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May 5, 2017

ANNUAL ALCOHOL POLL 2017

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has published their "Annual Alcohol Poll 2017: Attitudes and Behaviours". The survey found that 78% of respondents thought that Australia has a drinking problem, 92% of people believed that alcohol is linked to family violence, and 68% of people thought that alcohol advertising should be banned on television before 8:30pm.

Go to "Annual Alcohol Poll 2017: Attitudes and Behaviours"

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April 28, 2017

STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING ABUSE RELATED TRAUMA

The SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma) Program is a free online learning course that focusses on supporting children and young people in a range of educational and other settings. The SMART Program was developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation in partnership with the Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia and the Indigenous Health Unit at Monash University. The program consists of integrated professional development opportunities including knowledge and skill-building seminars and an interactive online learning package.

For more information about the training and to get started click here

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April 21, 2017

WHAT IS "SUCCESS" IN REHAB?

The recent Australian Story, 'Breaking Good', has created some discussion about what works in treatment. Professor Nicole Lee from the National Drug Research Institute and Stephen Bright from Edith Cowan University have published an article in 'The Conversation', examining how anecdotal evidence of success in treatment can be convincing but this does not mean the treatment is "evidence based". The authors discuss evidence based treatment, success rates and finding effective treatment and highlight the fact that there is no "one size fits all" approach when it comes to health care.

Go to the article "What is 'success' in rehab?"

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April 21, 2017

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH REPORT 2012 - 2016

Mission Australia and Black Dog Institute have released the "Youth Mental Health Report 2012 - 2016". The report presents five years of mental health data collected from young people across Australia aged 15 - 19 on their psychological distress, their concerns and the people and places they go to for help. Probable serious mental illness (PSMI) has increased from 18.7% in 2012 to 22.8% in 2016 with girls twice as likely to meet the criteria than boys. The rates were higher, 31%, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. The top three concerns identified were coping with stress, school or study problems and depression and the top three sources of help were friends, parents and the internet.

Go to the Mission Australia "Youth Mental Health Report 2012 - 2016"

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April 14, 2017

STRENGTHENING PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES FOR FAMILIES

Family and Relationship Services Australia commissioned a report that looks at ways of increasing family-based prevention and early intervention services for families. Eight health and social problems were identified that could benefit from early intervention from family and relationship services.  This includes alcohol and other drug use, antisocial behaviour, obesity, mental illness, developmental injury (such as FASD and child neglect and abuse), chronic illness, school failure and social exclusion.

Download "Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future"

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April 14, 2017

PROJECT GUAGE: SUPPORTING AOD SERVICES TO BETTER ENGAGE WITH THEIR CLIENTS

Our friends at Insight QLD have developed a client engagement and participation toolkit called "Project Gauge". This toolkit has been developed to support AOD services to create partnerships with their clients and improve the safety and quality of care. The toolkit has a range of handy resources including brief e-learning modules, fact sheets, templates and links to further resources to assist you and your colleagues to better engage with service users and their families.

Check out the Project Guage toolkit here.

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April 14, 2017

COUNSELLING ONLINE: NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Counselling Online has a new website! Counselling online has been around since 2006 providing an online service for people looking for help with alcohol and other drug issues. The service is operated by Turning Point in Victoria and available to all residents nationally. The new site has been designed to make it easier to find information and is compatible with a range of devices including Smartphones. Service users can speak with a counsellor, receive support by email and or SMS, access tools such as self-assessments and self-help modules, and join an online community forum to connect with peers for support. Counselling Online services are free and available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

View the new Counselling Online website.

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April 14, 2017

SLIM AND STYLISH: HOW TOBACCO COMPANIES HOOKED WOMEN BY FEMENIZING CIGARETTES

The Truth Initiative, a US-based non-profit dedicated to reducing tobacco consumption, has posted a fascinating article titled "Slim and stylish: How tobacco companies hooked women by "feminizing" cigarettes".  The article goes through the history of tobacco advertising targeting women, with one of the first campaigns targeting women resulting in a 300% increase in sales in one year.  Lucky Strike used the slogan "Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet" in order to prey on female insecurities about weight and diet. This led to a number of cigarette companies launching similar campaigns, some of which have continued overseas even to this day.


Go to "Slim and stylish: How tobacco companies hooked women by "feminizing" cigarettes"

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April 7, 2017

DOVETAIL'S GUIDE TO SLANG TERMS

Up the Murray Cod? Got your moon boots on? Drug slang terms can be baffling for workers. Slang terms can be highly localised - used by particular social groups, and changing over time. In order to assist in translating some of these terms, Dovetail has developed a handy Guide to Slang Terms. Slang terms can be easily misinterpreted or misunderstood, and our guide is by no means definitive. If you know of terms that we haven't covered or if you've got an alternative definition that we should know about, please feel free to get in touch. Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms is available electronically on our website, alongside the AOD Acronym list that we developed a few months back. Both guides are also available as a PDF suitable for printing, for those times when you really need to know the difference between a pinger and a dinger.


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Download a PDF of Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms (165KB PDF)

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April 7, 2017

SNAP THAT STIGMA: REDUCING THE STIGMA FACED BY YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A CARE EXPERIENCE

The Create Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience. They have recently launched a campaign to help reduce the stigma faced by young people with a care experience: #snapthatstigma.  The campaign is designed to highlight positive stories and achievements of young people with a care experience.  Create have made a video featuring eight young people sharing their experiences, as well as a stigma position paper and a social media campgain based around #snapthatstigma.

Find out more at Create's Snap That Stigma page

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