Smoking Cessation with Assoc Prof Bittoun- Queensland

cigarettesPreventative Health, as part of the roll out of the Quality Improvement Payment for Smoking Cessation Screening in 2014, is offering FREE education with Adjunct Assoc Profess  Renee Bittoun, the leading researcher and most published author in smoking cessation in Australia .

There are 2 options:

1.       Attend the 2 day event  - day 1 on the 19th May  is the working groups meeting for the respiratory network including the smoking cessation work group.

2.       Attend just the free smoking cessation training day with Renee Bittoun on the 20th May at the Royal Womens and Brisbane Hospital auditorium .   QLD health employees will have priority attendance, but private practitioners, GP’s , NGO’s and students are also able to apply .

As smoking remains a significant issue in all mental health and addiction services it is hoped to  can get as many clinicians to attend as possible . Renee has researched smoking cessation in mental health populations and provides direct assessment and treatment to this group – so she has lots of experience in this area.

Find out more by following these links:

Draft Nicotine Addiction & Smoking Cessation Course Agenda

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DANA Position Statements

DANA is developing a range of position statements that reflect the organisation’s stance regarding important issues relevant to substance misuse.

The development process for position statements involves internal deliberation by a sub-committee of the DANA Management Committee.  A draft of the proposed position statement is then posted on DANA website, and distributed by email, seeking input and comment by DANA members to ensure that multiple perspectives are considered in the development of the statements.

Following this process the statement is revised as necessary. This process allows every DANA member the opportunity to voice their views and opinions on the various dimensions of the issue at hand.

The first draft position statement that you are asked to consider relates to ‘Problematic Substance Use by Nurses and Midwives’. Your feedback, preferably using ‘track changes’  should be sent to no later than Friday April 14th 2014. You can access the statement at this link DANA and Problematic substance use statement V4

Another two statements are under development and will be available for consideration in the near future:,

  • Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia Position Statement on Alcohol-Related Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia Position Statement on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Clinical Manager- YSAS Head Office Fitzroy Victoria

YSASAre you looking for a rewarding role where you can use your experience in a leading youth health agency? This unique opportunity to use your expertise and contribute to a leading youth health not-for-profit agency might be the perfect position for you.

Reporting to the CEO, you will be responsible for clinical practice and governance across the organisation through the YSAS clinical governance framework.

As a Clinical Manager, you will have excellent engagement and stakeholder management experience along with in-depth expertise in clinical practice, ideally from a mental health background or other health and community service settings. In addition, the successful applicant will have a good understanding of developing and maintaining the clinical systems.

The Annual salary is between $87,000 and 95,000 (dependent on qualifications and experience) including vehicle for private use, 9.25% super and attractive salary packaging. It is for a fixed term until June 2015

You can read more about the position and find out how to apply at these links  Clinical Manager March 2014 Position Description Clinical Manager

Applications close: Thursday 20th March 2014. 

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

PrintThe 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 this link  http://www.fare.orgau  to find out more.

The DANA Speak Up Conference Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Fund and is
managed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.


Draft Report on Alcohol Advertising now open for consultation

alcohol advertisingSubmissions are invited on the Draft Report - Alcohol Advertising: The Effectiveness of Current Regulatory Codes in Addressing Community Concern

You can  download the full report HERE.

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency examined the current system of regulation around alcohol marketing and advertising.  The Draft Report describes this system, which consists of self-regulatory, co-regulatory and legislative elements, and evaluates its effectiveness.

The key purpose of the Review is to assess whether the current mix of provisions is serving to adequately protect children and adolescents (14 – 17 year olds) from exposure to alcohol advertising.   Considerable public concern exists that marketing and advertising of alcoholic beverages is influencing young Australians and contributing to patterns of harmful drinking.

Australians are now exposed to an extensive amount of alcohol advertising through a variety of traditional media, digital media, promotional activities and sponsorships. Evidence indicates that Australian adolescents are exposed to almost the same level of alcohol advertising as adults aged 18-24.

The Draft Report concludes that alcohol advertising and marketing is reaching children and adolescents and influencing them, and that the current system for protecting adolescents and children from exposure to alcohol advertising is inadequate.

Any interested person or organisation can make a written submission to the Agency.

Submissions are due by 5pm Friday 21 March 2014

Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, has referred an inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs

The Committee invites submissions on any or all of the terms of reference.

If you would like to make a submission, please contact the secretariat with an indicative date of when the Committee should expect to receive your submission. The closing date for submissions is Thursday, 17 April 2014.

Information about making a submission can be found on our website at Submissions can be emailed to . 

If you are interested in following the progress of the inquiry, please view the Committee’s website at, where all non-confidential submissions and public hearing transcripts will be published.

For further information about any aspect of the inquiry, please do not hesitate to contact the Committee secretariat on (02) 6277 4559 or

Let’s take action on alcohol

action on alcholThe Queensland Government is currently considering how best to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence. ‘Action on Alcohol’ is a campaign that seeks to reduce the number of alcohol-related harms and deaths in Queensland using a comprehensive and sophisticated approach.

It needs to be  a proactive approach that tackles the issues before lives are ruined, not after.
Too much harm is being caused by alcohol…in 2012, Queensland hospital emergency departments saw 91,783 alcohol-related presentations –  an increase of 31%  in just five years.
Prevent these harms and make our communities safer…and follow this link to a petition to the premier of Queensland.

As similar actions come to light in other parts of Australia and New Zealand they will be added to the website.

Walk on the Wildside at WOWS 7 Brisbane Friday May 16th

butterflyCome along to this one-day symposium for health professionals examining substance use and society. You will be surprised to  hear  what is revealed when waste water is analysed. Learn more about  what works in addictions counselling plus a whole lot more.

Find out more when you download the wows7-program-registration

New Zealand – Whangarei- Nurses working with people who have substance use problems / addictions

flower bThis seminar is organised by Matua Raki (National Addiction Workforce Development) in collaboration with DANA (Drug and Alcohol Nurses Association) and Northland DHB

The aims of which are to foster relationships, enhance skills, encourage advanced practice and nurse practitioner development, share journeys and ideas for enhancing skills, hear about new and planned initiatives and explore career opportunities.

 These seminars are free of charge.

Invited speakers include:

  •  Daryle Deering – “Using the Competency Framework for Strategic Direction in Nursing Roles. Nursing and the Recovery Approach”
  • Henriette de Vries and Bart Van Gaelen – “Nursing Supervision”
  • Mary Carthew and John Hartigan – “Practice Nurse Competencies”
  • Wendy Tait – “Mental Health in Primary Care”
  • Louise Leonard and Moira Gilmour -“ NZ  Advanced Certified Addiction Nurse”
  • Jewel Reti – “Video-conferencing as a training and treatment access tool”

We invite other nurses to showcase their work.

Please contact Jewel Reti ( and/or Klare Braye ( to arrange this

This seminar will be held at:    

Manaia PHO,

Rust Avenue,


Friday 21st February 9.30-4.00pm

How do I register?

Registration is now open through the Matua Raki website at:

Or directly through this link (right click, and ‘open hyperlink’):  Registration – Nurses Seminar

Smoking Cessation Courses 2014 – Melbourne

Dandelion ClockLung Health Promotion Centre at the Alfred

Smoking Cessation Courses 2014 – Melbourne

For health professionals with in an interest in smoking cessation.

Endorsed by the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals

These two day programs uses an evidence based model and are based on best practice guidelines – a must for health professionals working with people who are addicted to cigarette smoking to help them to quit.

These courses help skill participants to be able to work effectively one on one with clients and to conduct smoking cessation clinics.

They are  ideally suited to health professionals with an interest in smoking cessation, nicotine addiction and evidence based smoking cessation techniques who want to work more effectively with their clients.

Full details about these Smoking Cessation Courses are available in the attached documentation. Follow this link to Smoking Cessation Courses 2014

You might also be interested in the full range of Lung health programs also offered by the Centre. For more information about these follow this link to Lung Health Courses