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August 31, 2017

HUMAN ENHANCEMENT DRUGS

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

IS YOUR SERVICE YOUTH FRIENDLY?

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

AOD TREATMENT IN AUSTRALIA 2015-16

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 GUIDES

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

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 25, 2016

GENDER RESPONSIVE MODEL OF CARE

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 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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April 28, 2016

CREATING HEALTHY WORKPLACES: REDUCING ALCOHOL RELATED HARM

This report conducted as part of VicHealth's Creating Healthy Workplaces program aims to share the findings of the Workplace Reduction of Alcohol-Related Harm Project (WRAHP) The project involved a comprehensive and tailored intervention designed to build knowledge on how to reduce alcohol-related harm in the workplace.

Read more and download the report 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 4, 2016

CLINICAL SUPERVISION GUIDELINES

The Victorian AOD peak (VAADA) in conjunction with the Bouverie Centre and community managed mental health services have developed a web resource designed to support clinical supervision for workers.  The website contains information on supervision models, modalities, ethical and legal considerations and more.  The site is an excellent resource for any worker wanting to get the most out of supervision, or for supervisors looking to improve their practice.

Go to Clinical Supervision Guidelines

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