We offer relevant and up-to-date consultancy and training to other agencies. Our workshops are tailored to meet the specific requirements of that agency or audience. This means we can deliver a session that is designed to address specific questions the audience has or specific issues or concerns that they are encountering in their work.

The credibility of the education and consultancy we offer to other agencies is founded upon our flexible, adaptive, client-centred and client-directed model of service delivery.

Each workshop comes with a fee of $150 per hr. or part thereof.

For more information contact Paul Dessauer 08) 9325 8387 or email outreach@wasua.com.au.

Below is a list of some of the most commonly requested sessions from mental health agencies and frontline AOD services:

Current and Emerging Trends in Illicit Drug Use

Ice Epidemic? Silk Road? Novel substances like Kronic, Bath Salts, and Flakka? Krokodil? Killer batches of heroin? Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs? Go beyond the headlines to find out what’s really happening with changing drug markets in Australia. This session includes up-to-date stats on drug use and a little bit of myth-busting to provide an evidence-based overview of current and emerging drug trends, and the implications of these changes in terms of drug policy generally, and for front-line services in particular.

The Ins and Outs of Injecting Drug Use

A comprehensive overview of strategies designed to reduce the level of harm associated with non-medical injecting drug use. Discusses blood-borne-viruses, non-viral infections and injury, needle and syringe programs, safe disposal, vein-care and safer injection practices, harms associated with IV misuse of pharmaceutical drugs, and the use of filtering devices. (Includes practical demonstration of safer injection techniques and use of wheel filters).

Everything you ever wanted to know about methamphetamine, (but were too paranoid to ask…)

This session focuses on methamphetamine; where it comes from, how it works, why people take it, and what harms it can cause. It discusses acute and chronic physical and mental problems that are associated with methamphetamine use, treatment options for methamphetamine dependence, and pragmatic harm reduction strategies for people who use “Ice” and other psychostimulant drugs.

• Behavioral and psychological effects
• Prevalence, facts & figures
• Risk factors for Methamphetamine toxicity
• Recognising toxicity or drug induced psychosis
• Harm reduction and First Aid responses

Understanding Drugs and Mental Health

• Issues for people experiencing co-occurring disorders
• Understanding the relationship between drugs and mental health
• Drug Interactions between psychotropic medications, commonly prescribed medicines & illicit drugs
• Harm Reduction treatment and referral options

Cannabis, Synthetic Cannabinoids and Mental Health

• Cannabis and mental health – what do we really know?
• Synthetic cannabinoids – how do they work, and what are the risks?
• Prevalence, and who is using synthetic cannabis?
• Harm reduction responses – policy implications

Working with Difficult and Challenging Behaviour

The objective is to develop participants’ attitudes, knowledge and practical skills in anticipating, preventing, and managing aggression or other challenging behaviour, and in engaging with, and responding safely and effectively to, people who are anxious, intoxicated, or experiencing delusions or psychosis.

• Relevant WA law;
• Theories of aggression;
• Risk (awareness, assessment and management of risk);
• Preventative measures (behavioural and environmental);
• Principles to engage effectively and safely with people who are intoxicated, in withdrawal, anxious, delusional, aggressive, hallucinating or experiencing symptoms of psychosis;
• De-escalation skills (verbal and non-verbal);
• Worst case scenarios (protective strategies, response to violent incidents, debriefing, reporting and follow up).


WASUA is an accredited, state-wide peer based drug user organisation, and is in a unique position to provide the ‘consumers voice’ on current issues, trends & consumer need’s.

WASUA provides a wide range of training education sessions in-house at our purpose built Training Room. Sessions are delivered according to the WASUA Training Calendar or can be tailored to meet the needs of your agency/organisation. WASUA aims to provide accurate, timely and relevant information to key stakeholders and the community regarding current issues, trends and consumer needs.

For further information about our Training Calendar please call Di 08) 9325 8387 or e-mail: cdw@wasua.com.au.


Are you looking for a space to hold your next workshop, function or meeting? Our Training Room is available for bookings and our kitchen can be used for catering. Get in contact with Di for more information, 08) 9325 8387 or e-mail: cdw@wasua.com.au.