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August 18, 2017

IS YOUR SERVICE YOUTH FRIENDLY?

A few years back, Dovetail developed a fact sheet "Is your service youth friendly?"  The fact sheet asks a number of key questions for services to consider, including questions related to environment, access and values, attitudes and practices.  The fact sheet is designed to help services reflect on what they do well, and areas for improvement.

Download "Is your service youth friendly?" here (660 KB PDF)

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August 18, 2017

LIFELINE COPING KIT

We recently came across an excellent resource developed by Lifeline, which we think is worth sharing. The "Coping Kit" is designed to used with a client to help plan for and respond to crisis situations.  The forms ask key questions to identify signs of being overwhelmed, as well as strategies for managing crisis situations. There is a two page form, as well as a wallet card version, which young people can take with them wherever they go.

Find out more about the Lifeline "Coping Kit" here.

 


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July 28, 2017

POLICE POWERS: YOUR RIGHTS

The Caxton Legal Centre produce a guide titled "Police Powers: Your rights."  The guide provides a plain English overview of police powers, including when being questioned by police or being given a direction by police, rights while being arrested, police searches, various offenses and penalties, and more.  The guide was updated in October 2016, and laws can change frequently, so the guide also contains contact information for community legal centres from across Queensland, as well as specific services such as the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Download "Police Powers: Your Rights" (775 KB PDF)

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July 28, 2017

CAFFEINE INFORMER

Caffeine Informer is a useful website that provides information about caffeine and the amount contained in a wide range of products such as energy drinks, coffee and other caffeinated goods. Caffeine is a popular stimulant, often used to kick start the day, and when used in moderation can have some positive benefits. However, when caffeine is used regularly in large quantities users can experience some unpleasant side effects. Caffeine Informer has information about safe limits, a caffeine intake calculator and an overdose calculator which can help determine how many milligrams of caffeine a day is being consumed.

Check out the website here

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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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