Alcohol & Other Drug Network – a Project ECHO Initiative

Recognising the critical role general practice plays in keeping people well in the community, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has committed to build the confidence and capability of primary care practitioners to support people experiencing alcohol and other drug issues.

To support this work, WAPHA has launched WA’s first Project ECHO® Network, on the topic of alcohol and other drugs (AOD), with the support of the RACGP WA and ECU’s Treating Alcohol and Other Drugs in Primary Care (TADPole).

Following last months inaugural session, the Project ECHO learning model will continue to deliver a series of expert-led, online forums, designed to support primary health care to work effectively with people using drugs and alcohol.

The forum with continue to meet every fourth Thursday of the month, through videoconferencing platform Zoom.

View the upcoming sessions below, visit the Project Page for more information or email

Session 2 – Starting a conversation with patients

Facilitator: Dr Simon Slota-Kan
Speaker: Dr Wendy Lawrence

  • How to talk to a patient when they haven’t disclosed alcohol and other drug concerns
  • Using screening and brief intervention
  • Introduction to motivational interviewing

Date: Thursday 24 March
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Register for the Zoom event here

Session 3: – Who Can You Call? Services and Supports for primary care practitioners

Facilitator: Dr Simon Slota-Kan
Speaker: Dr Richard O’Regan

  • Overview of treatment and support services for patients
  • Clinical support tools for primary care practitioners
  • Knowing your local support options

Date: Thursday 28 April
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Register for the Zoom event here