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March 1, 2013

SCHOOL DRUG EDUCATION RESOURCES

The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development have released new alcohol and other drug curriculum resources for years 7 - 9.  These resources have been trialled in 21 schools with 1750 students and comply with best-practice principles of school drug education.  The "Get Ready" resources are designed to be delivered in 10 sequential lessons, which have been demonstrated to be the most effective delivery method.  The resources include a teacher manual and a student workbook for each of the three year levels, as well as a very handy "Teachers Guide to Licit and Illicit Drugs". The resources are free to download from the department's website.

Go to "Get Ready Years 7-9 Curriculum: Drug Education in Victorian Schools"

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February 1, 2013

AFTER THE EMERGENCY

With some parts of Queensland still underwater, it's probably useful to start thinking about recovery from natural disasters.  Following the 2009 Victorian bushfires, Red Cross received funding to look at recovery and support for young people who'd experienced trauma related to natural disasters.  The Red Cross have partnered with radio station Triple J to launch a free music download titled "After the Emergency".  The playlist includes music from a range of Australian artists, but also information for young people on the impacts of trauma and tips on getting through.  Our thoughts are with those effected by recent weather events across Queensland.

The free download is available here.

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February 1, 2013

POLICE: 12 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Youth Advocacy Centre has published a new fact sheet on their website titled 'Police - 12 Facts you need to know".  The fact sheet includes information for young people on their rights when having contact with police.  It includes plain English answers to questions like "Do police have to show their ID?" and "What if I am arrested?".  The fact sheet will be very useful to provide to young people who are having contact with the police.  The Youth Advocacy Centre website also contains a range of other fact sheets which deal with a massive range of legal issues young people might experience.

Check out "Police: 12 Facts you need to know" here

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November 2, 2012

SMILING MIND: WEB-BASED MINDFULNESS TOOLS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Smiling Mind is a free web and app based mindfulness program, which is specifically designed for children and young people.  Developed by a partnership between a range of universities from Australia and overseas, the program contains guided meditation and relaxation exercises designed to improve mood and reduce the impacts of stress.  The program involves an initial 8 or 10 session program, and after completing this participants can access the full library of relaxation exercises and meditation sessions which can be accessed online or via the app on a smart phone.

Find out more about Smiling Mind

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October 12, 2012

LIVE SMART DIARY 2013: AVAILABLE NOW

The Queensland Youth Housing Coalition has announced that their fantastic "Live Smart" diaries are back for 2013 and they are taking orders now.  The diaries are designed to assist young people in living independently, providing information on shopping on a budget, easy recipes, health and hygiene information and contact numbers for support services.  The diary also contains a very handy monthly budgeting tool. This is an excellent resource that workers can use with young people who are making the transition to independent living.  The diaries cost $10 each plus postage

 

Find out more at the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition Website

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August 17, 2012

NEW HEADSPACE CENTRES ANNOUNCED

The federal government have announced the locations of the next Headspace centres to be rolled out in Queensland. The sites of the new Headspace centres include Moreton Bay East, Rockhampton, Mt Isa and Brisbane City.  This exciting addition to the sector relies on the contributions of local services to participate in the roll out, so if you are located in one of these regions and interested in participating, get in touch with Headspace!

Find out more at the Headspace website.

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May 11, 2012

NCPIC LAUNCHES ONLINE INTERVENTION PROGRAM FOR CANNABIS

The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) has recently launched an online intervention program, called "Reduce Your Use".  The online program is based on the same intervention approach that NCPIC has developed for face-to-face intervention, incorporating CBT and motivational enhancement approaches.  The program provides individualised feedback and additional treatment options are available, if required.   This new online resource adds to the suite of options available for people who wish to reduce or cease their cannabis use, and will be particularly useful for young people or people who live in rural and remote parts of Queensland.

https://reduceyouruse.org.au/

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April 26, 2012

NEW WEBSITE BUILDS RESILIENCE

There are increasing numbers of online resources to address mental health concerns. Now, there's a site called Bite Back which is all about building strengths and enhancing resilience. The site has been developed by the Black Dog Institute who are well known for their work around depression and other mental health problems. Bite Back provides a number of activities designed to assist young people in improving their mental fitness, and getting the most out of life.

http://www.biteback.org.au

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April 13, 2012

GET TO KNOW THE YOUTH ADVOCACY CENTRE

The Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC) offer free legal assistance to young people who live in or around Brisbane, as well as some phone support for young people throughout the rest of Queensland.   They also provide training for youth workers, social workers and others in the helping professions right across Queensland, to help understand what the law is for young people and people who work with young people.  YAC delivers legal education to groups of young people in South East Queensland for free.  For the Youth Worker training, there are costs associated, get in touch with YAC to discuss the details.   YAC also publish "Laying Down the Criminal Law: A Handbook for Youth Workers", which is essential reading for any worker who engages with young people.   YAC have recently developed a short online survey in order to get a better understanding of the types of legal information workers need, and where they go to get this information.

Check out the YAC website for more information or to get in touch.

Do the survey now!

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March 30, 2012

CONSUME: MAGAZINE FROM THE EATING DISORDERS ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND

The Eating Disorders Association Inc (Qld) have published a magazine designed by young people and youth educators to promote positive body image, health, tolerance and personal responsibility.   So far, over 14 000 copies of the magazine have been distributed to local Brisbane high schools.   The magazine contains articles on topics including sex, drugs and safer partying, information about puberty, healthy eating tips, information on politics and activism as well as phone numbers for various support services.

 

Consume Magazine

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