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May 11, 2018

DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is now happening within Queensland, aiming to increase community awareness of domestic and family violence. The month provides an opportunity to encourage support seeking and increase awareness and knowledge of community and workers. Dovetail thought it would be an opportune time to share a few helpful resources we've come across recently.

 

Queensland Health have created a 'Response to Disclosure' flowchart to assist frontline staff working with clients who may have been impacted by domestic and family violence.

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed a short video in response to violence against women and the important role of the healthcare system in responding which you can watch here.


Find out about other events happening across Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month here.

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March 2, 2018

QUEENSLAND YOUTH WEEK 2018: FRIDAY APRIL 6 - SUNDAY APRIL 15

Queensland is celebrating it's very own youth week in 2018 from Friday 6 April to Sunday 15 April 2018. Youth Week is a celebration of young people and an opportunity for them to be involved and have their voice heard. This year's theme is "Jump in. Make a splash". 'Brisbane  Youth Week' includes a number of events such as a live music festival, a pool party and DIY craft workshops, all events are free.

To register your event or to find out what's on during Queensland Youth Week click here.

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February 9, 2018

COORDINATED CARE FOR VULNERABLE YOUNG PEOPLE

Young people experiencing multiple and complex issues usually require coordinated care approaches.  As our service system continues to become more and more complex, there is an increasing need to develop processes to coordinate care across multiple agencies, from both the government and non-government sector.  In Cairns, the Coordinate Care for Vulnerable Young People (CCYP) process has been running for a number of years.  The Queensland Department of Education recently created a short video that describes CCPY - why it was developed, how it operates, and how it benefits young people, their families and the broader community.

 

Watch "Coordinated Care for Vulnerable Young People" (4min 37sec)

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November 3, 2017

ASK IZZY: AN INTERACTIVE SERVICE DIRECTORY FOR QUEENSLAND

Dovetail has recently come across a very helpful and user friendly website called "Ask Izzy."  Ask Izzy is an interactive search directory for all types of services a young person may need.  You can search over 350 000 services to find housing support, meals, health care, counselling services, Centrelink and money help, legal advice, drug and alcohol support, education and training, as well as activities for young people to do.  This is a great resource to not only share with young people but also for workers wanting to know about services in a young person's local area.  Additionally, if the young person is on the Telstra mobile network, they can access Ask Izzy even if they don't have credit.

Go to "Ask Izzy"

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October 27, 2017

DOVETAIL'S DRUG SLANG AND ACRONYM LIST 2.0

Earlier this year, we released "Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms" and a guide to "Queensland AOD Acronyms and Abbreviations." Since the launch, we've received loads of positive feedback and suggestions for additions to both. We've compiled all of your feedback and are happy to launch our updated slang list and acronym guide. You can click through various acronyms or slang terms on our website, or you can download the lists as a PDF, to keep next to your desk for those moments when you can't tell your AOD from your DOB. If you find an acronym or slang term that is not on the list, please drop us an email to let us know.

 

Click here to explore Dovetail's interactive slang and acronym page

 

Click here to download a PDF of "Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms"


Click here to download a PDF of "Dovetail's Queensland AOD Acronyms and Abbreviations"

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October 13, 2017

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE MORE THAN JUST MINI ADULTS

The September issue of Advocate, the e-magazine of the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA), features a range of stories and articles on youth issues in alcohol and other drug treatment. Dovetail's own Cameron Francis features in the magazine and provides a really clear overview of the nuanced differences in providing alcohol and other drug treatment to young people compared to adults. Cameron also provides some handy tips on how to make your service youth friendly.


Download NADA's Advocate e-Magazine here (1.8MB PDF)

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September 22, 2017

WHAT'S UP WITH GEN Y?

The Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne has published a paper by Professor Johanna Wyn, Professor Helen Cahill and colleagues titled "Gen Y on Gen Y."  The paper draws longitudinal research which has been tracking Gen Y members (now aged 28 - 29) since 2005. The research describes insecure employment, high housing costs and the costs of education as contributing to increasing levels of stress, with 14% of men and 28% of women in the research experiencing poor mental health.

Download "Gen Y on Gen Y" here (450KB PDF)

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July 20, 2017

ADDRESSING BARRIERS TO ENGAGEMENT-WORKING WITH CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR

The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Orygen, has published a clinical practice guide called " Addressing barriers to engagement-Working with challenging behaviour". The guide is designed to support service providers who are engaging young people, 12 - 25 years of age, who present with behaviour that is seen to be 'challenging'.The practice guide explains how to respond appropriately to challenging behaviour, better understand the contributing factors, manage personal responses and identify the barriers associated with different types of behaviour.

Read and download the practice guide here

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May 26, 2017

HOW RESILIENCE CAN BREAK THE LINK BETWEEN A BAD CHILDHOOD AND THE YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Conversation has published an article titled "How resilience can break the link between a bad childhood and the youth justice system."  The article looks at data from Victoria showing young people involved in the youth justice system tend to have significant problems within their family backgrounds, including high rates of child protection involvement and histories of abuse and neglect.  The article goes on to describe how a range of dynamic factors can offset these risks but developing resilience that can assist in overcoming adversity.

Go to "How resilience can break the link between a bad childhood and the youth justice system"



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February 17, 2017

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 2017: 31ST OF MARCH TO 9TH OF APRIL

National Youth Week 2017 is coming up, and it's time to think of events for your region. The theme of this year's National Youth Week is "Be bold, Be brave, Be you."  You can register your event online at the Queensland Youth Week website, which also includes everything you need to run a Youth Week event, including invites, certificates, promotional posters and social media materials. Coinciding with National Youth Week is the launch of the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, which is currently calling for nominations.

Find out more about National Youth Week here

Find out more about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament here

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