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April 24, 2015

DOVETAIL WEBINAR: UNDERSTANDING METHAMPHETAMINE - TUESDAY 5TH OF MAY 9AM - 10AM

There continues to be increasing community concern about the use of methamphetamine, particularly crystal methamphetamine.  In response to this, Cameron Francis from Dovetail will be presenting a webinar on Tuesday the 5th of May, from 9am - 10am.  The presentation will help increase workers' knowledge about methamphetamine and some of the unique issues this substance presents.  The presentation will provide an overview of the history of amphetamine both globally and in Australia, as well as an overview of how it works, the risks and harms, strategies to reduce the harms and information on treatment interventions.


To participate in the webinar follow these easy steps:


1. On Tuesday the 5th of May at 9am, go to this link

2. Select `PARTICIPANT`

3. Enter Webinar Registration Code: 52365378

5. Enter your name

6. Join the Webconference (it may take a minute or two to load)

7. Turn up the sound on your computer (or preferably use headphones)


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April 24, 2015

WORKING WITH CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE ADOLESCENTS

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has published a practitioner resource titled "Working with culturally and linguistically diverse adolescents."  The resource includes a broad range of information to support workers, including reports, policy papers and practice guides, information on intake / assessments of young people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background, as well as a directory of key contacts for practitioners working with CALD young people.

Find out more about "Working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) adolescents"

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April 24, 2015

YOUNG AUSTRALIANS' ALCOHOL REPORTING SYSTEM

The National Drug Research Institute leads a research project designed to track patterns of alcohol use and related problems, called "Young Australians' Alcohol Reporting System" (YAARS).  It is envisaged that this research project will be undertaken annually, and the first years' data is now available.  YAARS involved a survey of 958 risky drinkers from 16-19 year old age group from four Australian cities.  The study found that half the underage participants said it was "easy" or "very easy" for under 18s to purchase alcohol from bottle shops.  Just over half the udnerage participants reported that they had previously attempted to enter a licensed venue, with the majority of these young people reporting that their ID was not checked.

Further information on YAARS is available here.

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April 24, 2015

POLYDRUG USE AMONGST STEROID USERS

A paper has been published in the journal "Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy" titled "Polypharmacy among anabolic-androgenic steroid users: A descriptive metasynthesis".  The paper looks at 50 studies on anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) users published between 1985 and 2014 and found that the most common other substances consumed by this population was alcohol and cannabis, followed by cocaine, growth hormone, human chorionic gonadotropic (hCG), meth / amphetamine, clenbuterol, ephedrine, insulin and thyroxine.  Some of these substances are designed to enhance the effects of anabolic androgenic steroids or manage side effects of AAS.  There are considerable health implications from this level of polysubstance use, which the authors describe in the conclusion.

Download  "Polypharmacy among anabolic-androgenic steroid users: A descriptive metasynthesis".  (790KB PDF)

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April 17, 2015

AUSTRALIAN WINTER SCHOOL CONFERENCE: 22 - 24 JULY 2015

The Australian Winter School Conference is fast approaching, being held in Brisbane from the 22nd - 24th of July. The theme of this year's conference is "Unleash potential" and includes streams including young people, early intervention / prevention, the justice system, domestic and family violence and lots more.  The speakers include Dr Igor Koutsenok, Chief of Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Professor Kate Conigrave presenting on "Making alcohol and drug treatment more accessible to Indigenous Communities", and Dr Ingrid Wilson presenting on "The role and magnitude of domestic and family violence and its inter-relationship with alcohol".  Tickets will be available very soon.

Find out more at the Australian Winter School website.

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April 17, 2015

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN LGBT AUSTRALIANS

The Australian Research Center in Sex, Health and Society has published "A Closer Look at Private Lives 2: Addressing the mental health and well-being of LGBT Australians".  The Private Lives 2 study looked at the experiences of 3835 LGBT people from around Australia and included a K10 Psychological Distress Scale and the Brief Resilience Scale.  The study found that mental health tended to improve with age for most participants, however lower socio-economic status was a strong indicator of mental health problems amongst the sample.  The study also found that trans males and trans females faced greater levels of socio-economic disadvantage than all other gender identity and sexual identity groups.  Rates of substance use were higher amongst LGBT people than the general population.

Download "A Closer Look at Private Lives 2: Addressing the mental health and well-being of LGBT Australians". (1.1MB PDF)

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April 17, 2015

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY: SMALL GRANTS AVAILABLE

Hepatitis Queensland has announced a small grants program designed to support agencies in recognising World Hepatitis Day, which is being held on the 28th of July 2015.  The theme is "Time to act" and Hepatitis Queensland are offering free "World Hepatitis Day" resources and promotion packs, as well as small grants of either $3000, $500 or $150 to allow local organisations to run events in their communities.


For more information or to apply for a small grant go to the Hepatitis Queensland website.

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April 17, 2015

THE FAILURE OF SCARE CAMPAIGNS AGAINST METHAMPHETAMINE

With ongoing concern about the use of "ice" (methamphetamine) there are increasing calls for mass media scare campaigns, which have proven to be ineffective and in some cases appear to actually increase intentions to use drugs.  Perhaps the best known of these failures is the "Montana Meth Project" which developed a series of frightening television and print ads that have been used across the United States.  A review of this campaign titled "Drugs, Money and Graphic Ads: A critical review of the Montana Meth Project" found that the campaign resulted in increases in the acceptability of using methamphetamine and decreases in the perceived danger of using drugs.  A further evaluation of this campaign published in 2010 titled "Does information matter? The effect of the Meth Project on meth use among youths" found that the campaign failed to have any impact on rates of methamphetamine use amongst young people.  Since the publication of this further negative review, the campaign has spread to more US states.

 

Erceg-Hurn, David (2008) "Drugs, Money and Graphic Ads: A critical review of the Montana Meth Project" in Prevention Science December 2008, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 256 - 263  (Subscription required for full text access)


Anderson, Mark (2010) "Does information matter? The effect of the Meth Project on meth use amongst youths" in Journal of Health Economics 2010, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 732 - 742 (Full text available free of charge: 480KB PDF)

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April 10, 2015

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE: AUGUST 13 - 14 MELBOURNE

YSAS (Youth Support and Advocacy Service) has announced the first ever Australian Youth AOD Conference, to be held in Melbourne on the 13th and 14th of August.  The conference will be the launch pad for the Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development - a partnership between YSAS, Deakin University, YoDAA and Dovetail - which aims to bring together expert practicitioners and researchers to develop practical and effective responses to the needs of young people affected by alcohol and other drug use.  The conference will feature hand-picked high quality presentations from some of the best minds in the country. 

Find out more or register to attend here http://youthaod.org.au/

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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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