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June 30, 2017

2017 NAIDOC WEEK: 2 - 9th OF JULY

The 2017 NAIDOC Week is happening from the 2nd to the 9th of July.  The theme of this year's NAIDOC week is "Our Languages Matter" recognising and celebrating the essential role of Indigenous languages in cultural identity.  NAIDOC Week recognises and celebrates the history culture and achievements of Aborigianl and Torres Strait Islander people, and NAIDOC events are happening all around the state.

To find out about NAIDOC events happening in your region check out the NAIDOC Website.

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June 30, 2017

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS POLICY TIMELINE

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Knowledge Centre have added an AOD policy timeline to their website. The timeline is interactive which makes it  easy to navigate the history of AOD policies in Australia. Each listing on the timeline allows for access to more detailed information and links to the reports in the Knowledge Centre bibliography.

Check out the timeline here

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June 30, 2017

TOBACCO - POSSIBLY THE WORST THING IN A JOINT

Smoking cannabis mixed with tobacco is common practice across European countries and can increase the risk of dependence and other health harms for users. Dr Adam Winstock from Global Drug Survey wrote this blog post back in May called "Tobacco - possibly the worst thing in a joint", based on data from the almost 70,000 cannabis users who participated in Global Drug Survey 2017. The post looks at ways to tackle this cultural norm by promoting the use of utensils such as vaporisers and suggests that more sophisticated health promotion messages that respect the choices people make around cannabis use will be required to help prevent death due to tobacco related disease.

Read the post here

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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

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 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

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 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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