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January 27, 2017


As a part of Queensland Health's response to increasing use of crystal methamphetamine, Insight produced a number of resources to support workers.  There's a free, self-paced online learning package, a flow chart designed for emergency departments, a harm reduction guide and a brief intervention tool for workers who are engaging with people who use methamphetamine.  The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) have also contextualized the resources for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  To order free copies of the resources, or to find out more go to the Meth Check website.

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October 21, 2016


The Lives of Substance website aims to provide information people's' lived experience of alcohol and other drug problems. It is designed to provide members of the public with clear information on key terminology such as "addiction" or "dependence", and utilises actors and voice recordings of people to illustrate some of the real experiences of people who have problems with their substance use. There are stories about a wide range of substances, as well as experiences by age and gender. Personal stories of real people can help to de-mystify and de-stigmatise substance use problems, and Lives of Substance is a valuable resource for workers who want to better understand the wide variety of experiences of substance use problems.

Go to Lives of Substance

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May 27, 2016

The Wheel of Well-being

We came across a great website from the UK recently, and we thought it's worth sharing. The "Wheel of well-being" is a web-based well-being program developed by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Uscreates. The wheel has six aspects of well-being: body, mind, spirit, people, place, planet. Each wheel is linked with a suggestion for action. If you create a free account, you can develop a personalised well-being plan and track progress overtime. It includes a Google Maps integration, which will suggest places nearby that others have found to enhance their well-being, like places to keep active or places to engage in learning and development.

Go to "The Wheel of Well-being"

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March 31, 2016


The Mephedrone Handbook published in 2015 in the United Kingdom is a guide for drug workers and other professionals working with mephedrone users and also includes a section that focuses on novel psychoactive substances (NPS), the chemical families these compounds belong to, and the appropriate treatment response that could be tailored for people who experience problems with these drugs.

Check out the handbook here

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March 10, 2016


This resource from the UK was developed by the Substance Use Open Education Resources team, based at Manchester Metropolitan University to inform and develop alcohol and other drug practice. They include presentations, film clips( from both service users and professionals), animations, individual and group exercises, and practice scenarios to help apply learning.

For more information click here

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March 10, 2016


TouchBase is a national website providing information on alcohol and drug use as well as mental health and sexual health for LGBTI communities. TouchBase is an initiative of the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) and the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF), in partnership with the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), developed to address high rates of alcohol and drug use in these communities through a targeted and destigmatising approach and is a comprehensive resource assisting LGBTI people to better manage their own health and wellbeing.

For more information click here

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February 5, 2016


We recently came across a nifty little animation that demonstrates the process of substance addiction or dependence.  The video follows Nuggets, a bird who develops a taste for substances.  Videos such as this can provide a useful conversation starter with young people, and we thought it was worth sharing.

Click here to watch "Nuggets Bird - Addiction Animation"

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November 12, 2015


The Step-by-Step Toolkit is intended for harm reduction service providers with limited experience of working with children and young people who inject drugs. This tool is the result of a partnership between Harm Reduction International (HRI), Youth Rise, International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Save the Children and was developed in response to HRI research on injecting drug use among under 18s globally that highlighted gaps in the response for this group.

Read more and dwonload the toolkit here

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October 21, 2015


The Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development, with support from the Sidney Myer Fund,  has created a resource for Resi Care workers and Foster Carers. The OoHC Toolbox contains information and guidance on responding to common issues faced by young people in out of home care.

See more on these resources here.

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October 7, 2015


"My Future My Life" is a service operated by Centacare, that offers support for Queensland students with a disability to prepare for and plan life after school. They offer workshops for parents, teachers and disability professionals around supporting young people through their transition from schooling, as well as direct support to young people with a disability. The service also offers financial support to students in years 11 and 12 (and in some remote areas, students in year 10) to purchase resources they need to achieve their goals after school.

Find out more about My Future My Life

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