Save The Date: WOWS9

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Schema Therapy for Common Psychological Problems

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Regaining Control of Persistent Pain Workshop

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persistent pain workshop

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health)


Professor Margaret Hamilton AO Announced as First Patron of DANA


Professor Margaret Hamilton

DANA is delighted to announce that Professor Margaret Hamilton AO, one of Australia’s leaders in the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) sector has agreed to become the first patron of DANA.

Professor Hamilton has over forty  years experience in the AOD field including clinical work, education and research, mentoring, policy development and advice.

Her career began at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne working in the Special Clinic (alcohol clinic). She published her first research paper in 1973.

With a background in social work, psychology and public health she has conducted research in epidemiology, policy evaluation (prevention and treatment), young people and drugs, women and alcohol, alcohol problems in remote Australia, evaluation of therapeutic communities and self-help and oversaw the development of a drug and alcohol research unit in the Department of Community Medicine at the University of Melbourne (now School of Population & Global Health) where she still holds an honorary position.

She was the founding Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Victoria for ten years and has been  an Executive member of the Australian National Council on Drugs since its inception in 1998.  She has just completed a term as  a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness.  She is President of the Cancer Council Victoria, Chair of the Alcohol Advisory Committee to the Australian National Preventative Health Agency and member of the Board of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, VicHealth.

She spent five years as Chair of the Multiple and Complex Needs Panel, a statutory body in Victoria and continues to serve on various alcohol and drug related boards and policy advisory groups including the Drug Policy Modelling Programme based at NDARC, University of NSW. She is the lead editor of two alcohol and drug text books and one of three editors of a third as well as the author of many other publications in this area.

In 2006 she became an Officer of the Order of Australian for service to the community in the areas of social welfare and public health, particularly as a counsellor, researcher and academic in the fields of drug and alcohol related issues.

It is hoped that with Professor Hamilton’s support  DANA’s collective expertise will  more effectively contribute to the national debate around the prevention and treatment of substance misuse in our community and influence the decisions that will shape the future treatment needs and nursing care of people who misuse substances.

Commenting on her patronage Professor Hamilton said “This is a great honour; to be recognised and invited to be a patron to DANA – an organisation that I wholeheartedly support – is a privilege that I hope will be fruitful for DANA.  The increasing importance of clinical ‘nous’; understanding and experience together with the ability to engage, think and act seem to me to be the hallmarks of professional nurses in the AOD sector. I look forward to sharing whatever I might bring to DANA in the future”


Colleen Blums, President of DANA, commented “We are thrilled to welcome Professor Hamilton as the first patron of DANA and we are delighted that she recognises and values the work undertaken by drug and alcohol nurses.  At a time of unprecedented disruption in the AOD sector it is more important than ever before that we strengthen DANA’s role in minimising the impact of substance misuse in our community and addressing the needs of  people who struggle daily with substance misuse.”



Jobs: Allied Health Workforce Development Consultant – Tasmania

Allied Health Workforce Development Consultant
Alcohol and Drug Services
Statewide and Mental Health Services
Hobart, Tasmania

Vacancy No: 518513

Salary: $73,176 – $83,935 per annum, plus superannuation and access to salary packaging

The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services seeks an Allied Health Workforce Development Consultant to join the Alcohol and Drug Service.

The position offers an exciting challenge and a unique opportunity to assist in the development and shaping of the Alcohol and Drug Service workforce.  This position will have a key focus on providing direction and support for the development of the allied health workforce.

In undertaking this role, you will be part of a broader development process for the Tasmanian alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) treatment sector.  You will be a member of a dynamic Workforce Development Unit working alongside a specialist nursing position and other staff within the non government sector to deliver positive outcomes and opportunities for the ATOD workforce.

We offer:

  • An exciting and supportive work environment.
  • Opportunities for career advancement and professional development.
  • Competitive remuneration with access to salary packaging.
  • An agency that provides great diversity with varied employment opportunities, a wide range of health and well being services, with over 350 sites and settings in urban, rural and re-mote island locations.
  • Exceptional people, great lifestyle choices, modern workplace facilities, all the services and facilities needed to make a safe and peaceful home plus pristine wilderness and great beaches on your doorstep.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Mark Frohmader by calling (03) 6214 5717 or email

Applications close Friday  28 October 2011

Apply online at


DANA Joins Facebook

Margo Hickman, President of DANA, was the first person to write on the DANA Facebook Wall. You can join in by following this link


The DANA Hello Sunday Morning Challenge. Are you ready for it?

This year, we are inviting delegates of the DANA conference to take up the HSM challenge leading into the conference and form a panel discussion at the end of the three days around the challenges we face as individuals and as a nation when it comes to our drinking culture.

To find out more about HSM and the challenge follow this link to the DANA Conference website

Walk on the Wild Side 2011 Conference

DANA and Alcohol and Drug Services – Brisbane Metro North Health Service District
representatives are busy planning the WOWs 2011 Conference with the theme of “Double double, toil and trouble…Pills, poppies, patches and prescriptions”

Correction: the fax number provided in the original registration document for this conference contained an error which has since been corrected.

This link will take you to the corrected form.

Free DVD of Walk on the Wild Side 2010 Conference: winners

Held in Brisbane in April 2010, the annual “Walk on the Wild Side” conference featured and exciting line up of speakers from the ranks of Alcohol and Drug clinicians. We have complimentary copies of the conference DVD available to the first 4 people to contact Colleen Blums by email (colleen.blums AT


Winners of Free DVDs of the Walk on the Wild Side 2010 Conference

We are pleased to announce that the following DANA members have been sent complimentary copies of the WOWs DVD
· Julia from Windsor NSW
· Jodie from Primrose Sands in Tasmania
· Joy from Rockhampton Queensland
· John from Orange NSW