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Position Vacant: Clinical Nurse – Alcohol and Other Drugs Service

darling downs health logoPosition Title: Clinical Nurse – Alcohol and Other Drugs Service

Location: Alcohol and Other Drugs Services, Mental Health Division, Cherbourg, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service

Remuneration: Permanent full time, $107,960 - $115,604 per annum, (NG6 (1))

We have an opportunity for a Clinical Nurse – Alcohol and Other Drugs Service to join our multidisciplinary team in Cherbourg. You may be eligible to receive a workforce attraction incentive scheme payment of up to $70,000, please see the link below! You will deliver comprehensive nursing care to recipients in the local community. Approaching clients with integrity you will develop effective partnerships to ensure a high quality of service delivery. You will also have a commitment to continuous quality and service improvement and provide guidance and support to less experienced team members. If you enjoy working in a rural area, please apply!

Enquiries: Collette Ramsay, (07) 4162 0487

Job Ad Reference: DD2405566448

Application Details: https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/jobs/QLD-DD2405566448

Closing Date: Thursday, 13 June 2024

 

NEW APSAD LIVED & LIVING EXPERIENCE AWARD!

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IN 2024 WE'RE CELBRATING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE APSAD AWARDS WITH THE NEW LIVED & LIVING EXPERIENCE AWARD

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the APSAD Awards we are excited to announce the new Lived and Living Experience Award. 

The Lived and Living Experience Award recognises an individual that has made an important contribution to clinical practice, research, training, prevention, or policy in their role as someone with lived experience working or volunteering in the area of substance use or harm reduction services.

Details for the Lived and Living Experience Award:

  • APSAD Membership is not a prerequisite, nor is it of any advantage or disadvantage during the nomination process.
  • The nominator must be a current APSAD member. Any member can nominate across multiple Award categories.
  • Nominations close 29 July 2024.
  • The recipients for all APSAD Awards are announced at the official Awards Ceremony held during the 2024 APSAD Conference on Ngunnawal Country (Canberra) 30 Oct -2 Nov.
 

Position Vacant: Clinical Nurse Consultant - Drug & Alcohol Brief Intervention Team

darling downs healthPosition Title: Clinical Nurse Consultant – Drug and Alcohol Brief Intervention Team (DABIT)

Location: Alcohol and Other Drugs Service, Mental Health Division, Toowoomba, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service

Remuneration: Permanent full time, $132,562 - $143,924 per annum (superannuation and leave loading benefits), Nurse Grade 7

We are looking for an experienced Clinical Nurse Consultant to provide specialist addition treatment as part of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Service in Toowoomba.

About the Role

We are incentivising health workers to move to Darling Downs Health, to take up a job in regional and remote Queensland. To find out if you are eligible, click here, payments commence 1 July 2023.

You will provide specialist addiction consultation, treatment and advice to facilitate positive health outcomes for recipients of health services. You will work collaboratively and collegially within and across clinical teams to ensure all relevant stakeholders are involved in the individual’s care. You will act as a role model, positively engaging, motivating and mentoring team members in the provision of holistic care.

Enquiries: Dan Spencer, 0402 369 096

Job Ad Reference: DD2405563177

Application Details: https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/jobs/QLD-DD2405563177

Closing Date: Monday 10 June 2024

 

APSAD Melbourne Symposium Travel Scholarships

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Scholarships for regional Victorian members to attend the Melbourne Symposium

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The deadline for scholarship applications is Monday 1st July 2024.

We are pleased to be able to offer travel scholarship opportunities to attend the 2024 APSAD Melbourne Symposium Commercial Determinants of Health: Public Health and the Marketing and Sales of Alcohol, other Drugs, and Gambling on Friday 26th July. We have a number of scholarships for rural and remote members in Victoria.

Before applying, please ensure you have read the application guidelines below or download.

SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT

  • Facilitate attendance from regional areas.
  • Frontline and Community workers
  • Enrolled PhD, student, Early Career Researcher, Mid-Career Researcher.
  • Scholarships are intended for those who demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

GUIDELINES

  • Scholarships are restricted to current APSAD members.
  • Applicants must reside in Victoria.
  • $500 per scholarship recipient will be provided.
  • Successful scholarship recipients will be required to organise their own travel and accommodation.
  • Successful scholarship recipients may be asked to write a short paragraph about what they gained from attending and learned at the symposium for inclusion in the Member e-News following the symposium.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Briefly explain why you are applying for a travel scholarship (max 300 words)
  • Will your organisation will fund your attendance if you do not receive a scholarship?
  • How you fulfil the Scholarship Support requirements (max 300 words).
 

Melbourne Symposium 2024

SAVE THE DATE

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Commercial determinants of health: Public health and the marketing and sales of alcohol, other drugs, and gambling

Organisers: Robin Room, Cassandra Wright, Dan Anderson-Luxford & Paula O’Brien

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Room 920, Melbourne Law School  + Online

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APSAD’s 2024 one-day Symposium is concerned with the commercial determinants of health and the regulation of legal markets in the different commodities with which APSAD is concerned – alcohol, nicotine and other drugs and gambling.  These commodities are all attractive, but on the other hand, the source of health and welfare problems, and so need to be controlled, limiting their marketing and sale in the interests of public health and welfare.  Each commodity area has its own regulatory systems, and research and regulation can benefit from looking across the four areas. 

 The Symposium will thus consider issues in the marketing and availability of each area in turn: alcohol, gambling, cannabis, prescription medicines and tobacco/vaping. It will have a dedicated session exploring the role of technology in the regulation and research of these commodities, as well as a session on perspectives of Aboriginal peoples about the marketing and sale of these commodities. The final session of the day will be a panel on what can be learned across commodity areas for future research and regulation agendas.

Scholarships available for APSAD members

We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships for rural and remote members in Victoria to attend the 2024 APSAD Melbourne Symposium.

→ More information and the application form

 

NSW OTAC Scholarships for GPs & Nurse Practitioners

Supporting Future OAT Prescribers in New South Wales

The OTAC Scholarship assists general practitioners and nurse practitioners in New South Wales to gain accreditation for opioid pharmacotherapy prescribing in the treatment of opioid dependence. It also recognises and encourages professionals to complete their professional development in opioid dependence treatment and contribute to enhancing the accessibility of opioid dependence treatment services, especially for people living in NSW regional areas.

The Scholarship strives in a small way, to provide additional resourcing for medical professionals working in regional and remote areas of NSW; while metropolitan applicants are welcome to apply, their applications will be individually assessed, preference is given to regional and rural applicants.

This new, pilot initiative is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and administered by the University of Sydney.

APPLY NOW 2023-2024 OTAC Scholarships

The application period for the April – June 2024 quarter is now.

Submissions for applications are open until Wednesday 29th of February 2024.

Application Period Applications for the second 2023-2024 OTAC Scholarship round will be accepted until 11:59pm AEDT on Wednesday 29th of May 2024
Judging of Applications 12th – 20th of June 2024
Outcome of Applications From 21st of June 2024
 

2024 NDARC Annual Research Symposium

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NDARC is delighted to announce we are partnering with the Wesley Mission for this year’s Annual Research Symposium.

The 2024 NDARC Annual Research Symposium will be held at Wesley Mission’s Conference Centre on Friday, 20 September. Situated in the heart of Sydney CBD, Wesley Mission is renowned for helping those struggling with addiction, mental health, homelessness, and financial and domestic challenges. As our mission is to see a world without alcohol and drug-related harm, we are proud to partner with such an incredible organisation as we showcase the foremost research in the alcohol and other drugs sector and related fields.

This venue is perfect for our one-day face-to-face event, with easy-to-access transport and accommodation options nearby. We will soon announce our dynamic program, including international and national keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and a networking event. Please stay tuned for more updates.

calendar icon  Friday, 20 September

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Drug Policy Modelling Program Sympsium 2024

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Join us for the Drug Policy Modelling Program Symposium 2024 

The symposium will open with the launch of our new report The Australian Drug Budget 2021-2022 detailing government investment across drug prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement.

We will also have sessions exploring:

  • the benefits and challenges of drug law reform 
  • drug treatment and unmet demand for treatment 
  • representation and participation in policy processes 
  • small ‘snapshots’ of other alcohol and drug policy research. 

It promises to be an exciting, thought-provoking day to consider how we can make alcohol and other drug policy better. 

The full program will be available shortly. 

You can register for the full day (in-person 9.30am to 3.30pm) or only for the morning Australian Drug Budget session (in-person or virtual 9.30am to 10.30am).

calendar_icon.png  Tuesday 04 June 2024

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Register to join

About the Drug Policy Modelling Program

The aim of the DPMP is to create valuable new drug policy insights, ideas and interventions that will allow Australia and other nations to respond with alacrity and success. DPMP addresses drug policy using a comprehensive approach that includes consideration of law enforcement, prevention, treatment, and harm reduction, and we take a multidisciplinary approach.

DPMP conducts rigorous research that provides independent, balanced, non-partisan policy analysis. The areas of work include developing the evidence-base for policy; developing, implementing, and evaluating dynamic policy-relevant models of drug issues; and studying policy-making processes.

Visit us →

 

Position Vacant: Clinical Nurse, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service

Darling Downs Health logoPosition Title: Clinical Nurse

Location: Alcohol and Other Drugs Services, Mental Health Division, Cherbourg, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service

Remuneration: Permanent full time, $104,816 - $112,236 per annum, (NG6 (1))

We have an opportunity for a Clinical Nurse – Alcohol and Other Drugs Service to join our multidisciplinary team in Cherbourg. Working within our Alcohol and Other Drugs Service, you will deliver comprehensive nursing care to recipients in the local community. Approaching clients with integrity you will develop effective partnerships to ensure a high quality of service delivery. You will also have a commitment to continuous quality and service improvement and provide guidance and support to less experienced team members. If you enjoy working in a rural area, please apply!

Enquiries: Collette Ramsay, (07) 4162 0487

Job Ad Reference: DD2403554658

Application Details: https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/jobs/QLD-DD2403554658

Closing Date: Thursday, 2 May 2024

 

Hydromorphone for Opioid Use Disorder: Insights from the Feasibility of Opioid Injecting Trial

Date & Time: 01:00 pm Wed. 03 Apr 2024

Penington Institute invites you to join us for a discussion featuring an expert panel on the trial of short-acting injectable opioid treatment – IV hydromorphone.

Supervised Injectable Opioid Treatment is a proven intervention designed for individuals with opioid dependence when conventional treatments have not been effective. Research highlights its success in reducing illicit opioid use, curbing crime rates, and enhancing overall health and wellbeing.

Despite its benefits, injectable hydromorphone treatment remains a topic of controversy.

Uniting NSW. ACT, UNSW, and St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, partnered on this initiative to evaluate the acceptability of injectable hydromorphone within an Australian context.

Do the results pave the way for a significant shift? Our expert panel will discuss various aspects of the trial, including its unique features, feasibility challenges, and potential pathways for future expansion.

Expert panel:

  • Dr Craig Rogers, Senior Staff Specialist, Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincents Hospital (Sydney)
  • Maureen Steel, Consumer participation worker, St Vincents Hospital (Sydney)
  • Anna McVinish, Clinical Nurse Consultant, St Vincents Hospital (Sydney)
  • Dr Jake Rance, Research Fellow, University of New South Wales

The panel discussion will be facilitated by our Senior Research Officer, Dr Jake Dizard. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover more about this unique trial.

Register now to secure your spot.

 

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