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May 12, 2017

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CANNABIS IS LEGALISED?

There are a number of places around that world that have either legalised cannabis, or are in the process of legalising.  But what happens after legalisation? The Volteface drug policy website has recently published an article titled "Let's learn from the mistakes of drug reform pioneers."  The article provides an overview of a recent edition of the International Journal of Drug Policy, which considered a broad range of implications of legal cannabis markets including controlling the use of pesticides, the interface between medical cannabis markets and recreational cannabis markets, and impacts on public health.

Go to "Let's learn from the mistakes of drug reform pioneers"

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May 8, 2017

CRACKS IN THE ICE

Cracks in the Ice is an online toolkit providing, evidence-based, and up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (ice) for the Australian community. Cracks in the Ice has been developed with input from community members across Australia in consultation with researchers from the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW and  the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. The website consists of a community toolkit, information for schools,  families and significant others and resources for health professionals.

View Cracks in the Ice here

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May 8, 2017

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT’S ACTION ON ICE

The Queensland Government is seeking input into their "Action on Ice" plan to address methamphetamine use. Last week, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk held a summit in Rockhampton to seek feedback from a broad range of stakeholders and members of the community.  Further feedback is still being sought, and anyone in the community can provide input into the plan.  The Queensland Government is seeking input on the effectiveness of the implementation of existing initiatives, how the government can support community-led initiatives and any gaps in the proposed response.  The draft plan is open for public input until the 19th of May.

 

Find out more and have your say here.

https://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/3602/view.html

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May 5, 2017

ANNUAL ALCOHOL POLL 2017

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has published their "Annual Alcohol Poll 2017: Attitudes and Behaviours". The survey found that 78% of respondents thought that Australia has a drinking problem, 92% of people believed that alcohol is linked to family violence, and 68% of people thought that alcohol advertising should be banned on television before 8:30pm.

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April 28, 2017

STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING ABUSE RELATED TRAUMA

The SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma) Program is a free online learning course that focusses on supporting children and young people in a range of educational and other settings. The SMART Program was developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation in partnership with the Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia and the Indigenous Health Unit at Monash University. The program consists of integrated professional development opportunities including knowledge and skill-building seminars and an interactive online learning package.

For more information about the training and to get started click here

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April 21, 2017

GENOGRAMS: WHEN A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Dovetail developed a short video on developing a genogram back in 2016, and we wanted to share it again for those of you who haven't come across it yet. A Genogram is a useful tool for workers to help gather information about a young person's family and the quality of their relationships with significant others. This video shows workers how to use genograms in practice, as well as a symbol key so you can start doing your own genograms today! Watch "Genograms: When a picture is worth a thousand words"

For more information about working with young people and their families, you can order free copies of Dovetail's Guide 5 "Working With Families and Significant Others" by sending us an email at info@dovetail.org.au, or you can view the guide online at this link.

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April 21, 2017

WHAT IS "SUCCESS" IN REHAB?

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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April 21, 2017

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH REPORT 2012 - 2016

Mission Australia and Black Dog Institute have released the "Youth Mental Health Report 2012 - 2016". The report presents five years of mental health data collected from young people across Australia aged 15 - 19 on their psychological distress, their concerns and the people and places they go to for help. Probable serious mental illness (PSMI) has increased from 18.7% in 2012 to 22.8% in 2016 with girls twice as likely to meet the criteria than boys. The rates were higher, 31%, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. The top three concerns identified were coping with stress, school or study problems and depression and the top three sources of help were friends, parents and the internet.

Go to the Mission Australia "Youth Mental Health Report 2012 - 2016"

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April 14, 2017

STRENGTHENING PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES FOR FAMILIES

Family and Relationship Services Australia commissioned a report that looks at ways of increasing family-based prevention and early intervention services for families. Eight health and social problems were identified that could benefit from early intervention from family and relationship services.  This includes alcohol and other drug use, antisocial behaviour, obesity, mental illness, developmental injury (such as FASD and child neglect and abuse), chronic illness, school failure and social exclusion.

Download "Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future"

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April 14, 2017

PROJECT GUAGE: SUPPORTING AOD SERVICES TO BETTER ENGAGE WITH THEIR CLIENTS

Our friends at Insight QLD have developed a client engagement and participation toolkit called "Project Gauge". This toolkit has been developed to support AOD services to create partnerships with their clients and improve the safety and quality of care. The toolkit has a range of handy resources including brief e-learning modules, fact sheets, templates and links to further resources to assist you and your colleagues to better engage with service users and their families.

Check out the Project Guage toolkit here.

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