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May 19, 2017

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE: AUGUST 17 & 18

The 2017 Australian Youth AOD Conference will be held in Melbourne on August 17 and 18. The theme for the conference this year is "Identity" and will explore how young people develop their identity, how these identities can change and grow, and how youth workers can have a positive influence on this process. The conference will provide an opportunity to examine practice and learn about new and emerging ideas with a range of practice advancement workshops and keynote presentations. The conference will also give workers an opportunity to meet their colleagues, form connections and celebrate the unique work done in this field. Registrations are now open and early bird closes on July 1st 2017.

Read more about the conference and register here.



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March 3, 2017

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE 2017: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The Walk on the Wild Side (WOWS) Symposium is an annual one day event for Queensland clinicians working in the field of alcohol and other drug treatment. The 2017 event will be held at the Royal Brisbane and Women's' Hospital Education Centre on Friday the 12 May.

Clinicians are being invited to submit abstracts to present on research, projects, challenging clinical issues and clinical initiatives in their workplace. The presentation judged as the overall audience favourite will receive an espresso coffee machine to take back to their workplace.

Register for the event or find out more about submitting an abstract here.

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February 17, 2017

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 2017: 31ST OF MARCH TO 9TH OF APRIL

National Youth Week 2017 is coming up, and it's time to think of events for your region. The theme of this year's National Youth Week is "Be bold, Be brave, Be you."  You can register your event online at the Queensland Youth Week website, which also includes everything you need to run a Youth Week event, including invites, certificates, promotional posters and social media materials. Coinciding with National Youth Week is the launch of the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, which is currently calling for nominations.

Find out more about National Youth Week here

Find out more about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament here

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June 16, 2016

THE 2016 YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE MELBOURNE 25-26 AUGUST

The Australian Youth AOD Conference is in it's second year and more than ever seeks to engage with participants around practice, and demonstrate how their skills and compassion is valued by offering a range of topics, the chance to meet their colleagues, and celebrate the unique work done in this field. This year's conference will focus on both the personal and structural conditions that impact on young people. Day One will present a range of perspectives on these conditions and their influence on the lives of young people. Day Two will focus on countering these conditions by giving participants the chance to learn new skills and knowledge to take back to the field, and enrich their role in facilitating positive developmental experiences. Early bird closes 1st July 2016.

Click here to read more and register for the conference

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April 28, 2016

BRAIN SUMMIT

The Brain Summit is a free online conference commencing on May 2 with speakers discussing the latest research, tools and techniques to upgrade your brain.

Check it out here

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March 24, 2016

DRUG CHECKING IN THE MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA

The Medical Journal of Australia has published an article titled "Drug checking to improve monitoring of new psychoactive substances in Australia."  The article provides an overview of drug-checking services available in other parts of the world, and it describes some of the concerns raised about these types of services.  The concerns include issues such as drug-checking legitimising the use of drugs, liability of drug check staff towards consumers of the substances as well as drug sellers using the service as a quality control mechanism.  The authors point out that these concerns have not been supported by evidence from Europe.


Go to "Drug checking to improve monitoring of new psychoactive substances in Australia"

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March 10, 2016

NATIONAL CLOSE THE GAP DAY

National Close the Gap Day aims to bring people together, to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.There are a range of events, from workplace morning teas, to sports days, school events and public events in hospitals and offices around the country and anyone can take part and make a difference.

For more information click here

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February 19, 2016

INSIGHT CALENDAR AVAILABLE NOW

Insight, the Alcohol and Drug Training and Workforce Development service operated by the Metro North Mental Health - Alcohol and Drug Service, has launched their training and webinar calendar for the first semester of 2016. All the Insight training is free of charge, and topics including "Conducting effective group work with AOD patients", "Understanding Psychoactive Drugs", and "Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Drug Use".  The webinars occur every Wednesday morning from 10am.  Topics include Dr Kate Hall presenting on "ERIC: Emotional Regulation and Impulse Control" on Wednesday April 13th, and Dovetail's own Cameron Francis presenting on "Mass Media for Preventing Illicit Drug Use" on Wednesday May 4th.

For more information or to book a place, go to the all new Insight website where you can download the calendar and register your interest.

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November 4, 2015

KEY SESSIONS FROM THE HARM REDUCTION CONFERENCE OCTOBER 2015

The 24th International Harm Reduction Conference was held in Kuala Lumpur in October. The theme for the conference was 'Call for Leadership', which reflects the urgent need for critical issues faced by the harm reduction response to be addressed. Some of the key sessions were filmed by Drug Reporter.

Watch the sessions here

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September 3, 2015

DR MICHAEL UNGAR WORKSHOP

Internationally renowned family therapist and co-director of the Resilience Research Centre, Dr Michael Ungar is presenting a full day workshop in Brisbane on Tuesday the 6th of October.  The workshop is called "20 Skills to build resilience: Working with young people with complex needs" and will show how young people use "problem" behaviours to enhance their wellbeing.  The workshop will provide participants with skills to build resilience in young people and it will provide an overview of the Child and Youth Resilience Measure, as assessment tool designed to better understand resilience in young people.  The full day workshop is brought to you by Dovetail, YSAS, The Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development and YoDAA.  Tickets are $100.

Find out more about Dr Michael Ungar: 20 Skills to build resilience

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