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September 12, 2014

WORKING WITH DIVERSITY IN ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG SETTINGS

The NSW peak body for the non-government alcohol and other drug sector (NADA) has published a resource titled "Working with diversity in alcohol and other drug settings."  The resource contains examples of best practice approaches as well as useful resources for service providers.  The resource covers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people and older people.

Download "Working with diversity in alcohol and other drug settings" (1.1MB PDF)

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June 13, 2014

OUT OF YOUR MIND: IMPROVING AOD TREATMENT FOR LGBT PEOPLE

A new report has been published by UK-based organisation London Friend titled "Out of your mind: Improving provision of drug and alcohol treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people."  The report involved surveys with LGBT clients of AOD services in the UK, and aims to encourage services to consider ways of improving their services to LGBT communities.  While some parts of the report are only relevant to UK based services, the report includes a range of information useful for services everywhere.  This includes guidance on establishing a local needs assessment and audit tools to assist agencies to measure their performance in providing effective services to LGBT people.

Go to "Out of your mind: Improving provision of drug and alcohol treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people."

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January 30, 2014

STANDING STRONG: SEMINARS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND LGBTI COMMUNITIES

The Queensland Association for Healthy Communities have annoucned a series of seminars throughout Queensland to support workers and community members to better understand mental health issues effecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.  The seminars are happening in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Gladstone, Maryborough, Mt Isa and Longreach from February through to May.  The workshops for professionals cost $50, while seminars for community members cost $10.  For more information or to register your interest, go to the QAHC website.

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November 22, 2013

QUEENSLAND WORLD AIDS DAY: DECEMBER 1ST

World AIDS Day is approaching and events are planned right across Queensland.  The theme for this year is "Getting to Zero. Zero new infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths". The aim of the day is to increase awareness of HIV in the community and to ensure that people living with HIV / AIDS can live free from discrimination and stigma.  For more information on events happening in your local community go to the Queensland World AIDS Day website.

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February 15, 2013

MENTAL HEALTH AND AOD PROBLEMS IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY

The Drug Policy Monitoring Project (DPMP) based at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have published a report titled "Prevalence of and interventions for mental health and alcohol and other drug problems amongst the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community: A review of the literature".  There has been a significant body of evidence suggesting higher rates of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.  This report seeks to understand whether or not there are higher rates of problematic substance use amongst this population when compared with the heterosexual and / or cisgendered population.  This literature review also includes a review of effective internvetions from prevention through to treatment.

Find out more about "Prevalence of and interventions for mental health and alcohol and other drug problems amongst the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community: A review of the literature"

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October 19, 2012

PRIVATE LIVES: NATIONAL SURVEY OF LGBT HEALTH AND WELLBEING

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University have published their second "Private Lives 2: The Second National Survey of the Health and Wellbeing of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Australians".  This study surveyed 3835 LGBT people from across Australia and looked at issues such as relationships, health and wellbeing, health service access, discrimination and community affiliation.  A number of findings from this study will be of interest to Dovetail subscribers.  High rates of drug use were found, whilst rates of alcohol use were lower in the LGBT community than the general population.  Also, high rates of non-specific psychological distress was detected, with the average K-10 score of participants in the study at 19.59, compared with the Australian average of 14.5.  Higher rates of psychological distress were found amongst the youngest ages groups in the sample, but also amongst the transgender respondents.

Download "Private Lives 2: The Second National Survey of the Health and Wellbeing of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Australians" (1.5MB PDF)

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October 7, 2011

QNADA EVENTS: FINAL COMORBIDITY SEMINAR AND MORE!

The Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (QNADA), the peak body for non-government alcohol and other drug services in Queensland, is planning a full day of activities on Thursday the 13th of October, at the State Library of Queensland.   From 9.30am - 11am, a report titled "Building the Capacity in Non-Government Alcohol and Drug Services:  The Queensland Experience" will be launched, looking at the experience of the Improved Services Initiative (ISI) over the last three years in Queensland.   From 1pm - 4pm, the final QNADA Comorbidity Seminar will be held, focusing on comorbidity and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.   Both events are free of charge, but booking is essential as past seminars have booked out in advance.

Book a place at the QNADA Website

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May 19, 2011

BENT: AN AOD RESOURCE FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER YOUNG PEOPLE

Open Doors and the Hot House teamed up to develop this great new resource about alcohol and other drug use, specifically targeting at young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and / or transgender.   The resource was developed by young people and is focused on practical ways to reduce the harm from alcohol and other drug use.   If you'd like to order copies of the free resource contact the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 1800 177 833

Click here to download an electronic copy.

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