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May 31, 2018

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW- NALOXONE EDITION: FREE ACCESS

Drug and Alcohol Review (the peer reviewed journal of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs - APSAD) have dedicated their May 2018 open access edition to naloxone - the medication which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. This issue includes an overview of take-home naloxone in Australia, some of the findings and lessons learnt from the rescheduling and implementation phase and how the evidence base is developing on administering take-home naloxone.

Read the May 2018 edition of Drug and Alcohol Review here.

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May 31, 2018

MANAGING CO-OCCURRING ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

Back in 2016, the national "Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions" were published, but we think they are worth revisiting.  The guidelines are hosted on a great website that includes online training and resources for workers including client worksheets and more.


Go to the "Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions" website.

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May 31, 2018

WHAT’S THE CRACK PODCAST LATEST EPISODE - CANNABIS POTENCY

"What's the crack" is a podcast that features three researchers from the National Addiction Centre at King's College in London.  In each episode, the team apply their expertise in alcohol and other drug science to a different topic. The latest episode is on "Cannabis Potency".  The team answer some key questions like "Why has cannabis potency increased over the years?" and "Why is CBD so important?" Make sure you check out back editions of the podcast as well.

Go to "What's the crack podcast: Cannabis potency"

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May 25, 2018

AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS HEALTH INFONET WEBSITE RELAUNCH

The Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet has launched a newly designed website.  The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is a one-stop-shop that brings together the latest information, evidence, research and knowledge about a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health matters.  The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an essential resource that the team at Dovetail regularly use and recommend to workers who are looking for high quality information.

 

Go to the newly designed Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website

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May 25, 2018

MISSION AUSTRALIA YOUTH SURVEY 2018

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is Australia's largest online youth survey, providing a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to communicate issues that really concern them. The Youth Survey gives valuable insights into the lives of young Australians and provides a snapshot of how young people feel about their own lives and broader national issues. The survey can capture localized emerging trends such as rates of young people couch surfing, patterns of substance use and self reported mental health symptoms.

Young people can complete the survey until it closes in July 2018 via this link.

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May 18, 2018

REDUCING THE SUPPLY OF INHALANTS: FREE DOVETAIL RESOURCES AVAILABLE NOW

Back in 2013, Dovetail received funding to develop a print and online resource designed to educate retailers on the misuse of inhalable products like deodorants, spray paints and other common household products.  There has recently been reports of an increase in inhalant use throughout Queensland, and so we thought it would be timely to promote this useful resource once again. The "Retailers Response to Inhalants" kit includes information about inhalable products, suggestions for retailers around minimising misuse of inhalants including refusal strategies, signage for shops and educational resources for retail staff. Youth workers, health workers, police and other services addressing inhalant misuse can take these resources into retail outlets and use the resource to assist engagement with retailers on this important issue.  Reducing the supply is one component of an holistic response required to reduce the harm from inhalant use.


To find out more or to order a free copy of "A Retailers Response to Inhalants" go to www.inhalantsupply.org

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May 18, 2018

PERSONALITY DISORDERS AND SUBSTANCE USE WEBINAR: MONDAY JUNE 4TH 2018

Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders have partnered with the Mental Health Professionals Network to deliver a free webinar to enhance clinician's knowledge, understanding and treatment of people living with personality disorders and substance use. Panelists include Dr Hester Wilson (GP from NSW), Dr Jeff Ward (Psychologist from the ACT) and Dr Trevor Crowe (Psychologist from Tasmania).  The webinar includes information on the evidence-based approaches that can assist in the treatment and support of people with personality disorder and substance use. The webinar will be held on Monday 4 June 2018 at 7:15PM AEST (Queensland).

For more information or to register click here.

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May 11, 2018

DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is now happening within Queensland, aiming to increase community awareness of domestic and family violence. The month provides an opportunity to encourage support seeking and increase awareness and knowledge of community and workers. Dovetail thought it would be an opportune time to share a few helpful resources we've come across recently.

 

Queensland Health have created a 'Response to Disclosure' flowchart to assist frontline staff working with clients who may have been impacted by domestic and family violence.

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed a short video in response to violence against women and the important role of the healthcare system in responding which you can watch here.


Find out about other events happening across Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month here.

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May 11, 2018

PILL TESTING IN AUSTRALIA

A pill testing service was made available for people attending a music festival in Canberra recently. Also known as 'drug checking' or 'drug testing', pill testing involves an analysis of pills, powders and capsules often sold as ecstasy and MDMA and provides critical information regarding potentially harmful contents and can provide an indication of the potency of the pill or capsule.

 

The pill testing service was provided by the Safety and Testing Advisory Service at Festivals and Events (STA-SAFE) lead by Harm Reduction Australia. The testing was conducted by volunteer medical staff and analytic chemists in a mobile laboratory onsite at the festival. Models of practice for pill testing services includes volunteers providing harm reduction information regarding the consumption of unknown or potentially harmful contents detected and making provisions for people to dispose of the substance in a amnesty bin.

 

According to some media reports, during the testing process at the festival in Canberra 128 samples were analysed with 85 substances identified, it has been reported that a synthetic cathinone- N- ethylpentylone also known as ephylone was detected.

 

To read more about pill testing click here.

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May 11, 2018

HOW MUCH DOES PRISON REALLY COST?

The Australian Institute of Criminology have published a research report titled "How much does prison really cost? Comparing the costs of imprisonment with community corrections."  The report attempts to assess the direct and indirect costs and savings associated with incarcerating a person, including costs to the individual, family and broader community. The research was undertaken in two stages - the first stage estimating the costs and savings accrued during sentences that began in 2009-10, while the second stage considered the wider costs and savings of this period and up to five years after.

 

Download "How much does prison cost? Comparing the costs of imprisonment with community corrections." (945KB PDF)



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