NDRI Research ‘Experiences of addiction, treatment and recovery’

curtin‘Experiences of addiction, treatment and recovery’
DANA is pleased to be involved with a new research project, based at Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute. It aims to explore people’s experiences of living with a drug habit, dependence or addiction, how they cope and how they make decisions about drug use, drug treatment and everyday life. Importantly, we’re trying to get a range of experiences, including those that go beyond the commonly told stories of crisis and recovery. We’re now seeking people aged 18 and over, living in Sydney, to participate.

Participation involves a one-hour confidential interview in a location of the participant’s choice in Sydney. Participants will receive $50 reimbursement for their time. The information we gather will be used to develop an informative website for people experiencing issues with alcohol and other drugs, their friends and family, and health professionals and policy makers.

The study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Anyone who is interested in participating or would like more information can contact me on 03 9079 2204 or at Kiran.pienaar@curtin.edu.au

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3QV8J5L

Hurry….this survey closes the 20th October 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.

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   http://www.nofasd.org.au or  http://www.fasd-can.org.nz 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

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 greg.macpherson@adelaide.edu.au

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 danatreasurer@gmail.com

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 http://www.overdoseday.com/events/event-tips/.

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

Contact  info@overdoseday.com 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 https://www.facebook.com/InternationalOverdoseAwarenessDay

Cannabis Diversion Survey




The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is conducting a study looking at the effectiveness of Australian police drug diversion for cannabis use/possession offenders. Specifically we seek to compare the outcomes and costs of police diversion (and of different types of police diversion) versus a traditional criminal justice response (criminal charge) for anyone who has been detected for a cannabis use/possession offence.

If you live in Australia, are aged 17+ and have been detected by police for a cannabis use/possession offence in the last 3-9 months we would like you to take part in an online survey. To participate go to:


…you could win $200

More information is available in this flyer Cannabis diversion survey

Free Training (in WA) – Everything You Need To Know About Cannabis

swanDANA and NCPIC invite you to a Saturday workshop on August 30th  2014 in Perth, Western Australia.


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


Venue:Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital D Block Ward D20

Zorba’s Room

Hospital Ave /  Nedlands WA 6009

Registration: 9.30am

Workshop: 10am – 1pm

 A flyer is attached for your information and use. Invitation Everything and Very Brief Intervention DANA Perth 30 08 14

For further information on workshop content please go to http://ncpic.org.au/workforce/training/

Registration: training@ncpic.org.au

John Redmond 02 9385 0451

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

Fifty Shades of Pain Conference: Brisbane 3-5 December 2014

painThe Australian Pain Management Association Inc. and Palliative Care Queensland are hosting the first conference to examine pain from acute pain to palliative care. The Fifty Shades of Pain: Managing complex pain across the continuum conference will focus on advanced clinical issues in palliative care and pain management, bringing together more than 300 specialist palliative and pain-management doctors, nurses, allied-health practitioners, educators and volunteers from throughout Queensland and Australia. This is the first combined acute pain to palliative care and we plan to make it a biennial educational event.

Fin out more by downloading the 50 Shades of Pain Flyer