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November 30, 2017

THE EFFECTS OF METHAMPHETAMINE ON THE BRAIN AND BODY WEBINAR

Professor Nicole Lee recently presented a webinar for "Cracks in the Ice" entitled "Effects of ice on the brain and body, and implications for responding."  This one hour webinar is now available to view online.  The presentation helps workers to understand the effects of methamphetamine on the brain and body and the subsequent impacts on people's functioning. Professor Nicole Lee also discusses ways workers can adapt and adopt more effective strategies to respond to people who use methamphetamine in light of these implications.

Watch "Effects of ice on the brain and body, and implications for responding" here.

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November 30, 2017

QUEENSLAND UNISHARP 1ML SYRINGE LAUNCH

Last year we blogged a story from the Anex Bulletin about the introduction of the Korean made 1ml Terumo syringes that have been causing problems for people who inject. Needle and Syringe Programs around the country began receiving complaints about the new syringes including blunt or weak needles and difficult-to-use plungers.  You can read about it here.


In response to this issue a new range of 1ml syringes have been released in Australia and the Queensland launch for the new Unisharp 1ml Syringe happened this week. Andrew Preston, Managing Director of Exchange Supplies has presented a one hour webinar for Insight Queensland explaining the history of the Unisharp coloured syringes and provides all the information needed for workers supporting clients who are injecting drug users.

You can watch it here.

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November 10, 2017

SORTLI: SORT OUT YOUR LIFE APP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TRANSITIONING FROM CARE

When young people in the care of child safety services start to get older, they begin to think about and plan for living independently. Transitioning out of care can be scary for some young people, however It can also be an empowering experience.  We can support young people's transition by helping them have access to the right information. CREATE Foundation and the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services have developed a free mobile app for young people called 'Sortli' (sort out your life) to help young people with their transition to independence. Sortli is a fun and easy-to-navigate app that provides a step-by-step guide for all the important things a young person in care needs to transition to independence, such as finding somewhere to live, looking after their health and wellbeing, managing finances, finding a job, training or education and other important life skills.

Sortli can be downloaded from Apple, Android and Windows stores.  Read more about Sortli here.

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November 3, 2017

ASK IZZY: AN INTERACTIVE SERVICE DIRECTORY FOR QUEENSLAND

Dovetail has recently come across a very helpful and user friendly website called "Ask Izzy."  Ask Izzy is an interactive search directory for all types of services a young person may need.  You can search over 350 000 services to find housing support, meals, health care, counselling services, Centrelink and money help, legal advice, drug and alcohol support, education and training, as well as activities for young people to do.  This is a great resource to not only share with young people but also for workers wanting to know about services in a young person's local area.  Additionally, if the young person is on the Telstra mobile network, they can access Ask Izzy even if they don't have credit.

Go to "Ask Izzy"

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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 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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September 29, 2017

DOVETAIL'S GUIDE TO SLANG TERMS - VERSION 2.0 NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Earlier this year, we released "Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms."  Since it's launch, we've received loads of positive feedback and suggestions for additions. We are currently preparing version 2.0 based on your feedback, but before we go live we would like to put out another call - send us your slang terms!  Perhaps at your next team meeting, you can go through our list and challenge your colleages to think of some that we've missed.  Bear in mind that we are not publishing slang terms invented by the media for the purposes of sensationalised reporting.  We are only interested in slang terms used by real people in everyday situations.  If you can think of any additional slang terms, send us an email at info@dovetail.org.au

Go to Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms Version 1.0


Download a PDF of Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms Version 1.0 (165KB PDF)

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September 15, 2017

UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR WORKING WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE ENGAGING IN NON-SUICIDAL SELF-INJURY

There has been a recent update to the Mental Health First Aid guidelines for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engaging in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).  The redevelopment of the guidelines were based on the expert opinions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clinicians from across Australia to ensure that they reflect current evidence and best practice and can be shared with Indigenous and non-Indigenous frontline workers.  The re-developed guidelines outline some significant cultural elements that are important for workers to consider when assisting an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who is engaging in NSSI.

There are two other Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Guidelines that are useful for workers to be used in conjunction - "Communicating with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Adolescent" and "Guidelines for Providing Mental Health First Aid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviour"

Download the "Guideline for providing mental health first aid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engaging in non-suicidal self-injury" (321KB PDF)

 

 

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