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March 9, 2018

SUBSTANCE USE AND HEPATITIS C INCLUDED IN NEW PREGNANCY GUIDELINES

The 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pregnancy Care have been released and provide updated evidence-based guidance to maternity service providers and other relevant healthcare professionals. This edition contains updates on a number of topics, including Hepatitis C and substance use. The guideline encourages routine Hepatitis C testing at the first antenatal visit and advises all health professionals to ask women about alcohol and other drug use in a non-judgemental way to enable referral and access to support from alcohol and drug services.

 

You can access the Guidelines here (Large File Download - 6.5MB PDF)

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October 6, 2017

FETAL ACLHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (FASD) HUB WEBSITE LAUNCH

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Hub Australia is a website funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to provide a 'one stop shop' for evidence based information, tools and resources about FASD. The website has information on how alcohol use during pregnancy can affect the development of the fetus, tools and information for workers on how to diagnose FASD and importantly, resources for health professionals and families on how they can work together to give the best possible support to people living with FASD. A current understanding of FASD is key for any health professional working with young people and families.

Go to the FASD Hub

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April 21, 2017

GENOGRAMS: WHEN A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Dovetail developed a short video on developing a genogram back in 2016, and we wanted to share it again for those of you who haven't come across it yet. A Genogram is a useful tool for workers to help gather information about a young person's family and the quality of their relationships with significant others. This video shows workers how to use genograms in practice, as well as a symbol key so you can start doing your own genograms today! Watch "Genograms: When a picture is worth a thousand words"

For more information about working with young people and their families, you can order free copies of Dovetail's Guide 5 "Working With Families and Significant Others" by sending us an email at info@dovetail.org.au, or you can view the guide online at this link.

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April 14, 2017

STRENGTHENING PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES FOR FAMILIES

Family and Relationship Services Australia commissioned a report that looks at ways of increasing family-based prevention and early intervention services for families. Eight health and social problems were identified that could benefit from early intervention from family and relationship services.  This includes alcohol and other drug use, antisocial behaviour, obesity, mental illness, developmental injury (such as FASD and child neglect and abuse), chronic illness, school failure and social exclusion.

Download "Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future"

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January 27, 2017

ESTIMATING THE GLOBAL PREVALENCE OF ALCOHOL IN PREGNANCY AND FAS

An article has been published in The Lancet titled "Estimation of national, regional and global prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy and fetal alcohol syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis." The article involved a review of 328 studies of alcohol use in pregnancy, and 62 studies on FAS (Fetal alcohol syndrome). This allowed the researchers to estimate rates of FAS in various regions around the world. The authors found that globally, 9.8% of women drank during pregnancy, and the estimated prevalence of FAS in the general population was 14.6 per 10 000 people.  The authors estimate that one in every 67 women who consumed alcohol during pregnancy would deliver a child with FAS.

Go to "Estimation of national, regional and global prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy and fetal alcohol syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis."

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September 9, 2016

AUSTRALIAN GUIDE TO THE DIAGNOSIS OF FASD

The "Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of FASD" is has been recently developed to assist health practitioners in the diagnosis of FASD and to make sure once a diagnosis is made, people get the support required to manage the condition. The diagnostic tool differentiates between FASD with three sentinel facial features (which is similar to the previous diagnostic category of "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome") and FASD with less than three sentinel facial features (which encompasses the previous dianostic categories of "Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome" and "Neurodevelopmental Disorder-Alcohol Exposed').  The website includes e-learning modules to assist in upskillng workers in identifying and respoding to FASD.

You can download the Guide here and also access the Diagnostic Instrument E-Learning modules.

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June 10, 2016

ReachOut.Com for Parents

ReachOut.com/Parents is a free online service providing evidence-based practical support and tips that encourage effective communication and relationships between parents and young people aged 12-18 years, as well as easy-to-read information on a range of mental health and wellbeing issues. A key feature of ReachOut Parents is a peer-to-peer forum where parents can connect with each other to share experiences in an anonymous, supportive space. There will also be stories from parents, videos from child psychologists, and pathways for further support services if parents or young people are in serious distress.


Go to "ReachOut.Com for Parents"

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November 12, 2015

"HIDDEN HARM" FOUR CORNERS HIGHLIGHT ON FASD

The ABC Four Corners Program recently broadcast "Hidden Harm" highlighting the negative stigma, lack of support, and the difficulty accessing services that children born with FASD and their families face. The program showed, people born with FASD have the disability for life and the implications are far reaching.

Watch the program here.

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August 28, 2015

QUEENSLAND ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ACTION PLAN

The Queensland Mental Health Commission are currently in the process of developing a whole of government Queensland Alcohol and Other Drug Action Plan 2015 - 2017.  QNADA, the peak body for non-government alcohol and other drug organisations, is undertaking consultation on behalf of the Mental Health Commission.  This will include consultation events in the regions, but also online consultation.  QNADA has developed two online surveys: one for individual clients / people who use drugs, and another for families / carers and support people.  It's important that a wide range of views are included in the consultation, particularly young people.  If you work with young people who use alcohol and other drugs, or parents / carers please consider sharing this online survey. The survey only takes 5 - 10 minutes to complete and it's open until Friday 12th of September.  If you've got any questions about the survey, contact QNADA on (07) 3023 5050

For individual clients of treatment services / people who use drugs click here.

For family / carers / support people click here.

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July 17, 2015

DRUG PREVENTION FOR PARENTS

Mentor International have published a guide to prevention resources for parents.  The guide is divided into three sections including "Home", "School" and "Community" and provides a brief overview of the research into effective AOD prevention across each of these domains.  The guide contains links to evidence-based resources from around the world, including Australia.  The guide is also useful for workers who engage with parents, with useful strategies to assist parents in supporting their children.

Download "Drug prevention for parents" (900KB PDF)

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