DANA Scholarships – applications open!

DANA is pleased to announce the availability of special purpose scholarships.

Outer Regional – Remote Area Scholarships
If you live and work in an ‘outer region’ or ‘remote area’ area of Australia or New Zealand then you might be eligible for a scholarship to attend the DANA ‘Many Faces of Addiction’ Forum to be held in Sydney in August 2015. This scholarship will cover:
• return travel to and from Sydney,
• accommodation at the Novotel Sydney Central;
• Forum registration.
Valued in excess of $2000 these scholarships are available to full financial DANA members (in accordance with DANA Policy DANA06/2012).

Applications close 24th April 2015
Visit the DANA Conference website for more information http://danaconference.com.au/registration and download full details about these scholarships and the relevant application form.

The Professor Margaret Hamilton scholarship
Are you looking to expand your experience or professional development in an off-shore setting? The Professor Margaret Hamilton Scholarship is intended for just this purpose.
The funds could be used to assist you present a paper at a recognized International conference or undertake a learning experience in another country.

Generously donated by DANA’s patron, Professor Margaret Hamilton, one scholarship to the value of $1000 (local currency) is available to full financial DANA members (in accordance with DANA Policy DANA06/2012) each financial year for the next four years. The amount can be used towards conference registration, travel and accommodation costs.
Applications close May 31st 2015
Download full details about this scholarship and the relevant application form by following these links:
The Margaret Hamilton Scholarship
Application M Hamilton scholarship

Understanding Drugs and Addiction – Kings College London

kings collegeIn 2015 Kings College / Institute of Psychiatry in the UK are again offering their free online 6-week Understanding Drugs and Addiction course.
Understanding Drugs and Addiction is a:
*6 week course
*Free and totally online
*Requires 4 hours per week

Course starts March 9th 2015

If you wish you may purchase a Statement of Participation at course end (also opportunity to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment- fee required). More information & enrolment details, as well as a video are available via:

Job Opportunity: Darwin NT – CNC Alcohol and Other Drug Services

logo_NTG 2Working in accordance with the philosophy and principles of Primary Health Care, a CNC (Nurse 5) is required to to plan, develop and coordinate inhalant and other substance educational and clinical strategies and programs in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Key responsibilities will include working with other clinicians and health professionals and agencies to apply integrated case management principles and approaches to service delivery.

The successful applicant will need demonstrated, extensive clinical experience in the acute, alcohol and other drugs and remote area practice settings with demonstrated ability to handle clients in crisis and to develop and maintain evidence based clinical protocols and procedures.

This is a fixed vacancy for 6 months.
Position Number: 70141196
For more information download the accompanying position description and special measures information.
70141196 Job Description

Job Opportunity: Darwin NT – Nurse Councellor Alcohol and Other Drug Services

northern_territory_governmentA Registered Nurse is required to provide intervention and counselling for individuals seeking assistance to deal with, and reduce the risk of harm from, drug and alcohol use.

Demonstrated experience in, and knowledge of, current AOD treatment practices specifically related to the management of withdrawal is required.

This is a fixed vacancy for 6 months.
Position Number: 952
For more information download the accompanying position description and special measures information.
952 Job description

Love the sunshine and sea ? Looking for a career change?

woolongongThe Illawarra Drug and Alcohol  service, Wollongong  (only 50 minutes from Sydney)  is looking for a CNC1 to join the team.

Position Title: Clinical Nurse Consultant Grade 1 – Drug and Alcohol
Employment Status: Permanent Full Time
Entity: Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Geographical Location: Wollongong
Advertised Award/Classification: Clinical Nurse Consultant Grade 1
Salary: $1,909.70 – $1,948.70
Number of FTE: 1.00

Purpose of Position

This position is based at Illawarra Drug and Alcohol Service (iDAS) and will provide withdrawal management services for clients with complex drug and alcohol related needs, within both outpatient and inpatient health settings, including “Watershed”.

The role holder will also provide expert consultation and liaison services to a broad range of health service providers and aims to develop capacity within the practice of health care professionals around the management of drug & alcohol issues.

This position will also be responsible for the delivery of clinical leadership and education in the treatment of D&A related health issues and will participate in research and quality improvement activities.

For full details  see the  below advertisement from NSW Health (Reference Number  229522)


 Contact Person: Sarah Adams   (phone 4254 2700)

Closing Date:        04/01/2015


Residential Nurse – YSAS Glen Iris (Vic)

YSASYSAS 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.

  • Part Time position 45.6 hours per fortnight (FTE 0.6)
  • Annual Salary Level RN3-RN4 depending on qualifications and experience (pro rata for part-time) plus 9.5% super and attractive salary packaging
  • Location YSAS Glen Iris

For more information open this document: job ad Nurse Nov 2014

A Message from the President of DANA

The lead up to Christmas is a very exciting time … there are celebrations, decorations and lots of university students on clinical placement. In my work life, I have the privilege of meeting with many student nurses on placement in the drug and alcohol sector. I must say I am particularly impressed with their level of knowledge and enthusiasm for the role. Long gone are the days of ‘why do I have do this placement, I want to be a midwife’ or ‘this isn’t real nursing’. Instead I have been met by students with clear, appropriate objectives and a willingness to learn.

Specialising as a drug and alcohol or addiction nurse is not for everyone. As hard as it is for me to understand this, I do accept it. This point is reflected by the student nurses I have met. One student in particular has her mind set on working in the Emergency Department and can clearly articulate how her current placement will help her manage clients affected by substance misuse. Another student is pondering the thought of rural and remote nursing and can see the clear links between what she is learning in withdrawal management and her future in rural and remote areas.

As the academic year comes to an end, if you have student nurses on placement in your workplace, take the time out to have a chat. Find out their goals and how they feel their current placement will help achieve them. See if there is anything you can do to assist. This generation of nurses are set to make a real difference.

Let me also take this opportunity to wish you and yours the best best for the Festive Season.

Jennifer Harland is the Clinical Practice Development Coordinator, Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol Drug Service, ACT Health, Canberra, Australia.

Like to work in Darwin?

darwinWhat a great  job!  Clinical Nurse Consultant, Volatile Substance Abuse (Designation: Nurse 5)

Work Unit: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs Clinical Services, Darwin

Position Number:26716

Responsible To: Manager, Alcohol and Other Drugs Clinical Services, Darwin

Remuneration Package:  $112,261 – $116,912, inclusive of salary of $97,431 – $101,521

Primary Objective: To provide expert Alcohol and Other Drugs clinical consultancy, assessment and treatment planning within a Primary Health Care framework and plan, develop and coordinate inhalant and other substance use educational and clinical strategies in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Like to know more? Then read the full position description at this link 26716 JD Darwin VSA

The results are in! DANA Satisfaction Survey 2014

Thank you for participating in the DANA Satisfaction Survey 2014.

There were fewer participants in this survey compared to the 2012 survey, but those people who did respond leaned more towards the ‘excellent’ end of the spectrum than the 2012 respondents.

The survey responses will be used to underpin DANA’s strategic direction for the next two years.

It is interesting to note the changes that have occurred since the last survey, for instance , ‘Facebook’, which was low in ‘awareness and relevance’ in the 2012 survey has increased  significantly; possibly  reflecting the emerging acceptances of social media (SoMe) in general. SoMe gives DANA a public face, which may not be immediately obvious to those not engaged with it, but which is one of the keys to engaging with a new generation of nurses.

The following document  summarises the responses: results satisfaction survey 2014

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