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October 19, 2012

WORKING WITH THE MEDIA

Many services who work with young people affected by alcohol and other drug use, will be naturally wary of media contact.  Media stories about young people are often negative and rely on stereotypes and negative perceptions of "yoof".  The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia has developed a guide to assist services in better engaging with the media.  The "Media Guidelines Manual" provides a range of useful information about dealing with the media, including preparing for interviews, delivering a message and dealing with difficult questions.  This is a very useful resource which many workers and services in Queensland will find very helpful.

Download "Media Guidelines Manual" (585KB PDF)

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March 29, 2012

LOOKING BACK AT THE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN DRUG LAWS

ABC Radio National's program "Rear Vision" recently broadcast an edition titled "Illegal Drugs".   The radio documentary looks at the origins of prohibition globally and in Australia, and features interviews with a number of notable academics including Professor Desmond Manderson (author of "From Mr Sin to Mr Big: A History of Australian Drug Laws"), Professor Robin Room (Professor of Alcohol Policy Research, University of Melbourne), Professor Alison Ritter (Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program, UNSW) and Dr Alex Wodak (President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation).

Listen now or download a transcript here.

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November 4, 2011

"ALCOHOL-FREE" HOMES FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

ABC News has reported this week that amendments have been proposed to Western Australia's Liquor Control Act, allowing the Department for Child Protection to apply to have any home in the state declared alcohol free.   The amendments also allow for homeowners or tenants to apply to have their house declared "alcohol free".  The changes are expected to be used in cases of suspected child abuse and neglect, where alcohol might be a factor.

Read the full report at ABC News Online

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September 23, 2011

YOUNG PEOPLE, ALCOHOL AND THE MEDIA

A new report has been published from the UK based Joseph Rowntree Foundation, looking at the influence of media on young people's patterns of alcohol use.  The report includes young people's opinions on the way alcohol is portrayed in the media, their opinions on celebrities who drink too much, and how they make sense of these representations.

Young People, Alcohol and the Media

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August 12, 2011

"TUNE IN NOT OUT" ANNUAL SURVEY: HAVE YOUR SAY!

If you haven't checked out http://www.tuneinnotout.com, then you're missing out on a great resource that deals with a range of issues faced by young people.  The site is made up of videos, audio and stories made by young people, for young people in their own words.   Now, the team at http://www.tuneinnotout.com are looking for feedback in their annual survey.   The survey takes 10 minutes, and you can go in the draw to win one of three $100 Coles Myer Vouchers.   It's a fantastic resource, so do your bit to make it even better.

Take the survey now!

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June 23, 2011

HEARING FROM YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT CANNABIS AND ECSTASY

As a part of National Drug Action Week, students from Charles Sturt University have created two podcasts:  one focusing on cannabis and the other on ecstasy.   We know that young people don't really like hearing older folk go on about the dangers of drugs, and so these podcasts are made by young people for young people. Both podcasts are short and to the point.

Click here to listen to the cannabis podcast.

Click hereto listen to the ecstasy podacast.

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June 16, 2011

ARE MASS MEDIA CAMPAIGNS AGAINST DRUG USE EFFECTIVE?

A recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found the answer was fairly clear: no they don't and in some cases they actually increased people's intentions to use.   This study looked all the published research on this issue and narrowed down the field to 11 studies, 7 using randomised control trials (RCT) and 4 observational studies which met the inclusion criteria.  One of the RCT studies found positive benefits on the mass media campaigns in reducing intentions to use illicit drugs, while two of the RCTs found the opposite:  increased intentions to use illicit drugs by those who viewed the campaigns.  The observational studies yielded mixed results.   The authors conclude that mass media campaigns are unlikely to be effective at reducing illicit drug use.

Click here to read the whole article.


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May 25, 2011

WHAT WORKS 4 U?

"What works 4 u" is part of a research project run by Orygen Youth Health in Victoria.   It aims to get real stories from young people about what helped them deal with their mental health problems.   The site aims to bridge the divide between research and practice, by hearing directly from those who receive mental health services.   There's plenty of research looking at various therapies and their impacts on specific population groups, however there's not so much information about how these treatments are perceived by the people who receive them.   The site contains great insights for workers into how young people feel about various treatment approaches.

Click here to check out What Works 4 u?

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May 12, 2011

LIFE MATTERS: ALCOHOL AND SPORT

Life Matters on ABC Radio National recently looked at the issue of alcohol advertising and sponsorship in sport.   There's a growing body of research indicating that young people are being targeted by some of this advertising, resulting in increased alcohol consumption in those engaged in regular sporting activities. Alcohol sponsorship contributes approximately $300 million to local community sports clubs, so restrictions could have unintended impacts.   In this edition of Life Matters, Sondra Davoren, senior policy advisor to the Alcohol Policy Coalition presents some of the latest research.

Click here to listen or download an MP3 of this edition of Life Matters.

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May 5, 2011

IMPROVING THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

Every year, the ABC invites young people from all over the country submit their ideas on ways to improve life for young people in the regions. The entries can be in the form of a video or audio recording, a well as in writing. The winners are selected and invited to a workshop in Canberra, where they develop a report which has just been published.   There are always some really creative and innovative ideas that come out of Heywire, and this year has been no different.

Check out the website to view the entries by the young people, and read the report.

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