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July 22, 2016

WHAT ARE THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN PSYCHIATIRC MEDICATIONS AND PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS?

The Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (QNADA) has developed a series of resources that highlight the possible interactions between psychiatric medications and common psychoactive drugs.  There are fact sheets designed for clients, as well as a set of fact sheets designed for health professionals.  The fact sheets cover all the major psychiatric medications including atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilisers, SSRIs and more, along with alcohol, cannabis, hallucinogens, nicotine, opioids and stimulants.  This resource will come in very handy for anyone working with clients who may combine substances with their psychiatric medications.

Go to QNADA Harm Reduction Resources



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June 10, 2016

Introducing Batyr

Batyr is an organisation that trains young people to speak about their personal experience with mental ill health.  They have a number of programs that will connect their trained presenters with schools and universities, so that young people with lived experience of mental ill health can deliver education in a fun, safe and engaging way.  The Batyr@School program offers 60 - 90 minute presentations for school communities, or half day and full day workshops designed for school students.  Batyr are offering their services to Queensland schools, so if you are interested, check out the Batyr website for more information.

Go to the Batyr website.

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October 7, 2015

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has developed a website that brings together a wide range of information on mental health services, under the banner of "Mental Health Services in Australia".  The site includes easy access to up to date information on the prevalence of mental health conditions in the community, national policies that impact the sector, information on specialist mental health care and much more.  Previously this information was difficult to find or fragmented - and now it's together in one easy to navigate website.

Go to Mental Health Services in Australia

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October 1, 2015

VALUE MENTAL HEALTH: FREE MENTAL HEALTH WEEK FORUM

In recognition of Mental Health Week, Children's Health Queensland is running a free information forum on Thursday 8th of October at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. The event features a broad range of speakers including Andrea Murray presenting The importance of relationships across the lifespan, Sandra Drabant presenting Creative means of engaging children and young people and Kerry Geraghty presenting Sharing messages from parents and carers about  supporting children and young people affected by mental health problems.  A panel discussion will follow.  Video conferencing facilities are available on the day, for participants from other parts of Queensland.  Registrations close at 5pm today, so get in quick!  You can register to attend at this link: https://register.eventarc.com/31621/cymhs-mental-health-week-forum

For any other queries (including videoconferencing options), please contact Katrina Hegarty on 3310 9444 or email katrina.hegarty2@health.qld.gov.au

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July 31, 2015

SUICIDE ASSESSMENT KIT

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies has developed a "Suicide Assessment Kit (SAK)".  The kit is designed to assist alcohol and other drug services in assessing and responding to suicide risk. It includes a suicide risk screener, a risk formulation template and policies and procedure pro-forma. The website also has some videos featuring roles plays and interviews with service providers.  All of the materials are freely available from the NDARC website.

Go to the "Suicide Assessment Kit"

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June 19, 2015

THE FAMILY BUSINESS: IMPROVING THE UNDERSTANDING AND TREATMENT OF PTSD

The Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service has published a research report titled "The Family Business: Improving the understanding and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder among incarcerated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women."  The report found very high rates of PTSD amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in prison, with 50% of the women assessed as a part of the project found to have PTSD.  Very few of these women had received treatment for the PTSD, many of whom had developed the condition in response to the traumatic and unexpected death of a loved one, sexual assualt (occuring prior to the age of 10 for many women) and being the victim of violence.  All of the women in the study had experienced multiple traumas - on average five distinct traumas over the course of their life.  The report calls for culturally appropriate screening, assessment and treatment for PTSD to be implemented in services that engage with this population of women.

Go to "The Family Business: Improving the understanding and treatment of PTSD"

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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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March 13, 2015

WORKING WITH ADOLESCENTS WITH PTSD AND / OR SUBSTANCE USE

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre have launched an online survey seeking the views and experiences of workers who work with young people who have post traumatic stress disorder / and or substance use.  The survey only takes 10 - 15 minutes to complete and participants will go into the draw for a $100 Westfield voucher.

Complete the survey here.

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March 13, 2015

THE COST OF UNRESOLVED CHILDHOOD TRAUMA AND ABUSE

Adults Surviving Child Abuse commissioned a report titled "The cost of unresolved childhood trauma and abuse in adults in Australia".  The report provides an overview of the impacts of childhood trauma, including impairments in education, work, relationships as well as mental health impacts and criminal justice impacts.  The report also looks at the impacts of childhood trauma on tobacco and alcohol consumption, before proposing an economic analysis of the costs of these impacts.  The authors found that addressing child sexual, emotional and physical abuse could save government's a minimum of $6.8 billion dollars.


Go to "The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia"

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February 6, 2015

CLEARING THE CLOUD

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use has developed a new website that brings together a range of evidence based online prevention and treatment programs and resources that cover alcohol and other drug use as well as mental health problems.  The online portal includes well known resources such as the Climate Schools program, as well as the Shade Program (a 10 week online program for reducing alcohol use), The DEAL Project (a 4 week CBT program for depression and alcohol) as well as a range of information resrources.

Go to the Clearing the Cloud Website

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