Job opportunity – Drug and Alcohol RN – Fitzroy (Victoria)

YSASYSAS 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 passionate and motivated Registered Nurse who is able to facilitate withdrawal and associated services for young people seeking assistance in their physical detoxification from licit and illicit substances. You will be required to work closely with General Practitioners in the provision of withdrawal support; you will develop and maintain positive working relationships both with YSAS staff and external agencies.

You will work in a residential unit as part of a team which provides a holistic service. You will have knowledge and experience in working with young people with serious AOD issues and the ability to refer, assess, treat, and medicate young people. If you are passionate about working with young people this is a great opportunity be part of a multidisciplinary team assisting with vulnerable young people in need of care 24/7 days located in Fitzroy.

For more information download this information sheet…Employment opportunity RN Fitzroy 2014

Note that applications close 21.9.2014.

Make FASD History – International FASD Awareness Day 9.9.2014

fasdSeptember 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 or or visit the  ‘Women Want to Know’ project to access resources that you can use to routinely discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women and to provide advice that is consistent with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol.

Did you know that research has shown that women are more likely to avoid alcohol when their partners avoid it?  Mindful of this the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has launched its ‘Pregnant Pause’ project both to raise awareness and raise funds to prevent FASD and to support  people living with FASD. Find out more at

Don’t forget to access DANA’s position statement on FASD available here:DANA Position Statement FASD

A DANA / NCPIC Special Event – Free Training- Melbourne

 melbourneDANA and NCPIC invite you to a Saturday workshop on October 18th 2014 in Melbourne, Victoria.


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


Download the brochure here:Invitation Everything and Very Brief Intervention DANA Melbourne 18 10 1… 


Uniting Care ReGen

Moreland Hall Training Room

26 Jessie St

Coburg VIC 3058

Registration: 9.30am

Workshop: 10am – 1pm


John Redmond 02 9385 0451

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

For further information on workshop content please go to 

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

isch-logo-newInner 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 of clients undertaking withdrawal outside of traditional AOD residential setting, normally within a home environment with support from family or friends.  The position requires an independent practitioner who is also capable of working as part of a team ensuring the full range of client needs are meet.

If you would like to know more about these positions follow this link to download AOD NRW Nurse VAC0064 CD-10-9-2014

If you would like to know more about ISCH this link will take you to their website.

New DVD! The ASSIST with Substance Resource for Nurses

Ben & nurse_3The 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 invited to explore their own practice and look for opportunistic moments (10–15 minutes) to conduct the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST). The DVD focuses on two scenarios in primary health care settings and one in an emergency department.

The DVD provides a breakdown of the screening and brief intervention process and demonstrates the basic principles of Motivational Interviewing using the FRAMES model. Using the Stages of Change model, the behaviors of the three lead characters are explored and show the changes that can be made following opportunistic screening and brief intervention. The accompanying manual provides supporting material and further background information

To order a copy of this resource please contact Greg MacPherson at

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

WHOSAre 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 looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated care coordinator to join WHOS multidisciplinary team in Newcastle to be part of the new and exciting initiative

WHOS is recruiting to the following position

 Multidisciplinary Care Coordinator – WHOS Newcastle- Full time

 A Registered Nurse, Psychologist or Social worker experienced working with OST/AOD clients and in a supervisory role to have an integral role in the new WHOS Day Program based in Newcastle. This role will strengthen links with local stakeholders to increase continuity of care for OST clients in the Hunter New England Local Health District

 Ideal qualities:

  • Experience coordinating a team
  • Extensive Experience working in AOD, Mental Health or a related field
  • Experience facilitating groups
  • High level communication, influencing, liaison, negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate  partnerships with local service providers
  • NSW drivers licence

Remuneration negotiable based on experience and qualifications equivalent to SCHDS or Nurses Award. Salary packaging applies. Use of a company car. Applicants required to have criminal record checks conducted.

An application package can be obtained from: Manager Gemma Campton on 49917000 or by email request to 

Applications close: 15/09/14


Health Careers & Opportunities in the Northern Territory

ayreas rockIf 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 and community services offer many opportunities for health professionals who want to be part of making a difference.

Positions available include:

  • SENIOR TREATMENT CLINICIAN (Central Australia) Nurse 4 
  • CLINICAL NURSE CONSULTANT – (Alcohol and other Drugs Service, Central Australia ADSCA) N4  
  • CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS (Darwin – Alcohol Assessment & Treatment Service)Nurse 3 Remuneration Package Range 
  • REGISTERED NURSE (Alice Springs – Alcohol Assessment Service)
  • ENROLLED NURSE (Darwin Alcohol Assessment & Treatment Service)
    Follow this link to find out more details about each position and how to apply…Northern Territory Career Opportunities August 2014


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 that time.

The results will be collated in time for last 2014 issue of the DANA newsletter, ‘DANA Unwrapped’ in December. Results will also available on the DANA website.

The survey can be taken on line by following this link

Replies to the satisfaction survey will remain confidential unless you choose to identify yourself, which will enable you to be eligible to go into the draw to win two movie passes.

Thank you for your time and input.

Yours sincerely

Jennifer Harland

DANA President

New (draft) Policies for Your Consideration

policiesDear 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 by clicking on the tab on this website labelled ‘publications’.

The time frame for comments will end on August 31st 2014. Please use ‘track changes’ within Word to make your comments and return them to

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

int OD bWe 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 3,000 drug related deaths occurred in 2011, up from 2,800 a year earlier.
  • Deaths from opioid drugs in Australia are rising steadily. Accidental opioid drug overdoses were projected to increase 95.8% from 2007 to 2010. Source: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre University of New South Wales.
  • Overdose fatalities in Victoria alone outnumber road deaths.

Every one of these deaths is a family tragedy, every one preventable. Unfortunately the issue of drug overdose does not get the public attention it so obviously warrants.

Concerned? Then consider organising or taking part  in an event to help stimulate discussion.  Events enable friends and family members to grieve openly and help spread awareness of the issue. If the community understands the cost of drug overdose the issue will be recognised as a priority area for our State, Territory and Federal Governments.

Each event organised around the day, no matter how modest in scale, raises awareness and can help save lives. Marking the day need not be complicated. For ideas on holding an event visit the  International Overdose Awareness Day website at

Wearing the silver badge shows you support overdose prevention and remembrance. Badges can be ordered at

Contact if you would like any help in framing your support for International Overdose Awareness Day. Follow us on Twitter at @OverdoseDay or on Facebook at