May PD Opportunities

Some of the professional development opportunities available in May.  As always, comment or contact the library if you have something to add.

Write – presentations and papers

Second National Complex Needs Conference – 17-18th November, Canberra

Abstract submissions are now open for the November conference.  Abstracts can be submitted under the following themes:

  • Building stronger linkages in NGO service provision
  • Prevention and social determinants of health
  • Comprehensive case management and/or care coordination – service providers working together
  • Strengthening individual and family capability
  • Engaging communities in designing responses and building community capacity
  • Breaking down structural and systemic barriers, providing integrated services
  • Cross-sectoral and cross-portfolio approaches
  • Collaborative Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug service delivery
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services
  • Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities
  • Family, Housing and Community Services
  • Partnerships with the private sector
  • Consumer/peer worker perspectives
  • Improving throughcare for people transitioning out of adult prison or youth detention
  • Research, evidence, evaluation and establishing best practice

Spots are available for oral and poster presentations
Submissions close: 12th June, 2015

Read – professional reading

Maksimovic, L., Shen, D., Bandick, M., Ettridge, K., & Eckert, M. (2015). Evaluation of the pilot phase of the “Give up smokes for good” social marketing campaign. Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

Loree, A. M., Lundahl, L. H., & Ledgerwood, D. M. (2015). Impulsivity as a predictor of treatment outcome in substance use disorders: review and synthesis. Drug and alcohol review.

Galvani, S. (2015). Alcohol and Other Drug Use: The role and capabilities of social workers. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Journal club (available to Healthy Options workers only)

This internal professional development session is held both in the library and on the Queensland teleconference line.  May’s session is being presented by the South Australian team with the topic to be confirmed.
When: Thursday, 21st May, 2pm (AEST)

Slide presentations from the 2015 VAADA conference are now available to view

The VAADA conference was held in February this year and the presentations are now available to view through a hyperlinked program.
Presentation titles include items such as:

  • Moving beyond tokenism: Looking at the challenges and exploring key considerations in servicing transgender clients
  • Walking a tightrope: AOD usage and violence, a guide for workers
  • SMART recovery Australia: Innovations for a new era of community mutual-aid

Open hyperlinked presentation titles to view the presentation

Indigenous studies: Australia and New Zealand – Short course

Online short course exploring the history and contemporary issues facing Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 
Requires 2-4 hours study per week, for four weeks.  Students completing the course receive a Certificate of Achievement  
Starts: Late May – check website for new dates

Attend – conferences, symposiums

National Methamphetamine Symposium
Responding to methamphetamine use using the best and most recent research
Cost: $195
When: Tuesday 12 May, 2015 – Register by 8th
Where: Melbourne

Walk on the wild side 7: Harm maximisation

A one-day symposium for health professionals examining substance use and society

  • Steroid education: A users perspective;
  • Change the things I can: serenity for the humble health worker;
  • The War on Drugs;
  • and, three workshop options.

Where: Education Centre – Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Cost: $100 Early bird (by 30th April), $150
When: Friday, 15th May
Addiction conference
The conference will address the treatment and recovery of alcohol, other drugs and behavioural addictions and is hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
Streams include:

  • Prevention
  • Addiction professional support/training
  • Treatment & recovery
  • and much more…

Our own Joanne Mazzola, National Prevention Officer, will be presenting Thursday morning on the new MyAOD Prevention website – discussing putting theory into practice.
Where: Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Cost: See registration details
When: 20-22nd May


Listen – podcasts, webinars

Being tech savvy and ‘appy – ReachOut Pro webinar series

“Learn to use technology safely and effectively through this “How To” webinar series from the field. From negotiating your ‘virtual’ boundaries to advocating for change in your workplace, these webinars will offer practical, ‘tried and tested’ tips to help support you in using technology with young people.”
E-self care: Self care, virtual boundaries and professionalism
              When: Tuesday 5th May, 11am (AEST)
Tech tips: Practical tips on how to use technology in day-to-day practice with young people
             When: Tuesday, 12th May, 11am (AEST)
Navigating change: Ideas and examples of how to advocate for the use technology when working with young people
             When: Tuesday, 19th May, 11am (AEST)

Understanding methamphetamine webinar – Dovetail

There continues to be increasing community concern about the use of methamphetamine, particularly crystal methamphetamine.  In response to this, Cameron Francis from Dovetail will be presenting a webinar on Tuesday the 5th of May, from 9am – 10am.  The presentation will help increase workers’ knowledge about methamphetamine and some of the unique issues this substance presents.  The presentation will provide an overview of the history of amphetamine both globally and in Australia, as well as an overview of how it works, the risks and harms, strategies to reduce the harms and information on treatment interventions
When: Tuesday 5th May, 9am (AEST)

Insight webinars for May

Amphetamine Use in Australia: Barriers to Treatment and New Interventions

Presented by Eliana Hirakis, Griffith University.
Rates of amphetamine use in Australia have stabilised; however, people are increasingly using more potent forms of amphetamines and thus are at greater risk of harm. As amphetamine users are difficult to engage in treatment, investigation into barriers to treatment is vital in order to develop and tailor interventions to better engage this population. The latest research on barriers to treatment and online interventions will be presented.
When: Wednesday, 6th May, 9am (AEST)

Measurement – The Key to Improvement Metro South ATOP Experience

Ellenora Staunton-McKenzie, CNC, & Lan Wu, CN, Metro South Addictions Service
As the current treatment outcome measurement tool in Metro South Addictions Service, ATOP has been implemented since June 2013. This presentation will discuss two topics: the nine months experience at Inala ADS since the implementation of ATOP (data collection and data analysis); and incorporating treatment outcome measurement into the quality improvement experience across Metro South Addictions Service.
When: Wednesday, 13th May, 9am (AEST)

Adolescent alcohol misuse: Be mindful of your mechanisms

Dr Matthew Gullo, NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, University of Qld
Progress in reducing adolescent alcohol misuse has been modest. A key problem is the lack of clear evidence regarding the causal mechanisms of risk and of behaviour change.  This presentation will discuss a new program of research aimed at disentangling causal factors in adolescent drinking and the unique effects of different techniques to reduce it (eg belief modification vs mindful meditation.)
When: Wednesday, 20th May, 9am (AEST)


Assessed learning – short courses, certificates, diplomas, bachelors, post-grad

Assessable unit – Drugs, Policy and Public Health 5001 on offer at Curtin University.

“Alcohol and other drug use are amongst some of the greatest contemporary public health challenges. Effective alcohol and other drug use policy development requires a high level of background knowledge of the area, knowledge of key population groups impacted by drug use, and awareness of the policy development framework at various levels of government.”
This is a one week post-graduate level intensive class including presenters from the National Drug Research Institute and other international experts.  See the program here
Enrolments close: 19th June
Class dates: 20-24th July in PERTH

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