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December 9, 2016

HOW TO USE A SMOKERLYZER

With the help from staff from Metro South Addiction Services, Dovetail has created this Smokerlyzer video for workers who support young people who use tobacco. The Smokerlyzer device is a hand held monitor used to test the level of carbon monoxide (CO) in a person's body via a breath test. CO is an invisible gas created from the smoke of things like cigarettes or joints or even BBQs and car fumes. Too much CO in the blood deprives the body of oxygen and increases the risk of health problems like heart attack, blood clotting and stroke. Measuring levels of CO can assist in smoking cessation because when a person stops smoking their body gets rid of the excess CO and begins to repair itself.

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December 9, 2016

LITERATURE REVIEW OF PERFORMANCE AND IMAGE ENHANCING DRUGS

The UK-based Lifeline Project has published an article titled "Image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs): Literature Review".  The article includes provides a succinct overview of substances including steroids, nootropics (also known as "smart drugs") as well as botox and tanning drugs.  The article includes information on health effects, risks and suggestions for working with people who use this range of substances.  Some of the information is UK-specific, but there's still a lot of useful information for local workers.


Download "Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs: Literature Review"

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December 9, 2016

DON'T FORGET: DOVETAIL CONSUMER FEEDBACK SURVEY

Every year, Dovetail seeks feedback on our services. We've developed a short online survey designed to find out what you like about Dovetail and what we could do better. The results help us plan for the future, and gives you the chance to tell us what we should be focusing on. To help get you over the line, we are offering one lucky participant the opportunity to win an exclusive Dovetail prize pack.  The survey only takes a few minutes to complete, and will be open until the 3rd of February.


Go to the Dovetail Consumer Feedback Survey

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December 8, 2016

MISSION AUSTRALIA SURVEY 2016

The annual Mission Australia Youth Survey has been published. The survey seeks the views of young people aged 15 - 19, about issues of personal concern and issues facing Australia today. The top three personal concerns were stress 44.4%, school 37.8% and body image 30.6% and the top three issues that young people identified as facing Australia today were alcohol and drugs 28.7%, discrimination and equity 27% and mental health 20.6%. The percentage of young people identifying mental health as national concern had doubled in the last 6 years. 1 in 4 young people experienced discrimination in the past year and 1 in 2 witnessed someone being treated unfairly. Skills to cope with stress, mental health and alcohol and drug awareness programs and access to mental health and alcohol and drug services were some of the needs identified by young people.

Find out more survey results and download the report here.

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December 2, 2016

NEW PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCE USE AMONG REGULAR PSYCHOSTIMULANT USERS

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has published a Drug Trends Bulletin titled "New psychoactive substance use among regular psychostimulant users in Australia 2010 - 2016."  The report looks at data from the annual EDRS (Ecstasy and Related Drugs Study), an annual study of regular drug users that looks at changes in price, purity and availability of a range of substances.  The bulletin found that across the years from 2010 - 2016 40.5% of regular psychostimulant users reported any use of a new psychoactive substance in the previous six months, with considerable fluctuations across this time.  By 2016, around 15% of participants had recently used either a phenethylamine (including drugs like 2C-B) or a tryptamine (including drugs like 5-MeO-DMT).


Go to "New psychoactive substance use among regular psychostimulant users in Australia 2010 - 2016"

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December 2, 2016

HEADS UP: IS YOUR WORKPLACE MENTALLY HEALTHY?

Our friends at YODAA in Victoria shared this, and we thought Dovetail subscribers might be interested too. Heads Up is a joint initiative from the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and Beyondblue. The website provides a range of interactive tools, practical advice, information and resources around all areas of workplace mental health. There is information about self-care and how to support others who may be having difficulties. The site also includes a section on training and resources with case studies, policy templates, downloadable booklets and fact sheets.


Go to Heads Up: Mentally Health Workplaces

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December 2, 2016

1800 RESPECT FRONTLINE WORKERS TOOLKIT

The National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service 1800RESPECT have developed a frontline workers toolkit. The toolkit consists of a range of practice information, videos and apps to assist community frontline workers in providing support to clients. There is technology and safety information and resources for GPs and health practitioners, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and communities, LGBTI communities, women from CALD backgrounds just to name a few. There is an introductory video which explains clearly how to use the resources in the toolkit.

Sign up and access the toolkit here

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November 25, 2016

THE HEALTH OF QUEENSLANDERS 2016

The annual report from Queensland's Chief Health Officer has been released.  "The Health of Queenslanders 2016" contains a wide range of information including life expectancy, trends in smoking, obesity, hospital admission rates and more.  There are also reports available for each hospital and health service district, with data on local trends in demographics and health problems.  This local data provides services with the ability to plan for changes in their regions, and to target specific health problems.


Go to "The Health of Queenslanders 2016"

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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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November 18, 2016

TIPS FOR DEALING WITH INTOXICATION

Some workers are employed to provide direct support to young people at times and in places where there are higher than normal levels of alcohol and other drug consumption.  This includes late-night entertainment precincts, music festivals, Schoolies week and other celebrations and events.  Dovetail developed a fact sheet in conjunction with Gold Coast Youth Services Chill Out Zone Program back in 2013, and we thought that it's worth re-visiting.  The fact sheet includes some of the signs that an intoxicated young person might need support, tips to assist in responding, responding to injuries, sexual assault or responding to a young person who is unresponsive.

Download "Tips for dealing with intoxication" (400KB PDF)

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