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June 9, 2017

DOVETAIL GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE: LEGAL AND ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF PRACTICE - BACK IN STOCK

Back in 2012, Dovetail released our second good practice guide  "Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Practice".  The guide has been very popular, and we ran out of print copies some time ago.  We've been lucky enough to re-print the guide, and we have free hardopies in stock now.  The guide covers issues such as consent, Gillick Competence, confidentiality as well as issues relating to the various ethical dilemmas which can arise through our work with young people experiencing alcohol and other drug concerns.  Further good practice guides are in the pipeline so stay tuned.  Queensland based workers can order hard copies of the guide free of charge by emailing info@dovetail.org.au or you can download an electronic copy here.

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May 12, 2017

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CANNABIS IS LEGALISED?

There are a number of places around that world that have either legalised cannabis, or are in the process of legalising.  But what happens after legalisation? The Volteface drug policy website has recently published an article titled "Let's learn from the mistakes of drug reform pioneers."  The article provides an overview of a recent edition of the International Journal of Drug Policy, which considered a broad range of implications of legal cannabis markets including controlling the use of pesticides, the interface between medical cannabis markets and recreational cannabis markets, and impacts on public health.

Go to "Let's learn from the mistakes of drug reform pioneers"

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March 4, 2016

DECRIMINALISATION OF DRUG USE AND POSSESSION IN AUSTRALIA

The Drug Policy Monitoring Project at the University of New South Wales has published "Decriminalisation of drug use and possession in Australia: A briefing note."  The briefing note contains an overview of research into decriminalisation of substance use and possession from both Australia and overseas.  The researchers found evidence that decriminalisation of drug use reduces to costs to society (particularly criminal justice system costs), reduces costs to individuals, does not increase drug use, does not increase other crime, but may in some circumstances increase the numbers of people in contact with the criminal justice system.  The briefing paper provides examples of the ways that Australia has implemented decriminalisation schemes in some areas for particular substances.

Go to "Decriminalisation of drug use and possession in Australia: A briefing note"

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October 28, 2015

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL and TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES' DRUG STRATEGY 2014-2019

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Drug Strategy 2014-2019 (NATSIPDS) is a sub-strategy of the National Drug Strategy 2010-2015. The overarching goal of the NATSIPDS is to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by preventing and reducing the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families, and their communities. The NATSIPDS provides an opportunity for communities, non‐government organisations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community‐controlled organisations and all levels of government to pursue strategies that are specifically relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and appropriate to their circumstances, needs and aspirations.

Download the NATSIPDS here

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October 21, 2015

NADA ENHANCED PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT GUIDE

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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July 24, 2015

QUICK GUIDE TO INCOME MANAGEMENT

Over the past few years, a number of different versions  of "income management" have been implemented across Australia.  While there are variations in these programs, essentially it involves quarantining part of a person's welfare payments. The federal government have produced a handy overview of these programs, titled "Income management: A quick guide."  It includes the full range of income management measures from voluntary through to compulsory, along with the various triggers for implementing income management.   The quick guide also includes links to evaluation reports, an overview of the "Basics Card" and information on future directions in income management.

Go to "Income Management: A quick guide"

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March 6, 2015

NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY: HAVE YOUR SAY

The current National Drug Strategy operates until the end of 2015.  In preparation for the next National Drug Strategy, Health Outcomes International (HOI) are conducting consultations on behalf of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD).  An online survey has been released, seeking feedback on the achievements of the current National Drug Strategy, the implementation of the current strategy and opportunities for improvement as well as the content of the revised National Drug Strategy.  The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.  It's vital that a broad range of input is provided, so now is your chance to have your say.  The survey is open until the 27th of March.

For more information or to complete the survey click here.

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January 13, 2015

NEW NATIONAL DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNCIL ANNOUNCED

In December last year the Hon Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, announced a new look advisory council on drugs and alcohol identifying methamphetamine - in particular "ice" - as its priority focus.  Formerly the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD), the new Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs (ANACAD) will have the role of providing advice to the Government on a range of national drug and alcohol issues, including emerging issues and new substances. In her media release Minister Nash acknowledged the outgoing Chair , Dr John Herron AO, and announced the new chair as former National Party MP Ms Kay Hull, who controversially champions an abstinence policy on drugs over harm minimisation.

Read the full media release outlining the new Council membership here

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October 31, 2014

AMA NATIONAL ALCOHOL SUMMIT

The Australian Medical Association's National Alcohol Summit was held on the 28th and 29th October in Canberra bringing together representatives from all tiers of government, community leaders, medical and health experts, police, families of victims, and other stakeholders to look at the impact of excessive alcohol use across several different domains including alcohol-related violence and the social costs of alcohol; culture, advertising and sport; the harmful use of alcohol in Indigenous communities and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Click here to view the AMA National Alcohol Summit Communique

Click here to visit the Summit website which contains videos of every presentation.

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January 21, 2014

QUEENSLAND MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION - HIGHLIGHTS FROM FIRST 6 MONTHS

Queensland's Mental Health Commissioner has released a paper outlining their key achievements from the Commission's first six months.  Download their report to get a picture of the types of projects and reviews the QMHC are undertaking as they assemble their Advisory Council and prepare to release their inauagural Strategic Plan.  You can also contribute your thoughts and ideas to the policy direction of the Commission by completing their online survey here.

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