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January 23, 2015


Dovetail are proud to announce the release of our fourth Youth Alcohol and Drug Good Practice Guide - Learning from Each Other: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People. This Guide was developed over a period of 18 months in consultation with frontline Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services from across Queensland and contains valuable commentary, information, tools, case studies and practical resources to assist workers, services and communities to enhance their practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.


We wish to extend a hearty thanks to all members of the Learning From Each Other Network (listed on Page 6 of the Guide) for their considerable time and effort brainstorming, contributing and editing the Guide.  We would also like to acknowledge the fantastic work of Anne Elliott and her team at Encompass Family and Community Pty Ltd for their expert consultation and writing services.


An electronic version of the Guide can be downloaded free-of-charge here. Alternatively, if you are in Queensland and wish to order hard copies please phone 3837 5621 or email


PS: To accompany this Guide Dovetail plans to produce a toolkit of culturally secure youth AOD materials, templates and resources over the next 12 months, so stay tuned! See the FebFast story below for more details.

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August 31, 2012


Professor Stephen Duckett (Professor of Health Policy at La Trobe University, and recent "Thinker in Residence" at Mt Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health) has published an article on The Conversation website.  The article, titled "Fly-in, Fly-out health care fails remote Aboriginal Communities", describes his recent visits to two remote Aboriginal communities in Queensland - Doomadgee and Mornington Island.  Professor Duckett talks about the problems with siloed health care services delivered by fly-in fly-out health workers, including difficulties with community consultation around health care priority areas, but also difficulties for agencies in planning and coordinating their activities in remote communities.  This can lead to situations where communities are unsure or unaware of services being delivered in their area, but it can also lead to duplication of services or under-servicing caused by confusion amongst the sometimes large number of service providers involved.

Read "Fly-in, Fly-out health care fails remote Aboriginal Communities"

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September 23, 2011


The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) are consulting with young people in remote parts of Australia about ways to improve access to employment and participation opportunities.   The survey only takes ten minutes and (like all quality surveys) young people who complete the survey go into the draw to an iPod Touch.  There is also a paper-based survey available for young people without access to the internet.   Forward this on to any young people in remote parts of Queensland so we can make sure that their voices are heard.

Complete the survey online

Download a PDF version (475KB PDF)

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July 1, 2011


The 2011 round of grants from the Rural Health Continuing Education Program have been announced.   These grants are designed for health workers in rural and remote areas who want to undertake professional development.   Workers from disciplines such as allied health, nursing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers are invited to apply.

Click here to find out more.

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June 23, 2011


Bush Telegraph on ABC Radio National recently featured a story about the difficulties faced by youth workers in remote parts of Australia.   The story features an interview with Dr Judy Kulisa from Edith Cowan University, who has been looking at the experiences of youth workers in remote parts of Western Australia.  Dr Kulisa found the average working life of youth workers in remote parts of Australia was five years.   The youth workers needed to have a much broader array of skills, given the bredth of issues they are required to deal with, however Dr Kulisa found that often these workers had less qualifications than their city counterparts, and much less access to professional development and support.

Click here to listen to an interview with Dr Kulisa and Hayley Harris, and youth worker from remote Western Austarlia.

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May 5, 2011


Every year, the ABC invites young people from all over the country submit their ideas on ways to improve life for young people in the regions. The entries can be in the form of a video or audio recording, a well as in writing. The winners are selected and invited to a workshop in Canberra, where they develop a report which has just been published.   There are always some really creative and innovative ideas that come out of Heywire, and this year has been no different.

Check out the website to view the entries by the young people, and read the report.

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