Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
24 hour confidential telephone service with information, counselling, referral and advice to anyone concerned about their own or another's aclohol or other drug use.
North Metro Community Drug Service Team
Support for individuals, families and communities.
Drug and Alcohol Office
Government agency addressing drug and alcohol issues in the community.
The University of Western Australia has a general 'duty of care' obligation to ensure that, as far as practicable, workers are not exposed to hazards and risks that could arise from impairment by alcohol and/or other drugs. Such instances must be addressed through a systematic risk management process. The use of alcohol and other drugs becomes an occupational safety and health issue if a person’s ability to exercise judgment, coordination, motor control, concentration and alertness is affected at the workplace, leading to an increased risk of injury or illness. The consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs while at work is therefore unacceptable, except in relation to authorised and responsible use of alcohol at workplace social functions. Legislation requires that workers must take reasonable care of their own health and safety and not endanger the health and safety of others at the workplace. It is therefore important that upon presenting themselves for work, they are capable of performing their work duties safely.
The following indicators may be observed in an intoxicated person:
Remaining firm, brief and calm, the following approach may help. Using the affected person's name, "It appears you are not managing (at work / with your studies) today and I am instructing you to stop for the day. Arrangements will be made for you to go home.”
In a private meeting, discuss the behaviours exhibited by the person when they were intoxicated. Refer to the Procedures for Managing Unsatisfactory Performance and Workplace Behaviour or the Academic Staff Agreement. In the case of a student, refer to the Regulations for Student Conduct and Discipline.
The University undertakes a range of strategies:
The University Medical Centre provides health and education programs, and counselling services for staff and students via the Health Promotion Unit and the University Counselling and Psychological Service relating to Alcohol and Other Drugs. There is also an on-campus UWA Drug and Alcohol Counsellor available by appointment.
The Tertiary Alcohol Project provides a confidential, specialist alcohol and other drugs counselling service for staff and students. It is designed to provide practical information to students regarding alcohol consumption and social norms. Information is provided on the short and long term effects of alcohol on health, the implications of alcohol on sexual health, study, driving, safety and drowning. Information is also provided on ways to reduce alcohol related harm and to promote responsible drinking.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential health and counselling services for staff.
The Check-Up-to-Go (e-CHUG) online drink check resource is a confidential, anonymous assessment tool designed to gauge whether someone is drinking alcohol at harmful levels. The assessment will provides personalised feedback on alcohol consumption.
The THC Online Knowledge Experience (e-TOKE) services encourage valuable personalised feedback on alcohol and cannabis consumption and the consequences related to their consumption.
The UWA Local Drug Action Group is a forum for staff and students to raise issues in relation to alcohol and other drugs.
Provision of information for managers/supervisors, students and employees who will be organising or attending workplace-related social functions
The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol are a useful resource for the promotion of a moderate approach to drinking.
The Western Accord - This agreed code of practice commenced in October 1997. It involves all local licensed premises operators, the Western Australian Police Service, the Towns of Cambridge, Claremont, Cottesloe, and Vincent, the City of Nedlands, the Shire of Peppermint Grove, the Health Department of Western Australia, Liquor Licensing Division representatives, other relevant agencies and the community. Copies of the Western Accord are available on request from Campus Management - Security.