Workforce Development

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


Talking Point - Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 epidemic in Australia

Presented by Dr Sarah Callinan
Wednesday 21 April 2021
11am - 12pm AWST / 1pm - 2pm

Throughout 2020 public health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic led to massive disruption in the everyday lives people around the world. Two longitudinal studies assessing the alcohol consumption of a convenience sample of Australians aged 18 and over measured the ways in which respondents changed consumption, harm and purchasing of alcohol throughout 2020. One study focussed on drinking motives, stress and harmful drinking while the other focussed on location of consumption, purchasing patterns, distress and COVID-specific socio-economic factors. Results from both studies will be presented including state-based comparisons of changes in consumption and harm as lockdown laws differed between states.

Dr Sarah Callinan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University. She is the study director of the Australian arm of the International Alcohol Control Study and the database co-ordinator for a 32 country study of alcohol’s harm others co-ordinated with the World Health Organisation. Her primary research area of interest is drinking in the home.

To register, please visit Talking Point - Alcohol Consumption in the COVID-19 Epidemic in Australia. There is no cost to attend but registrations are essential


360Edge - The how and why of motivational interviewing
Thursday 29 April 2021
7am - 2.30pm
Cost: Early Bird $295 / Standard $355
Book 5 or more spaces for your team and save an additional 10% off the earlybird rate.
This workshop is eligible for 6.5 hours of CPD (self-logged).

This workshop will cover the key elements in motivational interviewing essential for AOD workers. Participants will improve their motivational interviewing skills – “the how” – and gain a deeper understanding of the spirit and philosophy of motivational interviewing – “the why”.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve understanding of motivational interviewing theory and practice
  • Increase knowledge of key motivational interviewing processes
  • Build and strengthen core motivational interviewing skills
  • Increase knowledge and practice of key motivational interviewing specific interventions

For more information and to book, please visit 360Edge - The how and why of motivational interviewing at Eventbrite.

Still have questions? Contact Brenda via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 1300 988 184.


Non-Profit Training - Online Emerging Leaders Program
Wednesday 12 May and Wednesday 26 May 2021
8am - 1.30pm AWST
Cost - $560 per person.

There are many challenges faced by new and emerging leaders and those new to people management within the not for profit sector. Learning how to provide a positive and inclusive culture and how to build stronger, more effective relationships with their team, volunteers, board members and other partners around them is essential.

Delivered over two days this emerging leaders program will provide participants with an understanding of leadership in different contexts and help them establish the type of leaders they want to be. It will focus more specifically on tactics for success to lead, build effective relationships, inspire and motivate their team to achieve organisational goals.

For more information, visit Non-Profit Training - Online Emerging Leaders Program.


360Edge - Responding to trauma in alcohol and other drugs
Tuesday 13 May 2021
7am - 2.30pm
Cost: Early Bird $295 / Standard $355
Book 5 or more spaces for your team and save an additional 10% off the earlybird rate.
This workshop is eligible for 6.5 hours of CPD (self-logged)

Deepen your understanding of trauma and gain real skills in managing trauma related symptoms in alcohol and other drugs settings

Do you want to add more skills to your work with clients who have experienced trauma?
This one day workshop provides participants with a practical, skills-based approach to responding sensitively and effectively to clients with co-occurring trauma and alcohol and other drug support needs.
Building on trauma-informed approaches, Dr Richard Cash, 360Edge’s trauma expert will equip participants with practical skills to recognise the biopsychosocial impacts of trauma, integrate recovery-oriented interventions into their alcohol and other drug work, and attend to their own self-care.

For more information and to book, please visit 360Edge - Responding to trauma in alcohol and other drugs at Eventbrite.

Still have questions? Contact Brenda via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 1300 988 184.


Murdoch University - Free Training: 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. This project is funded by the WA Department of Justice.

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


ASHM - STI Testing in Primary Care - New online learning for Western Australian health professionals!

In recent years, the incidence of some STIs in Western Australia has been rising at an alarming rate. This year a syphilis outbreak has been declared in metro Perth. It’s more important than ever for Western Australian primary care providers to screen and test for STIs.

ASHM is offering a new online learning module, funded by and developed in collaboration with WA Health. Through interactive quizzes and case studies, Western Australian GPs and other health professionals can develop their skills to confidently discuss sexual health with patients, conduct guideline-based STI screening and testing, and initiate contact tracing.

The module is an accredited learning activity with RACGP and ACRRM, and a certificate of completion is available.

Start learning today at (search ‘STI Testing’)

Funded by the WA Department of Health Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program.


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.


Make Smoking History - Smoking Cessation Brief Advice Online Training

The online courses will help staff make conversations about smoking, using the 3-step brief advice model, a regular part of their interactions with clients or patients. It will also increase their knowledge of best practice tobacco dependence treatment, and what services and resources are available to support clients or patients to reduce and quit smoking.

Everyone who works directly with clients or patients should undertake this training.

Visit Make Smoking History for more details.


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.


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.


Australian Research Webinars


Training and Workforce Development Providers

Useful Resources

WANADA provides information about training and workforce development through our e-newsletter FYI.

Turning Point - Telling Your Story - Professional Development Training  Presenter: Jenny Valentish   Wednesday 3 March 2021 6.30am - 9.30am AWST Online via Zoom Cost: $110 (payable by credit card only).    Jenny Valentish, journalist and author of the memoir Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment, has created a three-hour workshop designed for clinicians and peer workers to safely help clients write their stories. When an individual writes about their life, or an era of their life, it aids in sense making. There’s a strengthening of a sense of self, a gaining of perspective and perhaps the opportunity to see a bigger picture for the first time.   Who should attend?  AOD workers, peer workers, researchers, students, allied health and welfare workers and others with an interest in the therapeutic power of storytelling.   To register, please visit Turning Point - Telling Your Story.   If you have any queries regarding registration, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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