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February 23, 2018

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT RELEASES "ACTION ON ICE" PLAN TO ADDRESS METHAMPHETAMINE

The Queensland Government has launched a whole-of-government "Action on Ice" plan, which addresses the use and harms caused by crystal methamphetamine.  Throughout 2017, the Queensland Government engaged with the community, seeking input to understand the impacts of methamphetamine, particularly in rural and regional communities. The plan contains a broad range of actions including the establishment of a new residential rehabilitation service in Rockhampton, expanded access to specialist family support services, and an increase in alcohol and other drug treatment services provided through the non-government sector.

Find out more about the Queensland Government's "Action on Ice"

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February 9, 2018

QUEENSLAND DRUG AND ALCOHOL COURT LAUNCHES

Following a review of the Drug and Specialist Courts system, the Drug and Alcohol Court has been reinstated in Queensland. The Penalties and Sentences (Drug and Alcohol Treatment Orders) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 has been passed, enabling a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Order to be included into Queensland's existing sentencing framework. The Drug and Alcohol Court was launched on the 29th January 2018. The Court aims to provides an intensive and targeted response to adult offenders with severe drug and alcohol use directly associated with their offending and facilitate access to treatment. The Drug and Alcohol Court is currently operating in Brisbane, and decisions around expansion to regional centres is not likely to take place until 2023, after the court has been evaluated.

 

Find out more about the Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court here.

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February 9, 2018

ALCOHOL AND DRUG CLINICAL ADVISORY SERVICE FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

The Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) has launched a trial of a new telephone service in partnership with a number of Addiction Medicine Specialists from across Queensland.  The Alcohol and Drug Clinical Advisory Service (ADCAS) is a specialist telephone support service for health professionals in Queensland, providing clinical advice regarding the management of patients with alcohol and other drug concerns including opioid pharmacotherapy, management of withdrawal, intoxication and drug interactions. This free service is available from 8.00am-11.00pm, 7 days a week and can be reached on 1800 290 928.

 

More information on the Alcohol and Drug Clinical Advisory Service is availble here.

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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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