Cannabis Diversion Survey




The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is conducting a study looking at the effectiveness of Australian police drug diversion for cannabis use/possession offenders. Specifically we seek to compare the outcomes and costs of police diversion (and of different types of police diversion) versus a traditional criminal justice response (criminal charge) for anyone who has been detected for a cannabis use/possession offence.

If you live in Australia, are aged 17+ and have been detected by police for a cannabis use/possession offence in the last 3-9 months we would like you to take part in an online survey. To participate go to:

…you could win $200

More information is available in this flyer Cannabis diversion survey

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

swanDANA and NCPIC invite you to a Saturday workshop on August 30th  2014 in Perth, Western Australia.


Morning tea  will be provided.

This Special Event is suitable for Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health Practitioners, Corrections Health, Allied Health Services, Counsellors, as well as a broader range of clinicians.

CANNABIS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW provides participants with the latest evidence-based information and peer reviewed research on cannabis

VERY BRIEF INTERVENTION FOR CANNABIS will provide participants with strategies in how to screen clients and deliver a short intervention for cannabis


Venue:Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital - D Block Ward D20

Zorba’s Room

Hospital Ave /  Nedlands WA 6009

Registration: 9.30am

Workshop: 10am – 1pm

 A flyer is attached for your information and use. Invitation Everything and Very Brief Intervention DANA Perth 30 08 14

For further information on workshop content please go to


John Redmond 02 9385 0451

Include your full name, organisation, position, telephone and email address. 

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 out about the Kardashians, Jamie Oliver or  Snakadaktal  if we really want to.

DANA has embraced twitter  and  has developed a strong following and network of health professional and organisations  with an interest sharing information about the alcohol and other drug sector.

The DANA 2014 ‘Speak Up’ conference provided a perfect opportunity for DANA to use Twitter to

  • engage with a new generation of (potential drug and alcohol / addiction) nurses
  • build its twitter following
  • increase participation in the conference
  • network with sponsors
  • share conference sessions and workshops  outcomes
  • Comment on abstracts
  • Networking with colleagues  .

Our tweets throughout the conference were not random. After registering with ‘Symplur Hashtags’  twitteractivity for  #DANAConf2014 was  monitored in the lead up to, during and after,  the conference. Several weeks of preparation went into deciding the general themes to be tweeted by @DANAnews1, linking relevant research and papers to the tweets, determining who would be responsible for tweets and the frequency (we decided on 2-3 / hour). We hoped that others either at the conference or associated with it would also contribute to the tweets.

@eGPSolutions was contracted tomanage @DANAnews1 throughout the conference. Through their efforts and that of over 20 other ‘tweeters’, the Speak Up! message was made accessible to a wider social media audience.

read the full report by clicking here DANAConf2014_Report

Followed DANA on twitter @DANAnews1 or via the DANA company page with LinkedIn  at Take a look, make a new connection and ‘Follow’ DANA.

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

painThe 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 and pain-management doctors, nurses, allied-health practitioners, educators and volunteers from throughout Queensland and Australia. This is the first combined acute pain to palliative care and we plan to make it a biennial educational event.

Fin out more by downloading the 50 Shades of Pain Flyer

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 standards;
  • reviewing each application against the criteria;
  • advising the DANA Management Committee if individual applicants meet the credentialling / advanced certification criteria, or not;
  • providing assistance to applicants, in the first instance, do not meet credentialling / advanced certification criteria.

How to apply-

For further enquiries contact Colleen Blums, International Vice President of DANA, at


*Find out more about DANA and Credentialling / Advanced Certification by clicking on the ‘credentialling tab’ of this website. 

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

sydney sailingDear 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

Further to last year’s rave reviews,  DANA is delighted to tell you that we have secured an impressive line up of speakers for this year’s one-day forum. It is being held on Friday September 5th  2014 in Sydney at the Parkroyal Hotel, Darling Harbour. Find out about the speakers and their topics in the flyer available at the bottom of  this post.

At only $100 for DANA members and $125 for non members it offers great value for money.  To register… click on the tab “NSW Nurses Forum 2014”  above and to the left on this website.  Be quick as we expect this to sell-out quickly but be careful as we are unable to provide refunds after you register.

Online registrations will cease 9.8.14 (unless sold out before hand). After that time registrations will be $150 by special arrangement only.

Don’t forget that this one day forum will contribute 6 hours towards your annual professional development requirement.

For further information contact  Darren Smith (DANA Vice President)  on

NSW Nurses Forum Speakers and Details

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 is available on this website if you would like to review it before the AGM; just click on ‘publications’.

One of the items to be addressed at the AGM is the election of the DANA Management Committee. Nominations for these positions closed on May 16th 2014. However as no nominations were received for the position in Tasmania, the ACT and the Vice President International, time allows for further nomination at the time of the AGM.

There is a great deal of business to get through. Documentation for your consideration and review has been sent to each member individually.

I look forward to meeting you at the AGM.

Colleen Blums


Clinical Nurse Required – Secure Welfare- Ascot Vale and Maribynong

YHaRS logo (1)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 wellbeing.

Five leading Victorian agencies have formed a Consortium called the Youth Health and Rehabilitation Service (YHaRS) to deliver an integrated, therapeutic, holistic, comprehensive, continuum of care approach across the health service and rehabilitation programs in partnership with the youth justice custodial precincts, Secure Welfare Services (SWS) and youth justice community teams.

They have a vacancy for an experienced and motivated Clinical Nurse to join their team to provide education and health promotion, general triaging and intake screening, clinical services and general health assessment.

For further information please refer to these linked documents Clinical Nurse YHaRS may 2014  PD_Clinical Nurse SWS may 2014

Sexual Health Nurse – Mornington Peninsula Victoria

headspaceYSAS is the lead agency for Headspace Frankston (Victoria), working in partnership with a consortium of agencies to provide general health and mental health services spanning a network of GPs, mental health, drug and alcohol and vocational support services under the one roof.

They require a nurse to work part time as part of their team  providing support to GP’s for the provision of sexual and reproductive health care, complementary health promotion and health education activities for young people.

For further information please refer to these linked documents Sexual health Nurse may2014 andPD_Sexual_health_nurse2014

Increased taxation= Less smoking this World No Tobacco Day

wntd 2014World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) falls on May 31st.   Its ultimate goal is to contribute to protecting present and future generations not only from the devastating health consequences due to tobacco, but also from the social, environmental and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.

Tobacco smoking kills nearly 6 million people each year. More than 80% of these preventable deaths are among people living in low-and middle-income countries.

How easy it is to forget that an average smoker dies 10-15 years earlier than a non-smoker, and in the end the patients that we work with, if their dependence includes tobacco, are more likely to die from tobacco related illness  than from other substances.  The long term professional relationships that we form with our patients mean that we are well positioned to provide them  with the most up to date information and interventions to reduce their health risks from tobacco use; vital when you consider  the prevalence of nicotine addiction.

Research shows that higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use. A tax increase that increases tobacco prices by 10% decreases tobacco consumption by about 4% in high-income countries and by up to 8% in most low- and middle-income countries. That’s why countries across the world are encouraged to raise taxes  this WNTD.

Get all the facts at