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October 27, 2017

DOVETAIL'S DRUG SLANG AND ACRONYM LIST 2.0

Earlier this year, we released "Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms" and a guide to "Queensland AOD Acronyms and Abbreviations." Since the launch, we've received loads of positive feedback and suggestions for additions to both. We've compiled all of your feedback and are happy to launch our updated slang list and acronym guide. You can click through various acronyms or slang terms on our website, or you can download the lists as a PDF, to keep next to your desk for those moments when you can't tell your AOD from your DOB. If you find an acronym or slang term that is not on the list, please drop us an email to let us know.

 

Click here to explore Dovetail's interactive slang and acronym page

 

Click here to download a PDF of "Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms"


Click here to download a PDF of "Dovetail's Queensland AOD Acronyms and Abbreviations"

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October 27, 2017

THE SOCIAL COSTS OF METHAMPHETAMINE IN AUSTRALIA

The National Drug Research Institute has published a report titled "The Social Costs of Methamphetamine in Australia 2013 / 14."  The report considers the costs to the community of the estimated 160 000 dependent methamphetamine users, along with 108 000 non-dependent users.  It included consideration of the costs associated with prevention, supply reduction, harm reduction and treatment programs that target the use of methamphetamine.  Within these domains were costs associated with premature mortality, crime, child maltreatment, motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents and productivity and more.  The total costs are estimated to be just over $5 billion dollars.

Download "The social costs of methamphetamine in Australia 2013 / 14"

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October 27, 2017

THE WELFARE OF ALL AUSTRALIANS

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released its 13th report in the Australia's Welfare series.  The report examines the welfare of Australians in the broad context of well-being, 'being secure, happy, healthy and safe'.  The 2017 report highlights the diversity of disadvantage that exists in our communities, particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, vulnerable young people and those experiencing family and domestic violence.  Some results for vulnerable young people included, 46,500 children in out-of-home care in 2016 with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being 10 times more likely to be in care.  Young people aged between 10 and 17 under youth justice supervision were 15 times as likely as the general population to be involved with the child protection system in the same year.  5.1% of young people aged 15-19 were not engaged in education, employment or training in 2016.  Read more results from the report here.

http://apo.org.au/node/115091

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October 20, 2017

NEW NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH PORTAL: HEAD TO HEALTH

The Australian Government Department of Health and Aging have launched a new website called "Head to Health."  The site is designed to help people find information, resources and services that can improve mental health and well being. The site includes links to mental health websites, apps and online programs, dedicated forums, as well as phone chat and email services.

Go to "Head to Health."

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October 20, 2017

WHAT EVERY WORKER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AOD AND THE LAW

Penny Williams is a Principal Lawyer with Legal Aid Queensland and recently presented an informative webinar about "AOD and the Law" as part of the Insight webinar series. Penny covers the important, practical things every AOD worker should know about the law and legal processes in respect to AOD, in order to best assist your clients.

Watch Penny's presentation here.

The Legal Aid Queensland website also has easy to understand legal information on drug related laws which can be viewed here.

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October 20, 2017

HOW TO MAKE CBT YOUTH FRIENDLY

We have recently come across a factsheet and online training module developed by Orygen with practical tips for workers on how to modify Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to be more 'user friendly' for young people experiencing depression. CBT is a common therapeutic approach utilised by many workers, however there are common barriers when trying to use the approach with young people. The factsheet and online training module covers off on these challenges and provide practical tips and strategies to improve engagement and treatment outcomes.

Go to "Modifying CBT to meet the needs of adolescents with depression" fact sheet

Go to "Modifying CBT for adolescents with deperssion" online training module

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October 13, 2017

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE MORE THAN JUST MINI ADULTS

The September issue of Advocate, the e-magazine of the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA), features a range of stories and articles on youth issues in alcohol and other drug treatment. Dovetail's own Cameron Francis features in the magazine and provides a really clear overview of the nuanced differences in providing alcohol and other drug treatment to young people compared to adults. Cameron also provides some handy tips on how to make your service youth friendly.


Download NADA's Advocate e-Magazine here (1.8MB PDF)

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October 13, 2017

QUEENSLAND MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION CONSULTATION REPORT

In response to significant reform occurring across sectors, the Queensland Mental Health Commission is preparing to renew the "Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019". The Commission has released a consultation report called "Your voice, one vision" which outlines the issues raised during consultations with stakeholders, including people with lived experience, their families, as well as policy, planning, service managers and frontline service providers from a wide-range of sectors. The findings from the "Your Voice, One Vision Consultation Report" will inform the Queensland Mental Health Commission's renewed strategic plan. Some of the future directions for reducing AOD related harm outlined in the report include:

  • A harm minimisation approach that addresses all drug types (legal and illegal
  • Improved community awareness to combat stigma and discrimination
  • Increased availability of AOD services
  • Increase support for families
  • Improved responses within the criminal justice system to reduce AOD related harm
  • New options for harm reduction initiatives
  • Enhancement of workforce development in the AOD sector

Download  "Your Voice, One Vision Consultation Report 2017" (2.7MB PDF)

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October 13, 2017

THE ECSTASY AND RELATED DRUGS REPORTING SYSTEM 2017 KEY FINDINGS

The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is an annual study that monitors trends in price, purity and availability of a range substances and attempts to identify trends and changes in the drug market. The EDRS involves interviews with regular drug users, as well as interviews with key informants from the sector. There is a Queensland component, which is one of the few studies that provides insight in local drug trends. The 2017 EDRS key findings included a significant decline in use of 'any' methamphetamine, with a particularly significant decrease in the use of crystal methamphetamine. Ecstasy use remained stable and the ecstasy market continued to diversify in 2017.  Pills were the most common form of MDMA used, however there were significant increases in the use of MDMA crystal, capsules and powder.  Another interesting trend was an increase in the use of magic mushrooms, LSD, ketamine and DMT, although the frequency of use was low.


Go to the 2017 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Preliminary findings

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