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January 19, 2018


As we slowly return to work, we thought it would be worthwhile to have a look back at the most popular Dovetail blog stories from 2017.  So here are the top five stories from the Dovetail blog in 2017.

5) "So your school has been approached by an external organisation"

4) "Lifeline Coping Kit Resource"

3) "The effects of methamphetamine on the brain and body webinar"

2) "Strategies for managing abuse related trauma"

1)  "Dovetail's Drug Slang and Acronym List Version 2.0"

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July 20, 2017


The National Drug Strategy 2017-2026 has been released by the Commonwealth Department of Health and maintains the harm minimisation focus on supply, demand and harm reduction. The National Drug Strategy is a long term framework for reducing and preventing the harms associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. This latest strategy is built on the principles of partnerships, coordination and collaboration, national direction and evidence informed responses with the aim of building safe healthy and resilient Australian communities.

Read and download the National Drug Strategy here

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July 20, 2017


The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Orygen, has published a clinical practice guide called " Addressing barriers to engagement-Working with challenging behaviour". The guide is designed to support service providers who are engaging young people, 12 - 25 years of age, who present with behaviour that is seen to be 'challenging'.The practice guide explains how to respond appropriately to challenging behaviour, better understand the contributing factors, manage personal responses and identify the barriers associated with different types of behaviour.

Read and download the practice guide here

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July 20, 2017


QLife have put together a series of Guides focused around some of the frequently asked questions about working with people who identify as LGBTI. The QLife Guides cover complex topics using plain language to help build the capacity of service providers to feel more able to work with clients on a wide range of LGBTI matters. The QLife project is a counselling and referral service for LGBTI people and provides early intervention, telephone and web based services Australia wide.

Check out the QLife Guides here

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April 21, 2017


The recent Australian Story, 'Breaking Good', has created some discussion about what works in treatment. Professor Nicole Lee from the National Drug Research Institute and Stephen Bright from Edith Cowan University have published an article in 'The Conversation', examining how anecdotal evidence of success in treatment can be convincing but this does not mean the treatment is "evidence based". The authors discuss evidence based treatment, success rates and finding effective treatment and highlight the fact that there is no "one size fits all" approach when it comes to health care.

Go to the article "What is 'success' in rehab?"

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March 17, 2017


ABC's Foreign Correspondent recently featured an episode that focused on ayahuasca tourism in South America, and some of the risks faced by foreign tourists.  Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic tea that contains DMT.  It is traditionally used in South America by shamans who use it as a medicine. Ayahuasca has become popular amongst tourists, with ayahuasca retreats operating in several South American countries.  In 2015, a young New Zealander travelled to Peru to try ayahuasca.  Prior to using the ayahuasca, he was given a tea that contained tobacco as a part of a cleansing process, which led to his death. This Foreign Correspondent episode tells the story of ayahuasca tourism, and the reporter travels to Peru to the retreat where this young New Zealander died.

Go to "Foreign Correspondent: It doesn't happen to people like me"

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September 30, 2016


Julaine Allan, a senior research fellow at Charles Sturt University, has published an article on The Conversation titled "LSD - dangerous, mystical or therapeutic?". The article describes how the Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann discovered LSD by accident while trying to create a chemical to assist with blood circulation. The article outlines some of the historical uses of LSD in research settings, including American psychotherapists using low doses of LSD to assist the therapeutic process. The article describes how LSD works, the possible harms associated with use, as well as some recent statistics on rates of use in the Australian community. The article concludes with some interesting facts, including the activities of Timothy Leary - the man who Richard Nixon described as "the most dangerous man in America" for his promotion of the use of LSD.

Go to "LSD: Dangerous, mystical or therapeutic?"

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April 8, 2016


National Youth Week kicks off on the 8th of April and goes until the 17th of April.  There are a wide range of activities on offer right across the state.  The Queensland National Youth Week website includes a calendar of events, so you can get involved with activities happening in your region.

Find out more about National Youth Week 2016

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December 11, 2015


The Queensland Mental Health Commission has released the Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Plan 2015 - 17.  The plan aims to prevent and reduce the adverse impact of alcohol and other drugs on the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.  There are 54 actions described in the plan, under the broad headings of demand, supply and harm reduction.  A number of the actions are relevant to Dovetail subscribers, including increasing access to AOD treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, implementing the AOD education program for years 7 - 12 and the development of training and resources for workers responding to methamphetamine.

Find out more about the Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Plan 2015 - 17

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