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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 4, 2018

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE: REGISTRATIONS OPEN

The program for 2018's Youth AOD Conference been released and registrations are now open! The annual conference held by YSAS in Melbourne will be on 16-17 August 2018 with a theme of "Assertive Advocacy", seeking to advance practice by strengthening knowledge and skills in advocacy for the youth AOD workforce. The program hosts a diverse range of speakers and explores themes of child protection, attachment and trauma, domestic violence, legal rights and more.

To see the full program or register click here.

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April 27, 2018

NADA CONFERENCE - SYDNEY 7-8 JUNE 2018

NADA (Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies - the peak body for NGO AOD services in New South Wales) are holding their annual conference in Sydney on the 7th and 8th of June. 'Exploring therapeutic interventions' is the theme, and keynote presentations include why the consumer voice should be central to AOD treatment, the current evidence base for primary and comorbid substance use disorders for young people and a presentation on the impact of decriminalisation in Portugal. Registrations close on the 25th May.

To read the full the program and register click here.

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April 13, 2018

A TRIP THROUGH THE GARDEN EPISODE 3: OPIUM POPPIES

Opium poppies (Papaver somniferum) contain a number of opiates including morphine, codeine, thebaine and more.  The seeds from opium poppies sometimes have small traces of opiates on the outside shell of the seed. Occasionally, services may encounter people who are attempting to extract the opiates from opium poppies or seeds, which can result in overdose or dependence. In this video, Cameron describes some of the main constituents of opium poppies, how they are used, and some of the risks and harms.

Click here to watch "A trip through the garden episode 3: Opium poppies" (2min 45sec)

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April 6, 2018

ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR WORKERS

In 2017 e-Mental Health in Practice Project (eMHPrac) released a resource guide which outlines all the different support and training options for workers.  The project aims to raise health practitioners and workers' awareness and knowledge of digital mental health and to provide free training and support in its use to GPs, allied health professionals and service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The resource is broken down into specific mental health diagnosis and areas of concern as well as specific sub-groups including working with parents, children and young people, aboriginal and/or torres strait islander people and more.

Download the resource guide here (901KB PDF)

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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

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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November 10, 2017

WEBINAR ON FASD IN THE YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM: WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 12PM

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong condition relating to permanent brain damage caused by fetal alcohol exposure.  The majority of young people who have FASD live with significant cognitive, behavioural and learning difficulties.  Being FASD informed is important for all workers who support young people. The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre is hosting a free webinar on FASD on Wednesday 29 November with guest presenter Dr Raewyn Mutch from the Alcohol, Pregnancy and FASD department at Telethon Kids Institute.  The webinar will run for approximately one hour, and will discuss FASD with a focus on the prevalence of FASD in the youth justice system.

To read more about joining the webinar visit.

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August 4, 2017

INSIGHT TRAINING AND WEBINAR CALENDAR: OUT NOW

Insight has released the semester two training and webinar calendar for semester 2 of 2017.  The training calendar includes a range of free full day and part day workshops on topics including "Culturally secure AOD practice", "Introduction to motivational interviewing" and "An introduction to mindfulness for AOD".  The training workshops are happening in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville and are likely to book out quickly.  The Insight webinar series happens every Wednesday morning from 10am live in person at the Biala BUilding in Brisbane, or broadcast live online. This semester includes a webinar from the Queensland AIDS Council on "How to better meet the needs of your LGBTI clients" on Wednesday 30th of August, and Dovetail's own Cameron Francis will be presenting on Wednesday 6th of September "A trip through the garden" which provides an overview of a range of different psychoactive plants and fungus.

Find out more about the Insight Webinars

Find out more about Insight Training

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July 7, 2017

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE QUEENSLAND LGBTI ROUNDTABLE

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to contribute to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Roundtable for a two year term commencing in 2017.  Nominations are being sought from LGBTI Queenslanders and their allies who have experience supporting and advancing the interests of LGBTI Queenslanders, are involved in LGBTI community initiatives, have well developed community networks, and who can attend three meetings per year.

Find out more or nominate here.

 


 

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