Current issues in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)

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Turning Point, Eastern Health

Training Room(s) - Level 1

110 Church Street

Richmond, VIC 3121

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Turning Point has been funded by DHHS to deliver a series of workshops designed to up skill the AOD workforce in current best practice in Intake and Assessment, Counselling Skills, Group Skills, Recovery Oriented Practice, Co-occurring Disorders and Current Issues in AOD. These workshops provide an opportunity for current workers in the AOD sector to either learn new skills or consolidate/update existing skills in these areas. Workers will be able to choose whether to attend one or two or more of these workshops depending on their professional development needs and those of the services in which they work.

Places are limited in these free workshops, so all participants are requested to provide their Manager’s contact details during registration. Managers will be contacted if participants fail to attend training without providing notice.

Current issues in alcohol and other drugs, 1 day workshop

Trainers: Rita Brien, Education Officer, Turning Point and Anna Guthrie, Education Officer, Turning Point.

This one-day workshop is for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers who are new to the sector, or those looking to update their knowledge in an ever-changing AOD work environment. It aims to cover the pharmacological effects, harms and policies related to AOD use in the context of current Victorian issues and trends. Drawing on recent evidence, it will provide an overview of the following:

  • Patterns of substance-use and related harms (including novel and emerging trends)
  • Basic pharmacology update for current AOD trends
  • New policy directions & evidence-based harm reduction approaches

Rita Brien is an Education Officer at Turning Point with a background in psychology and psychophysiology. She has a decade of research experience, including the AOD and public health sectors most recently, having worked on a state-wide program benchmarking the quality of service provision across Victorian health services. She is currently working on an AOD research stream in the Masters of Addictive Behaviours at Monash University, and tutors the Co-Occurring Disorders and other subjects in the Masters of Addictive Behaviours.

Anna Guthrie started work in the AOD sector as one of the first telephone volunteers for Family Drug Help in 2000. Since then, she has worked for a number of organisations including Turning Point, Family Drug Help, VAADA and Odyssey House in research, project coordination, marketing and communications, peer support and education roles. With a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, Anna is currently employed as an education officer at Turning Point and is completing a Graduate Diploma in AOD.

Who should attend? Victorian Department Health and Human Service funded AOD workers new to their role and/or those looking to refresh and update existing knowledge.

Lunch: A light lunch including a vegetarian selection is provided.

Getting to Turning Point:

Turning Point is located at 110 Church Street, on the corner of Church Street and Tweedie Place. Entrance is via the front of the building, to the right of the Skoda car dealership. Please take the lift to the first floor and visit reception.

Public transport:

  • Tram 78 on Church Street
  • Tram 109 on Victoria Parade (about a 5 min walk to 110 Church Street)
  • Tram 75 on Bridge Rd (about a 7 min walk to 110 Church Street)

Car parking:

There is very limited 2 hour street parking available in the area. All day parking is available in:

  1. Shelley Street, Richmond (between Butler and Elizabeth Streets) -about 1km walk to Church St (about $10/day).
  2. Coles Richmond Plaza (actual address is 261 Bridge Rd, entry is by Cameron St, off Church St) (about $16/day). About an 8 minute walk or catch the No 78 tram from corner of Bridge Rd/Church St (stop 61). Alight at Tweedie Pl/Church St (Stop 63). NB: Stop 63 is also the stop for the Melbourne Clinic -we are on the same side of Church Street as Melbourne Clinic across Tweedie Place.
  3. 459 Church Street, Richmond church-street-richmond/ (about $16/day). About a 20 min walk or catch the No 78 tram which leaves from stop 55 (Adelaide St). Alight at Tweedie Pl/Church Street (Stop 63).

Cancellation policy: If your circumstances change and you no longer can attend this event after you have registered please log into your eventbrite account and cancel your registration.

This is a free workshop but registrations are essential.

Please note that your registration will not be accepted if your organisation is not DHHS funded.

Workshop content enquiries ONLY: Rita Brien or

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Turning Point, Eastern Health

Training Room(s) - Level 1

110 Church Street

Richmond, VIC 3121

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