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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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August 18, 2017

LIFELINE COPING KIT

We recently came across an excellent resource developed by Lifeline, which we think is worth sharing. The "Coping Kit" is designed to used with a client to help plan for and respond to crisis situations.  The forms ask key questions to identify signs of being overwhelmed, as well as strategies for managing crisis situations. There is a two page form, as well as a wallet card version, which young people can take with them wherever they go.

Find out more about the Lifeline "Coping Kit" here.

 


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July 28, 2017

CAFFEINE INFORMER

Caffeine Informer is a useful website that provides information about caffeine and the amount contained in a wide range of products such as energy drinks, coffee and other caffeinated goods. Caffeine is a popular stimulant, often used to kick start the day, and when used in moderation can have some positive benefits. However, when caffeine is used regularly in large quantities users can experience some unpleasant side effects. Caffeine Informer has information about safe limits, a caffeine intake calculator and an overdose calculator which can help determine how many milligrams of caffeine a day is being consumed.

Check out the website here

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January 27, 2017

METH CHECK: RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WHO USE METHAMPHETAMINE

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

LIVES OF SUBSTANCE

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

MEPHEDRONE HANDBOOK

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

WORKING WITH SUBSTANCE USE RESOURCES

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

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

UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION

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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