Workforce Development

Workforce development and training opportunities for people working in the alcohol and other drug sector in Western Australia.

Upcoming Training and Workforce Development Opportunities

Australian Government - COVID-19 Infection Control Training

This 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

Access the online COVID-19 Infection Control Training. More information is also available in the Australian Government Department of Health information sheet Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for health care and residential care workers.


SMART Recovery Australia - Online SMART Recovery Facilitator Training

Learn how to run an online SMART Recovery meeting by completing this six-hour interactive e-learning course. Part 2 of the training is a live and interactive two-hour video conference workshop that will run through simulated meeting scenarios and get you comfortable with facilitating online support groups.

Register at SMART Recovery Australia.


Murdoch University - Train the Trainer: Family-based intervention for youth alcohol and other drug use and co-occurring mental health issues in Western Australia  

Murdoch University is offering free Behaviour Exchange and Systems Therapy (BEST) facilitator training for clinicians across Western Australia.

BEST is an evidence-based, 8-week, multi-family group program for parents and their young persons (12-24yo) with substance use and/or mental health issues. Previously implemented and evaluated in Victoria, BEST was effective in engaging at-risk youth who initially refused services, reducing their substance use, problem behaviours and mental health symptoms, as well as improving family functioning.

Trained facilitators will gain accreditation through a two-day workshop and supervision in implementing the program in your service.

For more information, please download pdf Introduction to the BEST Implementation Project (238 KB) or contact the Murdoch Research Team via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Wild Butterfly Documentary Screenings

Nine years in the making, set in WA and meticulously researched. Wild Butterfly is a dramatized documentary that explores the trauma of childhood sexual violence and its relationship to ongoing mental health issues and drug use. It uncovers the hidden story behind a family’s tragic circumstances and opens our eyes to the impacts of social injustices and prejudices that could befall anyone. 

View the Wild Butterfly trailer, find out how to host your own Wild Butterfly screening.


Update: NDRI Seminar: Drug trends in WA – Findings from the 2019 IDRS and EDRS
Please note: the seminar took place without an audience. A video of the presentatiion will be available from NDRI on Youtube.

Presenters: Seraina Agramunt and Jodie Grigg, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) – Seraina Agramunt

The IDRS is a national illicit drug monitoring system of people who regularly inject drugs. Conducted annually in each jurisdiction of Australia, the aim of the IDRS is to identify emerging drug trends to analyse and monitor the use, market features and harms of illicit drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis and pharmaceutical opioids. In this seminar, key trends observed in the 2019 WA IDRS sample will be presented.

Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) - Jodie Grigg
The EDRS illicit drug monitoring system has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2003. Its purpose is to provide a coordinated approach to monitoring the use, market features, and harms of ecstasy and related drugs. This includes drugs that are routinely used in the context of entertainment venues and other recreational locations, including ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine, new psychoactive substances, LSD (d-lysergic acid), and ketamine. The EDRS is designed to be sensitive to emerging trends. In this seminar, a summary of key findings from the 2019 WA EDRS data will be presented.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit NDRI Events for more information about changes to the public seminar series.


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