DANA Position Statement on E-Cigarettes

In view of the extensive community discussion in relation to ‘vaping’ and the potential role of e-cigarettes in reducing harm from tobacco smoking DANA has prepared a position statement  on the topic.

Follow this link to access the paper…DANA Position Statement on E-Cigarettes 2017

It is also available by clicking the ‘publications’ tab of this website.

Your Volunteer Expertise and Experience Needed in Queensland

Open Doors Youth Service (ODYS) is undergoing a period of unprecedented growth.  They are seeking business and clinical professionals to join their governance team to help shape the future of their service.   It is a very exciting time to join ODYS with what is hoped to be a very fulfilling and meaningful way to contribute your expertise and experience in a volunteer capacity.

There are  a number of positions open with varying levels of time commitments and responsibilities.  Please take at the information below and let Cassie at Dovetail know where your interest lies and how you may be able to contribute to the future success of our organisation.

Cassie can be reached by email  at cassie@dovetail.org.au

The available postions are:

DANA Supports Marriage Equality

A key Part of DANA’s six-part Mission Statement is to be aware of, respectful and sensitive to cultural differences, and not accepting of discrimination, nor tolerant of harm’  and as such resoundingly  supports  marriage equality for all Australians.

Read an open letter from DANA DANA letter on marriage equality

Find out what you can do  to ensure that all Australians get a fair go for a life of love and commitment by visiting….


International FASD Day September 9th 2017

Don’t forget that this Saturday is International FASD Day. As nurses we have an important role to play in educating women about this condition.

Find resources at these links:

Australian and New Zealand FASD Collaboration

Fetal Alcohol Network New Zealand

Women Want to Know

 Several positions!  Queensland Drug and Alcohol  Court Health Team

Recruitment for the Clinical Nurse Consultant (NG7 x 1.0FTE) and  Senior Addiction and Mental Health Clinicians(HP4 x 3.0FTE) roles within the pilot Drug and Alcohol Court Health Team has commenced.

These roles are being offered as temporary positions until July 2019 (with the possibility of extension).

Applications close 21-Sep-2017

Follow the links below to the role descriptions.

CNC: https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/jobs/QLD-MSM09253129

HP4’s https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/jobs/QLD-MSM09253080

Important Announcement: Scholarship Applications are Now Open!

DANA is delighted to announce that applications are now open for a new round of scholarships.

There are five scholarships available, each valued at $2000 (local currency), to fund the professional development of DANA Members.

To take advantage of this opportunity you need to meet the following criteria as set out in the DANA Scholarship Policy DANA 06/2016 .

  • You MUST be a current DANA member
  • You will need to fully complete the official application form (see below ) and send it by email to dana.mail2access@gmail.com by the closing date, Sunday 24th September 2017
  • In the subject line of the email, use the heading ‘DANA 2017 $2000 Scholarship’

Full details are available to download:

DANA 2017 $2000 scholarship information

DANA application form $2000 scholarship

DANA Scholarship Policy

Live webinar: managing the patient with Hepatitis C on OST therapy

You are invited to a live online webinar!

Professor Robert Gish, from the USA,  will be presenting a case-study based program, that will discuss both practical and clinical considerations associated with managing the patient with Hepatitis C on OST therapy.

Wednesday 13th September 2017

NSW/TAS/ACT/QLD/VIC: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
SA/NT: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
WA: 5.30pm – 7.00pm

To take part in this webinar  register  at this link.

The password for the event is: spreadthecure

Job Opportunity RN – David Martin Place – Robertson (NSW)

An opportunity exists for a registered nurse to work at David Martin Place, located in Roberson.

David Martin Place (DMP) is a new youth specific drug and alcohol detox facility that will assist young people aged 16-24 who are looking to turn their lives around. This is a 28-day program with ten monitored rooms, ensuite bathrooms and 24/7 active supervision. It not only aims to help young people to withdraw from drug use, but also offers counselling and other support to increase the chances of long term results.

DMP will involve a 28-day residential withdrawal program. The five core program elements can be summarised as follows: 1) Medical detoxification (withdrawal management), 2) Case management, 3) Counselling program, 4) Family and carers program, 5) Community support (‘Aftercare’)

You will work across a seven day a week, rotating roster. Shift penalties apply.

Applications close 5.9.2017.

Find out more about this role at this link

Special post Forum offer: 30% discount – Addiction Medicine 2nd Edition


The second edition of ‘Addiction Medicine’, written by a distinguished international group of addiction experts and just published by Oxford University Press, is an essential resource for students and practitioners of medicine, nursing and other health professions who are involved  in the care of people with alcohol  and other substance use disorders or behavioural or electronic addictions such as gambling and Internet use. It provides the knowledge base and facilitates the skill set required for good professional practice in this field.
Providing up-to-date practical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management options, this edition expands on the first edition through updated content and global coverage of addiction medicine. Its concise nature as a handbook means it can be carried conveniently and an e-book is also available.

Find out more about this exciting offer Addiction Medicine 2nd edition – DANA special offer

DANA Position Statement: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Revised 2017

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a term used for a spectrum of conditions caused by fetal alcohol exposure. Nurses have an important role in asking women before and during pregnancy about alcohol use, assessing the risk of alcohol use, advising about the risks, assisting women to stop or reduce their alcohol consumption and avoid intoxication, and arranging further support as appropriate.

DANA is committed to increasing awareness, research and building capacity for early intervention of FASD. In recognition of this DANA has recently updated its position statement on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

You can access the full updated statement by clicking Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Revised 2017