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June 23, 2017

LOCAL DRUG ACTION TEAM GRANTS AVAILABLE NOW

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation have launched the latest round of small grants to develop Local Drug Action Teams (LDATS).  Local Drug Action Teams allow communities for form partnerships and work collaboratively to prevent alcohol and other drug related harms.  The LDATs have been funded as a part of the Australian Government's National Ice Action Strategy.  The grant round opened on the 1st of June, and closes on Friday 14th of July so now is the time to plan your community's response.


Find out more about the ADF Local Drug Action Team Grants

 

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June 23, 2017

RANZCP CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists produce clinical practice guidelines for a range of mental health conditions.  The guidelines are updated as new evidence emerges and practices change. A number of the RANZCP Clinical Practice Guidelines are relevant to Dovetail subscribers, including the guidelines around deliberate self-harm, mood disorders and anxiety disorders.

Go to the RANZCP Guidelines and Resources for Practice

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June 23, 2017

A DECISION-SUPPORT TOOL TO INFORM AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIES FOR PREVENTING SUICIDE AND SUICIDAL BEHAVIOUR

An article has been published in the journal "Public Health Research & Practice" titled "A decision-support tool to inform Australian strategies for preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour".  The article describes a dynamic simulation modelling approach to understanding the likely impacts of different combinations of policies and interventions, before they are implemented in the real world.  The authors found that the largest reductions in suicide were associated with GP training and coordinated aftercare approaches.

Go to "A decision-support tool to inform Australian strategies for preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour"

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June 15, 2017

SEXUAL HEALTH AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH: INTERVENTIONS AND CASE STUDIES

Young people with mental health problems are at higher risk for experiencing sexual health concerns relating to sexuality, gender diversity, sexual activity and sexual relationships. This webinar, presented by Dr. Brian O'Donoghue from Orygen, reviews the rationale for assessing and screening the sexual health of young people with mental health concerns and explores assessment and screening of sexual behaviour and sexual identity using case studies to demonstrate how assessment, screening and interventions can occur in conjunction within youth mental health services.

View the webinar here

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June 15, 2017

FIRST TIME WITH A NEW PILL OR POWDER

This short video published back in 2013 from Global Drug Survey called "First time with a new pill or powder", provides common sense harm reduction information for people who use or are planning to experiment with pills or powders as these substances can sometimes cause significant harm.

Watch the video here

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June 15, 2017

ASSESSING THE OUTCOMES OF POLICE DIVERSION FOR MINOR CANNABIS POSSESSION

The Australian Institute of Criminology has published a research paper titled "Police diversion for cannabis offences: Assessing outcomes and cost-effectiveness". The paper provides an overview of a research project that considered the outcomes of police diversion, including the different costs and outcomes for particular diversion practices, and to compare whether diversion is cost-effective in relation to traditional criminal justice system responses. The authors found that cannabis diversion costs much less than a criminal charge and that people diverted reduced their drug use and offending behaviour. People with a prior offence or no previous engagement with the criminal justice system tended not to reoffend whereas those from lower socioeconomic circumstances tended to reoffend as they were more likely have multiple complex needs.

Read the research paper here

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June 9, 2017

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2017: RESULTS OUT NOW

Global Drug Survey 2017 results are in with over 115,000 people from around the world (5,750 from Australia) providing information on their drug use, harm, harm reduction strategies and more. The survey gives a great snapshot of a population that often don't come into contact with treatment services. Some interesting facts from the survey are that 44% of the Australian participants desire to drink less and 1/3 of those would like help.  Cannabis remains the world's most widely used illicit drugs and if it was to be regulated 75% of all participants would like to see cannabis regulation guidelines similar to alcohol. Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) with a psychedelic effect profile including LSD analogues are increasing and represent over 50% of the NPS drugs used by the sample.

Check out many interesting facts from Global Drug Survey 2017 here

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June 9, 2017

HEALTHY NIGHTLIFE TOOLBOX

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox has been developed by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and is designed to local communities in reducing the harm from alcohol and other drugs in night time entertainment settings. The toolbox includes a database with evaluated interventions, as well as info sheets that give advice on responding to alcohol and other drug problems in nightlife settings.


Go to the "Healthy Nightlife Toolbox"

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June 2, 2017

2016 NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY HOUSEHOLD SURVEY RESULTS

Australia's largest population based survey of alcohol and other drug use has published results collected in 2016. The "National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016" results show a continued decline in young people's use of alcohol and other drugs. The survey showed that young people are smoking less tobacco, with the proportion who have never smoked 100 cigarettes in their lifetime increasing from 95% of young people in 2013 to 98% in 2016. The decline in young people's alcohol consumption has also continued with the proportion of 12 - 17 year olds abstaining from alcohol increasing significantly from 2013 with 72% abstaining, increasing to 82% abstaining in 2016. Most of the increases in alcohol and other drug use occurred in older age groups. More people aged between 40 - 49 recently used an illicit drug (16.2% - an increase of 3% since 2013) compared with young people aged 10 - 19 (15.9% - a decrease of 1.6% since 2013).

Find out more about the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016

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June 2, 2017

QUEENSLAND NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAM DIRECTORY APP

The Pharmacy Guild of Queensland have developed an app that allows people to find their nearest needle and syringe program. The directory includes 730 registered pharmacies that provide injecting equipment, as well as 140 public needle and syringe programs. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. To download the free app, simply go to the Google Play store, or the Apple App Store and type in "Qld Needle and syringe program." A PDF flier is available to assist in promoting the app to clients. You can download the flier or find out more information here.

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