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August 31, 2017

HARM REDUCTION VIDEOS FROM VICE MEDIA: SAFE SESH

Vice Media have developed a series of harm reduction videos, including substances such as MDMA, cocaine., cannabis, nitrous oxide and more.  The videos use a scientist from The Loop, a drug testing service from the UK, to answer some key questions that users often have, with practical suggestions to reduce the harms. Obviously, the only way to reduce all of the harms is to not use. However for those who do use, there are some strategies that can be implemented to reduce the harms. Some of the tips in the videos include: not to use MDMA more than once every three months, to reduce the risks of developing tolerance and increasing some of the potential cognitive effects of MDMA.

Go to Vice Media's "Safe Sesh" videos.

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August 31, 2017

HUMAN ENHANCEMENT DRUGS

We recently came across a great website on Human Enhancement Drugs, sometimes known as "Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs." This large and growing class of substances includes things like steroids and weight loss drugs, but also cognitive enhancers, sexual enhancers, and substances like tanning drugs designed to improve appearance. The Human Enhancement Drugs website includes overviews of common substances across various classes, health promotion resources, information on services, legislation and more.

Go to the "Human Enhancement Drugs" website

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August 31, 2017

TARGETING ANTI-SMOKING EFFORTS FOR DISADVANTAGED POPULATION GROUPS

Australia now has the lowest rates of tobacco smoking in the world.  A number of measures have contributed to this, including taxation, plain packaging, advertising restrictions and restrictions on smoking in public places. Now that smoking rates have declined significantly, we can see that there remain specific disadvantaged population groups that continue to have higher rates of tobacco use than the general population.  This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and people from low socio-economic communities.  The Medical Journal of Australia has recently posted a podcast featuring an interview with Professor Billie Bonevski where she describes some of the issues with specific population groups, and provides suggestions for better reaching these groups.

Listen to "Targeted anti-smoking efforts with Professor Billie Bonevski"

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August 25, 2017

REDUCING DEPENDENCE ON OPIOID PAINKILLERS IN RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

The Conversation recently published an article titled "How we can reduce dependency on opioid painkillers in rural and regional Australia?" The article discusses the unique challenges faced by people living in rural and remote communities in accessing support for opioid dependence.  Issues related to a lack of services or long travel times to treatment, as well poor help seeking and a general lack of knowledge around the limitations of opioid treatment for chronic pain were all noted as some of the barriers. However, services have been looking at innovative ways to provide support to our rural communities through the use of technology. Telehealth chronic pain initiatives as well as online websites with education for chronic pain sufferers as well as training for community workers have been developed to help close the opioid treatment service gap.

Go to "How we can reduce dependency on opioid painkillers in rural and regional Australia?"

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August 25, 2017

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT YOUTH ENGAGEMENT HUB

As part of the Queensland Youth Strategy, the Queensland Government has launched the Youth Engagement Hub online platform to give young people a voice and share information about Queensland Government policies, programs and broader issues that impact them. As projects and activities are developed under the Queensland Youth Strategy young people can join the conversation through forums, polls, crowd-sourcing ideas and feedback. Some of the current projects on the Ehub seeking feedback from young people include the "Finding work - how to make it easier" project and the upcoming Women of the World Festival in Brisbane.

Go to the Queensland Government Youth Engagement Hub

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August 24, 2017

QUEENSLAND HEALTH ANNOUNCES OUTCOMES OF AOD PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTION REQUEST FOR OFFER

Queensland Health has announced the successful organisations who have received funding from the recent Request for Offer for Alcohol and Other Drug Psychosocial Interventions. Below is a list of services who have received funding across various Hospital and Health Service districts, along with the target population group for the service.

Cairns and Hinterland
• Youth Empowered Towards Independence (Young people)
• Community Services Tablelands Inc (Young people)

Townsville
• Lives Lived Well (Young people)
• The Salvation Army (Young people)

Mackay
• Drug Arm (Adults)
• Lives Lived Well (Young people and adults)

Central Queensland
• Drug Arm (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)

Wide Bay
• Bridges Health and Community Care (Adults and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)

Sunshine Coast
• Lives Lived Well (Young people)

Brisbane
• Open Doors Youth Service (Young people and LGBTIQ+)

West Moreton
• Anglicare (Young people)
• Drug Arm (Adults)

South West
• Anglicare (Young people)
• Drug Arm (Adults and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)

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August 18, 2017

IS YOUR SERVICE YOUTH FRIENDLY?

A few years back, Dovetail developed a fact sheet "Is your service youth friendly?"  The fact sheet asks a number of key questions for services to consider, including questions related to environment, access and values, attitudes and practices.  The fact sheet is designed to help services reflect on what they do well, and areas for improvement.

Download "Is your service youth friendly?" here (660 KB PDF)

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August 18, 2017

JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT DOVETAIL

We are excited to announce that we are seeking expressions of interest for a new role at Dovetail to assist in the delivery of training, information, support and resources to the youth AOD sector in Queensland. If you'd like to know more about this opportunity click on the role description below.

HP4 Social Worker / Psychologist / Occupational Therapist - Dovetail

In related news Statewide Clinical Support Services are seeking applicants for a Project Officer with multimedia and/or design skills to contribute to the creation of content across both Dovetail and Insight. And finally, Insight are also looking to recruit a Clinical Educator. To learn more about these exciting opportunities see the links below.

A04 Project Officer - Multimedia Design

HP4 Clinical Educator - Social Worker / Psychologist Occupational Therapist - Insight

 

A04 Project Officer, Multimedia Design - Insight/Dovetail

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August 18, 2017

CONSULTATIONS ON THE NATIONAL FASD STRATEGY 2018 - 2028

The Australian Government Department of Health is developing a "National FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Strategy 2018 - 2028" and services and individuals are able to make submissions in order to inform the strategy.  The objectives of the strategy are to:

  • Strengthen efforts and address the whole-of-life impacts on FASD
  • Address the whole-of-population issues
  • Support collaborative cross sectoral approaches required to prevent FASD in Australia
  • Provide information and support those living with and affected by the disorder

Submissions close 4th of September.

Find out more or provide a submission here.

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August 18, 2017

LIFELINE COPING KIT

We recently came across an excellent resource developed by Lifeline, which we think is worth sharing. The "Coping Kit" is designed to used with a client to help plan for and respond to crisis situations.  The forms ask key questions to identify signs of being overwhelmed, as well as strategies for managing crisis situations. There is a two page form, as well as a wallet card version, which young people can take with them wherever they go.

Find out more about the Lifeline "Coping Kit" here.

 


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