drugs and driving provides quality-assured information to inform and educate the community about the risks and harms associated with drug use and driving. The website includes information about:  Safer driving—including information specifically aimed at young drivers, the parents of young drivers, older drivers and commercial drivers.  The effects of different drugs on driving ability—including alcohol, amphetamines, cannabis, ecstasy, heroin and other opioids, medicines and mixing drugs.  Laws—including drink driving, random breath testing, drug driving and roadside drug testing.  Where to find more information—including links to research, resources, alcohol and other drug support services and road safety organisations.

The information in this newsletter is provided for the reader‘s convenience and does not constitute an endorsement or a recommendation of any third party program, product or service. The views and opinions expressed by any third party do not necessarily represent the views of DASSA.
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