Workforce Development

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


 Non-Profit Training - Online Emerging Leaders Program 

Wednesday 12 May and Wednesday 26 May 2021
8am - 1.30pm AWST
Cost - $560 per person.

There are many challenges faced by new and emerging leaders and those new to people management within the not for profit sector. Learning how to provide a positive and inclusive culture and how to build stronger, more effective relationships with their team, volunteers, board members and other partners around them is essential.

Delivered over two days this emerging leaders program will provide participants with an understanding of leadership in different contexts and help them establish the type of leaders they want to be. It will focus more specifically on tactics for success to lead, build effective relationships, inspire and motivate their team to achieve organisational goals.

For more information, visit Non-Profit Training - Online Emerging Leaders Program.


360Edge - Responding to trauma in alcohol and other drugs
Tuesday 13 May 2021
7am - 2.30pm
Cost: Early Bird $295 / Standard $355
Book 5 or more spaces for your team and save an additional 10% off the earlybird rate.
This workshop is eligible for 6.5 hours of CPD (self-logged)

Deepen your understanding of trauma and gain real skills in managing trauma related symptoms in alcohol and other drugs settings

Do you want to add more skills to your work with clients who have experienced trauma?
This one day workshop provides participants with a practical, skills-based approach to responding sensitively and effectively to clients with co-occurring trauma and alcohol and other drug support needs.
Building on trauma-informed approaches, Dr Richard Cash, 360Edge’s trauma expert will equip participants with practical skills to recognise the biopsychosocial impacts of trauma, integrate recovery-oriented interventions into their alcohol and other drug work, and attend to their own self-care.

For more information and to book, please visit 360Edge - Responding to trauma in alcohol and other drugs at Eventbrite.

Still have questions? Contact Brenda via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 1300 988 184.


ASHM - Culturally responsive care and Blood Borne viruses: Webinar series for WA healthcare workers
Session One: Thursday 13 May 2021, 6pm–7.30pm - provides an overview of key migrant and refugee population needs and explores culturally responsive strategies in the management of ongoing CHB clinical care.
Session Two: Thursday 20 May 2021, 6pm–7.30pm - join a panel of experts from the Humanitarian Entrant Health Service, Perth Children’s Hospital, the Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS), Ethnic Communities Council WA and a lived experience representative
Online Webinars

This activity training has been submitted for approval to RACGP QI&CPD Program category 3 CPD points and ACRRM for 3 core PDP points in the ACRRM program.

This webinar series for primary health practitioners and other healthcare workers aims to build knowledge and confidence in supporting and caring for patients from migrant and refugee communities.
Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities are growing in WA, the latest census data shows one in five households speak a language other than English at home. When supporting CALD populations, health professionals can be faced with clinical presentations and needs that vary substantially from Australian-born populations, particularly in terms of Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs).

Funded by WA health, this course is for: General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses and other interested healthcare workers.

For more information, please download the ASHM - Culturally Responsive Care and Blood Borne Viruses Flyer. Or please contact Tyler Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0435 790 489.


MARC interdisciplinary webinar: Obesity
Thursday, 20 May 2021
Online Webinar

This Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) event will focus on Obesity and examine the cognitive and neural mechanisms of compulsive eating.
Speakers for the event are Dr Katharina Voigt, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health and Professor Zane Andrews, Head, Neural Control of Energy Homeostasis Lab, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute.
The discussant for the webinar is Professor Antonio Verdejo-Garcia, Deputy Lead, Addiction and Mental Health Program, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health.

Register via 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.


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.


Australian Research Webinars


Training and Workforce Development Providers

Useful Resources

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

Turning Point - Telling Your Story - Professional Development Training  Presenter: Jenny Valentish   Wednesday 3 March 2021 6.30am - 9.30am AWST Online via Zoom Cost: $110 (payable by credit card only).    Jenny Valentish, journalist and author of the memoir Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment, has created a three-hour workshop designed for clinicians and peer workers to safely help clients write their stories. When an individual writes about their life, or an era of their life, it aids in sense making. There’s a strengthening of a sense of self, a gaining of perspective and perhaps the opportunity to see a bigger picture for the first time.   Who should attend?  AOD workers, peer workers, researchers, students, allied health and welfare workers and others with an interest in the therapeutic power of storytelling.   To register, please visit Turning Point - Telling Your Story.   If you have any queries regarding registration, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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