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April 17, 2014

FEMALE SEX OFFENDING AND THE GENDERED NATURE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

The Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault has published a research summary titled "The exception that proves the rule: Female sex offending and the gendered nature of sexual violence".  The research shows that a small percentage of reported sexual offences are committed by women - thought to be around 5% of the reported sexual offences.  The research summary considers these prevalence statistics along with characteristics of the women who commit these offences, the impacts on victims as well as issues related to disclosure.  Of the reported sexual offences committed by women, half of these women co-offended with a male perpetrator.  Male coercion was considered an important avenue for women's offending.  The research also considered the very low rates of disclosure by victims of female-perpetrated sexual abuse.


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April 17, 2014

THE INGREDIENTS OF EFFECTIVE MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING

The UK-based "Drug and Alcohol Findings" has published a summary of a research report published in 2012, that is worth revisiting.  The report titled "Motivational Interviewing: A pilot test of active ingredients and mechanisms of change."   The research involved testing the therapist strategies that are meant to assist in helping people to make changes including relational ingredients, as well as the technical ingredients of motivational interviewing.  The relational ingredients refer to non-directive counselling techniques like empathic listening, avoiding negative therapeutic interactions and paying attention to the therapeutic alliance.  The technical ingredients of motivational interviewing include the directive strategies like resolving ambivalence, securing commitment and goal setting.  A unique study design attempted to tease out these elements, but surprisingly found that none of these particular elements seemed to impact on outcome - overall, all clients involved in the study reduced their drinking.


To find out more go to "Motivational interviewing: A pilot test of active ingredients and mechanisms of change"

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April 17, 2014

TRENDS IN NON-DRINKING AMONG AUSTRALIAN ADOLESCENTS

There is growing evidence that more young people are choosing to abstain from using alcohol.  A paper has been published in the journal "Addiction" titled "Trends on non-drinking among Australian adolescents".  This paper looks at data from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, the biggest population survey of alcohol and other drug use in Australia.  The authors looked at two waves of survey data: from 2001 and 2010, and explored socio-demographic patterns that might identify causes of the change.  In 2001, 32.9% of 14 - 17 year olds in the survey indicated that they had not consumed alcohol in the previous twelve months, while in 2010 this number had increased to 50.2% indicating they had not consumed alcohol in the previous twelve months.  A similar trend has been observed in many countries including the United States, England, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Russia.

Go to "Trends in non-drinking among Australian adolescents"

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April 11, 2014

AUSTRALIAN WINTER SCHOOL 2014: REGISTRATIONS OPEN NOW

The Australian Winter School Conference is happening on the 24th and 25th of July at Rydges Hotel, Southbank (Brisbane). The conference is now accepting registrations and the first round of key note speakers have been announced, including Ross Bell (NZ Drug Foundation), Dr Adam Winstock (Global Drug Survey), Dr Peter Miller (Deakin University) and more.  The conference organisers have also annouced four workshops to be held on Wednesday the 23rd of July, the day prior to the conference commencing.  Workshops cover topics including pain management, integrating approaches to AOD use, the Community Reinforcement Approach to AOD treatment, and a workshop on community prevention of alcohol harms.

Find out more at the Australian Winter School website.

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April 11, 2014

NEW FORMULATION OXYCONTIN

It has been recognised for some time now that the opioid analgesic OxyContin has the potential for misuse.  The continuous release mechanism can be defeated when the tablet is crushed, allowing it to be injected.  In response to concerns about OxyContin misuse, the manufacturers have reformulated the tablet making it much more difficult to inject.  The reformulated tablet contains a substance that makes the tablets much harder to crush, and if water is added the solution will turn into a thick gel.  There is some evidence from overseas that the reformulated OxyContin can create increased risks for those who do attempt to inject the new reformulated tablet.  The reformulated OxyContin has become available in Australia from the 1st of April and in response, Victorian service ReGen have developed information for services that engage with people who may misuse OxyContin.

Find out more about the changes to OxyContin here.

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April 11, 2014

PER CAPITA ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION DECLINES IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has published their annual "Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia 2012-13".  This document considers the amount of pure alcohol available for consumption in the form of beer, wine, spirits, ready-to-drink beverages and cider.  While there was a slight increase in the amount of alcohol available for consumption, the per capita consumption rate fell slightly to 9.88 litres of pure alcohol per person in 2012-13, equivalent to 2.2 standard drinks per person (aged over 15) per day.  This figure is probably an overestimate as it doesn't account for wastage or alcohol used in cooking.


Go to "Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia 2012-13"

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April 4, 2014

DOVETAIL LAUNCHES "A RETAILERS RESPONSE TO INHALANTS"

Dovetail received funding from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2013 to develop a resource to support retailers in restricting the supply of products that could be misused and inhaled.  The resource includes a booklet explaining inhalant misuse to retailers, a one page fact sheet for retail staff, two comic strips for educational use with young staff members and for staff in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community stores, a series of A5 colour posters for display in retail outlets, a spray paint sale refusal poster and a spray paint refusal sticker for use at point of sale.  The kit also contains a fact sheet for contractors as well as a sticker to advise that inhalable products are not accessible.  The kit was developed in conjunction with services in the Mt Isa region, including the Mt Isa Substance Misuse Action Group and the Mornington Island General Store.  Hard copies of the kit are available to order for services based in Queensland, while electronic copies of the resources can be freely downloaded from a dedicated website, which will be gradually updated in the coming months with videos and other information to support retailers in reducing the supply of inhalants.

To order a hard copy or to download an electronic version of "A Retailers Guide to Inhalants" go to InhalantSupply.org

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April 4, 2014

CANNABIS AND CONSEQUENCES: SCHOOL BASED CANNABIS EDUCATION RESOURCES

The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) have released an updated version of their school-based cannabis education resource "Cannabis and Consequences".  The package contains twelve classroom activities for secondary school students which can be delivered to students in a single session or combined to deliver a comprehensive course, and incorporates elements of the national curriculum.  As a part of the roll out of this new resource, free training is available for teachers and other school support staff to assist in the roll out of this package, with one session available in Brisbane on Friday the 2nd of May.

To find out more about the free "Cannabis and Consequences" training for teachers and school support staff click here.

To view the "Cannabis and Consequences" classroom activities click here.

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April 4, 2014

SAFE NIGHT OUT STRATEGY: FEEDBACK WANTED

The Queensland Government is seeking with views of Queenslanders on the measures and initiatives proposed in the "Safe Night Out" strategy.  This strategy is designed to reduce alcohol related violence in night time entertainment precincts. According to the "Safe Night Out Strategy" website, the plan involves the following:

  • "establishing fifteen 'Safe Night Precincts' to provide safe and supportive environments
  • changing the culture through high school alcohol and drug education, and other initiatives that make it clear everyone is responsible and has a part to play
  • changing the law - police powers, licensing, penalties including community service and compulsory alcohol and drug counselling to show bad behaviour won't be tolerated."

Feedback can be provided up until the 21st of April 2014. Find out more about the "Safe Night Out" strategy here.

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March 28, 2014

AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES CULTURAL AWARENESS PORTAL

Griffith University has launched "Australia's First Peoples Cultural Awareness Portal."  The website has been developed specifically for Griffith University Health students about to undertake clinical placements, but has broad utility for any worker looking at increasing their confidence and knowledge of culturally appropriate health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  The website is not a replacement for cultural awareness training, but rather provides an additional resource and place for sharing information.

Go to "Australia's First Peoples Cultural Awareness Portal"

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