Workforce Development

QuIHN’s Health Promotion team can provide workforce development that is targeted at health and human service professionals and others working with people who inject drugs and/or at risk of injecting drug use. The training sessions are intended to increase knowledge throughout the health sector with up to date information on current trends. The topics of such training may include:

  • Harm Reduction principles and practices
  • Blood Borne Virus (BBV) prevention, management and treatment options
  • Needle Stick Injury and First Aid
  • Safer needle disposal techniques and practices
  • Injecting related illness, injury, disease and other harms
  • Sexual health and prevention and management of sexually transmitted infections

QuIHN’s Treatment teams can provide workforce development that is targeted at health and human service professionals working with substance use and/or mental health issues. Various trainings available through the Treatment teams may include:

  • Dual Diagnosis (substance use and/or mental health concerns) training – generally a one day workshop that provides knowledge and understanding among participants of working with dual diagnosis issues.
  • The effects of mental health and substance use on parenting, children and families training – this workshop aims to enhance staff capacity and preparedness to help reduce the negative effects of substance use and/or mental health concerns.
  • Drugs and other relevant information training – this workshop outlines ways of supporting people who present with illicit drug use issues and covers topics such as harm reduction, withdrawal effects, pharmacotherapies, and basic interventions to support motivation for behaviour change.
  • Motivational interviewing training – this workshop explores the use of motivational interviewing as a counselling approach and better equips participants to be able to use the approach of motivational interviewing with their clients.
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – this training is a two day workshop that prepares participants to provide suicide first aid interventions. Small group discussions and skills practice are based on adult learning principles to suit all learning styles. ASIST teaches the Suicide Intervention Model, a practical guide to doing suicide interventions. It helps participants recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide. It then explores how to connect with them in ways that understand and clarify risk. Increase their immediate safety and link them with further help. The workshop includes powerful videos to support learning.


Trainers are available in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Cairns. Arrangements can be made to deliver training in other areas, and training sessions can be tailored in content and length to suit the needs of individual organisations.

Contact your closest QuIHN office for details.

QuIHN Brisbane: 07 3620 8111
QuIHN Gold Coast: 07 5520 7900
QuIHN Sunshine Coast: 07 5443 9576
QuIHN Cairns: 07 4032 1463