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June 23, 2017

LOCAL DRUG ACTION TEAM GRANTS AVAILABLE NOW

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation have launched the latest round of small grants to develop Local Drug Action Teams (LDATS).  Local Drug Action Teams allow communities for form partnerships and work collaboratively to prevent alcohol and other drug related harms.  The LDATs have been funded as a part of the Australian Government's National Ice Action Strategy.  The grant round opened on the 1st of June, and closes on Friday 14th of July so now is the time to plan your community's response.


Find out more about the ADF Local Drug Action Team Grants

 

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June 23, 2017

RANZCP CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists produce clinical practice guidelines for a range of mental health conditions.  The guidelines are updated as new evidence emerges and practices change. A number of the RANZCP Clinical Practice Guidelines are relevant to Dovetail subscribers, including the guidelines around deliberate self-harm, mood disorders and anxiety disorders.

Go to the RANZCP Guidelines and Resources for Practice

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June 9, 2017

DOVETAIL GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE: LEGAL AND ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF PRACTICE - BACK IN STOCK

Back in 2012, Dovetail released our second good practice guide  "Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Practice".  The guide has been very popular, and we ran out of print copies some time ago.  We've been lucky enough to re-print the guide, and we have free hardopies in stock now.  The guide covers issues such as consent, Gillick Competence, confidentiality as well as issues relating to the various ethical dilemmas which can arise through our work with young people experiencing alcohol and other drug concerns.  Further good practice guides are in the pipeline so stay tuned.  Queensland based workers can order hard copies of the guide free of charge by emailing info@dovetail.org.au or you can download an electronic copy here.

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May 8, 2017

CRACKS IN THE ICE

Cracks in the Ice is an online toolkit providing, evidence-based, and up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (ice) for the Australian community. Cracks in the Ice has been developed with input from community members across Australia in consultation with researchers from the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW and  the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. The website consists of a community toolkit, information for schools,  families and significant others and resources for health professionals.

View Cracks in the Ice here

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April 14, 2017

COUNSELLING ONLINE: NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Counselling Online has a new website! Counselling online has been around since 2006 providing an online service for people looking for help with alcohol and other drug issues. The service is operated by Turning Point in Victoria and available to all residents nationally. The new site has been designed to make it easier to find information and is compatible with a range of devices including Smartphones. Service users can speak with a counsellor, receive support by email and or SMS, access tools such as self-assessments and self-help modules, and join an online community forum to connect with peers for support. Counselling Online services are free and available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

View the new Counselling Online website.

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April 7, 2017

DOVETAIL'S GUIDE TO SLANG TERMS

Up the Murray Cod? Got your moon boots on? Drug slang terms can be baffling for workers. Slang terms can be highly localised - used by particular social groups, and changing over time. In order to assist in translating some of these terms, Dovetail has developed a handy Guide to Slang Terms. Slang terms can be easily misinterpreted or misunderstood, and our guide is by no means definitive. If you know of terms that we haven't covered or if you've got an alternative definition that we should know about, please feel free to get in touch. Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms is available electronically on our website, alongside the AOD Acronym list that we developed a few months back. Both guides are also available as a PDF suitable for printing, for those times when you really need to know the difference between a pinger and a dinger.


Go to Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms


Download a PDF of Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms (165KB PDF)

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March 10, 2017

SUPPORT SERVICE LAUNCHED FOR NURSES AND MIDWIVES

A new telephone and online support service has been launched, specifically targeting the needs of nurses, midwives and nursing students.  The service is an initiative of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and is being run by Turning Point.  The telephone and online support service offers confidential advice and referrals for a range of issues that nurses and midwives may face including mental health concerns, alcohol and other drug concerns and more.


The telephone number of Nurse & Midwife Support is 1800 667 877

For more information go to the Nurse & Midwife Support website

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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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January 27, 2017

METH CHECK: RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WHO USE METHAMPHETAMINE

As a part of Queensland Health's response to increasing use of crystal methamphetamine, Insight produced a number of resources to support workers.  There's a free, self-paced online learning package, a flow chart designed for emergency departments, a harm reduction guide and a brief intervention tool for workers who are engaging with people who use methamphetamine.  The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) have also contextualized the resources for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  To order free copies of the resources, or to find out more go to the Meth Check website.

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December 2, 2016

HEADS UP: IS YOUR WORKPLACE MENTALLY HEALTHY?

Our friends at YODAA in Victoria shared this, and we thought Dovetail subscribers might be interested too. Heads Up is a joint initiative from the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and Beyondblue. The website provides a range of interactive tools, practical advice, information and resources around all areas of workplace mental health. There is information about self-care and how to support others who may be having difficulties. The site also includes a section on training and resources with case studies, policy templates, downloadable booklets and fact sheets.


Go to Heads Up: Mentally Health Workplaces

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