April PD

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Online resources


Drug and alcohol research connections: News about drug and alcohol in Australia

EURAD is a European non-profit drug policy Foundation that advocates a prevention and recovery oriented drug policy at national and international levels.

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database.

Crossin, R., Cairney, S., Lawrence, A. J., & Duncan, J. R. (2016). Adolescent inhalant abuse leads to other drug use and impaired growth; implications for diagnosis. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health. 41(1), 99-104
Degenhardt, L., Sara, G., McKetin, R., Roxburgh, A., Dobbins, T., Farrell, M., … & Hall, W. D. (2016). Crystalline methamphetamine use and methamphetamine‐related harms in Australia. Drug and alcohol review.36(2), 160-170
Jiang, H., Callinan, S., Livingston, M., & Room, R. (2016). Off‐premise alcohol purchasing in Australia: Variations by age group, income level and annual amount purchased. Drug and alcohol review. 36(2),  210-219
Skjærvø, I., Skurtveit, S., Clausen, T., & Bukten, A. (2016). Substance use pattern, self‐control and social network are associated with crime in a substance‐using population. Drug and alcohol review. 36(2),  245-252

Open Access

Meda, S. A., Gueorguieva, R. V., Pittman, B., Rosen, R. R., Aslanzadeh, F., Tennen, H., … & Austad, C. S. (2017). Longitudinal influence of alcohol and marijuana use on academic performance in college students. PloS one, 12(3), e0172213.

Open access online journal

Health Psychology Research


This is worth a read as it was conducted within our organisation.

Comparison of Government and Non-Government Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Treatment Service Delivery for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) CommunitySubstance Use & Misuse Vol. 0 , Iss. 0,0

Write – presentations and papers

APSAD Melbourne 2017, Scientific Alcohol & Drug Conference, 12-15 November at the Pullman Albert Park


Call for Sunday Pre-Conference Workshops.

APSAD is currently seeking submissions for Sunday Pre-Conference Workshops from individuals and organisations. They can be half/full-day, clinical and skills based, on, but not limited to AOD and co-morbid issues.If you are  interested in running a workshop on Sunday 12th November please contact the conference secretariat for more information.

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Free training sessions at Biala Community Health Centre, 270 Roma, Street, Brisbane (unless specified):

Online induction modules are a prerequisite to some of the courses. To access and download them visit www.insightqld.org

AOD Crash Course: 18/05/2017 09:00-16:30- an introductory course for new AOD workers

Introduction to motivational interviewing for AOD use: 04/05/2017 09:00-16:00 – skills for working with ambivalent clients (pre-requisite: Online induction module 5)

AOD relapse prevention and management: 16/05/2017 09:00-16:00 (pre-requisite: Online induction module 6)

Family inclusive practice in AOD: 09:00-16:30

Rockhampton 03/05/2017, Caboolture 10/05/2017, Gold Coast 31/05/2017

Ipswich 02/06/2017, Logan 06/06/2017, Brisbane 13/06/2017

Toowoomba TBC

Safer injecting practice: 02/05/2017 09:00-12:00 -includes how to provide quality harm reduction advice

Introduction to AOD clinical supervision: 30/05/2017 09:00-16:00

For further details of any of these courses and to register click here

Journal club (available to Healthy Options workers only) Internal professional development session held in the Annerley boardroom and via Skype meeting. Date: TBC

Attend – conferences 

Australian  and New Zealand Addiction Conference, 15-17 May 2017,

Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast.

Topics include:

Trauma informed counselling; navigating the system; training and support of AOD workers; issues within rural and remote communities; the lived experience and their supporters; emerging trends; cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups.

Cost from $590-$990

More details available here

Communities in Control: Thought leadership for the not-for-profit sector

An opportunity for not-for-profit workers to get together to see what’s possible

29–30 May, Moonee Valley Racecourse,
McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne

Cost: $385

More details available here

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Insight Queensland have released the timetable for their free weekly webinars. They are on Wednesday from 10-11:00 Queensland time and can be accessed here.

May 03 2017: Attentions bias modification training and its role in AOD treatment

May 10 2017: Preliminary results & discoveries from implementing an AOD capacity building initiative in Logan, QLD

May 17 2017: Elephants in the room

May 24 2017: Psychedelic science – curse or salvation?

May 31 2017: Benefits associated with soft entry approaches to clinical work

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

‘Keeping families & children in mind’ eLearning course

This introductory course features six interactive learning modules that encourage learners to reflect and evaluate their current practice and to develop strategies to support children, parents, carers and families where a parent has a mental illness. These free online course takes 6-10 hours to complete and is accessible 24/7.

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