August PD activities

A list of some of the available PD sessions coming up in August.  Comment below or contact if you have something to add.

Write – presentations and papers

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

Renner, P., O’Dea, B., Sheehan, J. and Tebbutt, J. (2015), Days out of role in university students: The association of demographics, binge drinking, and psychological risk factors. Australian Jnl of Psychology, 67: 157–165.

Degenhardt, L., Coffey, C., Hearps, S., Kinner, S. A., Borschmann, R., Moran, P. and Patton, G. (2015), Associations between psychotic symptoms and substance use in young offenders. Drug and Alcohol Review.

Furr, S. R., Johnson, W. D. and Goodall, C. S. (2015), Grief and Recovery: The Prevalence of Grief and Loss in Substance Abuse Treatment. Jrnl Addictions & Off Counsel, 36: 43–56.

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Journal club (available to Healthy Options workers only)

Journal club this month will be presented by the Early Interventions team
When: Wednesday, 19th August 10am
Where: Boardroom and Skype meeting

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) – Professional eLearning courses

COPMI have a range of online courses available for free for professionals.  The online courses require Internet access, an up-to-date browser and Flash player
Topics include:

  • Keeping children and families in mind
  • Supporting infants and toddlers
  • Let’s talk about children
  • Child aware practice
  • Child aware supervision

Duration: 2-4 hours – can be accessed over several sessions

Sociology – Free online course

This course is offered by the University of Western Sydney.  Sociology examines individuals in their social contexts and provides insights into factors such as class, gender and age shape societies at the individual and institutional levels. This introductory course introduces you to key concepts and theories used in examination of and for understanding social action, social institutions, social structure and social change.
Starts: 3rd August
Duration: 4 weeks, 2-4hr/week

Attend – conferences

Australian Youth AOD Conference

This conference is for workers interested in the best possible care for young people experiencing drug and alcohol problems.  The conference theme this year is “A Powerful Future for a Radical Tradition”
When: 13-14th August
Where: Melbourne
Cost: $495 

16th International Mental Health Conference

This conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.
Topics include:

  • Early intervention and treatment advances
  • Recovery oriented practice e-Health, technology and social media
  • Suicide prevention and support Child, youth and family mental health promotion and services demands for an aging population
  • Targeted services for vulnerable groups Indigenous mental, social, emotional and environmental health LGBTI mental health promotion and resilience
  • Workplace health and wellbeing
  • Mental health in the custodial and forensic setting
  • Consumer and carer participation and opportunities
  • Offering hope: stories from the front line and lived experience

When: 12th-14th August
Where: Gold Coast
Cost: $975-$575, see website for details

Fifth Annual International Drug Abuse Research Society/Fourth Asian-Pacific Society for Alcohol and Addiction Research Meeting

This conference will bring together basic scientist, clinical scientists and medical practitioners from the international community to present and discuss the latest findings on alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, other central nervous system (CNS)-acting drugs, the treatment of AOD use and other addictive disorders.
Conference themes include:

  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  • Treatment of drug addiction: methamphetamine, cannabis, opiates
  • Frontiers in addiction pharmacotherapy
  • The nature and diagnosis of addictive disorders
  • Anesthetics, inhalants and opiates
  • Epigenetics, omics and cocaine
  • Substituted amphetamine neurotoxicity
  • MDMA/ecstasy, GHB and designer drugs
  • Novel behavioural and pharmacological approaches to preventing drug-seeking and relapse
  • Novel neurobiological targets for the treatment of alcoholism
  • AOD use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Internet gaming and social media
  • The vulnerable brain

When: 18th-21stAugust
Where: Sydney
Cost: $700-$550, see website for details

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Foster families – podsocs

Foster families work the well-being of children in their care often with little recognition. In this podcast, Alyson Rees talks about her research with children and their foster families from a strengths perspective.
Duration: 35mins

The National Methamphetamine Symposium: Making Research Work in Practice

All presentations and slides are now available from NCETA’s methamphetamine symposium, which was held in May this year. Links to slides and YouTube clips are available here:

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