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

act govt healthFirst 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 paid employment, studying either part-time or  full-time. During the program RNs rotate through a range of
clinical areas.
Eligibility/Other Requirements: Registered or eligible for  registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Hold a current driver’s licence. Have Australian citizenship or  permanent residency.
For full details of how to apply please contact Jo McDougal,  Clinical Support Officer (02) 6205 3661

Te Hau Marire – the Māori Addiction Workforce Strategy

flower bTe 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 like to provide feedback on the document, please use the Survey Monkey questionnaire available at this link

Hurry….this survey closes the 20th October 2014.  


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 skills and experience? Then come and join our team at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC)

Sydney MSIC is currently recruiting a suitably qualified person to join our team as the Research Coordinator in Kings Cross.

Applicants need to be able available to work weekdays from 9.30am to 6.00pm on either Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Successful recruitment will be based on your ability to meet the following selection criteria:

• Master’s in Public Health
• High level project management skills
• Experience managing complex research projects
• Commitment to Harm Minimisation and the service delivery model of the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre
• Understanding of the legislative and policy framework underpinning MSIC’s operation
• Ability to apply epidemiological and biostatistical skills within the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre context
• Experience in population health research related to drug use
• Experience in data management including the management of large data sets

This is an opportunity for you to work in a supportive and friendly work environment, with lots of flexibility.

Love Your Work. Join Our Team. Make a Difference. Apply Now.

Download this document…Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre Research Coordinator


DANA ‘Many Faces of Addiction’ Forum 2015 – Call for abstracts

The DANA  Organising Committee for the ‘Many Faces of Addiction’  Forum 2015  invites you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. The Forum will be held at Novotel Sydney Central, 13 – 14 August 2015.

The DANA Forum theme, ‘Many Faces of Addiction’, reflects the diverse nature of addiction and the many people that it affects. As nurses, we are conscious that the impact of drug and alcohol misuse can be viewed from many different perspectives and understanding each perspective is important to determine best practice. Approaches to the treatment of addiction are evolving and in order to effectively respond to these changes, nurses and other health care workers need to be aware of contemporary substance use and associated issues.

To find out more, visit


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 addiction and effective clinical practices. The DANA Forum theme, Many Faces of Addiction, reflects the diverse nature of addiction where the impact of drug and alcohol misuse can be viewed from multiple perspectives.

The Forum will provide a valuable opportunity for nurses and health care workers to hear from industry leaders, stay informed on current issues and join in the discussion with their colleagues. We look forward to welcoming you to Sydney.


Novotel Sydney Central
169 – 179 Thomas Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

Key forum dates

Call for abstracts open 24 September 2014
Early bird registrations open 2 February 2015
Call for abstracts close 27 April 2015
Early bird registrations close 4 May 2015

Follow DANA on twitter @DANAnews1 or on the special forum hashtag #DANAForum2015

Visit the Forum  website to find out more…

Job opportunity – Youth Home Based Withdrawal Nurse – Box Hill (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 nurse to

  • Support the primary health and AOD needs of vulnerable young people
  • Deliver clinical services and health assessments
  • Facilitate home based withdrawal
  • Provide education and health promotion
  • Provide primary and secondary consultation to the YSAS team and external stakeholders

Applications close on October 8th 2014.

For more information download these documents  Home Based Withdrawal Nurse PD Sept 14 and Youth Home based withdrawal nurse 2014

Looking for funding to further your studies in 2015?

LionsNursesThe 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, and must have a minimum of three years’ experience in the nursing profession in NSW or the ACT.

Applicants must also be able to produce evidence that your employer will grant leave for the required period of the scholarship.

Details of eligibility and the scholarships available (which include study projects either within Australia or overseas), and application forms are available from:

Completed applications must be in the hands of the secretary no later than 31 October 2014.

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

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