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.

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2019 training sessions


The impact of cannabis use on pregnant women

This session will discuss the impact, care and treatment options for women attending Team Care.  The session will include 'Relapse Prevention' training.

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019
Time: 9.30am–1.00pm

“Will they let me go home with my baby?”

Navigating the Child Protection system when working with infants identified at risk of harm.

Date: Thursday 11 April 2019
Time: 9.30am–1.00pm

Providing pregnancy care to South Sudanese women impacted by drug and alcohol use.

This session will provide a background to South Sudanese culture and migration history. We will focus on best practice treatment and therapeutic options for women seeking pregnancy care and support around their drug and alcohol use.  This will include discussion on how to provide a positive pregnancy and birthing experience and support for their drug and alcohol use.

Date: Thursday 16 May 2019
Time: 9.30am–1.00pm

"Is she drug affected? Or is this a trauma response or both?”

What motherhood looks like for women with complex needs?  Principles and skills in engaging with women with complex trauma experiences and history

Date: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Time: 9.30am–1.00pm


The harms associated with methamphetamine use for pregnant women and their infants

This session will explore the barriers and challenges in providing methamphetamine treatment and the prevalence and impact of poly-drug use for methamphetamine users.

Date: Thursday 29 August 2018
Time: 9.30am–1.00pm

Layer upon layer of trauma: Working with women experiencing perinatal grief and loss in the context of drug and alcohol use

This education session will use a case exploration to examine what grief and loss can mean in the perinatal period for women who have used substances and/or alcohol in pregnancy.

Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
Time: 9.30am–1.00pm

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