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July 13, 2018

HEALTH SERVICE RESPONSES TO YOUNG PEOPLE AFFECTED BY TRAUMA

A new report co-authored by Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and Phoenix Australia, the Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health has been released titled "Trauma and young people: moving towards trauma-informed services and systems".  The document provides an overview of current treatment approaches and highlights the need for more reforms and focus on this area of practice. The report identifies that young people have high rates of trauma experiences; up to two out of three young people have been exposed to a traumatic event by the age of 16. The report discusses the importance of trauma informed care and considers ways of improving the capacity of workers to respond to trauma. The report has several recommendations including development of a national policy response for trauma, to increase the number of mental health and human service professionals who are trained in understanding and responding to trauma and the development of consistent trauma-informed curriculum within relevant tertiary courses.

 

Go to "Trauma and Young People: Moving towards trauma-informed services and systems"

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June 21, 2018

DOVETAIL SAYS FAREWELL TO LEIGH BERESFORD

This week the team at Dovetail said goodbye to our wonderful nurse Leigh Beresford, who has decided to retire. Leigh has been with Dovetail since the project started in 2010, and over the years many Dovetail subscribers will have met Leigh at conferences and training events, or spoken with Leigh on the phone. Leigh's smile, warmth and passion is infectious. Wherever the Dovetail team travel throughout Queensland, we are greeted with hugs and laughter from workers who have developed a connection with Leigh. There are so many workers that Leigh has connected with over the years that we decided to film a short goodbye video, so Leigh can say farewell to everyone that she's worked with. If you would like to pass on a message to Leigh, send us an email to info@dovetail.org.au and we'll make sure she gets it.

Watch Leigh's farewell video here.

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June 14, 2018

DOVETAIL GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE 4 “LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER: WORKING WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER YOUNG PEOPLE”

Working with young people who are using alcohol and other drugs in a problematic way can be a tricky space. Throughout the Dovetail lifespan five good practice guides have been developed, drawing from worker's practice wisdom and research in the field. We have recently re-printed "Learning From Each Other: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People" and free copies are available for order now. This Guide was developed over a period of 18 months in consultation with frontline Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and services from across Queensland. It 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.


If you'd like to order a free hard copy, email info@dovetail.org.au with your postal address.  To read online go here.

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June 7, 2018

A TRIP THROUGH THE GARDEN EPISODE 5: MESCALINE

Mescaline is a naturally occurring hallucinogen that is found in several species of cactus.  In this final episode of Dovetail's "A trip through the garden" series, Cameron describes the traditional uses of mescaline containing cactus including peyote, along with some of the more contemporary ways that the substance is used.

Watch "A trip through the garden episode 5: Mescaline"

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June 7, 2018

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG TREATMENT IN AUSTRALIA: KEY FINDINGS

The AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) have updated the 2016-17 Alcohol and other drugs treatment services key findings report. The report analyses the treatment provided in Australia based on the National Minimum Data Set. It found that 836 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided over 200,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 127,000 clients.

The top four drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (32% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (26%), cannabis (22%) and heroin (5%). The proportion of closed treatment episodes where clients were receiving treatment for amphetamines has more than doubled over the last 10 years, from 11% of treatment episodes in 2007-08 to 27% in 2016-17.


Find out more here.

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May 11, 2018

DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is now happening within Queensland, aiming to increase community awareness of domestic and family violence. The month provides an opportunity to encourage support seeking and increase awareness and knowledge of community and workers. Dovetail thought it would be an opportune time to share a few helpful resources we've come across recently.

 

Queensland Health have created a 'Response to Disclosure' flowchart to assist frontline staff working with clients who may have been impacted by domestic and family violence.

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed a short video in response to violence against women and the important role of the healthcare system in responding which you can watch here.


Find out about other events happening across Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month here.

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May 4, 2018

ON DRUGS: PODCAST SERIES

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada's ABC) has been publishing a podcast series that looks at the broad range of ways that drugs have shaped our world. The "On Drugs" podcast features episodes that the history of caffeine, the outcomes of legalisation of cannabis, and the use of drugs during war. There is also a special feature episode with an interview with Bruce Alexander, the researcher who conducted the famous "Rat Park" experiments.

Find out more about "On Drugs" at this link or subscribe via iTunes.

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May 4, 2018

A TRIP THROUGH THE GARDEN EPISODE 4: ANGEL TRUMPET (DATURA)

The term "Angel Trumpets" refers to one of two types of plant - Datura stramonium or a species of Brugmansia. The distinct trumpet-shaped flowers contain the substances scopolamine and atropine (and others) which cause delirium when consumed. There are occasional reports of hospitalisations related to Angel Trumpet consumption, sometimes in young people experimenting. This short video provides an overview Angel Trumpets, and the nature of some of the hospital presentations.

Watch "A trip through the garden episode 4: Angel Trumpet (Datura) (1min 52sec)

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May 4, 2018

DRUG REHAB: WHAT WORKS?

Professor Nicole Lee has recently published an article on "The Conversation" website, titled "Drug rehab: what works and what to keep in mind when choosing a private treatment provider." When people hear "rehab" they usually think of residential rehabilitation or 'live in' treatment, but there are many other options such as outpatient treatment, day programs and home based detox.

 

Day programs are very similar to rehab except that people go home in the evenings. Having these options with varying levels of intensity is important so that there are treatment options for a wide range of people. There are a number of alcohol and other drug therapies that have an established evidence base for individual and group therapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy.

 

When choosing options for rehabilitation, it is important to assess the program content and consider factors such as the cost, the program duration and what is important to the individual such as family involvement. Also account for the service delivering the program, some questions to ask include- do the staff running the program have appropriate skills and qualifications in alcohol and other drug treatment, is the service accredited and is the program delivery informed by the evidence base?  Something to keep in mind is that there is no evidence that a higher cost of treatment leads to better treatment outcomes.

 

To access the full article click here.

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February 23, 2018

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT RELEASES "ACTION ON ICE" PLAN TO ADDRESS METHAMPHETAMINE

The Queensland Government has launched a whole-of-government "Action on Ice" plan, which addresses the use and harms caused by crystal methamphetamine.  Throughout 2017, the Queensland Government engaged with the community, seeking input to understand the impacts of methamphetamine, particularly in rural and regional communities. The plan contains a broad range of actions including the establishment of a new residential rehabilitation service in Rockhampton, expanded access to specialist family support services, and an increase in alcohol and other drug treatment services provided through the non-government sector.

Find out more about the Queensland Government's "Action on Ice"

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