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March 24, 2016

DRUG CHECKING IN THE MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA

The Medical Journal of Australia has published an article titled "Drug checking to improve monitoring of new psychoactive substances in Australia."  The article provides an overview of drug-checking services available in other parts of the world, and it describes some of the concerns raised about these types of services.  The concerns include issues such as drug-checking legitimising the use of drugs, liability of drug check staff towards consumers of the substances as well as drug sellers using the service as a quality control mechanism.  The authors point out that these concerns have not been supported by evidence from Europe.


Go to "Drug checking to improve monitoring of new psychoactive substances in Australia"

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March 10, 2016

NATIONAL CLOSE THE GAP DAY

National Close the Gap Day aims to bring people together, to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.There are a range of events, from workplace morning teas, to sports days, school events and public events in hospitals and offices around the country and anyone can take part and make a difference.

For more information click here

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February 19, 2016

INSIGHT CALENDAR AVAILABLE NOW

Insight, the Alcohol and Drug Training and Workforce Development service operated by the Metro North Mental Health - Alcohol and Drug Service, has launched their training and webinar calendar for the first semester of 2016. All the Insight training is free of charge, and topics including "Conducting effective group work with AOD patients", "Understanding Psychoactive Drugs", and "Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Drug Use".  The webinars occur every Wednesday morning from 10am.  Topics include Dr Kate Hall presenting on "ERIC: Emotional Regulation and Impulse Control" on Wednesday April 13th, and Dovetail's own Cameron Francis presenting on "Mass Media for Preventing Illicit Drug Use" on Wednesday May 4th.

For more information or to book a place, go to the all new Insight website where you can download the calendar and register your interest.

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November 4, 2015

KEY SESSIONS FROM THE HARM REDUCTION CONFERENCE OCTOBER 2015

The 24th International Harm Reduction Conference was held in Kuala Lumpur in October. The theme for the conference was 'Call for Leadership', which reflects the urgent need for critical issues faced by the harm reduction response to be addressed. Some of the key sessions were filmed by Drug Reporter.

Watch the sessions here

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September 3, 2015

DR MICHAEL UNGAR WORKSHOP

Internationally renowned family therapist and co-director of the Resilience Research Centre, Dr Michael Ungar is presenting a full day workshop in Brisbane on Tuesday the 6th of October.  The workshop is called "20 Skills to build resilience: Working with young people with complex needs" and will show how young people use "problem" behaviours to enhance their wellbeing.  The workshop will provide participants with skills to build resilience in young people and it will provide an overview of the Child and Youth Resilience Measure, as assessment tool designed to better understand resilience in young people.  The full day workshop is brought to you by Dovetail, YSAS, The Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development and YoDAA.  Tickets are $100.

Find out more about Dr Michael Ungar: 20 Skills to build resilience

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August 21, 2015

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 4TH - 11TH OF OCTOBER

Queensland Mental Health week is fast approaching.  The week takes place in the week of World Mental Health Day, which is October 10th.  The theme of this year is "Value mental health" and a range of events are planned for right across Queensland.  There is still time to register events in your community, and a range of supporting merchandise is available as well.

To find out more go to the Queensland Mental Health Week website.

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August 21, 2015

AUSTRAIAN WINTER SCHOOL 2015: PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE

The recent Australian Winter School conference was a huge success, with almost 400 delegates from around Australia coming together for two days of engaging speakers.  The conference, organised by Lives Lived Well, has now made most of the presentations avaialble online, and a number of the presentations have been filmed as well.  Some of the highlights include the key note speaker Dr Igor Koutsenok presenting "The myths and realities of working with people who use drugs", Dr Peter d'Abbs presenting "The 'community' as an agent of alcohol management in Aboriginal communities: A critical examination" as well as Dovetail's own Cameron Francis presenting "Back to basics: Top harm reduction tips for working with young people."  The dates for the next Australian Winter School have been set: 21 - 22nd of July 2016.

Go to the Australian Winter School 2015 website to watch or download the presentations.

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May 8, 2015

DOVETAIL WEBINAR: UNDERSTANDING METHAMPHETAMINE - TUESDAY 5TH OF MAY 9AM - 10AM

Cameron Francis recently presented a webinar called "Understanding methamphetamine" in response to increased concern in the community about crystal meth use. For those who couldn't make it on the day, we recorded the presentation and it's now available in our video gallery. The presentation provides an overview of the history of amphetamine both globally and in Australia, as well as an overview of how it works, the risks and harms, strategies to reduce the harms and information on treatment interventions.

Watch it in the Dovetail video gallery.

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April 10, 2015

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE: AUGUST 13 - 14 MELBOURNE

YSAS (Youth Support and Advocacy Service) has announced the first ever Australian Youth AOD Conference, to be held in Melbourne on the 13th and 14th of August.  The conference will be the launch pad for the Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development - a partnership between YSAS, Deakin University, YoDAA and Dovetail - which aims to bring together expert practicitioners and researchers to develop practical and effective responses to the needs of young people affected by alcohol and other drug use.  The conference will feature hand-picked high quality presentations from some of the best minds in the country. 

Find out more or register to attend here http://youthaod.org.au/

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March 27, 2015

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 2015

National Youth Week is almost here, with the theme "It starts with us".  There are events planned right around the state, with too many to name here.  If your service is planning a youth week event, it's not too late to register your event on the official Youth Week calendar.  To find out more and stay in touch with all the fun of youth week, check out the Queensland National Youth Week 2015 website.

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