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March 10, 2017

ADF DRUG FACTS

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (formerly known as the Australian Drug Foundation) have re-launched their Drug Facts website.  The site contains information on a broad range of drugs, in an accessible format suitable for any worker.  Each fact sheet contains information on the specific substance including how the substance is used, an overview of the effects and harms, and information on rates of use in the population.

Go to the ADF Drug Facts website

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October 21, 2016

LIVES OF SUBSTANCE

The Lives of Substance website aims to provide information people's' lived experience of alcohol and other drug problems. It is designed to provide members of the public with clear information on key terminology such as "addiction" or "dependence", and utilises actors and voice recordings of people to illustrate some of the real experiences of people who have problems with their substance use. There are stories about a wide range of substances, as well as experiences by age and gender. Personal stories of real people can help to de-mystify and de-stigmatise substance use problems, and Lives of Substance is a valuable resource for workers who want to better understand the wide variety of experiences of substance use problems.


Go to Lives of Substance

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June 10, 2016

ReachOut.Com for Parents

ReachOut.com/Parents is a free online service providing evidence-based practical support and tips that encourage effective communication and relationships between parents and young people aged 12-18 years, as well as easy-to-read information on a range of mental health and wellbeing issues. A key feature of ReachOut Parents is a peer-to-peer forum where parents can connect with each other to share experiences in an anonymous, supportive space. There will also be stories from parents, videos from child psychologists, and pathways for further support services if parents or young people are in serious distress.


Go to "ReachOut.Com for Parents"

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July 17, 2015

DRUG PREVENTION FOR PARENTS

Mentor International have published a guide to prevention resources for parents.  The guide is divided into three sections including "Home", "School" and "Community" and provides a brief overview of the research into effective AOD prevention across each of these domains.  The guide contains links to evidence-based resources from around the world, including Australia.  The guide is also useful for workers who engage with parents, with useful strategies to assist parents in supporting their children.

Download "Drug prevention for parents" (900KB PDF)

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November 4, 2011

PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE: FREE RESOURCES AVAILABLE

The Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS) have developed a free online package of resources designed to prevent child abuse.   The kit includes a poster highlighting some of the signs of potential abuse or neglect, as well as fact sheets on a range of issues including information for pre-school and primary school aged children, facts sheets for parents, and information on where to get support.


http://www.childabuseprevention.com.au/

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October 21, 2011

PARENTING STRATEGIES TO PREVENT ADOLESCENT ALCOHOL MISUSE

A number of agencies including Turning Point, Melbourne University, Monash University, Orygen Youth Health and others, have collaborated to develop a fantastic resource for parents interested in learning about ways to prevent alcohol misuse in their children.   The site includes information parents should know about alcohol use in young people, and addresses key questions parents have around alcohol and young people.   The site also includes a free online parenting program, where parents can learn strategies which are tailored to their specific circumstances.

Find out more at the Parenting Strategies Website

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September 2, 2011

ACCESS ALL AREAS: NEW CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE INDIGENOUS SERVICES

Access All Areas is a campaign designed to increase awareness of services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.   The website includes links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and there are plans for a printed service directory.  The campaign website contains links to a wide range of services, from child care to health and housing services.   The campaign is relying on service providers to register their details, which can then be publicised on the website.

Access All Areas

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June 6, 2011

NEW LOOK DRUGINFO WEBSITE

The folks at the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) have recently re-lauched their DrugInfo website.   The site is now easier to use than ever before, with info suitable for a range of audiences.  It contains printable info sheets on the full (and expanding) range of drugs, as well as different audiences include parents, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Click here to check out the all new DrugInfo website.

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June 6, 2011

LAYING DOWN THE CRIMINAL LAW: A HANDBOOK FOR YOUTH WORKERS

Ever wondered what to do if you come across illegal drugs in your workplace?  What about taking a knife off a young person before they come into your service.  Do you return it to them when they leave?  These tricky questions are just a few examples of the complex legal problems that youth workers confront daily.  The people at the Youth Advocacy Centre have covered all these issues and more in their amazing book "Laying Down the Criminal Law:  A Handbook for Youth Workers."   The book includes essential information on confidentiality and consent, understanding subpoenas, and heaps more.   It's essential reading for anyone working with young people in Queensland.

To order a copy for your service click here.

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