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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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February 26, 2016

YOUTH AOD SERVICES IN QUEENSLAND

Dovetail has recently put together a guide to Youth Alcohol and Other Drug treatment services across Queensland.  Most of the services in the guide are funded by Queensland Health, and work with young people between the ages of 12 - 25 (with some exceptions).  The guide includes an overview of the services offered, number of staff, geographical catchment area and contact details for the services.

Download the "Youth AOD Services in Queensland" guide (3MB PDF)

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October 21, 2015

NADA ENHANCED PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT GUIDE

The Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (NADA) have developed this guide which provides organisations with an introduction to performance management processes and the key concepts and tools to enable organisations to reflect, plan and implement ways of measuring, analysing and reporting on the work they do.

To read more and download this resource click here

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October 21, 2015

NATIONAL AOD WORKFORCE DEVELPMENT STRATEGY 2015-2018

This National AOD Workforce Strategy has been developed to support the National Drug Strategy at the request of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs in recognition of the need for a national focus on workforce development activities for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) workforce. The goals of the strategy are to build the capacity of the Australian AOD workforce to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug-related harm and create a sustainable Australian AOD workforce that is capable of meeting future challenges, innovation and reform.

Download the AOD Workforce Development Strategy 2015-2018 here.

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October 14, 2015

FREE ONLINE TRAINING FROM THE PENINGTON INSTITUTE

The Penington Institute has launched three free online learning modules suitable for any worker who engages with people who use alcohol and other drugs.  The modules include "Introduction to crystal methamphetamine", "Introduction to Brief Interventions" and "Introduction to young people and drugs".  All you need to do is register a user account and you can begin the online learning package.  Certificates are available on completion.

Find out more at the Penington Institute e-Learning website.

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