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February 9, 2018

FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL ONLINE STI TESTING

Queensland residents aged 16 years or older are eligible to take a free urine test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea through the new 13 HEALTH webtest program.  The program is funded by the Queensland Government and does not require young people to provide a Medicare number.

There are two options for accessing the free test- either in person at a pathology collection centre or by mail using a home mailing kit, which involves providing a urine sample and sending it in for analysis.  In either case, the young person will be contacted confidentially with the test results. If the result is positive , 13 HEALTH can support the young person to find a suitable service for treatment.

Find out more about the program below to start recommending it as an option for young people here.

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February 2, 2018

INSIGHT 2018 TRAINING CALENDAR AND NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH

Insight has launched a brand new website, along with their workshop and webinar calendar for Semester 1, 2018. The workshops include AOD core skills training and specialised workshops for AOD, mental health and community health practitioners. Workshops are held in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.  Some of the new workshops include:

  • 1-day "AOD Crash Course" for new and generalist workers

  • Advanced Harm Reduction

  • Culturally-secure Narrative Therapy within a SEWB context

  • Sensory Approaches in AOD

  • Family Interviews: Towards Therapeutic Outcomes

  • Introduction to Mindfulness in AOD

All workshops are free however bookings are essential.  Visit Insight's new and improved website to view the training calendar and other excellent resources and online training.

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February 2, 2018

FESTIVAL GOERS' PERCEPTIONS OF DRUG CHECKING AT MUSIC FESTIVALS

A study titled "Music fesitval attendees' illicit drug use, knowledge and practices regarding drug content and purity: A cross-sectional survey" has been published in the Harm Reduction Journal. The study involved a cross-sectional survey completed at an Australian music festival by over 600 festival attendees. Results showed nearly three-quarters of participants had reported use of illicit drugs in the past 12 months (mostly cannabis and ecstasy) and the majority of festival attendees supported free drug checking at festivals, reporting that the results a drug test would be likely to influence their drug taking behaviour.

Read the full article here.

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February 2, 2018

ICE PSYCHOSIS: WHAT IS IT, AND WHY DO ONLY SOME PEOPLE GET IT?

An article has been published on The Conversation website titled "Ice Psychosis: What is it, and why do only some people get it?".  The article, authored by Dr Shalini Arunogiri, describes a systematic review of risk factors for methamphetamine-associated psychosis published in January 2018 in the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. The study aimed to ascertain why some methamphetamine users are more likely to experience psychosis than others. The study found that the majority of people who use methamphetamine do not experience psychosis and that frequency and amount of methamphetamine used, and the severity of dependence, were the factors most commonly associated with the risk of psychosis. Factors such as age, gender, income or employment status and the way in which people used methamphetamine (for example by smoking versus injecting), did not appear to affect the likelihood of psychosis.

 

These findings can assist healthcare workers and treatment services to identify people who might be at greatest risk of methamphetamine psychosis and support those who aren't ready to stop using the drug to change the frequency or pattern of their use which might help them avoid developing psychosis.

Read "Ice Psychosis: What is it, and why do only some people get it?"

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