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October 20, 2017

NEW NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH PORTAL: HEAD TO HEALTH

The Australian Government Department of Health and Aging have launched a new website called "Head to Health."  The site is designed to help people find information, resources and services that can improve mental health and well being. The site includes links to mental health websites, apps and online programs, dedicated forums, as well as phone chat and email services.

Go to "Head to Health."

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October 20, 2017

WHAT EVERY WORKER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AOD AND THE LAW

Penny Williams is a Principal Lawyer with Legal Aid Queensland and recently presented an informative webinar about "AOD and the Law" as part of the Insight webinar series. Penny covers the important, practical things every AOD worker should know about the law and legal processes in respect to AOD, in order to best assist your clients.

Watch Penny's presentation here.

The Legal Aid Queensland website also has easy to understand legal information on drug related laws which can be viewed here.

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October 20, 2017

HOW TO MAKE CBT YOUTH FRIENDLY

We have recently come across a factsheet and online training module developed by Orygen with practical tips for workers on how to modify Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to be more 'user friendly' for young people experiencing depression. CBT is a common therapeutic approach utilised by many workers, however there are common barriers when trying to use the approach with young people. The factsheet and online training module covers off on these challenges and provide practical tips and strategies to improve engagement and treatment outcomes.

Go to "Modifying CBT to meet the needs of adolescents with depression" fact sheet

Go to "Modifying CBT for adolescents with deperssion" online training module

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October 13, 2017

2016 NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY HOUSEHOLD SURVEY: DETAILED RESULTS

We wrote about the "National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016" (NDSHS) back in June, however since then the full results have been released. The NDSHS is Australia's largest population based survey of alcohol and other drug use. The 2016 results show a continued decline in young people's use of alcohol and other drugs. The survey showed that fewer young people were taking up smoking tobacco and furthermore, young people who were smoking were smoking less. Binge alcohol use was also down. The proportion of 14 to 19 year olds consuming 5 or more standard drinks significantly declined between 2013 and 2016 (from 25% to 18%). Among people in their 20s, there was a significant decline between 2013 and 2016 in recent use of methamphetamine (from 5.7% to 2.8%).  Most of the increases in alcohol and other drug use occurred in the older age groups.


Go to the "National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016: Detailed findings"

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October 13, 2017

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE MORE THAN JUST MINI ADULTS

The September issue of Advocate, the e-magazine of the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA), features a range of stories and articles on youth issues in alcohol and other drug treatment. Dovetail's own Cameron Francis features in the magazine and provides a really clear overview of the nuanced differences in providing alcohol and other drug treatment to young people compared to adults. Cameron also provides some handy tips on how to make your service youth friendly.


Download NADA's Advocate e-Magazine here (1.8MB PDF)

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October 13, 2017

QUEENSLAND MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION CONSULTATION REPORT

In response to significant reform occurring across sectors, the Queensland Mental Health Commission is preparing to renew the "Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019". The Commission has released a consultation report called "Your voice, one vision" which outlines the issues raised during consultations with stakeholders, including people with lived experience, their families, as well as policy, planning, service managers and frontline service providers from a wide-range of sectors. The findings from the "Your Voice, One Vision Consultation Report" will inform the Queensland Mental Health Commission's renewed strategic plan. Some of the future directions for reducing AOD related harm outlined in the report include:

  • A harm minimisation approach that addresses all drug types (legal and illegal
  • Improved community awareness to combat stigma and discrimination
  • Increased availability of AOD services
  • Increase support for families
  • Improved responses within the criminal justice system to reduce AOD related harm
  • New options for harm reduction initiatives
  • Enhancement of workforce development in the AOD sector

Download  "Your Voice, One Vision Consultation Report 2017" (2.7MB PDF)

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October 13, 2017

THE ECSTASY AND RELATED DRUGS REPORTING SYSTEM 2017 KEY FINDINGS

The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is an annual study that monitors trends in price, purity and availability of a range substances and attempts to identify trends and changes in the drug market. The EDRS involves interviews with regular drug users, as well as interviews with key informants from the sector. There is a Queensland component, which is one of the few studies that provides insight in local drug trends. The 2017 EDRS key findings included a significant decline in use of 'any' methamphetamine, with a particularly significant decrease in the use of crystal methamphetamine. Ecstasy use remained stable and the ecstasy market continued to diversify in 2017.  Pills were the most common form of MDMA used, however there were significant increases in the use of MDMA crystal, capsules and powder.  Another interesting trend was an increase in the use of magic mushrooms, LSD, ketamine and DMT, although the frequency of use was low.


Go to the 2017 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Preliminary findings

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October 6, 2017

EXPLORING THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN CANNABIS AND TOBACCO

The alcohol and other drugs blog site "Volteface" recently published an article titled "A problem of 'joint' use: Exploring the interplay between cannabis and tobacco". The article draws on data from the Global Drug Survey, as well as a placebo-controlled double-blind study that compared cannabis and tobacco co-administration. The Global Drug Survey found that people who smoke cannabis mixed with tobacco tended to have less motivation to quit, than those who used cannabis alone. The placebo-controlled study found no difference in how stoned people became, regardless of whether they mixed tobacco with cannabis, but those who combined did show more extreme changes in heart rate and blood pressure - potentially increasing the harm.  The simple take home message is people who smoke cannabis should avoid mixing it with tobacco.

Read "A problem of 'joint' use: Exploring the interplay between cannabis and tobacco"

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October 6, 2017

FETAL ACLHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (FASD) HUB WEBSITE LAUNCH

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Hub Australia is a website funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to provide a 'one stop shop' for evidence based information, tools and resources about FASD. The website has information on how alcohol use during pregnancy can affect the development of the fetus, tools and information for workers on how to diagnose FASD and importantly, resources for health professionals and families on how they can work together to give the best possible support to people living with FASD. A current understanding of FASD is key for any health professional working with young people and families.

Go to the FASD Hub

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