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April 21, 2017

GENOGRAMS: WHEN A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Dovetail developed a short video on developing a genogram back in 2016, and we wanted to share it again for those of you who haven't come across it yet. A Genogram is a useful tool for workers to help gather information about a young person's family and the quality of their relationships with significant others. This video shows workers how to use genograms in practice, as well as a symbol key so you can start doing your own genograms today! Watch "Genograms: When a picture is worth a thousand words"

For more information about working with young people and their families, you can order free copies of Dovetail's Guide 5 "Working With Families and Significant Others" by sending us an email at info@dovetail.org.au, or you can view the guide online at this link.

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March 31, 2017

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT WORK WITH ABORIGINAL YOUNG PEOPLE IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES

In 2015, Dovetail received a small grant from Feb Fast in order to increase access to tools and resources that support alcohol and other drug work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Throughout the development of the Dovetail good practice guide "Learning from each other: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People" a range of resources were identified. The Remote AOD Program from the Northern Territory developed a series of resources including a Brief Wellbeing Screener, and resources designed to support direct client work around cannabis, alcohol, methamphetamine as well as a resource around alcohol and pregnancy. Dovetail has re-printed these resources and they are available free of charge to any worker or community who would like them.

View the resources at the Remote AOD Workforce Program website

If you would like to order free copies of the Remote AOD resources, email info@dovetail.org.au

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March 3, 2017

SO YOUR SCHOOL HAS BEEN APPROACHED BY AN EXTERNAL ORGANISATION...

We posted this article back in 2016, but we think it's worth re-visiting.  There are an increasing number of external organisations offering alcohol and other drug prevention sessions for school students. While there are benefits in local services connecting with students in order to promote their service, we know that poorly designed AOD prevention programs can have unintended impacts, including increasing substance use and harm. It can be difficult for schools to know if the prevention programs offered by external agencies are evidence-based. To help with this, we came up with some suggestions to assist school-based workers in assessing whether an externally delivered program might be effective.


  1. Does the program comply with the "Principles of School Drug Education"?
  2. Has the program been evaluated and found to change behaviour - (not just "the students enjoyed it")?
  3. Has the program been developed, endorsed or supported by a university or a goverment department like Queensland Health or Education Queensland?

If you can answer "yes" to these questions, then the chances are you have found a quality program for your school.  If you answer "no" to these questions, the program might be inappropriate for schools and could have unintended outcomes for the students. If you're not sure, feel free to get in touch with Dovetail and we'd be happy to help you decide if the program is suitable for your school.

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March 3, 2017

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE 2017: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The Walk on the Wild Side (WOWS) Symposium is an annual one day event for Queensland clinicians working in the field of alcohol and other drug treatment. The 2017 event will be held at the Royal Brisbane and Women's' Hospital Education Centre on Friday the 12 May.

Clinicians are being invited to submit abstracts to present on research, projects, challenging clinical issues and clinical initiatives in their workplace. The presentation judged as the overall audience favourite will receive an espresso coffee machine to take back to their workplace.

Register for the event or find out more about submitting an abstract here.

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March 3, 2017

REQUEST FOR OFFER ANNOUNCED FOR NEW AOD OUTCLIENT TREATMENT SERVICES IN QUEENSLAND

Queensland Health has just released a Request for Offer (RFO) for suitable non-government sector organisations to deliver alcohol and other drug psychsocial intervention (outclient) services for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2021, with an optional extension period of 12 months to 30 June 2022.  The request for offer targets priority population gorups experiencing alcohol and other drug related problems in specific Hospital and Health Service areas. This new package of recurrent funding totals up to $4.25 million per annum.

Click here to download the RFO Specification Document

To access the RFO on QTenders click here (NB: Registration required to access this site).

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February 28, 2017

AOD MEDIA WATCH

The media plays an important role in shaping public opinion and attitudes towards alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in the community. Research has demonstrated that sensationalist media reporting of AOD related issues can be harmful by counter-intuitively leading to increased AOD use and perpetuating stigma about people who use certain drugs.

AOD Media Watch is a blog focused on correcting AOD misinformation in the media by exposing poor examples of journalism regarding AOD related issues. The blog challenges journalists to report more responsibly by using evidence rather than perpetuating myths. The AOD Media Watch blog is run by a reference group made up of researchers and clinicians who work in the field of AOD.

Check it out here


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February 24, 2017

AUSTRALIAN WINTER SHCOOL 2017: KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUCED

The Australian Winter School conference has annouced the keynote speakers for the 2017 conference. Dr Marc Lewis, cognitive neuroscientist from the Universty of Toronto and author of "Memoirs of an Addictsd Brain" will be presenting, alongside some of Australia's leading academics and reseachers. The conference is being held in Brisbane from the 27th - 28th of July, 2017 at the Mercure Brisbane.


Find out more from the Australian Winter School website

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February 23, 2017

UNDERSTANDING NBOME

At the end of last year Dovetail produced a short video presentation about NBOMe-type hallucinogens in response to a number of related hospitalisations. The Gold Coast saw a number of people hospitalised, and one death, following the use of 25C-NBOMe and unfortunately we have seen more events such as these occur in the new year. Despite the confusion in the media, NBOMe-type hallucinogens are not "synthetic LSD" and in fact, are not related to LSD in any way. Instead, the NBOMe-type hallucinogens are analogs of the 2C-type hallucinogens, including 2CB and 2CI - more closely related to mescaline than LSD. This video presentation about the NBOMe hallucinogens includes the history of the substances, the health risks and effects, as well as an overview of some of the seizures of NBOMe. This potent hallucinogen can cause significant harm, and there are some important harm reduction messages for workers.

Watch the NBOMe-type Hallucinogens presentation here.

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February 23, 2017

DOVETAIL CONSUMER SURVEY RESULTS

In December, we conducted our annual Dovetail Customer Survey and we'd like to thank everyone who gave us their feedback. We have to say how heart-warming it has been to read these comments, and it really helps to confirm we are on the right track in how we provide support to the youth AOD sector in Queensland. We are always striving to improve and be innovative in the way we support services, communities and workers on the ground so your needs are met - so we also thank you for your valuable input on how we can do better. The website, weekly digest and the range of training options that we offer all rated highly and 100% of you rated us overall as good or excellent.

Congratulations to Leonie Johnson who was the winner of the Dovetail prize pack!

Thanks again and if you have any other suggestions please feel free to get in touch with us at any time.

See here for a preview of the reults.

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February 17, 2017

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 2017: 31ST OF MARCH TO 9TH OF APRIL

National Youth Week 2017 is coming up, and it's time to think of events for your region. The theme of this year's National Youth Week is "Be bold, Be brave, Be you."  You can register your event online at the Queensland Youth Week website, which also includes everything you need to run a Youth Week event, including invites, certificates, promotional posters and social media materials. Coinciding with National Youth Week is the launch of the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, which is currently calling for nominations.

Find out more about National Youth Week here

Find out more about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament here

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