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The DEC 2016-JAN 2017 edition of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal will be featuring the topic DRUG & ALCOHOL in its focus section.

You are invited to contribute short articles (approx… 200-500 words). Photo stories are also welcome (specifications and instructions regarding permission to use photos are included in the writer’s guidelines).

The deadline for articles is FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER.

Go to this website for writers’ guidelines

Uniting calls for a re-think on drugs

unitingUniting, the services and advocacy arm of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and the ACT, is calling for a re-think on illegal drug use.

The Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and the ACT, at its recent Synod meeting has given the go-ahead for its services and congregations to call for:

o   Increased investment in harm reduction and demand reduction strategies, and

o   Further measures to decriminalise individual possession of small amounts of illegal drugs (not to decriminalise the illegal supply of drugs).

A Uniting campaign will call on government leaders and policy makers to rethink their stance on illegal drugs – one based in compassion. Peter Worland, Executive Director of Uniting said, “There is a compelling case for us to take a new approach on drugs; a more compassionate response, a Christian response.”

Uniting will join with members of the legal and medical community to argue the case for decriminalisation, “People using illegal drugs in the community often resist help out of fear of being arrested. This fear prevents them from seeking help, and it ends up being either too little or too late. The consequences of drug use have touched almost every Australian family. We’re calling for some difficult conversations, but as a society, we can no longer ignore the evidence,” Mr Worland said.

The Medical Director of the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, Dr Marianne Jauncey believes addressing the medical needs of people who use drugs is only half the challenge, “If our aim is to respect the inherent dignity of every person, we must re-frame the debate. I work with people every day who are trying to manage their dependence and get their lives back on track. Stigma and shame are big issues, and battling drug use convictions serves only to alienate people further. If we are a society which believes in giving people a fair go, if we believe in saving lives, we must do something differently.”

Uniting and Uniting Church congregations will join the growing community who have already put their name behind the medical and social evidence which proves a new approach is needed – including voices such as Sir Richard Branson, who recently visited the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre to learn more about its practices.

Rev Graham Long AM, CEO and Pastor at the Wayside Chapel said, “Experts the world over are beginning to agree that the “War on Drugs” is lost. We’ve witnessed an amazing investment of resources in a policy that generally makes life worse for everyone. I’m delighted that the Synod is open to considering evidence and looking for a new way forward. We’ll now have an army of voices championing the cause of the people we serve each day.”


o   The Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and the ACT is the first major Christian denomination in Australia to endorse a policy position on the decriminalisation of the possession of use of small amounts of illicit drugs. Further information about the Synod’s decision can be found here:

o   Uniting, the advocacy and services arm the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and the ACT will lead the public conversation on these issues on behalf of the Uniting Church NSW & ACT Synod, building on the evidence and experience in working with people who inject drugs at the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre.

o   Over 15 years ago, the Uniting Church opened the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre. It was a first for Australia, and today it is still the only service of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The centre has saved countless lives and has helped many onto the path of recovery and rehabilitation.

o   Uniting joins with the following organisations calling for alternatives to drug prohibition:  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW; Drug Policy Modelling Program, UNSW;  Harm Reduction Australia; Discipline of Addiction Medicine, University of Sydney; Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW; The Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and other Drugs; Headspace; Criminal Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association; Ted Noffs Foundation;  Family and Friends of Drug Law Reform; Family Drug Support;  NSW Users and AIDS Association.

Recognising and Celebrating Nurses in Primary Care

APNANurseAwardsLOGO_bannerWe talk about recognition; we talk about acknowledgment; we talk about celebrating our profession

  • Are you being recognised?
  • Is your colleague being acknowledged?
  • When are nurses in primary health care celebrated?

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association is pleased to present the APNA Nurse Awards.  Building on a nine year history of the Best Practice Awards in Nursing, the APNA Nurse of the Year and APNA Recently Graduated Nurse of the Year awards will recognise nurses working in primary health care who have excelled in their local communities. By simplifying the awards framework, these awards are a platform to showcase the work of outstanding primary health care nurses.

An estimated 80,000 nurses work in primary health care out of 360,000 nurses registered in Australia.  Recognition among your peers is the first step towards broader recognition, and the best way to build recognition is from within.  You are the primary health care nursing profession; you are the heart of primary health care and you are so important to the health of our country.

The APNA Nurse Awards will showcase the significance of primary health care nurses to the community, and these nurses will act as ambassadors for your profession.  For more information, click on this link.

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

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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’

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

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

Hurry….this survey closes the 20th October 2014.