Smoking Cessation with Assoc Prof Bittoun- Queensland

cigarettesPreventative Health, as part of the roll out of the Quality Improvement Payment for Smoking Cessation Screening in 2014, is offering FREE education with Adjunct Assoc Profess  Renee Bittoun, the leading researcher and most published author in smoking cessation in Australia .

There are 2 options:

1.       Attend the 2 day event  - day 1 on the 19th May  is the working groups meeting for the respiratory network including the smoking cessation work group.

2.       Attend just the free smoking cessation training day with Renee Bittoun on the 20th May at the Royal Womens and Brisbane Hospital auditorium .   QLD health employees will have priority attendance, but private practitioners, GP’s , NGO’s and students are also able to apply .

As smoking remains a significant issue in all mental health and addiction services it is hoped to  can get as many clinicians to attend as possible . Renee has researched smoking cessation in mental health populations and provides direct assessment and treatment to this group – so she has lots of experience in this area.

Find out more by following these links:

Draft Nicotine Addiction & Smoking Cessation Course Agenda

Forum Invitation_SRCN_May 14

SRCN Draft Forum Program190514

Draft Report on Alcohol Advertising now open for consultation

alcohol advertisingSubmissions are invited on the Draft Report - Alcohol Advertising: The Effectiveness of Current Regulatory Codes in Addressing Community Concern

You can  download the full report HERE.

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency examined the current system of regulation around alcohol marketing and advertising.  The Draft Report describes this system, which consists of self-regulatory, co-regulatory and legislative elements, and evaluates its effectiveness.

The key purpose of the Review is to assess whether the current mix of provisions is serving to adequately protect children and adolescents (14 – 17 year olds) from exposure to alcohol advertising.   Considerable public concern exists that marketing and advertising of alcoholic beverages is influencing young Australians and contributing to patterns of harmful drinking.

Australians are now exposed to an extensive amount of alcohol advertising through a variety of traditional media, digital media, promotional activities and sponsorships. Evidence indicates that Australian adolescents are exposed to almost the same level of alcohol advertising as adults aged 18-24.

The Draft Report concludes that alcohol advertising and marketing is reaching children and adolescents and influencing them, and that the current system for protecting adolescents and children from exposure to alcohol advertising is inadequate.

Any interested person or organisation can make a written submission to the Agency.

Submissions are due by 5pm Friday 21 March 2014

Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, has referred an inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs

The Committee invites submissions on any or all of the terms of reference.

If you would like to make a submission, please contact the secretariat with an indicative date of when the Committee should expect to receive your submission. The closing date for submissions is Thursday, 17 April 2014.

Information about making a submission can be found on our website at Submissions can be emailed to . 

If you are interested in following the progress of the inquiry, please view the Committee’s website at, where all non-confidential submissions and public hearing transcripts will be published.

For further information about any aspect of the inquiry, please do not hesitate to contact the Committee secretariat on (02) 6277 4559 or

Let’s take action on alcohol

action on alcholThe Queensland Government is currently considering how best to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence. ‘Action on Alcohol’ is a campaign that seeks to reduce the number of alcohol-related harms and deaths in Queensland using a comprehensive and sophisticated approach.

It needs to be  a proactive approach that tackles the issues before lives are ruined, not after.
Too much harm is being caused by alcohol…in 2012, Queensland hospital emergency departments saw 91,783 alcohol-related presentations –  an increase of 31%  in just five years.
Prevent these harms and make our communities safer…and follow this link to a petition to the premier of Queensland.

As similar actions come to light in other parts of Australia and New Zealand they will be added to the website.

New Zealand – Whangarei- Nurses working with people who have substance use problems / addictions

flower bThis seminar is organised by Matua Raki (National Addiction Workforce Development) in collaboration with DANA (Drug and Alcohol Nurses Association) and Northland DHB

The aims of which are to foster relationships, enhance skills, encourage advanced practice and nurse practitioner development, share journeys and ideas for enhancing skills, hear about new and planned initiatives and explore career opportunities.

 These seminars are free of charge.

Invited speakers include:

  •  Daryle Deering – “Using the Competency Framework for Strategic Direction in Nursing Roles. Nursing and the Recovery Approach”
  • Henriette de Vries and Bart Van Gaelen – “Nursing Supervision”
  • Mary Carthew and John Hartigan – “Practice Nurse Competencies”
  • Wendy Tait – “Mental Health in Primary Care”
  • Louise Leonard and Moira Gilmour -“ NZ  Advanced Certified Addiction Nurse”
  • Jewel Reti – “Video-conferencing as a training and treatment access tool”

We invite other nurses to showcase their work.

Please contact Jewel Reti ( and/or Klare Braye ( to arrange this

This seminar will be held at:    

Manaia PHO,

Rust Avenue,


Friday 21st February 9.30-4.00pm

How do I register?

Registration is now open through the Matua Raki website at:

Or directly through this link (right click, and ‘open hyperlink’):  Registration – Nurses Seminar

Smoking Cessation Courses 2014 – Melbourne

Dandelion ClockLung Health Promotion Centre at the Alfred

Smoking Cessation Courses 2014 – Melbourne

For health professionals with in an interest in smoking cessation.

Endorsed by the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals

These two day programs uses an evidence based model and are based on best practice guidelines – a must for health professionals working with people who are addicted to cigarette smoking to help them to quit.

These courses help skill participants to be able to work effectively one on one with clients and to conduct smoking cessation clinics.

They are  ideally suited to health professionals with an interest in smoking cessation, nicotine addiction and evidence based smoking cessation techniques who want to work more effectively with their clients.

Full details about these Smoking Cessation Courses are available in the attached documentation. Follow this link to Smoking Cessation Courses 2014

You might also be interested in the full range of Lung health programs also offered by the Centre. For more information about these follow this link to Lung Health Courses

Mental Wealth Know it and Grow it ! free online open course

mental wealthAs a celebration of World Mental Health Day October 10th 2013 a FREE open online course aimed to increase awareness and understanding about mental health issues locally and globally and mental wealth* is made available to you.

Participants are encouraged from around the world!!

The course is comprised of five modules over five weeks moderated by Professor Eimear Muir- Cochrane  and Mrs Deb O’Kane, Faculty of Health Science, Flinders University, Adelaide. It  uses social media, FB, twitter, blogs and online tools to interact with each other and gain knowledge about mental health, mental wealth and  how to build it!   The course opens for registration October 7th Monday. Visit this website for more information:

* Mental wealth is about building positive wellbeing in individuals and communities and raising awareness of issues surrounding mental health.

Mental Health Day

oct 10thWorld wide the theme for Mental Health Week is “Mental Health and Older Adults” but neither New Zealand nor the states and territories of Australia have adopted this theme directly, adapting it instead to engage their individual audiences in Mental Health Week. Examples of the various themes that you might come across this year include “Connect” (New Zealand), “Kindness: Little acts, big impacts!” (New South Wales and Northern Territory), “Celebrate, Connect, Grow” (Tasmania and Western Australia), “We’re all in this together” (Queensland), “Mental Health and Well Being” (Australian Capital Territory), “Mental Health: What Do You Know?” (Victoria), “My Community, My Support, My Wellbeing” (South Australia)

We’ve chosen the New Zealand logo,  “Connect” to highlight Mental Health Day 2013. And ask “Who could you connect with today?

Regardless of the theme, the week is about raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing in the wider community. Find out more; visit the websites of:



RU OK? Day

RU OKFormed by Gavin Larkin in 2009 the R U OK? Foundation is as a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging conversations to prevent suicide. He wanted to create a world without suicide after experiencing the suicide death of his father, Barry Larkin.

R U OK?Day is a national day of action on the second Thursday of September (12 September 2013) and reminds people to regularly check in with family and friends. The R U OK? Foundation works collaboratively with experts  in suicide prevention and mental illness, as well as government departments, corporate leaders, teachers, universities, students and community groups.

The Foundation is  dedicated to encouraging and enabling all people to regularly and meaningfully ask ‘are you ok?’ of anyone struggling with life.

Find out more at the RU OK? Website

An open letter to DANA members

email-letterDear colleagues

These are difficult times for many people working in the drug and alcohol sector.

Changes are occurring on a widespread basis, and for many of our DANA members this is a very stressful period as re-structuring and funding cuts, that ultimately result in reduced or altered services, are implemented.

DANA is a professional body, so your union is best placed to advise you from an industrial point of view.  However if you are facing redundancy, then seek professional advice so that you know the best way to manage your individual situation.  Workplace changes will have an emotional impact on you, so it is important to act early! Remain resilient, support each other, keep networking, and stay in a positive frame of mind (using all of those skills that we teach our patients). There are lots of Internet resources that can provide suggestions on how to manage this difficult time.

Even if you are not facing redundancy you might be facing upheaval in your workplace. Some of you have been asked to justify the role and retention of D&A nurses.  You can access information about the roles of specialist drug and alcohol nurses from the DANA Standards and Competencies for Specialist Drug and Alcohol Nurses in 2012.  These are on the DANA website under the ‘publications’ tab.  Scroll down until you find “Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia Specialist Nursing Standards and Competencies – January 2012”.   Don’t forget that in the medium to longer term, credentialling will also help you maintain your D&A identity and demonstrate your specialist skills.

As disappointing as it is, change is inevitable, and we need to adapt.  Perhaps it is worthwhile considering how D&A nurses might work collaboratively with other nursing colleagues under these new structures.  It is important to understand what the managers of these new services are trying to achieve.  If you understand what the future looks like, you can frame your approach and arguments accordingly.  Can you articulate how your skills can contribute to the changed structures?  Does your manager understand the skills  D&A nurses possess or the needs D&A patients?   If not, then it is important to clearly define the specific needs of the patients you work with, then describe what it is that you do, the knowledge that you have accumulated in order to be able to do it, and what it is that sets you, as a specialist D&A nurse, apart from others.

DANA will continue to support members throughout these changing times in the limited capacity that we are able to.  All of us need to be able to demonstrate expertise so that D&A nurses remain employable, be it within government-funded services where many of our members are currently employed, or within non-government or private D&A services.

Best wishes to each of our members who are currently facing restructure and changing times in their workplaces.  Please use the networks that you have created through DANA for support and encouragement, and hold your heads high.

Colleen Blums - President – DANA