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Te Hau Marire – the Māori Addiction Workforce Strategy

Te Hau Marire – the Māori Addiction Workforce Strategy, is available for consultation and feedback. A Māori Addiction Workforce Strategy has been in the making since March 2013.  We are currently seeking feedback on the strategy. You can access the strategy document here by clicking on this link Te Hau Marire Strategy 2014 If you would […]


Looking for funding to further your studies in 2015?

The trustees of the Lions Nurses’ Scholarship Foundation invite applications for scholarships for 2015. Nurses eligible for these scholarships must be resident  and employed within the State of NSW or ACT. You must currently be registered with the Nursing and  Midwifery Board of Australia and working within the  nursing profession in NSW or the ACT, […]


Make FASD History – International FASD Awareness Day 9.9.2014

September 9, 2014 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)  Awareness Day.   FASD Awareness Day was created to alert people to the importance of not drinking alcohol during pregnancy and the need to provide effective services for individuals and families impacted by these disorders. Wanting to know more?  Visit  either of these websites   http://www.nofasd.org.au or […]

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New DVD! The ASSIST with Substance Resource for Nurses

The ASSIST with Substance resource was developed by nurses, for nurses. Based on best-practice principles, it highlights the benefits of screening for substance use and how to provide a targeted brief intervention. The DVD has relevance to health professionals working in a variety of settings. Narrated by John Marsden (King’s College London and BBC productions) viewers are […]


New (draft) Policies for Your Consideration

Dear Colleagues The DANA Management Committee has been busy reviewing and rewriting the policies that govern the way we do things in DANA. Four of these policies are presented for your comment: DANA Direct Voting Policy DANA Volunteers Policy  DANA Consumer and Carers Involvement Policy DANA Financial Control and Delegation Policy You can access them […]

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International Overdose Awareness Day August 31 is approaching: Prevention and Remembrance.

We have to talk about overdose!   International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31 is approaching. What do we know? Oceania, which includes Australia and New Zealand, has a higher than average drug mortality rate than other countries (mainly because of better reporting) . The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported around […]

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Announcing the DANA ‘Many Faces of Addiction’ Forum 2015

In 2015 the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia’s (DANA) annual conference  will incorporate the renowned NSW Nurses’ Forum, to bring you the DANA ‘Many Faces of Addiction’ Forum. This dynamic nursing forum will bring together leaders in the addiction field from across Australia and New Zealand, to share their knowledge about the science of […]


Remaining Relevant to the Future Needs of Members

We urge you to contribute to the future of DANA by completing a ‘satisfaction’ survey through Survey Monkey. It will run until the end of August (you may have already received an email about this). The last full survey was conducted in 2012 and the results have helped inform the strategic direction of DANA since […]

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The Results are Out! Twitter and the DANA ‘Speak Up’ Conference #DANAConf2014

If you think that Twitter is about sharing insignificant information then think again. Twitter is a powerful form of online social networking. It has the potential to influence world events (think about the Egyptian uprising) and the outcome of elections. We hear the biggest news stories first through twitter and yes, we can even find […]

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DANA New Zealand! Apply now for membership of the DANA Credentialling Advisory Committee

 Your role will be to support the DANA Pathways to Credentialling process in Australia and the Pathways to Advanced Certification process in New Zealand by: promoting the benefits of nurse credentialling / advanced certification in general and of DANA credentialling / advanced certification in particular; ensuring that credentialling / advanced certification selection criteria meet current […]


DANA Annual General Meeting 20th June 2014

Dear DANA Member The DANA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in Sydney on Friday June 20th  at  the Mecure  Sydney Hotel,  818-820 George Street Sydney NSW Australia from 7:00am to 8:30am. DANA is incorporated under NSW law and as such is required to provide 7 days notice of the AGM. The DANA Constitution […]


Drug and Alcohol Nurses Speak Up with Social Media

Reducing harm from substance misuse in Australia and New Zealand is in part dependent on having a skilled, effective and adaptable healthcare workforce. With an ageing population, the demand for workers in healthcare and social assistance is set to outstrip all other sectors. 1 But it’s not only the population that is ageing, the nursing […]



A DANA / NCPIC Special Event – Free Training- Melbourne

 DANA and NCPIC invite you to a Saturday workshop on October 18th 2014 in Melbourne, Victoria.  CANNABIS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW  10 – 11.30am  A VERY BRIEF INTERVENTION  FOR CANNABIS  11.30am – 1pm Morning tea will be provided. This Special Event is suitable for Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health Practitioners, Corrections Health, Allied Health […]

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Register Now for DANA’s NSW Nurses Forum “Navigating the Future” Sydney 5th September 2014

Dear Colleagues Take a quick break in Sydney and get along to the NSW Nurses Forum “Navigating the Future”. If you require airfares they are lower than ever and there are some great accommodation deals available around Darling Harbour through Wotif.com. Further to last year’s rave reviews,  DANA is delighted to tell you that we have […]


Need Assistance to Attend the DANA Annual Conference? Consider an Application to FARE for a Financial Grant

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has  funding available to assist individuals attend conferences that deal with drug and alcohol issues. Financial assistance is available to individuals supported by their employers to attend Alcohol and Other Drug  themed conferences  to enhance their professional expertise (up to a maximum of $2,000 ex GST). Follow […]


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Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health) in Canberra – Full Scholarship

First Semester 2015: February Intake A scholarship for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing  (Mental Health) program is offered by the Division (MHJHADS). This is an excellent opportunity for Registered Nurses to build their knowledge and skill base in caring for people  experiencing a range of mental health conditions. Successful applicants are employed on temporary  contract with […]

Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC)- Research Coordinator

Work on the cutting edge of public health research with the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC). Are you passionate about public health and research? Are you able to work flexibly and creatively in a non-traditional public health setting? Do you have a Master’s in Public Health, a commitment to harm minimisation and Project Management […]

Job opportunity – Youth Home Based Withdrawal Nurse – Box Hill (Victoria)

YSAS is a leading Victorian youth health non-for-profit agency that enables highly vulnerable and high risk young people, or those at risk of becoming so, who are experiencing substance dependence and misuse, mental illness and social disconnection, to take control of their health and well-being. YSAS is looking for a nurse to Support the primary […]