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August 4, 2017

INSIGHT TRAINING AND WEBINAR CALENDAR: OUT NOW

Insight has released the semester two training and webinar calendar for semester 2 of 2017.  The training calendar includes a range of free full day and part day workshops on topics including "Culturally secure AOD practice", "Introduction to motivational interviewing" and "An introduction to mindfulness for AOD".  The training workshops are happening in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville and are likely to book out quickly.  The Insight webinar series happens every Wednesday morning from 10am live in person at the Biala BUilding in Brisbane, or broadcast live online. This semester includes a webinar from the Queensland AIDS Council on "How to better meet the needs of your LGBTI clients" on Wednesday 30th of August, and Dovetail's own Cameron Francis will be presenting on Wednesday 6th of September "A trip through the garden" which provides an overview of a range of different psychoactive plants and fungus.

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April 7, 2017

DOVETAIL'S GUIDE TO SLANG TERMS

Up the Murray Cod? Got your moon boots on? Drug slang terms can be baffling for workers. Slang terms can be highly localised - used by particular social groups, and changing over time. In order to assist in translating some of these terms, Dovetail has developed a handy Guide to Slang Terms. Slang terms can be easily misinterpreted or misunderstood, and our guide is by no means definitive. If you know of terms that we haven't covered or if you've got an alternative definition that we should know about, please feel free to get in touch. Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms is available electronically on our website, alongside the AOD Acronym list that we developed a few months back. Both guides are also available as a PDF suitable for printing, for those times when you really need to know the difference between a pinger and a dinger.


Go to Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms


Download a PDF of Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms (165KB PDF)

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March 10, 2017

SUPPORT SERVICE LAUNCHED FOR NURSES AND MIDWIVES

A new telephone and online support service has been launched, specifically targeting the needs of nurses, midwives and nursing students.  The service is an initiative of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and is being run by Turning Point.  The telephone and online support service offers confidential advice and referrals for a range of issues that nurses and midwives may face including mental health concerns, alcohol and other drug concerns and more.


The telephone number of Nurse & Midwife Support is 1800 667 877

For more information go to the Nurse & Midwife Support website

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November 18, 2016

WALK ON THE WIL SIDE: FRIDAY MAY 12, 2017

Walk on the Wild Side is an annual one-day symposium for health professionals examining substance use and society.  The event will be held at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital on Friday the 12th of May 2017, so mark it in your diary today.  The program will be released in mid February, and the theme of this year is "Diversity".


For more information phone 3646 1525 or email WOWS10@health.qld.gov.au or go to the Walk on the Wild Side Website

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August 26, 2016

INSIGHT ALCOHOL AND DRUG SEMINAR SERIES AND TRAINING CALENDAR

The Insight Training and Education Unit has released the seminar series and training calendar for semester 2, 2016.  The seminar series happen every Wednesday from 10am - 11am and are broadcast live on the internet and then recorded and made available afterwards on the Insight Vimeo page.  Some of the upcoming presentations that would be of interest to Dovetail subscribers include "Working with high risk families: The Parents Under Pressure Program" by Professor Sharon Dawe on Wednesday November 2nd, and Associate Professor Leanne Hides presenting on "The lowdown on AOD apps and websites" on November 9th. The Insight Training workshops happen in Brisbane at the Biala Building, and includes Dovetail's "Young people and drugs" training on Thursday 15th of September, and "Crystal Clear: How to respond effectively to methamphetamine use".  All of the Insight Training workshops are free of charge, and they book out fast.


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August 26, 2016

HOW DOES ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG USE AFFECT THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN?

The team at Positive Choices are hosting a free webinar on Thursday September 1st from 3pm - 4pm on "The maturing adolescent brain: Implications for the prevention of drug and alcohol problems." The webinar is presented by Dr Louise Mewton and will include an overview of the changes that occur in the adolescent brain, and the implications of these changes for the prevention of alcohol and other drug problems.

To find out more or to register for the webinar click here.

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June 16, 2016

THE 2016 YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE MELBOURNE 25-26 AUGUST

The Australian Youth AOD Conference is in it's second year and more than ever seeks to engage with participants around practice, and demonstrate how their skills and compassion is valued by offering a range of topics, the chance to meet their colleagues, and celebrate the unique work done in this field. This year's conference will focus on both the personal and structural conditions that impact on young people. Day One will present a range of perspectives on these conditions and their influence on the lives of young people. Day Two will focus on countering these conditions by giving participants the chance to learn new skills and knowledge to take back to the field, and enrich their role in facilitating positive developmental experiences. Early bird closes 1st July 2016.

Click here to read more and register for the conference

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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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October 21, 2015

MANAGING ADDICTION: FREE ONLINE COURSE

The University of Adelaide is offering a range of free online courses, including "Managing Addiction: A framework for successful treatment."  The course provides an understanding of addictive behaviours, identifying people who are at risk of developing an addiction and an overview of intervention and treatment options.  The course runs for five weeks, and will take about 2 - 3 hours per week to complete.  There is no cost, unless you'd like a verified certificate, which costs $50.

Find out more information or enrol today.

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April 9, 2015

QUEENSLAND AOD TREATMENT SERVICE DELIVERY FRAMEWORK RELEASED

We are pleased to announce the release of the Queensland AOD Treatment Service Delivery Framework 2015.  This framework document describes the 'common ground' underpinning AOD treatment across the state, including the mission, aims, objectives, values, therapeutic approaches, practice principles and standards that inform our work.  The framework was written by a partnership of statewide AOD policy, sector and workforce development organisations (including Dovetail) based on direct input, feedback and research from both government and non-government agencies across Queensland. We encourage you to take the time to read and share this document as it can be a useful tool for communicating what we do with other workers and services, for orienting new staff and employees to the sector, and as a critical reflection tool for individual workers and services to enhance their practice.

Download a copy of the Framework here

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