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 at face-to-face training sessions but there is a cafeteria available onsite. Transport options and parking


2020 training sessions

We are using ECHO to bring clinicians specialist knowledge and support in the management of women using drugs and alcohol during the perinatal period.

ECHO means Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes. Project ECHO is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionises medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities.

About teleECHO sessions

Our teleECHO sessions are:

  • free to access
  • delivered during live video sessions, accessed easily via Zoom software
  • a blend of didactic and case-based learning
  • facilitated by our expert hub team and attended by participants from sites all over Victoria
  • multi-disciplinary in nature and underpinned by an ‘All Teach, All Learn’ philosophy.

Each session includes a short didactic presentation. Presentations will be available to download after each session.

Case presentations by participating clinicians are a cornerstone of the ECHO model. Presentations are always followed by an open Q&A and discussion, with takeaway recommendations by our specialist team.

Any health practitioner with an interest in maternity services is welcome to attend and take an active part in any session. Participants can also submit de-identified patient cases using our standard case-presentation template, for the hub team to consider for presentation at a session.

Our specialist team

Our specialist team hub at the Women’s includes addiction medicine specialists, social workers, midwives, psychiatrists, and other allied health.

Upcoming teleECHO sessions

Alcohol in pregnancy: Treatment options
Date: 28 April, 2020
Time: 11am-12pm
Presented by: A/Prof Yvonne Bonomo, Addiction Physician
Alcohol-related family violence
Date: 12 May, 2020
Time: 2.30pm-3.30pm
Breastfeeding and alcohol 
Date: 26 May, 2020
Time: 10am-11am
Presented by: A/Prof Lisa Amir, GP and Lactation Consultant
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Date: 9 June, 2020
Time: 11am-12pm
Presented by: Dr Anna Tottman, Neonatologist
Alcohol & drugs education & training


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