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June 27, 2014

AUSTRALIAN WINTER SCHOOL 2014

The Australian Winter School Conference is fast approaching, happening on the 24th and 25th of July at Rydges Hotel, Southbank (Brisbane).  The youth stream features a number of presentations that will be of interest to Dovetail subscribers.  Dr Steven Leicester (National Director of AOD for Headspace) will be presenting "A national AOD program for young people: The Headspace journey", Andrew Bruun (Director of Services for YSAS) will be presenting "We know what works: let's get on with putting it into practice" and Queensland's own Annemaree Callander (CEO of Brisbane Youth Service) and Genevieve Sinclair (Manager of YETI) are presenting "Hardspace: engaging vulnerable young people in drug and alcohol services".  Dovetail will have a trade stall at the conference, so if you are coming along make sure you say hello!

Find out more at the Australian Winter School website.

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December 13, 2013

THE SURFERS PARADISE SCHOOLIES RESPONSE: WEBINAR VIDEO ONLINE NOW

Back on the 1st of November, Dovetail was lucky enough to have Angela Driscoll, Co-ordinator of the "Chill Out Zone" present a webinar taking us through the nitty gritty of the Surfers Paradise Schoolies response.  The presentation is now available on the Dovetail Video Gallery, and we are sure that you'll find it fascinating.  Angela describes the risk management approach to reducing harm at the Schoolies in Surfers Paradise.

Go to the Dovetail Video Gallery

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December 13, 2013

WEEDING OUT THE INFORMATION

A research report has been published in the Harm Reduction Journal titled "Weeding out the information: an ethnographic approach to exploring how young people make sense of the evidence on cannabis". This research sought to understand the ways that young people encounter and make sense of opposing information on cannabis.  Two groups of Canadian young people were given the task of researching cannabis harms in order to create a collaborative public health message.  The researchers watched to group process and the ways the young people found and assessed information.

Go to "Weeding out the information: an ethnographic approach to exploring how young people make sense of the evidence on cannabis".

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December 13, 2013

2013 MISSION AUSTRALIA YOUTH SURVEY

The results are in from the annual Mission Australia Youth Survey 2013.  This year, 14 461 young people aged between 15 - 19 completed the survey, comprising 1757 young people from Queensland.  The survey found that the top 3 issues of personal concern to young people were "coping with stress", "school or study problems", and "body image".  When asked about where they go to get information, the majority of young people (72.8%) went to the internet, followed by parents (52.8%) and then magazines (49.2%).  When asked about sources of support, the majority of young people went to friends (70.2%), followed by parents (62.7%) and relatives / family friends (51.6%).

To read the whole report go to the Mission Australia website.

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December 13, 2013

DOVETAIL CUSTOMER SURVEY: TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!

Dovetail would like to get some feedback on our service.  We've developed a short online survey designed to find out what you like about Dovetail and what we could do better.   The survey results help us to plan for the future, and gives you a chance to tell us what you think we should be focusing on.  We are offering 5 Dovetail prize packs to help get you motivated!  The survey only takes about two minutes and will be open until Monday the 3rd of February.

Take the survey now!

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December 6, 2013

BAIL AND REMAND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Institute of Criminology has published a report titled "Bail and remand for young people in Australia: A national research project".  There have been concerns about increasing rates of young people remanded in custody for several years now and this report sought to better understand the issue.  The report found that while rates of young people in detention on remand have increased, the rate of sentenced young people in detention has decreased over the same period.  The authors did find that there are some regions with higher rates of remand than others, and substantial differences in the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people remanded in custody when compared with other young people.

Download "Bail and remand for young people in Australia: A national research project" (2.8MB PDF)

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December 6, 2013

CLOSING THE CREDIBILITY GAP IN ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH

The University of Melbourne recently hosted a symposium titled "Closing the Credibility Gap: Implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013 - 2023". The symposium showcased a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders on key issues related to the implementation of the health plan, with a particular focus on closing the credibility gap between what we say we can do and what we actually do to achieve health equity in Australia.  Following the event, Croaky (the Crikey Health blog) has posted a number of articles related to the symposium on topics such as "How do we build a health system that is not racist?" and "Mobs on the margins: getting the messages to services and those at risk."

Go to the Croaky "Closing the Credibility Gap" page to read more.

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December 6, 2013

"HIGH" SCHOOL: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EARLY MARIJUANA USE AND EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research has published a report titled "'High' School: The relationship between early marijuana use and educational outcomes".  This report used survey data that was linked with welfare data to consider the links between early cannabis use (at age 14 or younger) and education outcomes.  Similar to much other research, the authors found that early cannabis use was related to poor educational outcomes, which was compounded by low socio-economic status.

Download "'High' School: The Relationship between early marijuana use and educational outcomes" (447KB PDF)

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November 29, 2013

DOES PARTICIPATION IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES REDUCE ENGAGEMENT IN RISKY BEHAVIOURS?

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research has published a research report titled "Does participation in extracurricular activities reduce engagement in risky behaviours?"  The report looked at participation in a variety of extracurricular activities such as art, organised sports and non-organised sports and also considered young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds alongside high socioeconomic backgrounds.  The report found that overall, participation in extra curricular activities did reduce risky activities such as alcohol consumption and cannabis use, although the effect differed by activity type, gender and socioeconomic status.

Download "Does participation in extracurricular activities reduce engagement in risky behaviours?" (455KB PDF)

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November 29, 2013

YOUTH PROGRAMS IN REMOTE CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITIES

The Centre for Remote Health has published a report titled "Youth programs in remote central Australian communities."  The report describes a study that sought to better understand the enablers and barriers facing youth programs in remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities.  The study involved interviews with key stakeholders and the findings demonstrated different perceptions within communities however a number of common themes emerged.  Participants felt that effective programs were those that were constant, reliable and regular, offering variety, focusing on engagement and being context specific.

Download "Youth programs in remote central Australian communities" (705KB PDF)

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