Alcohol & drugs education & training

The Women's provides pregnancy care and counselling for pregnant women with drug and alcohol issues. 

Our Women's Alcohol and Drug Service (WADS) offers state wide professional education and training and secondary consultation. To complement the annual training calendar, tailored training programs can be arranged to meet your organisations specific needs. 

All sessions are conducted by the Women's Alcohol and Drug Service team; experienced practising health professionals with qualifications in midwifery, social work and psychology. They also hold postgraduate qualifications in drug and alcohol work and professional training. 

To allow us to design an appropriate session, please complete the training request form indicating which topics will best meet your needs. The training co-ordinator will contact you when this information is received.

Although our training courses are free, bookings are essential. As places are limited, if you can't attend please call to cancel your place and allow others to attend.

Refreshments are not provided during these training programs. There is a cafeteria available onsite, please ask your trainer to direct you on the day.

Transport options and parking

The 2018 Training Summary flyer can be downloaded as a PDF for printing.

2018 training sessions


Is an occasional drink ok? Alcohol use in pregnancy and breastfeeding

Date: Tuesday 24 April 2018
Time: 9.00am–1.00pm

Recovering from trauma and alcohol and drug use: is it possible in the perinatal period? What helps and what doesn’t?

Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Time: 9.00am–1.00pm

What ‘recovery’ means for pregnant women impacted by drug and alcohol use

Date: Wednesday 27 June 2018
Time: 9.00am–1.00pm


"We need to learn quicker!" Incorporating an understanding of culture and loss into our support and care of pregnant Aboriginal women and their families impacted by AOD use

Date: Wednesday 18 July 2018
Time: Half day

How to effectively identify and respond to clients experiencing or perpetrating family violence

Date: Tuesday 28 August 2018
Time: 9.00am–1.00pm

"Will she be allowed to take that baby home with her?" Working with child protection and AOD use in pregnancy

Date: Tuesday 18 September 2018
Time: 9.00am–1.00pm

Innovative service models for pregnant women and babies impacted by drug and alcohol use, homelessness, violence, trauma and mental illness

Date: Tuesday 23 October 2018
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm

Is lack of evidence a letdown? Breastfeeding in the context of alcohol and drug use

Date: Thursday 15 November 2018
Time: 9.00am–1.00pm

Past events

  • Wednesday 28 March 2018 - Opiates in pregnancy and neonatal withdrawal: methadone and buprenorphine treatment, illicit and prescribed opioids and their effects on infants

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