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Safer Injecting Workshop

Sydney MSIC Safer Injecting Workshop

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, and build your understanding of:

  • Safer injecting practices including high risk injecting and related problems
  • Performance and image-enhancing drugs (steroids)
  • Drug filtration (particularly opioid tablets) for injection with a practical demonstration using wheel filters
  • An introduction to opioid overdose identification and management.

You will receive interactive and specialised training from our team of clinical experts, providing you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to enhance your work. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, in a safe environment.

We’ve also added a new component on the administration of Narcan (Naloxone) in a community setting, and we’ll give you your own take-home kit containing two doses of Narcan. You will be able to recognise and effectively intervene in an opioid overdose – and maybe save a life.

Dates (each workshop is stand-alone):

  • Monday 1 May 2017 (applications close Monday 17 April)
  • Monday 9 October 2017 (applications close Monday 25 September)

Time: 9.00am-4.30pm

Cost: $200 (includes cost of take-home Narcan kit)

Lunch and light refreshments provided

You’re very welcome to attend an early morning tour of the service at 8.30am before the training starts – just let us know when you book.

For a booking form, please go to: https://uniting.org/our-services/for-adults/sydney-medically-supervised-injecting-centre/jobs-and-training-at-uniting-sydney-msic/safer-injecting-workshop

National Family Drug Support Day 2017

An update from the folks at Family Drug Support:

Family Drug Support (FDS) is pleased to announce that details on the 2017 National FDS Day are now available at:

National FDS Day Website

The 1st National Family Drug Support Day was held on the 24th February 2016 – the anniversary of the passing of my son Damien Trimingham from a drug related overdose – and has now become 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 concerns and their needs.

In 2016 the focus of the National FDS Day was on how alcohol and other drug issues can affect any family.

2017 will be the 20th anniversary of FDS and the focus for the National Day will be on the need to focus on the person and not the drug. Too often the media and others focus so much on the drug, as we see with ‘ice’, and forget that drug use is actually about people, not a chemical concoction.

Accordingly, the three objectives of the National Family Drug Support Day remain:

  • Reducing stigma and discrimination for families and drug users
  • Promoting family drug support services for families and friends
  • Promoting harm reduction strategies for families and friends

 

PhD Scholarships 2017

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for two PhD scholarships related to new ARC-funded sociological research projects in the area of alcohol and other drug use.

The research projects are qualitative in method, and address the following issues:

  1. Performance and image-enhancing drug (PIED) use:interview-based, observational and cognate methods will investigate how men who inject PIEDs give meaning to their use and how they understand the health aspects of PIED use. [One scholarship]
  2. Uptake of naloxone, the lifesaving medication for reversing opioid overdose:interview-based, observational and cognate methods will investigate experiences of naloxone administration and the reasons for Australia’s relative lack of progress in expanding use of this important medication. [One scholarship]

The projects are based in the Social Studies of Addiction Concepts (SSAC) Program, NDRI Melbourne. This program draws on cutting edge social theory including new materialism, science and technology studies and governmentality theory to generate original socially grounded perspectives on drug use and related issues. In doing so it uses a range of methods including policy analysis, interviews, field observation and cultural studies analysis.

Project collaborators include Monash University, Burnet Institute and King’s College, London.

The Scholarships

The two scholarships will each support the overall aims of the respective projects. Successful applicants will collaborate with the chief investigators to identify thesis projects able to contribute directly to the aims of the larger projects while also reflecting the interests and aspirations of the students.

Each scholarship carries an annual tax-free stipend of approximately $26,288 (quoted here at 2016 rate) per year for three years. Both scholarships start in early 2017 (exact timing negotiable), and are based at NDRI’s Melbourne offices, located on Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. PhD candidates may also have access to additional paid work.

The Institute

NDRI is a centre for excellence in alcohol and other drug research and receives core funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. It is one of the largest centres of alcohol and other drug research expertise in Australia, employing about 30 research staff in Perth and Melbourne across a range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, epidemiology, psychology and public health. It has a strong national and international profile, and is involved in collaborative research in Australia and overseas.

The Application

The successful applicants will:

  •           be Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian Permanent Residents;
  •           hold or expect to obtain First Class or Upper Second Honours or equivalent results and experience in sociology, gender studies, anthropology, or a related discipline (e.g. youth studies); and
  •           be able to undertake field research (interviews, observation) or other empirical research in diverse settings.

Experience of qualitative research in a relevant field will be highly regarded.

Expressions of interest containing a current CV, academic transcripts and statement of interest including brief description of: 1. research interests and relevant experience; 2. methods and approaches of interest (two pages maximum including references) should be emailed to Professor Suzanne Fraser at:

suzanne.fraser@curtin.edu.au

DUE DATE: Friday December 16, 2016.

Please consult Curtin University’s guidance on preparing PhD scholarship applications for information about structuring your CV and statement of interest.

For further information, contact Professor Suzanne Fraser at:

suzanne.fraser@curtin.edu.au

or go to addictionconcepts.com

Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference 2017

Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference

On 15 & 16 February 2017 the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research and the Griffith Criminology Institute will host the annual Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference in Sydney. The conference will showcase empirical, policy relevant research across all crime and justice domains.

Keynote speakers

Professor Stephen Raphael, Berkeley
on Sentencing and Public Safety

Elizabeth Drake, Washington State Institute of Public Policy
on Reducing Crime: ‘What works’ versus cost 

Professor Jerry Ratcliffe, Temple University
on The Future of Predictive Policing

Professors Rick Sarre, University of South Australia,
and Paul Mazzerole, Griffith University

on How to Improve Law, Order and Criminal Justice with $100 million.

Key information

When 15-16 February 2017
Where Darling Harbour, Sydney
Cost $720 each for individuals
$600 each for groups of 3 or more
Website http://bit.ly/25v3smZ

Yours sincerely,

Dr Don Weatherburn
Director
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Web : http://bit.ly/25v3smZ
Email bocsar-seminars@justice.nsw.gov.au
Phone 02 8346 1100

Upcoming Indigenous Health Conferences

Via Indigenous Conference Services:

Listed below are the conferences for 2016 and 2017.  calling for papers & are now open and sought for  Please submit your entry online.

Exciting upcoming 2016-2017 Conferences

  • National Indigenous Justice Conference
  • National Indigenous Board of Director’s Conference
  • Global Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference
  • International Indigenous Men’s Conference
  • International Indigenous Women’s Conference
  • International Indigenous Allied Health &  Chronic Diseases Conference
  • National Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Worker’s Conference
  • National Indigenous Aged Care Conference
  • National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Conference
  • National Indigenous Children’s Conference
  • National Stolen Generation Bringing Them Home Conference
  • National Mental Health Conference
  • Save Our Mob, Stop the Closure of Our Communities Conference
  • National Indigenous Justice Conference

MEDIA RELEASE: Indigenous Conference Services (ICS Australia) proudly unveils this year’s successful papers for its 2016 World Indigenous Women’s Conference scheduled for the 12th – 14th September this year at the Stamford Beach Hotel Glenelg Adelaide in South Australia. More than 50 percent of the submitted papers accepted were from grassroots community organizations which clearly indicates the strong interests and dedication of community organizations and service providers working together to improve Indigenous women’s wellbeing.

Among our international First Nations keynote speakers are Metis activists and human rights advocates, MURIEL STANLEY VENNE and daughter, RACHELLE VENNE who founded the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) in 1995 and has worked tirelessly to defend the interests and rights of Aboriginal women, children and family. Muriel is a member of the Order of Canada (2007), received various national awards and named one of the 50 most influential people in Alberta Venture magazine (2006.)

Similarly, DR. NINA SIVERTSEN is an international Indigenous Sea-Sámi Nurse from Northern Norway and works as a lecturer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University. Her work focuses on women’s empowerment and leadership. With her PhD about Indigenous identity and historical biography of a travelling midwife from the arctic wilderness, she aims to contribute to the growing literature of Indigenous research by Indigenous researchers in a global context.

HON. LINDA BURNEY is one of the national keynote speakers. Linda is of Wiradjuri descent, grew up in a small farming community near Leeton and is one of the ‘Stolen Generations’ of Aboriginal children. Since her election for Canterbury 2003, she has been a member of the Parliamentary Committee for Children and Young People 2003-04 and the Legislation Review Committee in 2004.

In addition to the featured speakers and after due deliberation, the following presenters and their respective papers had been accepted for presentation during the 2016 World Indigenous Women’s Conference:

REGINA RICHARDSON is a proud Yamatji woman of the Amangu group in the mid-west region of Western Australia. She is also an Amangu Native Title Working Group member. Regina currently works at the Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre as a mentor to a group of Aboriginal women.

SUSAN MOYLAN-COOMBS is the Founder & Director of Leader for Change and leads the projects undertaken by the Gaimaragal Group. A First Australian, Susan’s ancestry is Woolwonga and Gurindji from the Northern Territory. She will be co-presenting with ELIZA PROSS, Leader for Change Consultant and is a Gaimariagal resident, and Yuin/Palawa woman from Southern NSW and Tasmania. Eliza has an extensive work history in  community care, disability and mental health sectors and in international community development projects.

WENDY WATEGO is the Co-Founder and National Program Director of STARS Institute of Learning and Leadership. Wendy began her professional life as a pre-school educator, became the first Black woman  Principal of Bwgcolman School on Palm Island, a leadership coach, author and healer. Wendy’s mother’s mob are Goenpil, Nughie, Noonuccal people from Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island and her dad’s family are Aboriginal and proud South Sea Islanders from New Caledonia.

LUITA CASEY is currently working as an Aboriginal Women’s Health Nurse with the Women’s Health Network. She will be presenting a pilot program entitled, ‘Engaging Aboriginal Women to participate and tell their stories about what they feel cultural safety means to them”.

It is encouraging to see government, non-government organizations and grassroots communities join forces with us in choosing the agenda. This event is about sharing of information on successful Indigenous women programs being implemented in all corners of the world and offers interagency networking either at a local country, state, national and international levels. We encourage anyone interested in attending the conference to register early as numbers are filling fast! To register, please visit the event’s website: www.indigenousconferences.com or email us at adminics@iinet.net.au

Sydney MSIC Safer Injecting Workshop

Sydney MSIC Safer Injecting Workshop

Are you looking to enhance your skills in relation to working with people who inject drugs? Do you want to be able to offer the best Harm minimisation advice? Then book yourself onto the Safer Injecting Workshop run by the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC).

 

NEW COMPONENT ADDED FOR 2016: Administration of Narcan (Naloxone) in a community setting with your own take-home kit containing two doses of Narcan!

 

Monday 9 May 2016 (9am – 4.30pm)

Cost: $200 (includes cost for take-home Narcan kit)

Lunch and light refreshments provided

This workshop is aimed at workers or volunteers currently working with people who inject drugs and who have some level of training and/or experience.  The workshop provides a sound foundation to consolidate existing knowledge for those wishing to expand their skills in providing safer injecting advice.  This workshop is a full day course and aims to offer participants an understanding of:

  • Safer injecting practices including high risk injecting and related problems
  • Performance and image-enhancing drugs (steroids)
  • Drug filtration (particularly opioid tablets) for injection with a practical demonstration using wheel filters
  • An introduction to opioid overdose identification and management

Sydney MSIC trainers are in a unique position to offer you interactive and specialised training in the field of injecting drug use. Our training packages provide you with knowledge, skills and confidence to empower you to work effectively with people who use drugs. Training packages are interactive, engaging and give workers the chance to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask but were too afraid to…….

All participants can elect to attend an early morning tour of the service prior to the training start time. This tour commences at 8.30am. Please indicate if you wish to attend this at time of booking.

For a registration form to book a place on this course, please email:

rglasgow@uniting.org                                          NB: The closing date for applications is two weeks prior to the course date

Great AOD App for Android and iOS Users

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre today launched an Android version of their free mobile phone app called AODconnect, which will support efforts to reduce harmful substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The new Android app provides a national directory of alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and can be used by the AOD workforce, and the very wide range of health practitioners working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.

The new Android version of the AODconnect app is the same as the iOS version launched in 2015, and now makes this valuable tool accessible to that large section of the workforce who use Android phones and tablets. The app is useful for those looking for a specific Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander AOD service by state, territory and/or region through an interactive map of Australia or by alphabetical listing. It has two filter options: focus (to identify the main focus of the service: Indigenous, mainstream with Indigenous focus or mainstream); or treatment categories (counselling and referral, harm reduction and support groups, outreach, mobile patrols and sobering up, residential rehab, withdrawal management, and young people).

AODconnect is available free for both Android and iOS devices (iPhones and iPads). Download it on the Knowledge Centre website, or Google Play and iTunes stores.

For more information: http://www.aodknowledgecentre.net.au/AODconnect

Please let us know if there is an AOD treatment service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that is not on the app and you think should be included.

Peer Helper Training (Victoria)

Association of Participating Service APSU @ SHARC will run the next Peer Helper Training course from 19 April – 5 May 2016. We invite people with the personal experience of problematic substance use, with or without mental health issues, to apply for this free training by 21 March 2016. 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 moved on to further education or other socially engaging activities.

Training flyer with all the relevant information is available at http://sharc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/FlyerA4-11.pdf. Feel free to contact Edita at 9573 1776 if you have any further questions.

AOD PhD Scholarship Available

PhD SCHOLARSHIP – ALCOHOL’S HARM TO CHILDREN

Melbourne or Perth

3 years @ National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

 

This three-year Curtin University/NDRI PhD Scholarship will be linked to NHMRC funded research on alcohol’s harm to children and will be for doctoral research into the prevention or reduction of such harms.

Applications are invited in any of these broad research areas:

  • Alcohol’s harm to others, particularly to children affected by others’ drinking due to intentional and unintentional injury
  • Alcohol’s impact on child abuse and neglect as identified in the child protection system
  • Finding interventions that work: How do alcohol-related policy and treatment initiatives for parents and carers assist their children?

 

Applications are open. Click for full details

 

Methamphetamine Treatment Workshops

Via ADACA Update list:

Sydney 9th and 10th March 2016 – early bird date approaching

Looking for better responses for methamphetamine users? Get practical skills from Australian leaders in methamphetamine treatment

Attend our special training days for health and welfare workers, AOD specialists and service managers and team leaders and walk away with real skills you can apply immediately to your work! Our workshops are skills based, practical sessions run by Australian leaders in methamphetamine treatment and research who have been working with methamphetamine users for more than 25 years: A/Prof Nicole Lee, Linda Jenner, Paula Ross.

Choose from one of three treatment skills workshops plus a special half day workshop for those working with families of people who use methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine treatment workshops: 9th March 9:30am – 4:30pm (full day; 3 streams)

Workshop 1Beyond the tip of the iceberg: Responding to methamphetamine use (health and welfare workers)

Workshop 2: Breaking the ice: Tailoring CBT and MI for methamphetmaine users (AOD specialists)

Workshop 3: On thin ice: Creating a methamphetmaine-responsive service (service managers and team leaders)

Early bird $299 (book by 1st Feb 2016)   |   Standard rate $450 (book by 1st Feb 2016)

Working with families workshop: 10th March 9am – 12.30pm (half day)

Workshop 4: Cracks in the ice: Essential skills for working with families of people who use methamphetamine (anyone working or wanting to work with families)

Early bird $199 (book by 1st Feb 2016)   |   Standard Rate $299 (book by 1st Feb 2016)

Special early-bird combined workshop discount rate $166***

*** Attend one of the ice treatment workshops and receive a special 15% off the Working with Families Workshop rate (combined price $465 instead of $498)

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=135067

Further info: www.leejenn.com.au/new-ice-training

Register your interest for workshops planned for Perth and working with families workshops in Melbourne early 2016: training@leejenn.com.au

Your workshop facilitators


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR NICOLE LEE is a practicing psychologist with 25 years experience in AOD and mental health treatment, research and training. She is one of Australia’s leading experts in methamphetamine treatment. She established the Access Point Stimulant Treatment Centre in Melbourne and developed Australia’s gold standard psychological CBT and MI therapy for methamphetamine use. Nicole is Adjunct Associate Professor at NDRI and National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy.


LINDA JENNER is a registered nurse with 36 years experience in clinical practice, research and training in AOD and mental health. She was the AOD sectors first CNC for Dual Diagnosis and has produced numerous clinical guidelines on methamphetamine for AOD and frontline workers. She has written numerous guidelines for specialist and frontline workers guiding responses to methamphetamine use.


PAULA ROSS is a practicing psychologist and holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. She has worked in the drug and alcohol field for over 20 years and is highly regarded for her extensive experience in working with families. She has conducted research into AOD clinicians’ experience of working with families, is on the Advisory Committee of Family Drug Help at SHARC, and maintains a private practice working with individuals, couples and families with drug and alcohol and other issues.