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!

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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

Schema Therapy for Common Psychological Problems

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Regaining Control of Persistent Pain Workshop

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Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health)


NDRI Research ‘Experiences of addiction, treatment and recovery’

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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