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April 21, 2017


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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March 17, 2017


ABC's Foreign Correspondent recently featured an episode that focused on ayahuasca tourism in South America, and some of the risks faced by foreign tourists.  Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic tea that contains DMT.  It is traditionally used in South America by shamans who use it as a medicine. Ayahuasca has become popular amongst tourists, with ayahuasca retreats operating in several South American countries.  In 2015, a young New Zealander travelled to Peru to try ayahuasca.  Prior to using the ayahuasca, he was given a tea that contained tobacco as a part of a cleansing process, which led to his death. This Foreign Correspondent episode tells the story of ayahuasca tourism, and the reporter travels to Peru to the retreat where this young New Zealander died.

Go to "Foreign Correspondent: It doesn't happen to people like me"

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September 30, 2016


Julaine Allan, a senior research fellow at Charles Sturt University, has published an article on The Conversation titled "LSD - dangerous, mystical or therapeutic?". The article describes how the Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann discovered LSD by accident while trying to create a chemical to assist with blood circulation. The article outlines some of the historical uses of LSD in research settings, including American psychotherapists using low doses of LSD to assist the therapeutic process. The article describes how LSD works, the possible harms associated with use, as well as some recent statistics on rates of use in the Australian community. The article concludes with some interesting facts, including the activities of Timothy Leary - the man who Richard Nixon described as "the most dangerous man in America" for his promotion of the use of LSD.

Go to "LSD: Dangerous, mystical or therapeutic?"

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April 8, 2016


National Youth Week kicks off on the 8th of April and goes until the 17th of April.  There are a wide range of activities on offer right across the state.  The Queensland National Youth Week website includes a calendar of events, so you can get involved with activities happening in your region.

Find out more about National Youth Week 2016

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December 11, 2015


The Queensland Mental Health Commission has released the Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Plan 2015 - 17.  The plan aims to prevent and reduce the adverse impact of alcohol and other drugs on the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.  There are 54 actions described in the plan, under the broad headings of demand, supply and harm reduction.  A number of the actions are relevant to Dovetail subscribers, including increasing access to AOD treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, implementing the AOD education program for years 7 - 12 and the development of training and resources for workers responding to methamphetamine.

Find out more about the Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Plan 2015 - 17

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December 4, 2015


We've developed a short online survey designed to find out what you like about Dovetail and what we could do better. The survey results help us to plan for the future, and gives you a chance to tell us what you think we should be focusing on.  We are offering a Dovetail prize pack to help get you motivated!  The survey only takes about two minutes and will be open until Friday the 29th of January.

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October 21, 2015


The Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (NADA) have developed this guide which provides organisations with an introduction to performance management processes and the key concepts and tools to enable organisations to reflect, plan and implement ways of measuring, analysing and reporting on the work they do.

To read more and download this resource click here

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October 2, 2015


The Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD) has published the Draft National Drug Strategy 2016 - 2025, and feedback is being sought from the sector.  The strategy describes priority actions under the three pillars of harm minimisation: demand reduction, supply reduction and harm reduction.  It also discusses priority population groups including young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  You can provide feedback on the strategy by completing a short online survey, or by submitting a written submission.

For more information or to provide feedback go to the National Drug Strategy 2016 - 2025.

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October 2, 2015


There has recently been significant attention paid to the issue of violence against women in our community. The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation has published the third "Young Australians' attitudes to violence against women" research report, which considered the views of 1923 young people aged between 16 - 22 years. These responses were compared with people aged 35 - 64, in order to compare differences in attitudes between the generations.  The study found some encouraging results, including young people be aware of a wide range of behaviours that constitute violence against women, however less encouraging was that up to 25% of young people were prepared to excuse partner violence in certain circumstances.

Download "Young Australians' attitudes to violence against women" (915KB PDF)

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August 14, 2015


End of financial year time is a time for reporting.  We've just tallied up some of our numbers and we thought we'd share.  Our email list has grown 24% over the past year, and we now have 1627 subscribers - still growing every day!  We also delivered training to 1547 workers across Queensland, and we responded to 235 requests for support and assistance.  If you're interested in some of our other achievements, download our 2014 /15 Snapshot Annual Report (770 KB PDF)

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