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June 14, 2018

DOVETAIL GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE 4 “LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER: WORKING WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER YOUNG PEOPLE”

Working with young people who are using alcohol and other drugs in a problematic way can be a tricky space. Throughout the Dovetail lifespan five good practice guides have been developed, drawing from worker's practice wisdom and research in the field. We have recently re-printed "Learning From Each Other: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People" and free copies are available for order now. This Guide was developed over a period of 18 months in consultation with frontline Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and services from across Queensland. It contains valuable commentary, information, tools, case studies and practical resources to assist workers, services and communities to enhance their practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.


If you'd like to order a free hard copy, email info@dovetail.org.au with your postal address.  To read online go here.

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May 31, 2018

MANAGING CO-OCCURRING ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

Back in 2016, the national "Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions" were published, but we think they are worth revisiting.  The guidelines are hosted on a great website that includes online training and resources for workers including client worksheets and more.


Go to the "Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions" website.

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May 18, 2018

REDUCING THE SUPPLY OF INHALANTS: FREE DOVETAIL RESOURCES AVAILABLE NOW

Back in 2013, Dovetail received funding to develop a print and online resource designed to educate retailers on the misuse of inhalable products like deodorants, spray paints and other common household products.  There has recently been reports of an increase in inhalant use throughout Queensland, and so we thought it would be timely to promote this useful resource once again. The "Retailers Response to Inhalants" kit includes information about inhalable products, suggestions for retailers around minimising misuse of inhalants including refusal strategies, signage for shops and educational resources for retail staff. Youth workers, health workers, police and other services addressing inhalant misuse can take these resources into retail outlets and use the resource to assist engagement with retailers on this important issue.  Reducing the supply is one component of an holistic response required to reduce the harm from inhalant use.


To find out more or to order a free copy of "A Retailers Response to Inhalants" go to www.inhalantsupply.org

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May 11, 2018

PILL TESTING IN AUSTRALIA

A pill testing service was made available for people attending a music festival in Canberra recently. Also known as 'drug checking' or 'drug testing', pill testing involves an analysis of pills, powders and capsules often sold as ecstasy and MDMA and provides critical information regarding potentially harmful contents and can provide an indication of the potency of the pill or capsule.

 

The pill testing service was provided by the Safety and Testing Advisory Service at Festivals and Events (STA-SAFE) lead by Harm Reduction Australia. The testing was conducted by volunteer medical staff and analytic chemists in a mobile laboratory onsite at the festival. Models of practice for pill testing services includes volunteers providing harm reduction information regarding the consumption of unknown or potentially harmful contents detected and making provisions for people to dispose of the substance in a amnesty bin.

 

According to some media reports, during the testing process at the festival in Canberra 128 samples were analysed with 85 substances identified, it has been reported that a synthetic cathinone- N- ethylpentylone also known as ephylone was detected.

 

To read more about pill testing click here.

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April 6, 2018

NEW SERVICE TO HELP PROTECT COUNSELLING RECORDS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

The Counselling Notes Protect (CNP) is a new free legal service delivered by Legal Aid Queensland and the Women's Legal Service.  The service has been developed under new legislation which protects the counselling records of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence for court proceedings that commenced on or after 1st December 2017. The legal protection covers notes made by sexual assault counsellors, domestic violence counsellors or support services, healthcare professionals, psychologists and doctors. Under the new legislation, these records are protected from being available during a court case, unless the victim or the court gives permission for records to be produced.

For more information, visit theLegal Aid website or contact Legal Aid Queensland on 1300 267 762.

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March 30, 2018

INROADS: ONLINE PROGRAM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR ALCOHOL USE AND ANXIETY

Researchers from UNSW and Macquarie University have recently developed a program for young adults who are concerned about their anxiety and alcohol use. Inroads is a CBT based online program which is aimed to develop new skills to assist young people with their anxiety and alcohol use.  The modules are completed weekly and follow up support via phone or email is provided by an experienced psychologist. Inroads are currently seeking people aged 17 to 24 living anywhere in Australia to participate in a free trial of the program.  A recent webinar by Inroads discussed the link between anxiety and alcohol use problems, and ways to help people with these issues (including an overview of the Inroads program).

For more information, visit the Inroads website.

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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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