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.


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

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.


360Edge - Help! I’ve Been Subpoenaed!

Presented by Paula Ross and Jarryd Bartle
Part 1 - Tuesday 7 July 2020, 9am-12pm
Part 2 - Tuesday 14 July 2020, 9am-12pm
Interactive online workshop
Cost: Earlybird $290 until 30 June 2020 | Standard $350 after 30 June 2020
This workshop is eligible for 6 hours of CPD (self-logged)

An interactive online workshop on case notes and court preparation, specifically designed to help practitioners get court ready.

For more information or to book, please visit 360Edge - Help I've Been Subpoenaed! Or please contact 360Edge via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 1300 988 184.


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.


Auspire - Australia Day Council WA -  Intercultural Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

Facilitated by Ms Rika Asaoka
Wednesday 22 July 2020
10am–12pm AWST
Cost: $59.11 - $72.83. A tax invoice is provided for tax purposes.

A two hour highly interactive online workshop to increase cultural awareness, knowledge, communication skills, and tolerance for difference.

For more information and to book, please visit Eventbrite - Auspire Intercultural Diversity and Inclusion Workshop.


AODtraining@MHC - ST340 Preventing relapse and supporting behaviour change over time

18 August 2020
9am - 4.30pm

For more information and to register, please visit AODTraining @ MHC - Preventing Relapse. For enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (08) 6553 0560.

Applications close 28 July 2020.


AODtraining@MHC - ST269: Healthy women and pregnancies – Aboriginal focus on FASD prevention in communities

19-20 August 2020
9am - 4.30pm

For more information and to register, please visit AODtraining @ MHC  Healthy Women and Pregnancy.
For enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (08) 6553 0560.

Applications close 29 July 2020.


AODtraining@MHC - ST262 Mental State Exam

24 August 2020
9am - 4.30pm

For all event details and registrations, please visit AODtraining @ MHC - Mental State Examination. For enquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (08) 6553 0560.

Applications close 3 August 2020.


Curtin University Health Promotion - Planning, implementing and evaluation health promotion interventions

Commences 31 August 2020

This is a flexible 12-week online introduction to health promotion short course.

Register and pay by 10 August at Curtin University Health Promotion 12 Week Online Course.


Centre for Social Impact at UWA - Graduate Certificate in Social Impact.

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact Trimester 3 2020 close on Sunday 16 August 2020. CSI UWA has two $5,000 scholarships available to new and continuing students completing the graduate certificate. Applications are due by midnight 14 July, 2020.


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.


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