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June 9, 2017

DOVETAIL GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE: LEGAL AND ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF PRACTICE - BACK IN STOCK

Back in 2012, Dovetail released our second good practice guide  "Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Practice".  The guide has been very popular, and we ran out of print copies some time ago.  We've been lucky enough to re-print the guide, and we have free hardopies in stock now.  The guide covers issues such as consent, Gillick Competence, confidentiality as well as issues relating to the various ethical dilemmas which can arise through our work with young people experiencing alcohol and other drug concerns.  Further good practice guides are in the pipeline so stay tuned.  Queensland based workers can order hard copies of the guide free of charge by emailing info@dovetail.org.au or you can download an electronic copy here.

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December 20, 2012

SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM THE DOVETAIL TEAM!

From the Dovetail team we wish you safe and happy holidays. Thank you for all of your support in 2012 and we look forward to working with you again in 2013.

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December 14, 2012

RISK-TAKING, HARM AND HELP-SEEKING

The most recent edition of Youth Studies Australia (Vol 31, Number 4, December 2012) contains an article from Queensland's very own Cassandra Davis and John Kelly from the Hot House.  The article titled "Risk-taking, harm and help seeking" reports on a pilot study conducted with young people engaged in treatment with the Hot House to consider the risk-taking and related harms experienced while involved in treatment.  We've often assumed that engagement in treatment reduces risk-taking, however this report found that young people continued to engage in risky behaviours (such as driving while intoxicated, or being in a vehicle with someone who is intoxicated) at least in the early stages of treatment The study indicates that workers need to consider ongoing exploration of risk-taking behaviour amongst young people.

Go to "Risk-taking, harm and help-seeking"

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December 14, 2012

LATEST AUSTRALIAN YOUTH DRUG STATISTICS RELEASED

The most recent "Australian Secondary School Students' Use of Tobacco, Alcohol and Over-the counter and Illicit Substances in 2011" report has been published.  This report is considered the largest of its kind focused specifically on young people aged 12 - 17.  The 2011 study was completed by just under 25 000 students across Australia.  A number of findings from this study are of interest.  Cigarette smoking remains low, with reductions amongst the 12-15 year old age range, with smoking rates in 16-17 year olds remained stable.  The proportion of young people who have ever consumed alcohol decreased, while the number of young people consuming alcohol at risky levels appeared to be stable.

Download the "Australian Secondary School Students' Use of Tobacco, Alcohol and Over-the counter and Illicit Substances in 2011" (1.5MB PDF)

 

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December 14, 2012

ALCOHOL ACTION IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) have published a report titled "The Alcohol Action in Rural Communities Project: Working with communities to select, implement and measure the impact of strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm".  The report provides a cost-benefit analysis of community-action approaches to reduce risky alcohol use.  It considers 10 communities where strategies were implemented, and compares them with 10 control communities, considering factors such as alcohol related crime, alcohol related motor vehicle accidents and alcohol related hospitalisations.  The report found that similar communities experienced significantly different patterns of risky drinking and harms - indicating a need to tailor approaches for specific regions.  The report went on to find that there were benefits in the experimental communities, indicating that for every $1 invested, the value of benefits returned to communities was estimated to be between $1.37 and $1.75.

Download "The Alcohol Action in Rural Communities Project" (2.5MB PDF)

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December 6, 2012

INQUIRY INTO FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER

The federal government have been consulting an inquiry into fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, titled "FASD: The Hidden Harm". The report considers prevention, diagnosis and management issues related to FASD and provides a number of recommendations which are designed to ensure this issue is appropriately addressed.  One of the significant issues the report addresses is the diagnosis of FASD. It is suspected that many young people may experience FASD but not be identified and so not receive appropriate supports.

Read more on "FASD: The Hidden Harm"

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December 6, 2012

BRIEF INTERVENTION FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) have published a report titled "Brief Intervention: Increasing access to the full range of treatment services for alcohol problems for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians".  The report reviews the literature on the uptake of alcohol treatment amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in order to increase access to earlier treatment, particularly via brief interventions.  The report found limited access to culturally appropriate voluntary treatment services for alcohol problems, but found an over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergoing involuntary treatment.

Download "Brief Intervention: Increasing access to the full range of treatment services for alcohol problems for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians"  (123Kb PDF)

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November 30, 2012

EVALUATING DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERVENTIONS FOR METHAMPHETAMINE

The National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund have commissioned a research report considering the impacts of law enforcement interventions on methamphetamine use in Australia.  This research report attempts to consider the relative cost-to-impact ratios of different law enforcement interventions for methamphetamine production and distribution.  In doing so, it outlines the methamphetamine distribution system in Australia and attempts to consider the illicit profits which are being made from this activity.

Download "Evaluating drug law enforcement interventions directed towards methamphetamine in Australia" (1.6MB PDF)

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November 30, 2012

INDIGENOUS YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM 2010-11

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have published a bulletin looking at the numbers and characteristics of Indigenous young people involved in the juvenile justice system.  It's well known that while only around 5% of young Australians are Indigenous, in 2010-11 39% of young people involved with the youth justice system were Indigenous.  This figure is a slight reduction on previous years, with the biggest reduction occurring in the rate ratio for those in detention from 28 to 24.  The report considers further strategies to address the over-representation of Indigenous young people in the youth justice system in Australia.

Download "Indigenous young people in the juvenile justice system" (1.6MB PDF)

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November 30, 2012

CALMER CLASSROOMS: A GUIDE TO WORKING WITH TRAUMATISED CHILDREN

The Victorian Child Safety Commissioner published a guide titled "Calmer Classrooms: A guide to working with traumatised children" back in 2007, but we think it's worth revisiting. While the guide focuses on educational settings, the principles apply to any setting involving young people, especially those which involve group work.  The guide looks at the impacts of trauma and abuse, and goes on to describe strategies to create connection and defuse conflict as well as information on self-care for people working with traumatised young people.

Download "Calmer Classrooms: A guide to working with traumatised children" (240KB PDF)

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