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September 22, 2017

SO THE MEDIA WANT TO INTERVIEW ONE OF YOUR CLIENTS

Hearing directly from people with lived experience of substance use can be a really useful way to increase the community's understanding of substance issues.  Services are often contacted by media outlets, looking to be connected with clients who can share their stories. However, there are risks in this type of public disclosure, and  workers need to be able understand these risks, in order to assist clients in making informed decisions about sharing their story publicly.  The good folks at AOD Media Watch have published a great article, that covers the issues and can assist a worker or a client to make the decision to tell their story.  It includes an overview of the risks involved, the types of stories that journalists frequently publish, and some key questions to consider before speaking to a journalist.

Go to "AOD Media Watch Guideline for Consumers"

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September 15, 2017

UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR WORKING WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE ENGAGING IN NON-SUICIDAL SELF-INJURY

There has been a recent update to the Mental Health First Aid guidelines for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engaging in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).  The redevelopment of the guidelines were based on the expert opinions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clinicians from across Australia to ensure that they reflect current evidence and best practice and can be shared with Indigenous and non-Indigenous frontline workers.  The re-developed guidelines outline some significant cultural elements that are important for workers to consider when assisting an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who is engaging in NSSI.

There are two other Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Guidelines that are useful for workers to be used in conjunction - "Communicating with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Adolescent" and "Guidelines for Providing Mental Health First Aid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviour"

Download the "Guideline for providing mental health first aid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engaging in non-suicidal self-injury" (321KB PDF)

 

 

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August 18, 2017

IS YOUR SERVICE YOUTH FRIENDLY?

A few years back, Dovetail developed a fact sheet "Is your service youth friendly?"  The fact sheet asks a number of key questions for services to consider, including questions related to environment, access and values, attitudes and practices.  The fact sheet is designed to help services reflect on what they do well, and areas for improvement.

Download "Is your service youth friendly?" here (660 KB PDF)

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August 18, 2017

CONSULTATIONS ON THE NATIONAL FASD STRATEGY 2018 - 2028

The Australian Government Department of Health is developing a "National FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Strategy 2018 - 2028" and services and individuals are able to make submissions in order to inform the strategy.  The objectives of the strategy are to:

  • Strengthen efforts and address the whole-of-life impacts on FASD
  • Address the whole-of-population issues
  • Support collaborative cross sectoral approaches required to prevent FASD in Australia
  • Provide information and support those living with and affected by the disorder

Submissions close 4th of September.

Find out more or provide a submission here.

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November 25, 2016

GENDER RESPONSIVE MODEL OF CARE

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

TIPS FOR DEALING WITH INTOXICATION

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

UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING CO-OCCURRING AOD AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

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

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG PREVENTION IN THE FAMILY

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

WORKING WITH WOMEN ENGAGED IN AOD TREATMENT

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

WORKING WITH PEOPLE BEREAVED THROUGH SUBSTANCE USE

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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