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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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August 11, 2017

WHY ARE ECSTASY-RELATED DEATHS RISING IN THE UK?

The AOD policy website Volteface has published an article titled "Fired up: Why are Ecstasy related deaths increasing in the UK?".  The article provides evidence that in 2015, there were 72 ecstasy (MDMA) related deaths in the UK, the second highest number of deaths on record.  The article attempts to compare rates of ecstasy use with the numbers of deaths in order to show the degree of risk associated with ecstasy use.  The authors found the mortality rate of ecstasy-related deaths to be one death per 6968 last-year users (approximately one death per 10 000 users).  This is broadly equivalent to the risk posed by motor sports, water sports, mountain hiking, being a road user, giving birth, liposuction, taking anti-depressants or being in police custody.

Go to "Fired up: Why are Ecstasy related deaths increasing in the UK?"

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August 11, 2017

CODEINE SCHEDULING CHANGES: FEBRUARY 2018

Commencing in February 2018, medications containing codeine will require a prescription. The re-scheduling has been introduced by the Therapeutic Goods Administration following evidence of increasing misuse of over-the-counter codeine. It's possible that this change in scheduling could lead to an increase in people seeking treatment for codeine dependence, and workers in the youth and alcohol and other drugs sector should be aware of this change and start thinking about how your service can prepare to best support people who might be having problems with codeine dependence.

Find out more from the Therapeutic Goods Administration

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August 11, 2017

OVERVIEW OF FORENSIC TESTING DEVICES FOR HARM REDUCTION POINT-OF-CARE

An article has been published in the "Harm Reduction Journal" titled "An overview of forensic drug testing methods and their suitability for harm reduction point-of-care services".  The article describes the range of devices that are able to determine the contents of substances, and considers their potential utility in harm reduction point-of-care services including drug checking services. Technology in this area evolves rapidly and this article considers issues such as the amount of training required to use a particular device, the accuracy and portability.

Go to "An overview of forensic drug testing methods and their suitability for harm reduction point-of-care services."

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August 4, 2017

INSIGHT TRAINING AND WEBINAR CALENDAR: OUT NOW

Insight has released the semester two training and webinar calendar for semester 2 of 2017.  The training calendar includes a range of free full day and part day workshops on topics including "Culturally secure AOD practice", "Introduction to motivational interviewing" and "An introduction to mindfulness for AOD".  The training workshops are happening in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville and are likely to book out quickly.  The Insight webinar series happens every Wednesday morning from 10am live in person at the Biala BUilding in Brisbane, or broadcast live online. This semester includes a webinar from the Queensland AIDS Council on "How to better meet the needs of your LGBTI clients" on Wednesday 30th of August, and Dovetail's own Cameron Francis will be presenting on Wednesday 6th of September "A trip through the garden" which provides an overview of a range of different psychoactive plants and fungus.

Find out more about the Insight Webinars

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August 4, 2017

AOD TREATMENT IN AUSTRALIA 2015-16

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recently published "Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2015 -16".  This report collates the National Minimum Data Set information, submitted by 796 AOD services from across Australia.  Nationally, there were estimated to be 134 000 clients in AOD treatment 2015-16, with about 35 000 of these living in Queensland. Alcohol was the most common drug of concern (32%), however that number has been falling. The number of people seeking treatment for amphetamines has risen substantially, making up only 12% of treatment episodes on 2011-12, and in 2015-16 making up 23% of treatment episodes in 2015-16.

Go to "Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2015 -16"

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August 4, 2017

IS THE WELLBEING OF METHAMPHETAMINE USERS WORSE THAN HEROIN USERS?

The latest Illicit Drug Reporting Reporting System (IDRS) Drug Trends Bulletin is titled "Is the wellbeing of people who inject drugs worse for those who use methamphetamine rather than heroin?".  The report considers data from the IDRS which involved 877 people who regularly inject substances.  Of the sample, 59% of people regularly injected opioids, 34.9% regularly inject methamphetamine.  There were a number of statistically significant differences between the two groups, with 41.4% of the methamphetamine users reporting a very high distress score of the K-10, compared with 14.5% of opioid users.

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