DANA – Remaining relevant to the needs of our members

Sat Survey imageWe invite our current DANA members to contribute to the future of DANA by completing a ‘satisfaction’ survey through Survey Monkey. The survey opens today and will run for 10 days, closing on 7th February 2016.

The last satisfaction survey was conducted in 2014 and the results have helped inform the strategic direction of DANA since that time.   The results from this year’s satisfaction survey will be collated and used for planning purposes for future DANA activities, and posted 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.

Best Wishes
Jen Harland, DANA President

CNC/Senior Advisor position available at Medicines Regulation and Quality Unit, Qld Health

now-hiring-resizedThe position:

• Senior Advisors (Clinical Nurse Consultants), at this level will, within the context of a multidisciplinary team, be responsible for the provision of specialist and authoritative advice about alcohol and drug issues including the treatment of drug dependent persons.

• The position will also have responsibilities for decision making under the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996.

• The position will provide specialist support to the Manager and Director about the practical application of relevant legislation to improve client outcomes and reduce risk to clients and the community in relation to the use of alcohol and drugs.

Your role:

• Demonstrates expert level of clinical problem solving skills within an autonomous practice role by providing: – Assessment and monitoring of client health data and consultation and liaison with key health care providers. – Education and health promotion in identification, treatment interventions and referral of drug use problems.

• Demonstrates sound knowledge of contemporary evidence based nursing practice and theory in clinical practice specifically related to the specialty of Alcohol and Drug Nursing.

• Knowledge of, or ability to obtain knowledge of contemporary evidence based practice and theory of management of persistent pain.

• Sound knowledge of, and ability to apply, relevant legislation and guidelines into clinical practice to achieve health care needs of drug dependent patients.

• Demonstrates a high level of oral and written communication skills for documenting and reporting to key stakeholders, other health professionals, advisory committees and / or legal officers.

• Demonstrates the ability to ensure compliance with documentation requirements and knowledge and the application of medico-legal aspects.

• Develop and participate in short training courses for other health professionals to achieve base competency in knowledge, skills and understanding of the public health issues involved in drug dependence.

• Actively participate in the development of the team and contribute to the development of the unit’s business plan, policies and strategic direction.

• Actively pursue professional development opportunities to maintain a high level of contemporary knowledge within the field.

For more information and how to apply, please click on this link.

Registered Nurse position available at Damascus Unit within Brisbane Private Hospital



Damascus Health Services has an opportunity for either a full-time registered nurse, or two part time registered nurses, experienced in the drug and alcohol speciality.

The role involves the care and treatment of people with problems related to the use of alcohol and / or prescribed and over-the-counter drugs. It includes the assessment and management of substance withdrawal, the use of evidence-based interventions and group facilitation.

Located within a general hospital environment in the Brisbane Private Hospital, Damascus Health Services provides treatment in a private and confidential way. The environment is caring and non-judgmental. It is supportive for both men and women. Family and significant others are encouraged to be involved in the treatment process. We aim to enhance each person’s sense of human dignity and maximise the quality of life.

The treatment modality is primarily group cognitive –behavioural therapy, based on a relapse prevention and coping skills model.  A multidisciplinary team approach, designed to meet a broad range of patients’ needs and characteristics is used.  The nurse (s) we seek will work with a range of highly specialised healthcare professionals. The successful applicant(s) must be able to demonstrate:

  • A proven ability to provide a high standard of patient care
  • A preparedness to participate in all aspects of the treatment program
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Further studies in drug and alcohol nursing.

It is essential that applicants have significant experience in nursing patients who have a Substance Use Disorder.  Applicants who are working towards and who are working towards becoming credentialed drug and alcohol nurses through DANA (Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia) are encouraged to apply.

While nursing staff at Damascus Health Service work on roster, every effort is made to accommodate each staff members’ special requests to the extent possible that still provides optimum patient care.

Applications close the 8th February 2016 – For further information please contact Jill Brophy on 0738346479 or by email on jillian.brophy@healthscope.com.au – www.damascushealthservices.com.au


Registered Nurse – AOD / Clinical Liaison

job-cyprus6AOD Clinical Liaison Registered Nurse available at Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service.  This position is full time.  For more information and how to apply, please click on this link.

AOD Nurse Practitioner (Candidate) Position available

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to apply for a Full Time AOD Nurse Practitioner (Candidate) position at St Kilda Road Clinic in Melbourne, VIC.  For information about the job and how to apply, click on this link.thumbnail_1441092916

An offer not to be missed!

Three month amnesty on fees for your Credentialling/Certification application!!!
Make this your new year’s resolution and don’t delay!  Prepare your application and submit for free before 11th April 2016!
This offer is available to DANA members and non-members for a limited time.
Click on the appropriate link for details for Aus members and NZ members.
The application package can be accessed via the Credentialling tab or via this link.


3 month amnesty on fees for Credentialling applications

Don’t miss out! DANA is offering a 3 month amnesty of fees for Credentialling applications for DANA members and non-members between 11.01.16 -11.04.16.

Don’t miss out!  Make it your new year’s resolution to submit your credentialling application and take advantage of this fantastic offer!

Jan-Apr 2016 DANA CDAN Amnesty Advert AUS JPG


Amnesty on NZ Advanced Certification fees

Don’t miss out!  3 months amnesty on application fees for Advanced Certification applications between 11.01.16 – 11.04.16

Make it your new year’s resolution to apply!Jan-Apr 2016 DANA ACAN Amnesty Advert NZ JPG

VAILA Conference March 2016

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Fantastic conference in March 2016 on Addiction Medicine specifically related Alcohol and Drug presentations in the Emergency Department.

For program info and to register click on this link

National Ice Taskforce Final Report 2015

The National Ice Taskforce final report 2015 is available and DANA gets a mention on p.89!  Click on this linkice_taskforce_report_slider to read the report.