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October 2021

World Mental Health Day 2021

October 10

World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy.  The theme for WMHD 2021 in Australia is, Look after your mental health, Australia. Mental Health Australia is funded to run a national awareness campaign in Australia for WMHD 2021.

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Untoxicated – Friendship, Connection and Community Make Sobriety Easier

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online
Free

Faye Lawrence had been a heavy but high functioning drinker since her teens – almost 30 years – before she wound up in inpatient detox in 2017.  Shortly afterwards she started Untoxicated (Booze-Free Fun and Friendship) which has grown to be a national charity and not-for-profit with almost 10,000 members across Australia. Hear how Faye created new ways for people to socialise, connect and have a good time without alcohol, so that sobriety doesn’t have to ruin one’s social life.…

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Lifelong consequences of prenatal drug exposure

October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online
Free

Newborn drug withdrawal is often attributed to maternal opioids, but many other drugs can cause serious problems in the newborn infant. The impact of prenatal substance exposure extends beyond the newborn period and may have serious long-term consequences on the infant until adulthood. Early identification, intervention and awareness of the potential problems caused by maternal drug exposure is vital to minimise the harm of prenatal drug exposure on infants. About the speaker Ju Lee Oei is a neonatologist at the…

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Motivational Interviewing Day 2

October 15 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Palmerston Street Conference Room, Vincent Campus, 190 Palmerston Street
Vincent, Queensland 4814 Australia
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Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change, and is a highly recommended, evidence-based approach to helping people address their substance use behaviours.  It is recommended for all practitioners based in AOD and mental health settings who provide direct support to people experiencing substance use concerns. MI training involves a blended learning program consisting of 4 self-directed eLearning modules (approx. three hours total), and a two-day interactive workshop. Following the virtual…

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North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Forum – Townsville

October 15 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville, Hotel Grand Chancellor
Townsville, Qld 4810 Australia
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Free

This forum aims to provide opportunities to identify and discuss gaps and barriers to culturally capable and effective service provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The program will include: an epidemiological overview of the current bloodborne virus and sexually transmissible infections environment in North Qld a profile of the clinical, policy and service delivery context of sexual health case presentations and a facilitated panel discussion with recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and sexual health experts break-out…

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Insight (Qld) and 360Edge also offer AOD related trainings and workshops