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July 28, 2017

POLICE POWERS: YOUR RIGHTS

The Caxton Legal Centre produce a guide titled "Police Powers: Your rights."  The guide provides a plain English overview of police powers, including when being questioned by police or being given a direction by police, rights while being arrested, police searches, various offenses and penalties, and more.  The guide was updated in October 2016, and laws can change frequently, so the guide also contains contact information for community legal centres from across Queensland, as well as specific services such as the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Download "Police Powers: Your Rights" (775 KB PDF)

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July 28, 2017

CAFFEINE INFORMER

Caffeine Informer is a useful website that provides information about caffeine and the amount contained in a wide range of products such as energy drinks, coffee and other caffeinated goods. Caffeine is a popular stimulant, often used to kick start the day, and when used in moderation can have some positive benefits. However, when caffeine is used regularly in large quantities users can experience some unpleasant side effects. Caffeine Informer has information about safe limits, a caffeine intake calculator and an overdose calculator which can help determine how many milligrams of caffeine a day is being consumed.

Check out the website here

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July 28, 2017

YOUTH AOD TOOLBOX

The Youth AOD Toolbox, developed by Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) in Victoria is an excellent resource for new and current youth AOD service providers. We have promoted it in the past but feel it is worthy of a repost. The Youth AOD Toolbox contains a range of evidence informed resources designed to improve and enrich practice. The site contains practice modules on a range of topics and specific information on practice approaches. The Toolbox project is in constant development with new content added regularly and existing content kept up to date.

View the Toolbox here

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July 20, 2017

NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY 2017-2026

The National Drug Strategy 2017-2026 has been released by the Commonwealth Department of Health and maintains the harm minimisation focus on supply, demand and harm reduction. The National Drug Strategy is a long term framework for reducing and preventing the harms associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. This latest strategy is built on the principles of partnerships, coordination and collaboration, national direction and evidence informed responses with the aim of building safe healthy and resilient Australian communities.

Read and download the National Drug Strategy here

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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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July 20, 2017

QLIFE GUIDES

QLife have put together a series of Guides focused around some of the frequently asked questions about working with people who identify as LGBTI. The QLife Guides cover complex topics using plain language to help build the capacity of service providers to feel more able to work with clients on a wide range of LGBTI matters. The QLife project is a counselling and referral service for LGBTI people and provides early intervention, telephone and web based services Australia wide.

Check out the QLife Guides here

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July 20, 2017

LOWER-RISK CANNABIS USE GUIDELINES: A COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE OF EVIDENCE AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The American Journal of Public Health has published a systematic review by Fischer and colleagues called "Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines: A Comprehensive Update of Evidence and Recommendations", examining the evidence on the adverse health outcomes from cannabis that may be modified by the user. Ten major recommendations were developed for lower risk use, some of which include avoiding early initiation, particularly before 16 years, choosing low potency THC or balanced THC to CBD ratio products, avoiding synthetic cannabinoids, deep inhalation practices, high frequency use and driving while under the influence. The authors conclude that poor health outcomes may be reduced by informed behavioural choices among users and with cannabis laws evolving in North America, suggest Lower-Risk Use Cannabis Guidelines could serve as a population level education tool to help improve public health outcomes.

Read and download the review here

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July 14, 2017

SEVEN LESSONS FROM SEVEN YEARS OF DESIGN RESEARCH WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

Design research with young people takes courage and creativity according to Mariesa Nichols from ReachOut and Natalie Rowland from Redrollers Research, who have collaborated over the last seven years on projects that explore young people's everyday lives, mental health and well being. This article is based on a presentation delivered at the 2017 Design Research Conference in Melbourne and presents some of the successes and failures and lessons learned along the way.

Read the article here.

Listen to the conference presentation here.

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July 7, 2017

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE QUEENSLAND LGBTI ROUNDTABLE

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to contribute to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Roundtable for a two year term commencing in 2017.  Nominations are being sought from LGBTI Queenslanders and their allies who have experience supporting and advancing the interests of LGBTI Queenslanders, are involved in LGBTI community initiatives, have well developed community networks, and who can attend three meetings per year.

Find out more or nominate here.

 


 

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July 7, 2017

YOUNG PEOPLE RETURNING TO SENTENCED YOUTH JUSTICE SUPERVISION 2015-16

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have published a report called " Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2015-16". Using data from the "Juvenile Justice National Minimum Data Set to measure juvenile recidivism", the report focuses on young people who have been found guilty of an offence and given a probation order or are sentenced to detention, both known as 'Supervised Sentences'. The report found that young people whose first sentence was detention were more likely to return to sentenced supervision than those who were first given a supervised sentence in the community.

Read or download the report here

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