July PD activites

Some of the professional development activities available during July.  Be sure to add any further suggestions in the comments or contact the library.

Write – presentations and papers

Rural and remote mental health symposium

Abstracts now open for the symposium and this year’s topic is Innovation and Opportunity
Conference topics include:

  • Working smarter: overcoming the challenges and innovative solutions
  • Developing programs that build resilience, reduce stigma and offer accessibility to services
  • Service delivery strategies, development, implementation, management and evaluation
  • Child and youth mental health: prevention and early intervention
  • e-Health, tele-Health, technology and social media
  • Suicidal and self-harming: behaviour and prevention
  • Aboriginal health and engagement
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community programs, support and education
  • Recovery in the Bush
  • Building healthy communities: policy, practice, community innovation
  • Employment opportunities for better health outcomes
  • The voice of the lived experience
Submissions due: 17th July 2015

The 2015 Australian Stop Domestic Violence Conference
Abstracts now open for this year’s conference on the topic of “Connecting the dots…”
Presentation topics include:
  • Community (e.g. Educational Programs, Homelessness, Intervention, Helplines)
  • Communication and Interstate Collaboration
  • Law Enforcement, Protection and Legal System
  • Government and Policy Making
  • Mental Health (e.g. Impact on service provider personnel, Preventative care, Access to services, Identification of core issues and diagnosis)
  • Indigenous Communities
  • Special Topics/Open (e.g. Children, CALD, Disability, Elder Abuse, IPV and Sexual Assault, LBGTI, Parental Violence)
  • Research
Authors or organisations interested in speaking at the Conference, are invited to submit an abstract or paper of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.
There are spots available for oral presentations, workshops, and poster presentations.
Submissions due: 29th August

Read – professional reading

Gorman, D. M. (2015), ‘Everything works’: the need to address confirmation bias in evaluations of drug misuse prevention interventions for adolescents. Addiction, doi: 10.1111/add.12954.

Darvishi N, Farhadi M, Haghtalab T, Poorolajal J (2015) Alcohol-Related Risk of Suicidal Ideation, Suicide Attempt, and Completed Suicide: A Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0126870. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126870 

Morandini, J. S., Blaszczynski, A., Dar-Nimrod, I. and Ross, M. W. (2015), Minority stress and community connectedness among gay, lesbian and bisexual Australians: a comparison of rural and metropolitan localities. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39: 260–266. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12364

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Journal club (available to Healthy Options workers only)
Journal club for this month is yet to be finalised.  Below date is tentative only.  Details will be provided as soon as possible.
When: Thursday, 16th July, 2pm

The addicted brain – Emory University
This is a course about addiction to drugs and other behaviours. It will describe what happens in the brain and how this information helps us deal with and overcome addiction. It will also discuss other topics such as government policy and our vulnerability to take drugs.  Course is delivered in 7 online modules
When: Available anytime

Attend – conferences

Aboriginal Health Conference
The conference theme Healthy families – healthy futures will be addressed through presentations, clinical updates, practical workshops, hands-on concurrent sessions and case study learning opportunities that are professionally accredited and delivered by expert specialists and speakers.  Includes optional family program/child care.
When: 4-5th July
Where: Perth
Cost: $320-450


Australian Winter School Conference

Now in its 28th year, AWS aims to support health care professionals in developing skills and knowledge in responding to and treating alcohol and drug related issues, including mental health. It brings together practitioners, researchers, policy makers and workers from across the sector including community and private practice and all levels of government and provides a forum for cross-disciplinary dialogue. The conference suits those working in alcohol and other drugs, including nurses, allied health, GPs and other support agencies. It also appeals to those working in EDs and mental health care.
When: 22-24 July
Where: Brisbane
Cost:  See website for costs (and for the clever names they’ve given the various ticket types)

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Dovetail webinar: Practical harm reduction

This webinar will include an overview of the types of harms that young people using substances might experience and practical strategies that young people can use to reduce these harms.  The webinar will cover cannabis, MDMA (ecstasy), LSD and methamphetamine, with strategies that can be applied at any stage of a young person’s engagement with a service from intake / assessment, through to treatment and relapse prevention.
When: 9am – 10am (AEST) Friday, 3rdJuly.

Everyday racism – Podsocs

Everyday racism is alive and well in Australia. But do we know what it is, how it manifests and how it affects people in our community. Jessica Walton talks about everyday racism.
Duration: 23mins

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