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

Turning Point / Monash University - Postgraduate Study in Addictive Behaviours

Turning Point, in partnership with Monash University, now offers three online postgraduate courses in Addictive Behaviours to develop your specialist knowledge and professional skills:

Learn from experts about the latest evidence for addiction concepts, models and theories to inform best-practice clinical interventions, policy and programs, research, and public health interventions for substance use and process addictions. Delivered online and part-time, these courses offer flexible learning opportunities.
For more information attend the Monash Graduate Info Webinar on Tuesday 20 October 2020, 5.30pm) or visit Make An Impact - Graduate Study in Addictive Behaviours.

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.


360edge - Superskills for supervisors

Thursday 12 November 2020
6am - 2pm AWST (9am - 5pm AEDT)
Earlybird $290 until 5 November 2020 /_Standard $350 after 5 November 2020
Further discount when booking 5 or more places
Eligible for 6 hours CPD (self-logged).

Are you a supervisor in the alcohol and other drug sector or want to become one? Have you found yourself supervising others with no training on how to do supervision effectively? Join this one day online workshop and walk away with confidence. The key to great supervision is practice improvement.

For more information and to book, visit 360edge Superskills for Supervisors at trybooking.
If you have any questions, please contact 360edge via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 1300 988 184.


NAAA - Taking policy action to reduce alcohol-fuelled harm in Australia

Panel: Ms Shanna Whan - CEO, Sober In The Country; A/Prof Nicholas Carah Associate Professor in Media and Communication and Deputy Head, School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland; Dr Michael Livingston - Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research
Monday 16 November 2020
9am-10am (12noon-1pm AEDT)
Online via Zoom

The National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) has used the most up to date, evidence-based research to come up with clear policy solutions. This work can be used by those who believe that everyone should have the opportunity to live in a community that keeps them and their family safe and free from the harm caused by alcohol products. NAAA Co-Chair Ms Jane Martin will explain and launch the NAAA Policy Platform.

This free webinar focuses on two of NAAA’s policy solutions:

  • protecting children from alcohol advertising, and
  • reducing harm from online sales and delivery of alcohol products.

Please register for the National Alcohol Action Alliance Policy Launch on Eventbrite.


Our Curious Minds / Neami National - Recovering Function, Building Hope - BPD and Complex trauma Webinar
Monday 16 - Wednesday 18 November 2020
Online - for WA regional participants only.

Our Curious Minds (complex mental health training and consultancy) have partnered with Neami National (recovery-oriented community mental health organisation) to deliver a series of workshops designed to help both clinical and non-clinical services gain a better understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Complex Trauma.

BPD and Complex trauma impact the personal lives and professional relationships of a significant number of people in the community. The impacts of trauma and negative attachment experiences can leave a person struggling to know how to engage effectively in treatment and support, whom to trust, what is actually considered ‘safe’, and may increase fears of further trauma and relationship rejection or abandonment. Together, these experiences can contribute to feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, increased anxiety, decreased coping and an exacerbation in self-harm and suicide thinking.

The workshop will help participants develop a clearer understanding of BPD and Complex Trauma, their differences and similarities, and provide effective strategies to support consumer-centred outcomes in challenging situations.

To support regional workforce development, the workshop will be offered in November specifically for practitioners based in regional WA (Perth to follow at a later date).

For more information and to register, please visit Recovering Function, Building Hope - BPD and Complex Trauma Webinar. For more information, please call Brett on – 0433330395 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


DANA - Are Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Nurses an endangered species?
Featured speakers: Dr Adam Searby RN, PhD, Deakin University / Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia; Professor Margaret Hamilton AO (DANA’s first patron), and; Mr Darren Smyth NP / Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia
Thursday 19 November 2020
2.30pm AWST (5.30pm AEDT)

Based on DANA’s State of the Workforce: 2020 research project, this webinar will paint a picture of the AOD nursing workforce across Australia and New Zealand. It will also answer the question: ‘Are we an endangered species?’ You will:

  • Find out about the demographic profile of AOD nurses, including their work location and demographic characteristics.
  • Learn about issues specific to contemporary AOD nursing, including an alarming situation that could lead to the extinction of the specialty.
  • Listen to their voice of AOD nurses as they speak through the research about their work and the challenges they face.
  • Hear about ‘the recruitment paradox’ and the ‘ideal AOD nurse’.

You will also learn about what strategies DANA is employing to improve workforce sustainability in Australia and New Zealand (plus some very special announcements). This is a live webinar so you will have a chance to ask questions (or you can send a question in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

For more information and to register, please visit DANA's Are AOD Nurses an Endangered Species?


WHFS - Grief Workshop
Facilitated by Dianne Rickman, WHFS Psychologist
Tuesday 24 November 2020
Womens Health and Family Services, 227 Newcastle Street, Northbridge
Cost: $50 full, $45 members, $40 students

This workshop is for health and social service professionals who are providing counselling. Students Welcome.
This workshop will include:

  • A discussion of myths surrounding how to deal with grief in our society
  • What is healthy grief?
  • Strategies to assist clients to contact their sadness and express it in ways that heal.

Core tools are the grief graph and the mourning day.

For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To register, please visit WHFS Grief Workshop at trybooking.


Social Reinvestment WA - The Future of Justice Reinvestment in Australia
Thursday 26 November 2020
5.30pm-8pm AWST
Queen's Building (Level 1), 97 William Street, Perth

Join Social Reinvestment WA, Olabud Doogethu and the Shire of Halls Creek to celebrate the success of smart justice in the heart of the Kimberley and learn about the future of justice reinvestment in WA. This event will include:

  • Exclusive short film screening and Q&A with Leaders of Olabud Doogethu: WA's First Justice Reinvestment Site
  • The launch of a short documentary film highlighting the work of Olabud Doogethu in Halls Creek, filmed in September 2020; followed by a live Q&A discussion with key Aboriginal leaders from Olabud Doogethu.
  • Aboriginal Art exhibition and silent auction
  • Presentation on Justice Reinvestment + Q&A
  • Update on the Work of Social Reinvestment WA

For more information and to register,please visit The Future of Justice Reinvestment in Australia at Eventbrite.


Stara - Advanced Supervision Skills
Perth - 17, 18 & 19 February 2021, 8.45am - 4.30pm, Wollaston Conference Centre
Pilbara - 1, 2 and 3 December 2020, 8.45am - 4.30pm, YIC - 34 Lawson St, Hedland
Kalgoorlie - 3, 4 & 5 February 2021, 8.45am - 4.30pm, venue to be confirmed.

This workshop will provide participants with a framework to establish an effective and durable supervision/clinical education culture within health and human service orientated organisations.

By the conclusion of this workshop participants will:

  • Identify and explore domains of supervision
  • Identify and explore the CLEAR model for providing supervision
  • Demonstrate essential skills using the domains and model for quality supervision
  • Examine challenges to providing effective supervision
  • Demonstrate effective feedback skills
  • Structure responses to difficult situations in supervision
  • Apply elements of emotional literacy to supervision practice
  • Apply elements of critical reflection to supervision practice
  • Demonstrate self-awareness in supervision

If you have any questions,, please contact Neil on 0402 222 540 or for more information - including prices - and to register, please visit Stara - Advanced Supervision Skills.


ASHM Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings
Saturday 5 December 2020
7am-10am (10am-1pm AEDT)

CPD Accredited Activity under the RACGP CPD Program. 40 points allocated.
Endorsed by the ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 6 CPD Hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Boards of Australia –Continuing Professional Development Standard

The course is for: Addiction medicine physicians, general practitioners, nurse practitioners and other clinicians who work in the drug and alcohol sector.

 The course will provide participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to increase the management of HCV in alcohol and other drug settings.  By the end of this training, participants will be able to:   

  • Describe risk factors for HCV, enabling discussions with clients around prevention and harm reduction    
  • Screen, order and interpret tests appropriately to diagnose chronic HCV infection  
  • Describe the recommended pre-treatment assessment, including liver disease staging   
  • Determine the appropriate antiviral therapy for treatment of HCV and explain treatment to patient   
  • Implement monitoring and post-treatment follow-up recommendations  

Register for the ASHM Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings.


Post Graduate Course in Systemic Therapy and Family Therapy
Foundation Level 2021
Trainers - Roxanne Garven and Jennifer Brown
This level consists of 200 hours, meeting weekly for 5 hours
Tuesdays from Tuesday 2 February 2021
3.30pm - 8.30pm
2/141 Stirling Highway, Nedlands

The foundation level focuses on understanding the concepts and developing skills in Systemic Family Therapy. The second year focuses on narrative and solution focused approaches and the integration of these with systemic therapy. There is an emphasis on understanding the clinical implications of developing relational and contextual perspectives to emotional, behavioral
and mental health problems.

The Post Graduate Course in Systemic Therapy and Family Therapy has training program accreditation from the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT). Upon satisfactory completion of the course, trainees are eligible to apply for clinical membership of the AAFT.

Participants will need a previous qualification in the medical or allied health professions and be currently working in a clinical role.

For more information, please download the Post-Graduate Course in Systemic Therapy and Family Therapy flyer. If you would like to meet or talk with Roxanne, please contact her on 0423 165 971 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Centre for Women's Safety and Wellbeing - Domestic and Family Violence Sector Training - Agency use of Technology to Support Survivors
Thursday 25 February 2021
9am - 10am - Session 1 Tech Safety for Agencies: Best Practices and Technology Security for Frontline Services
10am - 11am - break
11am - 12pm - Session 2 Supporting Survivors at a distance: Best practices for using technology with vulnerable clients
Via Zoom

As part of Commonwealth COVID-19 funding, the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing (previously WCDFVS) has organised for WESNET (The Women’s Services Network Inc.) to provide free training to DFV workers on digital technology safety.

Register now for Domestic and Family Violence Sector Training - Agency use of Technology to Support Survivors.


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

Presented by Professor Andrew Lewis, Director of Clinical Psychology at Murdoch University and accredited BEST trainer
Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2020
Murdoch University South Street campus

 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.


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