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March 30, 2018

INROADS: ONLINE PROGRAM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR ALCOHOL USE AND ANXIETY

Researchers from UNSW and Macquarie University have recently developed a program for young adults who are concerned about their anxiety and alcohol use. Inroads is a CBT based online program which is aimed to develop new skills to assist young people with their anxiety and alcohol use.  The modules are completed weekly and follow up support via phone or email is provided by an experienced psychologist. Inroads are currently seeking people aged 17 to 24 living anywhere in Australia to participate in a free trial of the program.  A recent webinar by Inroads discussed the link between anxiety and alcohol use problems, and ways to help people with these issues (including an overview of the Inroads program).

For more information, visit the Inroads website.

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March 30, 2018

DOES LANGUAGE MATTER?

The language we use can be powerful, especially when working with vulnerable populations. The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) and NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) have developed a resource called Language Matters; it aims to provide workers with best practice on how to utilise language in a way that empowers clients. Words and labels used within the drug and alcohol sector can have connotations attached to them and create stigma for users which can create further disadvantage.

The resource was developed through consultation with people who use drugs and non government AOD workers and can be accessed here.

 

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March 30, 2018

DOVETAIL GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE #3 PRACTICE STRATEGIES AND INTERVENTIONS: BACK IN STOCK

Working with young people who are using alcohol and other drugs in a problematic way can be a tricky space. Throughout the Dovetail lifespan five good practice guides have been developed, drawing from worker's practice wisdom and research in the field. We have recently re-printed "Practice Strategies and Interventions" and free copies are available for order now. This guide provides practical advice and strategies for anyone working with young people using alcohol or other drugs, touching on the theoretical frameworks behind drug and alcohol interventions and providing practical tools for workers to use in their practice.


If you'd like to order a hard copy, email info@dovetail.org.au with your postal address.

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March 23, 2018

THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ADVERTISING ON YOUNG PEOPLE'S CONSUMPTION

The WA Cancer Prevention Research unit at Curtin University has published a report titled "Evidence on the nature and extent of alcohol promotion and the consequences for young people's alcohol consumption."  The report describes the multitude of ways that alcohol is promoted, including traditional television and magazine advertising, but also through sports sponsorship and the new media including social media platforms.  The report found that young people are exposed to a large and growing amount of alcohol advertising. Current regulations allow alcohol advertising during sports programming, meaning that children and adolescents are exposed to significant amounts of alcohol advertising, which serves to normalise alcohol consumption and engagement in sport. The report also highlights the limited controls regarding alcohol-related content on social networking websites.

 

Download "Evidence on the nature and extent of alcohol promotion and the consequences for young people's alcohol consumption." (670KB PDF)

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March 23, 2018

OPPORTUNITY FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER YOUNG PEOPLE TO TELL THEIR STORY

The Positive Choices team at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) are developing drug and alcohol prevention resources that are culturally appropriate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students, their teachers and parents. The team is looking for stories from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young people which will assist with the development of resources which are relevant to other young people. The team are seeking submissions from students or young people to share a story about a time when they have made a positive choice, a story about their role model or aspects of their community which they love.  Entries can be a written story, a video, speech or a song. The winner will receive a MacBook Air and the runner-up will receive a $500 JB HiFi vouchers (delivery anywhere in Australia).

The competition closes on 30 April 2018, for more info click here

Or check out this short video here.

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March 23, 2018

ARE RATES OF COCAINE USE INCREASING?

An article has been published on The Conversation website titled "Cocaine: The glamour drug of the 70's is making a comeback".  The article describes the history of cocaine, the ways that it works and presents some data around rates of use in the Australian population. The 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey found the proportion of people using cocaine has been increasing since 2004. Cocaine was reported to be the second most commonly used illicit substance in Australia, after cannabis at the highest rate seen over the last 15 years. Between 2001 and 2016, lifetime cocaine use increased across all age groups except for 14-19 year olds, with significant increases between 2013 and 2016 for people in their 30s and 40s. Whilst the Household survey demonstrated that recent use of cocaine has increased across most age groups it is unclear if rates are increasing amongst Australian young people.

 

Go to "Weekly Dose: Cocaine, the glamour drug of the 70's, is making a comeback"

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March 23, 2018

WOWS11 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Walk on the Wild Side (WOWS) Symposium is an annual one day event for people working in the alcohol and other drugs sector, happening in Brisbane on the 11th of May.  The organisers are inviting workers to submit abstracts to present on research, projects, challenging clinical issues and clinical initiatives in their workplace. Workers whose abstracts are selected will be invited to present a 5 minute overview of their abstract and will have the opportunity to win an espresso coffee machine for their workplace! Abstract submissions should be no more than 250 words and should address:

 

  • A sentence stating the purpose of the study or project
  • A brief description of the methods of the study or how the project was conducted
  • A summary of results
  • A statement of conclusions

Submissions close 3rd April 2018. Successful abstract presenters will be notified by 13th April 2018. Submit your abstract via email to: WOWS@health.qld.gov.au.

If you would like more information, please direct your questions to: Margo Hickman (member of the WOWS11 organising committee) Email: margo.hickman@health.qld.gov.au Phone: 13 78 46

 

To register to attend WOWS go here.

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March 16, 2018

A TRIP THROUGH THE GARDEN EPISODE 2: MAGIC MUSHROOMS

Magic mushrooms are hallucinogenic mushrooms that occur naturally in the environment.  In Queensland, the two most common species of magic mushrooms are Psilocybe cubensis ("gold tops") and Copelandia Cyanescens ("blue meanies"), and they appear during the summer months following heavy rain. In this video, episode 2 of "A trip through the garden: short guide to plant based substances" Dovetail's own Cameron Francis explains these two species of mushroom, and describes some of the effects of the active ingredients - psilocybin and psilocin, as well as some of the potential risks associated with the use of magic mushrooms.

Watch "A trip through the garden: Episode 2 Magic Mushrooms"

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March 16, 2018

DRUG AND ALCOHOL NURSES OF AUSTRALASIA CONFERENCE - MELBOURNE - 26 AND 27 OF JULY

The Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA) conference is being held in Melbourne on the 26th and 27th of July. The theme for the conference is 'It Starts with Us' which acknowledges that we are in a time of change for the alcohol and drug nursing workforce, and the conference is designed to support the development of this important workforce.  The call for abstracts is open until the 6th of April, and DANA members can apply for a limited number of conference scholarships until the 14th of May.

Find out more about the 2018 DANA Conference here


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March 16, 2018

CHILD PROTECTION AUSTRALIA 2016-17 REPORT RELEASED

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released Child Protection Australia 2016-17 report.  The report shows the rate of children receiving child protection services rose to 1 in 32 children, with almost three-quarters (74%) of children being repeat clients. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were significantly overrepresented.  In 2016-17, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were 7 times more likely to have received child protection services and 10 times more likely to be in out-of-home care. A total of 47 915 children were in out-of-home care across Australia with 41% having been in care for five years or more.  And for the first time the report presented data on disability status in out-of-home care.  In 2016-17, data on the disability status of children in out-of-home care were available for six jurisdictions.  Overall, 15% of children in out-of-home care were reported as having a disability.

Go to "Child Protection Australia 2016-17"

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