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June 7, 2018

A TRIP THROUGH THE GARDEN EPISODE 5: MESCALINE

Mescaline is a naturally occurring hallucinogen that is found in several species of cactus.  In this final episode of Dovetail's "A trip through the garden" series, Cameron describes the traditional uses of mescaline containing cactus including peyote, along with some of the more contemporary ways that the substance is used.

Watch "A trip through the garden episode 5: Mescaline"

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June 7, 2018

LGBTI+ YOUNG PEOPLE SHARE THEIR STORIES

"Hear and Queer" is a podcast from Tasmania which aims to promote awareness and knowledge of LGBTI+ issues young people are experiencing through allowing young people to share their stories. The podcast is produced by Working It Out, a Tasmanian service which provides information and support about gender,sexuality and LGBTI+ issues, and is funded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Heywire Youth Innovation Grant, was developed by Working It Out .

Learn more about the background to the podcast series.

 

Listen to Hear and Queer here.

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June 7, 2018

QUEENSLAND DRUG AND ALCOHOL COURTS 2.0

Last week Insight held a webinar about the return of drug and alcohol courts to Queensland. The webinar was presented by James Hoey - Team Leader, Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court Health Team, Metro South Addiction Services, and provides an overview of the new system and implications for clients. Queensland Drug and Specialists Court Review in November 2016 recommended the return of specialist drug and alcohol courts. The drug court focuses on addressing the underlying problems or causes that lead to a person committing crimes.


Watch James Hoey presenting "The Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court Version 2.0"

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June 7, 2018

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG TREATMENT IN AUSTRALIA: KEY FINDINGS

The AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) have updated the 2016-17 Alcohol and other drugs treatment services key findings report. The report analyses the treatment provided in Australia based on the National Minimum Data Set. It found that 836 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided over 200,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 127,000 clients.

The top four drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (32% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (26%), cannabis (22%) and heroin (5%). The proportion of closed treatment episodes where clients were receiving treatment for amphetamines has more than doubled over the last 10 years, from 11% of treatment episodes in 2007-08 to 27% in 2016-17.


Find out more here.

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May 31, 2018

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW- NALOXONE EDITION: FREE ACCESS

Drug and Alcohol Review (the peer reviewed journal of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs - APSAD) have dedicated their May 2018 open access edition to naloxone - the medication which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. This issue includes an overview of take-home naloxone in Australia, some of the findings and lessons learnt from the rescheduling and implementation phase and how the evidence base is developing on administering take-home naloxone.

Read the May 2018 edition of Drug and Alcohol Review here.

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May 31, 2018

MANAGING CO-OCCURRING ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

Back in 2016, the national "Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions" were published, but we think they are worth revisiting.  The guidelines are hosted on a great website that includes online training and resources for workers including client worksheets and more.


Go to the "Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions" website.

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May 31, 2018

WHAT’S THE CRACK PODCAST LATEST EPISODE - CANNABIS POTENCY

"What's the crack" is a podcast that features three researchers from the National Addiction Centre at King's College in London.  In each episode, the team apply their expertise in alcohol and other drug science to a different topic. The latest episode is on "Cannabis Potency".  The team answer some key questions like "Why has cannabis potency increased over the years?" and "Why is CBD so important?" Make sure you check out back editions of the podcast as well.

Go to "What's the crack podcast: Cannabis potency"

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May 25, 2018

AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS HEALTH INFONET WEBSITE RELAUNCH

The Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet has launched a newly designed website.  The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is a one-stop-shop that brings together the latest information, evidence, research and knowledge about a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health matters.  The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an essential resource that the team at Dovetail regularly use and recommend to workers who are looking for high quality information.

 

Go to the newly designed Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website

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May 25, 2018

MISSION AUSTRALIA YOUTH SURVEY 2018

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is Australia's largest online youth survey, providing a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to communicate issues that really concern them. The Youth Survey gives valuable insights into the lives of young Australians and provides a snapshot of how young people feel about their own lives and broader national issues. The survey can capture localized emerging trends such as rates of young people couch surfing, patterns of substance use and self reported mental health symptoms.

Young people can complete the survey until it closes in July 2018 via this link.

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May 18, 2018

REDUCING THE SUPPLY OF INHALANTS: FREE DOVETAIL RESOURCES AVAILABLE NOW

Back in 2013, Dovetail received funding to develop a print and online resource designed to educate retailers on the misuse of inhalable products like deodorants, spray paints and other common household products.  There has recently been reports of an increase in inhalant use throughout Queensland, and so we thought it would be timely to promote this useful resource once again. The "Retailers Response to Inhalants" kit includes information about inhalable products, suggestions for retailers around minimising misuse of inhalants including refusal strategies, signage for shops and educational resources for retail staff. Youth workers, health workers, police and other services addressing inhalant misuse can take these resources into retail outlets and use the resource to assist engagement with retailers on this important issue.  Reducing the supply is one component of an holistic response required to reduce the harm from inhalant use.


To find out more or to order a free copy of "A Retailers Response to Inhalants" go to www.inhalantsupply.org

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