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March 30, 2018


The language we use can be powerful, especially when working with vulnerable populations. The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) and NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) have developed a resource called Language Matters; it aims to provide workers with best practice on how to utilise language in a way that empowers clients. Words and labels used within the drug and alcohol sector can have connotations attached to them and create stigma for users which can create further disadvantage.

The resource was developed through consultation with people who use drugs and non government AOD workers and can be accessed here.


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February 9, 2018


The Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) has launched a trial of a new telephone service in partnership with a number of Addiction Medicine Specialists from across Queensland.  The Alcohol and Drug Clinical Advisory Service (ADCAS) is a specialist telephone support service for health professionals in Queensland, providing clinical advice regarding the management of patients with alcohol and other drug concerns including opioid pharmacotherapy, management of withdrawal, intoxication and drug interactions. This free service is available from 8.00am-11.00pm, 7 days a week and can be reached on 1800 290 928.


More information on the Alcohol and Drug Clinical Advisory Service is availble here.

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November 17, 2017


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have published their annual "Australia's Welfare 2017" report.  The report includes information on the amount of money spent on welfare services, along with the population factors that influence the demand for these services.  It includes information on young people with regards to child protection, youth justice and domestic and family violence, as well as data on the community services workforce, indigenous specific data, a special focus on housing and homelessness and more.  This report collates data from a broad range of services, giving a comprehensive overview of some of the key indicators of the wellbeing in the community.

Go to "Australia's Welfare 2017"

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August 31, 2017


We recently came across a great website on Human Enhancement Drugs, sometimes known as "Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs." This large and growing class of substances includes things like steroids and weight loss drugs, but also cognitive enhancers, sexual enhancers, and substances like tanning drugs designed to improve appearance. The Human Enhancement Drugs website includes overviews of common substances across various classes, health promotion resources, information on services, legislation and more.

Go to the "Human Enhancement Drugs" website

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August 18, 2017


A few years back, Dovetail developed a fact sheet "Is your service youth friendly?"  The fact sheet asks a number of key questions for services to consider, including questions related to environment, access and values, attitudes and practices.  The fact sheet is designed to help services reflect on what they do well, and areas for improvement.

Download "Is your service youth friendly?" here (660 KB PDF)

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August 4, 2017


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recently published "Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2015 -16".  This report collates the National Minimum Data Set information, submitted by 796 AOD services from across Australia.  Nationally, there were estimated to be 134 000 clients in AOD treatment 2015-16, with about 35 000 of these living in Queensland. Alcohol was the most common drug of concern (32%), however that number has been falling. The number of people seeking treatment for amphetamines has risen substantially, making up only 12% of treatment episodes on 2011-12, and in 2015-16 making up 23% of treatment episodes in 2015-16.

Go to "Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2015 -16"

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July 20, 2017


QLife have put together a series of Guides focused around some of the frequently asked questions about working with people who identify as LGBTI. The QLife Guides cover complex topics using plain language to help build the capacity of service providers to feel more able to work with clients on a wide range of LGBTI matters. The QLife project is a counselling and referral service for LGBTI people and provides early intervention, telephone and web based services Australia wide.

Check out the QLife Guides here

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March 10, 2017


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 25, 2016


The Women's AOD Services Network was established in 2013. The network is supported by NADA (Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies), the peak body for non-government alcohol and other drug agencies in New South Wales. The network has just released a "Gender Responsive Model of Care" which describes the key elements of effective service delivery for women. It includes a description of a theoretical framework for practice, which includes four key elements including a client centred, gender responsive approach, trauma informed practice ,family inclusive practice, and a strengths-based, resilience oriented framework. The model goes on to describe essential elements of of these core approaches.

Download "Women's AOD Services Network: Gender Responsive Model of Care" (420KB PDF)

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June 16, 2016


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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