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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 […]


Cannabis Diversion Survey

DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN BUSTED BY THE POLICE FOR A CANNABIS USE / POSSESSION OFFENCE IN THE LAST 3-9 MONTHS? GIVEN A CHARGE OR CAUTION? WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is conducting a study looking at […]


Free Training (in WA) – Everything You Need To Know About Cannabis

DANA and NCPIC invite you to a Saturday workshop on August 30th  2014 in Perth, Western Australia.  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 […]


Fifty Shades of Pain Conference: Brisbane 3-5 December 2014

The Australian Pain Management Association Inc. and Palliative Care Queensland are hosting the first conference to examine pain from acute pain to palliative care. The Fifty Shades of Pain: Managing complex pain across the continuum conference will focus on advanced clinical issues in palliative care and pain management, bringing together more than 300 specialist palliative […]

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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 […]


DANA Position Statement #2 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

DANA is developing a range of position statements that reflect the organisation’s stance regarding important issues relevant to substance misuse. Thank you for the wide ranging feedback in relation to the first position statement ‘Problematic Substance Use by Nurses and Midwives’. That is now in its 5th draft and still being updated. Follow the link […]

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Be a DANA Volunteer and reap the rewards!

If you would like to contribute fresh and innovative ideas to drug and alcohol nursing consider nominating for one of the vacant positions, or strongly encourage another DANA colleague to nominate for one of the vacant positions, on the DANA Management Committee. Nominations close on May 15th 2013.  The form to use is available by […]



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 […]



Recruiting Non-Residential Withdrawal Nurses – Inner South Community Health – Melbourne

Inner South Community Health, provides health and community services for the inner southern regions of Melbourne.   They are seeking two enthusiastic and experienced staff to join their Alcohol and other Drug team  as Non Residential Withdrawal Nurses, funded through the recent State-wide AOD recommissioning of services. The positions focus on the support and management […]


Recruiting – Multidisciplinary Care Coordinator (Alcohol and Other Drugs) – WHOS Newcastle

Are you experienced in the AOD field and looking to expand your career? Do you want to be part of WHOS exciting new initiative for individuals on opioid substitution treatment (OST)? WHOS (We Help Ourselves) based in NSW and QLD, caters for individuals who are experiencing difficulties with Alcohol and other drug dependence. We are […]

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Health Careers & Opportunities in the Northern Territory

If you want your career to go places then join Department of Health in the Northern Territory. The challenges and opportunities in health and community care in the Territory are like no other in Australia, from remote Aboriginal health to tropical health and urban tertiary care. Continued investments in Aboriginal health, remote health, acute care […]