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

North Metro TAFE - Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drugs

This qualification offers the opportunity to begin or enhance your career in the AOD sector; to supplement your existing qualification with a specialist Certificate, and/or; to formalise your existing experience in the Community Sector working with issues surrounding AOD use. The course covers all core AOD knowledge and skills from completing assessments to providing interventions.

On Campus study - NEW to TAFE in WA: Applications for full time study, at the Midland campus, in 2nd semester 2020 will be open from Wednesday 6th May 2020. Please complete and submit your full time application via our website. On campus study occurs in a supportive environment and is a great opportunity for students who want face to face time with lecturers, and interaction with fellow learners.

Employer Based Training: Employer-based training is a flexible self-paced training program offered to individuals currently working in a job role related to the qualification. Employer-based training allows you to attain a qualification without taking time off work to attend classes.

Online Study: Online study is completed over 18 months and is suited to self-motivated students who do not yet work in the sector and who have commitments that prevent them from studying on campus.

Fees: The Cert IV AOD is included in the 'Lower fees, local skills' initiative and the fees are half price until the end of 2021.

Queries and applications: Queries and applications can be sent via the North Metro TAFE website.


Turning Point / No To Violence: Working With People Who Use Family Violence During COVID-19

Tuesday 9 June 2020
12pm AWST (10am AEST)

Claudia Fletcher from No To Violence will discuss the common presentations of people who use family violence, specific behaviours and attitudes that you may hear within calls with clients, and best practice responses to support the safety of all. If you have a specific question or topic that you would like to see covered in the webinar, please enter it at registration or you can also turn up live on the day and submit your question through the chat feature. This webinar is suitable for workers in the AOD, mental health, allied health and welfare sectors.

There is no cost to attend the Connect & Learn webinar series but registrations are essential. Register for Working With People Who Use Family Violence During COVID-19.


AODtraining@MHC - Transitioning from face-to-face to telephone counselling interventions: Issues and support for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers

Wednesday 3 June: 10am – 12pm
Tuesday 30 June: 1pm – 3pm

Workforce Development at the Mental Health Commission are offering a series of four, two-hour video-conferences. It is envisaged that these video conferences will enable counsellors across WA to come together to discuss some of the challenges involved in transitioning to telephone counselling, and to support each other in overcoming any obstacles faced. These online events will complement an online module from Queensland’s Insight Centre for Training and Workforce Development.

For more information please download Transitioning from face-to-face to telephone counselling interventions or contact the Workforce Development Administration Officer on 6553 0560.


Mentally Healthy WA - Delivering positive mental health messages to CaLD communities

Wednesday 17 June 2020
10am - 11.30am

Mentally Healthy WA is delivering a free online training webinar as part of its Act-Belong-Commit mental health promotion campaign.
Topics include factors influencing mental health in culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities and the importance of mental health promotion in CaLD populations.

The training is suitable for community service and health professionals, volunteers and anyone working with CaLD communities in WA.

To register and for more information, please access Mentally Healthy WA on Eventbrite. Registrations close Friday 12 June 2020.


NOFASD Australia - Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Thursday 2 July 2020
9am AWST (10.30am ACST)

NOFASD Australia is delivering its popular 2 hour Information Workshop online. This introductory workshop will provide an overview of FASD and strategies to help support individuals and their families. The course content will include: 

  • Description of FASD and the diagnostic process
  • Impacts and challenges for individuals and families living with FASD
  • Strategies for support and learning
  • FASD and the NDIS

Register for the NOFASD Australia FASD Workshop at Eventbrite.


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.


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 presentation 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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