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

National Drug Resarch Institute (NDRI) - The Evolution of Synthetic Cannabinoid New Psychoactive Substances
A free public seminar with
With Dr. Samuel Banister, University of Sydney and Stanford University
Wednesday 20 June 2018
1pm - 2pm
Technology Park, Building 603, Level 2 Seminar Room (Room 213), Sarich Way, Bentley

Synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists (SCRAs) are the largest and most chemically diverse class of new psychoactive substances (NPS); more than 230 examples from over 100 countries have been reported since 2008. The earliest SCRAs were repurposed directly from historical scientific publications and pharmaceutical patents, however, the SCRA marketplace is highly dynamic and chemists are constantly modifying structures to circumvent legislation. Compared to early examples, current SCRAs are increasingly associated with serious adverse health effects, including mass overdoses and deaths. Using a proactive, multidisciplinary approach, we have systematically explored the chemistry, metabolism and activity of emergent SCRAs in a constantly evolving chemical landscape. We have generated a library of forensically relevant SCRAs and metabolites and evaluated their ability to activate cannabinoid receptors and to produce cannabimimetic effects in rodents. The chemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology of SCRA NPS will be presented, as well as our ongoing efforts to characterise the off-target activity and signaling bias of SCRAs to identify a molecular basis for clinical toxicity.

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Free webinar: Young Aboriginal women, violence, substance use and the criminal justice system
with guest presenters Dr Mandy Wilson and Ms Ngaire Pigram from the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

Wednesday 20 June 2018
10am - 11am AWST

The webinar will describe three interconnected research projects looking at the experiences of Aboriginal girls and incarcerated women around the issues of violence, substance use and contact with the criminal justice system. The webinar aims to promote understandings of their experiences, and discusses potential strategies for enhancing physical, psychological and social well-being among these groups.

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SPSW 2 day workshop - Supervising Staff: Skills for Quality Practice
Presented by Dr. Barbara Meddin

17 - 18 July 2018
8.45am - 4.30pm
Victory Life Centre, 5 Neil St, Osborne Park
Cost: $399.00 Standard/$299.00 SPSW Members/$99.00 Students (limited places available)

This workshop is aimed at assisting supervisors and those who aspire to be supervisors to develop the skills and knowledge required to supervise workers. It will address both supervising staff who are open to supervision and learning and those whose behaviours are impacting on their participation in the team or where their performance is poor or substandard.

Please contact Dr. Meddin on 041 795 9058 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

SAFE in OZ: An Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviours
A 2-day workshop in partnership with Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia (MIFWA).

13 - 14 September 2018
Day 1 - 9.15am - 4.30pm, Day 2 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
MIFWA, Level 3, 9 The Avenue, Midland
Cost: $440.00

SAFE in Oz aim to give workshop participants an insight into the headspace of a person who participates in self-destructive behaviour/s in order to better understand their ‘real’ world and life experiences. The training encapsulates individuals needs throughout their lifespan and is flexible and responsive to the workshop participants.

If you require any further information please contact Annie Slocombe, Director SAFE in Oz on 03 5176 2616 or visit

Training and Workforce Development Providers

  • Mental Health Commission - AODtraining@MHC - provides a range of knowledge and skills-based training events on alcohol and other drugs and comorbidity. Events are free-of-charge and include induction training for new workers. 
  • The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) - offers a range of courses targeted to meet specific needs of the mental health workforce, enhance the skill development of roles which relate to mental health, and educate the wider community.
  • Holyoake - DRUMBEAT Facilitator Training - Holyoake is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that offers DRUMBEAT Facilitator Training to community and youth workers.
  • Womens Health and Family Services - Training for Health Professionals - WHFS presentations, seminars, workshops and training sessions can be tailored to specific group interests and budgets. In addition WHFS offers a professional supervision and consultancy service for individual, group and organisational issues concerning women and families.
  • Relationships Australia WA - Professional Development - provides training for family and community support professionals to develop specialist relationship counselling, mediation and management skills. Training is provided from basic to advanced professional competency levels.
  • Anglicare WA - Professional Development Training - draws on more than 40 years’ experience as a leading service provider in the social services sector to develop and deliver quality training and professional development workshops to a range of audiences; from administration and teaching aids, to community service workers and psychologist through to lawyers and corporate groups.
  • Cracks in the Ice - This online training provides frontline workers, including peer workers, alcohol and other drug workers and clinicians, with information and resources about ice (crystal methamphetamine).
  • SMART Recovery Program Training - SMART Recovery Australia offers training in the SMART Recovery behavioural change and addiction treatment program and how to run a SMART meeting in the community or your organisation.
  • Sexual Assault and Resource Centre (SARC) -  provides quality, evidence based education and training opportunities on issues related to sexual assault and sexual abuse to professional workers, students and volunteers.
  • Karen Hulls - Complex Trauma Training WA - deliver a range of comprehensive training programs for workers and carers who work with children, youth, adults and families who have experienced complex trauma.
  • William Street Family Therapy Centre - provides family and relationship professionals with high quality hands-on training courses, workshops and supervision.

Useful Resources

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


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