First European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: CALL FOR PAPERS
Lisbon Addictions 2015
23-25 September

The first European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies will be held in Lisbon on 23–25 September 2015. This conference is organised by SICAD (Portuguese General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies), the journal Addiction, the EMCDDA (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction) and ISAJE (International Society of Addiction Journal Editors).

It will provide a unique networking opportunity for researchers, practitioners and policy experts across countries and disciplines to discuss latest findings on the prevention, treatment and control of addiction.

A call for abstracts has just been published on www.lisbonaddictions.eu

You can also keep updated on latest developments through the conference newsletter, which you may subscribe on http://eepurl.com/5fZaP

Please accept our apologies if you have received this message more than once and do not hesitate to contact us or send an email to info@lisbonaddictions.eu should you have any questions.

Jobs: CEO of NUAA – Sydney NSW

Chief Executive Officer 

 

Permanent Full-Time Position 

  • Are you a dedicated individual with experience and passion for making a difference to people who use and inject drugs?
  • Do you have an energetic and inclusive operational and leadership style? 
  • Do you have a proven track record in developing relationships across the community, Blood Borne Virus Sector, NSW Government and key stakeholders? 

If you answered YES to the above questions then NUAA could be a place for you to work.

 

The Organisation

NUAA is the state wide drug user organisation which aims to advance the rights, health and dignity of people who use and inject drugs.

 

The Role

Reporting to the Board of Governance, this role is responsible for leading and managing NUAA’s services and programs.   This will include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisation planning, policy, development and quality improvement
  • Program, project and service delivery management
  • Advocacy, media and public relations
  • Representation, liaison and building NUAA membership
  • Financial and administrative management
  • Partnershipbuilding
  • Fundraising

 

Enquiries

For more information about the role, please contact Andrew Herning, Corporate Services Manager, on telephone (02) 8354 7300.

 

Salary and Conditions

Wage Range $99, 564 – $113, 141 per annum.

Attractive salary packaging and enhancements are available – as a health promotions charity NUAA can provide access to non-taxable fringe benefit salary packaging.

 

How to apply for this job

For all the details, download the Chief Executive Officer job pack at http://www.nuaa.org.au/employment-opportunities/or request an information package by calling NUAA switch on (02) 8354 7300 or e-mail andrewh@nuaa.org,au

 

Closing Date

Applications close on Wednesday 10 December 2014, 5.00pm.

Interviews will be held on 16 and/or 17 December 2014.

Summer ’14 Alcohol Summit

In Queensland and passionate about reducing harm from alcohol?

Come along to the Summer ’14 Alcohol Summit being held by the Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol (QCAA) and participate in this workshop discussion led by a panel of experts on the impacts of alcohol. The Summer’14 Alcohol Summit will look at the harms and impacts that alcohol has across a range of different areas including alcohol related violence, health impacts and the impact to society.

The Summer’14 Alcohol Summit will look at the harms and impacts that alcohol has across a range of different areas including alcohol related violence, health impacts and the impact to society.

This workshop discussion will be led by a panel of the following experts

  • Professor Jake Najman, Director, Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre
  • Dr Richard Kidd, Australian Medical Association Qld, and
  • Mrs Gloria Steenson with a personal account of the devastating impacts of alcohol related violence.
  • Dr Dennis Young, Executive Director, Healthy Options Australia (Master of Ceremonies)

The effects of excess alcohol use are far reaching and this workshop will focus on what practical measures can be taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Lunch will be available at the Speakers Green BBQ Area following the workshop.

 

Follow the link to find about more and register: http://e.mybookingmanager.com/E1119235758178396

 

To find out more about QCAA, go to http://www.qcaa.org.au/

Jobs: Teachers – OTEN Strathfield

OTEN is looking for part-time casual teachers of community services with experience in AOD and/or mental health. Opportunities for off-site marking may also be available.

 

Part-time Casual/Contract Teachers of Community Services

Casual Teaching

Location:  OTEN Strathfield

 

Selection Criteria:

 

  • Note: As a minimum teaching qualification, Teachers must hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110).  From 1 July 2014, all new teachers will be required to have completed the module Address Adult LLN Skills (TAELLN411) from the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

 

AND

 

  • Relevant qualifications at degree level or equivalent and experience working in a community services role in more than one of the following areas:

Mental Health, AOD, Community Development; Community Work; Welfare; Youth Work,

 

AND

 

  • A minimum of two years’ work in community services, at least part of which has been gained within the last 18 months, relevant to the AOD and/or mental health sector, and requiring a social justice framework of practice.

 

If eligible you would need to complete a short course called “Teaching by Distance” which aims to provide information specific to distance learners and an understanding of marking assessment tasks and providing feedback.  There is no cost to this course and can be completed online/by distance.

 

Please forward a CV, copies of qualifications and any other relevant information to Leon Fernandes leon.fernandes2@tafensw.edu.au or call 02 9715-8456 if you have any questions.

Seeking Cannabis Users for Study

The University of Sydney is launching recruitment on two research studies with cannabis users and we would appreciate your help in advertising our studies as widely as possible.

 

Study 1: Exercise for cannabis withdrawal treatment

 

This is a 7 day inpatient cannabis detoxification study with an innovative daily exercise regime overlaid onto normal detoxification treatment.

The study takes place at Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney, and we are looking for cannabis users who are seeking help to reduce their use or quit.

 

Details of this study and how to get in touch can be found here: http://www.psych.usyd.edu.au/forms/exercise-study

 

Alternatively please feel free to download a copy of the recruitment poster and place it in your treatment facility or link to any of our recruitment materials through your webpage:

http://www.davidallsop.net/uploads/1/0/6/4/10640355/ssa_exerciserecruitment_poster_v1.1_22_7_2014.pdf

 

 

Study 2: Cannabis use and Pain experiment recruiting now

 

This is a ½ day experimental pain study recruiting both cannabis users, and non-cannabis using controls.

The study takes place at the Langton Centre in Surry Hills, Sydney, and uses the cold pressor (icy water bath) pain model to compare the two groups.

Details of this study and how to get in touch can be found here: http://www.psych.usyd.edu.au/forms/cannabis-and-pain/

Alternatively please feel free to download a copy of the recruitment poster and place it in your facility or link to any of our recruitment materials through your webpage:

http://www.davidallsop.net/uploads/1/0/6/4/10640355/painrecruitment_poster_v1.3.pdf

Drug Use and Families Survey

From NDARC:

Do you work with family members affected by the dependent drug or alcohol use of a relative?

 

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales is conducting a study to examine the impact of drug use on family members.

 

The study is via an online survey (www.druguseandfamiliessurvey.com.au) and only takes 20 minutes to complete. All information is confidential and the study has received ethical approval from UNSW (HREC: HC14129).

 

Over 100 people have completed the survey so far but now we need your help; if you work with family members aged 18+ who have been affected by the drug or alcohol use of a relative please invite them to take part in the survey.

 

If you would like any further information please contact Dr Marian Shanahan at the University of New South Wales: (02) 8936 1215 or m.shanahan@unsw.edu.au

 

Many thanks for your help.

 

Link to survey: www.druguseandfamiliessurvey.com.au

Jobs: NSEP Workers, Western Australia

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

3 Positions

 

  1. NSEP Co-ordinator, 35 hours per week, (negotiable up to 38hrs)
  2. Youth Outreach Worker, part-time 25 hours per week
  3. Dedicated NSEP Worker, 35 hours per week, (negotiable up to 38hrs)

 

OVERVIEW

The Western Australian Substance Users Association (WASUA) is a state-wide, peer based community organisation that aims to improve the health and social circumstances of people who use both licit and illicit substances in WA. Programs and services are delivered within a social health and community development framework underpinned by harm reduction and peer education. Services include a fixed site Needle Syringe Exchange Program (NSEP) in Perth & Bunbury, mobile NSEP in the South West, Health Clinic, Drug Treatment & Referral Service, Safe Disposal, Community Education & Hepatitis C Resource Project, Opioid Pharmacotherapy Advocacy & Complaints Service (ORPACS), Outreach NSEP program, Peer-administered Naloxone & Overdose Prevention and Management programs, Aboriginal Community Engagement team etc.

 

WASUA is an accredited agency against the WANADA Standard on Culturally Secure Practice (AOD).

 

 

NSEP Co-ordinator

WASUA is seeking a full-time (35 hours per week), suitably qualified worker to manage the Perth fixed site NSEP and NSEP team. The successful candidate will be part of the WASUA Management Team and have leadership and supervision skills & experience, an understanding of harm reduction and sound knowledge of the issues related to injecting & illicit drug use, excellent organisational & administrative skills and a commitment to consumer focused service provision and continuous quality improvement.Salary is in accordance with the Federal SCHCDS Industry Award Level 7/8 range, commensurate with experience (salary packaging is available).

 

Youth Outreach Worker

WASUA is seeking a part-time (25 hours per week), suitably qualified worker for the Outreach Team. The successful candidate will have an understanding of harm reduction, a sound knowledge and understanding of the issues related to injecting & illicit drug use as experienced by young people, hepatitis C and other BBV’s, education/training & resource development, excellent interpersonal skills including community development, computer competency & report writing skills and a current drivers’ license. Salary is in accordance with the Federal SCHCDS Industry Award Level 5 range, commensurate with experience (salary packaging is available).

 

 

Dedicated NSEP Worker

WASUA is seeking a full-time (35 hours per week), suitably qualified worker for the NSEP Team. The successful candidate will work on the Perth fixed site NSEP and have an understanding of harm reduction, a sound knowledge and understanding of the issues related to injecting & illicit drug use, hepatitis C and other BBV’s, education/training & resource development, excellent customer service and interpersonal skills including community development, computer competency & report writing skills and a current drivers’ license. Salary is in accordance with the Federal SCHCDS Industry Award Level 5 range, commensurate with experience (salary packaging is available).

 

 

For a copy of the application package/s please contact Gari-Emma Parry at WASUA on (08) 9321 2877 or email accreditation@wasua.com.au For more information regarding the positions please contact Louise Grant at WASUA on (08) 9321 2877 or email ceo@wasua.com.au

 

Only those that address the selection criteria provided in the application package will be considered.

 

WASUA is prepared to negotiate hours with the right applicant

 

Applications close on Monday 27th October 2014. WASUA is an equal opportunity employer.

Great Article on Medical Cannabis

I highly recommend you check out this article from Dr David Allsop on medical cannabis. It’s also worth noting that at the bottom of the article there’s a call for recruits for two studies:

We’re currently recruiting participants for two cannabinoid research studies in Sydney. The first is looking at regular, non-treatment seeking cannabis users to help us understand the role of the endocannabinoid system in pain perception, while the other is recruiting people who need help with problematic cannabis use, examining the effects of daily exercise on endocannabinoid release and stored THC.

Peer Helper Training Course

Association of Participating Service APSU will run the next Peer Helper Training course from 18 November – 5 December 2014. We invite people with the personal experience of problematic substance use, with or without mental health issues, to apply for this free training by 20 October 2014. The application will be followed by an individual assessment of each applicant before the final confirmation of enrolment.

APSU has been successfully running the Peer Helper Training since 2005. This training is designed to put a professional frame on participants’ lived experience. It particularly enables people who have had a disrupted education to test the waters, build their self-esteem, skill and knowledge level. Indeed, many people who have been through the Peer Helper Training have then undertaken further education or other socially engaging activities.

In addition, APSU will cover travel expenses for up to four participants from rural areas.

The flyer with all further information is available at http://sharc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Flyer1.pdf

The story of alcohol use in pregnancy

Via the ADCA Update list:

The story of alcohol use in pregnancy

As outlined in the FARE e-news on 3 Oct we are pleased to release our new training video ‘The story of alcohol use in pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders’. This is a ‘must watch’ for anyone that is involved in the care and education of children.

The video was written and narrated by one of Australia’s leaders in the field, paediatrician Professor Elizabeth Elliott from the University of Sydney, and filmed by cinematographer Melanie Hogan.

It explains the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and provides an invaluable overview of FASD – its characteristics, diagnosis and prevention.

If you would like a hard copy, the DVD can be ordered from the FARE online shop for free (excluding postage costs), or you can view it in full online through our Vimeo channel.

Watch ‘The story of alcohol use in pregnancy’ online