Workforce Development

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


Cracks in the Ice Webinar: Finding pleasure in risky combinations of sex and drugs: crystal methamphetamine use among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Australia

Presented by Dr Kerryn Drysdale, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Sydney.
Friday 24 June 2022
10am WST (12pm AEST)

Drawing on data collected for the Crystal, Pleasures and Sex between Men project, this Cracks in the Ice webinar will explore the complex relationship between sex and drugs, known colloquially as ‘chemsex’ or ‘party and play.'

For more information and to register, please visit Cracks in the Ice Webinar: Finding pleasure in risky combinations of sex and drugs.


The Matilda Centre - Personality disorders and AOD use: what clinicians need to know
With Professor Brin Grenyer OAM
Tuesday 28 June 2022
12pm WST (2pm AEST)
Online via Zoom

Professor Brin Grenyer OAM is Senior Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong, and Director of the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders (

By participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify personality disorders in the context of AOD challenges;
  • Select from various skills to effectively respond to people with concurrent AOD and personality disorder;
  • Apply key principles in managing their own personal and interpersonal reactions when people with personality disorder and AOD are struggling or in acute crisis.

For more information and to register, please visit Personality disorders and AOD use.


Health Consumers Council of WA - Supporting Cultural Diversity in Healthcare
Thursday 30 June 2022
Online Workshop

This online workshop will help you to:

  • recognise potential barriers people may have in accessing health services
  • increase your understanding of cultural competency, cultural lens and unconscious bias
  • explore the use of cross-cultural skills and strategies to improve service accessibility.

For more information and registration, visit Supporting Cultural Diversity in Healthcare at Eventbrite.


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.


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.


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