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March 6, 2015

PREVENTING AND MANAGING FASD IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

The "Closing the Gap Clearinghouse" has published a resource sheet titled "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A review of interventions for prevention and management in Indigenous communities."  The document reviews a range of programs that have been found to be both effective and ineffective around the world and in Australia.  The authors found examples of a number of successful programs from both Australia and abroad, while also clearly identifying the failure of programs that target or shame women for drinking while pregnant.  The authors identified a number of gaps in current understandings, including whether or not successful programs from overseas can be modified to work in the Australian context.

Download "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A review of interventions for prevention and management in Indigenous communities." (230KB PDF)

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January 23, 2015

NEW DOVETAIL GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE RELEASED!

Dovetail are proud to announce the release of our fourth Youth Alcohol and Drug Good Practice Guide - Learning from Each Other: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People. This Guide was developed over a period of 18 months in consultation with frontline Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services from across Queensland and contains valuable commentary, information, tools, case studies and practical resources to assist workers, services and communities to enhance their practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

 

We wish to extend a hearty thanks to all members of the Learning From Each Other Network (listed on Page 6 of the Guide) for their considerable time and effort brainstorming, contributing and editing the Guide.  We would also like to acknowledge the fantastic work of Anne Elliott and her team at Encompass Family and Community Pty Ltd for their expert consultation and writing services.

 

An electronic version of the Guide can be downloaded free-of-charge here. Alternatively, if you are in Queensland and wish to order hard copies please phone 3837 5621 or email info@dovetail.org.au.

 

PS: To accompany this Guide Dovetail plans to produce a toolkit of culturally secure youth AOD materials, templates and resources over the next 12 months, so stay tuned! See the FebFast story below for more details.

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September 26, 2014

THE GOANNA SURVEY: INDIGENOUS SEXUAL HEALTH

The first national survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young peoples' sexual health has just been published.  "The Goanna Survey" looked at knowledge, risk practices and health service access of just under 3000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 16 - 29 from all over Australia (51% from urban areas, 36% from rural areas and 9% from remote areas).   Overall the study found knowledge of sexual health was relatively high, improving as participants got older.  Conversely, rates of condom use were highest in the youngest age groups: 69% reported using condoms in their most recent sexual contact in the under 20 year old age group, falling to 38% of those aged 25 - 29.  33% of males and 22% of females reported being drunk or high at their last sexual encounter with highest rates of intoxicated sexual activity occurring in the youngest age groups.

Download "The Goanna Survey" here.

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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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July 11, 2014

ALCOHOL IN ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMUNITIES

The Centre for Aboriginal Policy Research have published a paper by Maggie Brady titled "Lessons from a history of beer canteens and licensed clubs in Indigenous Australian communities."  The paper provides an overview of the history of licensed canteens or clubs in discrete Aboriginal communities across Australia.  The paper considers the effects of liberal drinking laws, the influence of government officials, and what went wrong in a number of cases. As the name of the paper suggest, it contains a number of important lessons on how to effectively reduce the harm from alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Download "Lessons from a history of beer canteens and licensed clubs in Indigenous Australian communities." (735KB PDF)

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July 4, 2014

NAIDOC WEEK: 6TH - 13TH OF JULY

NAIDOC Week kicks off on Monday the 6th of July,  with events planned in communities right across Queensland.  NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, and the week of events are a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.  The theme of this year's NAIDOC is "Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond". To find out about events happening in your region check out the event calendar on the DATSIMA Website or to find out more about NAIDOC around events happening elsewhere in Australia go to the NAIDOC Website.

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June 27, 2014

NIDAC CONFERENCE PAPERS AVAILABLE NOW

The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee conference was recently held in Melbourne and the papers from the conference are now available online.  The conference featured numerous excellent speakers and Queensland was well represented.  Genevieve Sinclair from YETI in Cairns presented on "Hope, Home, Dignity and Diversion: Understanding VSM and effective interventions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in North Queensland", Greg Fourmile from Gindaja in Yarrabah presented on "The Positives of a Community Approach" and Dovetail's own Jeff Buckley presented on "Learning from Each Other: Building a good practice guide for working with young people".

Go to the NIDAC Conference website to view the conference papers and to see the conference resolutions.

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June 20, 2014

AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS KNOWLEDGE CENTRE

The folks at Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet at Edith Cowan University have launched a new online resource for workers.  The "Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre" provides a one-stop-shop with everything a workers needs to know about working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities around alcohol and other drug use.  The site includes a comprehensive collection of information including health promotion resources, health practice resources, links to key organisations, and information on funding opportunities.

Go to "Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre"

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June 13, 2014

REMOTE ALCOHOL AND DRUGS WORKFORCE PROGRAM

At Dovetail, we often come across examples of great work happening in other parts of Australia that we think should be highlighted.  At the recent NIDAC Conference, we were really impressed with the "Remote Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce Program" from the Northern Territory.  The program consists of 30 AOD workers in 17 communities across Northern Territory, from Darwin to remote communities, and support services to back up this workforce.  The program has a great website, full of useful information designed to support frontline workers, with Indigenous AOD resources, information on cultural security, Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing, practice manuals and more.

Go to "Remote Alcohol and Drugs Workforce Program"

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June 6, 2014

WORKING TOGETHER: ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE

The Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit (Telethon Kids Institute) has published an updated edition of "Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and wellbeing Principles and Practice."  This comprehensive document contains articles on a broad array of topics including the history and contextual factors impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health, principles and practice standards, assessment and management, working with children, families and communities as well as an overview of healing models and programs.  This guide is essential reading for anyone working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around mental health and related issues.  Electronic copies can be downloaded for free, and there are limited hard copies available to order.

Find out more from Working Together.

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