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November 25, 2016


The Women's AOD Services Network was established in 2013. The network is supported by NADA (Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies), the peak body for non-government alcohol and other drug agencies in New South Wales. The network has just released a "Gender Responsive Model of Care" which describes the key elements of effective service delivery for women. It includes a description of a theoretical framework for practice, which includes four key elements including a client centred, gender responsive approach, trauma informed practice ,family inclusive practice, and a strengths-based, resilience oriented framework. The model goes on to describe essential elements of of these core approaches.

Download "Women's AOD Services Network: Gender Responsive Model of Care" (420KB PDF)

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November 18, 2016


Some workers are employed to provide direct support to young people at times and in places where there are higher than normal levels of alcohol and other drug consumption.  This includes late-night entertainment precincts, music festivals, Schoolies week and other celebrations and events.  Dovetail developed a fact sheet in conjunction with Gold Coast Youth Services Chill Out Zone Program back in 2013, and we thought that it's worth re-visiting.  The fact sheet includes some of the signs that an intoxicated young person might need support, tips to assist in responding, responding to injuries, sexual assault or responding to a young person who is unresponsive.

Download "Tips for dealing with intoxication" (400KB PDF)

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August 19, 2016


In 2014, the Australian government funded NDARC to updated the "Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings."  The updated editions includes the latest evidence, and includes information on models of care for co-occurring disorders, management and treatment of specific disorders, as well as information on working with specific population groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and young people.

Click here for more information or to download a copy.

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September 25, 2015


The Australian Drug Foundation "Drug Info" service has published a fact sheet titled "Alcohol and other drug prevention in the family". The fact sheet provides a plain English overview of best practice alcohol and other drug prevention strategies.  It describes the intersection of risk and protective factors that can increase the risk of a young person developing problems with alcohol and other drugs. Families play a key role in the prevention of problematic substance use, and some key strategies are described in the fact sheet.

Go to "Alcohol and other drug prevention in the family"

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July 24, 2015


The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) has published a practice resource tited "Working with women engaged in alcohol and other drug treatment".  The guide aims to improve AOD services for women, and to enhance gender responsive, family inclusive and trauma informed practice. A wide range of services contributed to the development of the guide, and 51 women from six services shared their views on seeking and receiving AOD treatment.  The guide includes an overview of women in AOD treatment, strategies for developing a gender responsive service, working with women from diverse backgrounds and much more.

Find out more about "Working with women engaged in alcohol and other drug treatment"

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June 26, 2015


The University of Bath in the United Kingdom has published a document designed to support adults experiencing grief due to substance use.  "Bereaved through substance use: Guidelines for those whose work brings them into contact with adults bereaved after a drug or alcohol-related death" contains useful suggestions for workers - including understanding the grief process, using appropriate language and practical strategies to provide support.  The guide includes stories from people experiencing grief to help illustrate good practice.

Download "Bereaved through substance use: Guidelines for those whose work brings them into contact with adults bereaved after a drug or alcohol-related death" (2.3MB PDF)

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April 9, 2015


We are pleased to announce the release of the Queensland AOD Treatment Service Delivery Framework 2015.  This framework document describes the 'common ground' underpinning AOD treatment across the state, including the mission, aims, objectives, values, therapeutic approaches, practice principles and standards that inform our work.  The framework was written by a partnership of statewide AOD policy, sector and workforce development organisations (including Dovetail) based on direct input, feedback and research from both government and non-government agencies across Queensland. We encourage you to take the time to read and share this document as it can be a useful tool for communicating what we do with other workers and services, for orienting new staff and employees to the sector, and as a critical reflection tool for individual workers and services to enhance their practice.

Download a copy of the Framework here

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February 6, 2015


The UK-based Substance Misuse Skills Consortium has published a "Peer Support Toolkit".  The resource provides an overview of the theory and practice of peer support in alcohol and other drug treatment.  It includes information on the evidence base for peer support, as well as the practicalities of establishing a peer support program including information on policy and procedures, recruitment, induction, supervision and more.

Download the Peer Support Toolkit (250KB PDF)

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February 6, 2015


With the summer music festival season well underway a timely publication has been released in Europe, titled "The Manual of Psychedelic Support: A practical guide to establishing and facilitating care services at music festivals and other events."  The manual builds on decades of practice wisdom in managing difficult psychedelic experiences in entertainment settings.  It includes information on the principles and ethics of supporting people through difficult psychedelic experiences, recruiting teams, providing training, logistics of working in entertainment settings, risk management and more.  The manual has contributions from more the 50 people and organisations from around the world, with a diversity of experience in establishing and managing support services at music festivals and other entertainment settings.

Find out more at the Psych Sitter Website.

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January 23, 2015


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


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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