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February 12, 2016

MOUSE PARTY: LEARNING ABOUT HOW DRUGS WORK

Last week we posted an animation that demonstrated the process of substance dependence.  This week, we've got another animation - Mouse Party. Created by the University of Utah, Mouse Party lets you drag and drop a substance affected mouse into a testing device which then shows you how that particular drug works on the brain.  Interactive animations such as this can be useful for workers engaging with young people, who might be interested to learn about the ways that drugs work.

Go to Mouse Party

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October 14, 2015

SAFER USE LIMITS

Alcohol guidelines have been developed in many countries, including Australia, in order to help advise people who use alcohol of ways to reduce the short and long term consequences of their drinking.  Similar guidelines for illicit drug use do not exist, and so the folks at the Global Drug Survey have used the data generated by over 100 000 participants from last years survey in order to understand the ways that real people who use illicit drugs minimise harms.  The "Safer Use Limits" website allows a person to enter the current level of substance use and then provides the user with feedback.  The feedback includes an overall assessment of risk, as well as practical strategies to reduce these risks.  Current cannabis is the only substance available, however more drugs will be added in the future including cocaine, MDMA and alcohol.

Go to "Safer Use Limits" website

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September 18, 2015

RESPECT INC: SUPPORT FOR QUEENSLAND SEX WORKERS

Respect Inc is non-profit community based organisation made up of past and present sex workers, who are focused on enhancing the rights and wellbeing of sex workers in Queensland.  They have offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns and Townsville, and they have a specific program for young people and sex work.  Respect Inc offer cheap sex work supplies such as condoms and lube, drop in spaces, peer support, community education, outreach and in-person workshops.

For more information or to get in touch click here.

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August 7, 2015

SUPPORT FOR LGBTI PEOPLE

QLife is a national counselling and referral service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, offering telephone and web-based support for LGBTI people as well as the services who support them. QLife is made up of various state based LGBTI support services that have been operating in some cases for up to 40 years. QLife brings together the resources and expertise of these services under one banner.  They offer telephone counselling 7 days a week between the hours of 5.30pm and 10.30pm, while web-based information and referral will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.  QLife is looking to connect with agencies that could offer support to LGBTI people, in order to improve their referral service.

More details are available on the QLife website.

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May 29, 2015

LAUNCHPAD: A WEBSITE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH AUTISM OR ASPERGER'S

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) has created a website called "Launchpad" designed for young people with autism or Asperger's, and their families.  The site includes practical strategies like accessing health services, getting a driver's license or managing personal finances.  It also contains personal stories and information for parents supporting a young person with autism or Asperger's.


Go to "Launchpad"

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May 15, 2015

CAFFEINE AND YOUNG PEOPLE

The Australian Drug Foundation's "Drug Info" service has published a very handy fact sheet on caffeine.  We know that caffeine has been added to more and more products in recent years and this can cause problems for some young people, particularly those who consume large quantities.  The Australian Drug Foundation fact sheet includes information on the amounts of caffeine found in common products like the many brands of energy drinks but also products like chocolate and coffee.  It also covers symptoms of overdose, statistics on rates of use, as well as suggestions for reducing the risks.


Go to "Caffeine Facts"

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September 5, 2014

KNOW4SURE.ORG.AU

Children by Choice, the Brisbane-based non-profit organisation that provides unbiased information on unplanned pregnancy options, has launched a new website designed for young people: know4sure.org.au.  The website includes information on common myths about contraception, pregnancy and abortion, tips on being a supportive friend, information on pregnancy testing options, and options for young pregnant women.  This site uses easy to understand language, and includes links to get support in real life, if required.

Go to know4sure.org.au

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March 21, 2014

HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE ACCESS A GP

The folks at Reachout Pro have developed a short video designed to teach young people how to go about accessing a GP, whether it's for a cough or cold, or a mental health problem. The video explains the entire process from phoning up to make an appointment, what is "bulk billing", what to do if you don't have a Medicare Card (including how to get one) as well as the big one: confidentiality and its limits.  This short video is a great resource for anyone working with young people and wanting to help improve their access to GP services.

Go to "Reach Out Pro: Visiting a GP"

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September 5, 2013

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER LOW-LITERACY RESOURCES FOR CANNABIS

The National Cannabis Prevention and Intervention Centre (NCPIC) have released a series of booklets and posters designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with low literacy.  The resources include booklets on "What is gunja", "Gunja and your community", "Gunja and the law" and "Gunja and pregnancy".  The resources are available to view online, and can be ordered from NCPIC.

Go to NCPIC website

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July 12, 2013

MAN THERAPY WITH DR BRIANWOOD

Beyond Blue have recently launched a new campaign targeting men.  The Man Therapy website is based around the character Dr Brian Ironwood - a knockabout bloke who presents information about mental health issues in a format that's designed to engage young men.  The site is primarily made up of video discussions with Dr Ironwood and includes information on treatment for depression, including video testimonials from real men who've sought help.  We had a lot of fun here in the Dovetail office exploring this site and we're sure that you will too.

Go to Man Therapy Website

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