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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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September 15, 2017

OPIOID OVERDOSE FACT SHEET AND RESPONSE PLAN

The Community Overdose Prevention and Education initiative is funded by the Victorian government, and is designed to improve community understanding and responses to opioid overdose.  They have recently developed a handy fact sheet on opioid overdose, which includes risk factors that can contribute to overdose, signs and symptoms, and a response plan that includes first aid and naloxone administration.

Download the "Opioid Overdose Fact Sheet and Response Plan" (1.6MB PDF)

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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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