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June 2, 2017

QUEENSLAND NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAM DIRECTORY APP

The Pharmacy Guild of Queensland have developed an app that allows people to find their nearest needle and syringe program. The directory includes 730 registered pharmacies that provide injecting equipment, as well as 140 public needle and syringe programs. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. To download the free app, simply go to the Google Play store, or the Apple App Store and type in "Qld Needle and syringe program." A PDF flier is available to assist in promoting the app to clients. You can download the flier or find out more information here.

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June 2, 2017

INFORMATION SHARING FOR PROFESSIONALS SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND FAMILES

The Queensland Family and Child Commission has published a handy fact sheet titled "Myth versus Fact: Information sharing for professionals in the child and family support sector".  The downloadable PDF covers a number of common points of confusion around information sharing provisions found in different pieces of legislation. The guide describes how information can be shared in cases involving young people in out-of-home care, the circumstances in which information about a family could be shared without consent, and ways that "prescribed entities" can share information.

Go to "Myth versus Fact: Information sharing for professionals in the child and family support sector"

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May 26, 2017

DOVETAIL MINIBITE: A TIMELINE APPROACH TO MAPPING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Last year we released our "Working with Families and Significant Others" guide to help workers include a family responsive practice approach to alcohol and other drug work with young people. Based on this guide, we've made a short video featuring Associate Professor Phil Crane, which shows workers how to use a time line approach to mapping young people's past, present and future family and significant other relationships. In the time line approach the young person is represented by the point in the middle of a circle and indicates their proximity to family members within the circle at different points in time. This tool may assist a young person to appreciate family as dynamic and evolving and gives space for the discussion of their hopes for future relationships.

Watch the video here

For more information about working with young people and their families, you can order free copies of Dovetail's Guide 5 "Working With Families and Significant Others" by sending us an email at info@dovetail.org.au, or you can view the guide online.

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May 26, 2017

DRUG PROFILES FROM THE EUROPEAN MONITORING CENTRE

The European Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction website has a page on drug profiles which provides detailed descriptions of psychoactive drugs, most of which are controlled internationally by United Nations conventions. Each profile includes information on the chemistry and pharmacology of these substances, their physical form, and the ways they are used.

View the EMCDDA drug profiles here.

 

 

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May 26, 2017

HOW RESILIENCE CAN BREAK THE LINK BETWEEN A BAD CHILDHOOD AND THE YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Conversation has published an article titled "How resilience can break the link between a bad childhood and the youth justice system."  The article looks at data from Victoria showing young people involved in the youth justice system tend to have significant problems within their family backgrounds, including high rates of child protection involvement and histories of abuse and neglect.  The article goes on to describe how a range of dynamic factors can offset these risks but developing resilience that can assist in overcoming adversity.

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May 26, 2017

HOW HITLER USED HEROIN AND METHAMPHETAMINE TO FUEL THE THIRD REICH

ABC Radio National recently featured an interview with Norman Ohler, author of the book "Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany".  In the interview, Ohler describes some of the startling findings of his research into substance use during World War 2, including that Hitler receiving regular methamphetamine injections from his personal physician throughout the war.  Ohler goes on the propose that following the allied bombing of the factories producing methamphetamine, Hitler's mental health declined - possibly due to substance withdrawal, which proceeded the end of the war, and Hitler's eventual demise.

Listen to "How Hitler used heroin and methamphetamine to fuel the Third Reich"

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May 19, 2017

DRUG FACTS VIDEOS

The Drug Policy Alliance has produced a series of four short videos about MDMA, Methamphetamine, Heroin and Cocaine which aim to present straightforward, factual information. Each video is only two minutes long and covers the history of each of these drugs, how they work, the major health risks of each substance and practice harm reduction advice.

Read more and watch the videos here.

 

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May 19, 2017

ORYGEN WEBINAR: SEXUAL HEALTH AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

On May 25 at 2pm AEST, Orygen is presenting an advanced practice webinar called "Sexual Health and Youth Mental Health: Interventions and Case Studies", exploring the rationale for assessing and screening the sexual health of young people experiencing mental health problems. This webinar will provide a framework for the assessment and screening of sexual behaviour and sexual identity and present case studies to demonstrate how assessment, screening and interventions can occur in conjunction within youth focused services.

Click here for more information and to register.

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May 19, 2017

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE: AUGUST 17 & 18

The 2017 Australian Youth AOD Conference will be held in Melbourne on August 17 and 18. The theme for the conference this year is "Identity" and will explore how young people develop their identity, how these identities can change and grow, and how youth workers can have a positive influence on this process. The conference will provide an opportunity to examine practice and learn about new and emerging ideas with a range of practice advancement workshops and keynote presentations. The conference will also give workers an opportunity to meet their colleagues, form connections and celebrate the unique work done in this field. Registrations are now open and early bird closes on July 1st 2017.

Read more about the conference and register here.



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May 12, 2017

QUEENSLAND YOUTH STRATEGY RELEASED

The Queensland Youth Strategy has been released. The strategy involved consultation with 570 young people at 21 forums held across Queensland, with more young people participating via online consultation. The strategy has four components, which includes "Supporting our most vulnerable young people", "Housing", "Healthy futures" and "Education into employment."  A number of key actions for various government departments have been identified.  The Queensland Youth Strategy will create further opportunities for young people to participate in decision making, ensuring that young people have a voice in the development of government policy.

Find out more about the Queensland Youth Strategy

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