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December 23, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS

On behalf of the Dovetail team, we'd like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.   2011 has been a massive year for Dovetail, and we wouldn't have been able to make it without the support and input from such a wide range of workers and services.   Queensland is very lucky to have such a vibrant and enthusiastic sector, committed to the well-being of young people.  Thanks so much for all your support and we look forward to an even bigger and better year in 2012!   The Dovetail team are taking some much needed time off, so the office will be closed from Friday the 23rd of December and will re-open on Thursday the 5th of January.   Weekly email digests will re-commence on Friday the 20th of January.  See you in the new year!

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December 16, 2011

ALCOHOL MISUSE AND CHILD MALTREATMENT

The Australian Institute of Family Studies have published a resource sheet on the role of alcohol use in child maltreatment.   It has been estimated that 13% of children live in a home where at least one parent misuses alcohol.   This resource sheet includes an overview of the major categories of child abuse and maltreatment, along with the evidence showing a relationship between these forms of child maltreatment and alcohol misuse.

Alcohol misuse and child maltreatment

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December 16, 2011

ALCOHOL SCREENING AND BRIEF INTERVENTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The American National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) have developed a tool designed to assist in identifying and responding to young people aged 9-18 who may be at risk of alcohol related problems.   The tool is designed for health and medical professionals, however it could be used by anyone who works with young people.   The tool includes a brief screening instrument, a "risk estimator" and brief motivational interview guide for young people who are at risk of alcohol related problems.

Alcohol Screen and Brief Intervention for Youth:  A Practitioners Guide (WARNING: Large file download - 11MB PDF)

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December 16, 2011

RESPONSIBLE SERVICE OF ALCOHOL: HOW DOES IT GO WRONG?

The Injury Control Council of Western Australia have published a report titled "Drink or Drunk:  Why do staff at licensed premises continue to serve patrons to intoxication despite current laws and interventions?"   The research involved interviews and focus groups with people who work in licensed premises, to determine their views on responsible service of alcohol and the barriers experienced when trying to implement this.   The report found that the server behaviour was influenced by fear of confrontation with intoxicated patrons, and management's level of support around decisions to refuse service.

Drink of Drunk:  Why do staff at licensed premises continue to service patrons to intoxication despite current laws and interventions?" (1MB PDF)

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December 16, 2011

AUSTRALIA'S WELFARE 2011

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have published their biennial report on welfare services in Australia.   The report includes detailed information on a range of indicators including the aging population, the types of family structures, the distribution of disability, engagement in schooling and education, unemployment, homelessness and vulnerability.   The report provides a snapshot of the demand for welfare services and can assist services looking to plan for the future.  The report includes comparisons to other developed countries, so we better understand how we rank when compared with other similar countries.

 

Australia's Welfare 2011

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December 9, 2011

DANA Conference: Call for Abstracts

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA) are having their annual conference in Melbourne from 13th - 15th of June 2012.   The overarching theme for the conference is "In the Age of Complexity" and the call for abstracts has gone out.  The conference organisers are looking for presentations and posters covering the four topic areas of the conference which include "Impacting Brain, Body and Behaviour", "Developing our ATOD Workforce", "The Changing Face of ATOD" and "Whole of Life Recovery Pathways".

More information available from the DANA Website

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December 9, 2011

CHILD PROTECTION AND MOTHERS IN SUBSTANCE MISUSE TREATMENT

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre have published a new research report on child protection issues facing mothers who are on opiate treatment.  The study found that for the women in the sample, it wasn't the severity of the substance dependence that was associated with the mother's involvement in the child protection system, rather it was other factors such as the presence of mental health issues.   The study found that when mothers had access to support from other family members (specifically their own mothers) they were much less likely to end up involved in the child protection.  Interestingly, the study also noted significant differences in levels of involvement based on where the women lived, indicating a degree of inconsistency across the child protection system.


Child Protection and Mothers in Substance Abuse Treatment (685KB PDF)

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December 9, 2011

MISSION AUSTRALIA SURVEY OF YOUNG AUSTRALIANS 2011

Mission Australia have just published their annual "National Survey of Young Australians" which sought the views of 46 916 young people across Australia.   The annual survey seeks to understand what it is that young people value, what their concerns are, where they turn to for support and how they see the future.   School or study problems, coping with stress and body image were amongst the most concerning issues for young people in this year's study.

Read the full report at the Mission Australia Website

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December 9, 2011

YOUNG WOMEN'S DRINKING EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC DRINKING VENUES

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have published a report looking at young women's drinking experiences in public venues.   The study involved observing young women in a range of drinking environments in Brisbane, Fortitude Valley and the Gold Coast, along with qualitative interviews with young women.   The report considers the way young women navigate the drinking culture and engage in risk management whilst drinking.   A number of recommendations are included in the report, such as incorporating the identified risk and protective factors in future health promotion campaigns, harnessing young women's existing strategies to manage intoxication, and to enhance awareness of services such as the "Chill Out Zone".

Young Women's Drinking Experience in Public Drinking Venues (1.1MB PDF)

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December 2, 2011

HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT THE NEW QUEENSLAND MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION

The new Queensland Mental Health Commission will commence from July 1st 2012 and input is currently being sought from members of the community about how the Commission will function.   The Commission is intended to improve coordination, effectiveness and performance of mental health services, and to make sure resources are allocated to areas of most need.   In order to make sure the Commission is effective, a wide range of views are being sought from consumers, families and workers.   An online survey has been established, and there are a number of face to face consultations happening around Queensland in the coming months.  Written submissions are also being sought.  To find out more about the proposed Queensland Mental Health Commission or to have you say, check out the "Get Involved" website below.


Queensland Mental Health Commission: Get Involved Website

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