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June 24, 2016

DOVETAIL WEBINAR: UNDERSTANDING INHALANTS: TUESDAY 28TH OF JUNE 10AM

The misuse of inhalants continues to be an issue around Queensland.  Common products like glues, deodorants and petrol are easily available, and managing young people who engage in inhalant misuse can be complex. Dovetail's own Cameron Francis is hosting a one hour webinar on this topic titled "Understanding Inhalants".  The presentation will provide an overview of the history of inhalant misuse, and overview of the products that can be misused, information on the health effects of inhalants as well as best practice approaches to managing intoxication and regular use of inhalants.  The presentation will be recorded and made available afterwards on the Dovetail website and YouTube channel.

 

1.On the day of the seminar, go to this link

2. Select `PARTICIPANT`

3. Enter Webinar Registration Code: 52365378

4. Enter your name

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

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

Note: You will need to be using the Firefox Web Browser for best results.

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June 24, 2016

DRUG MULES OF THE ANDES

Illicit drugs have far reaching impacts around the world.  In countries where illicit drugs like cocaine are produced, the trade has signficant impacts on local people.  Late last year, the BBC broadcast a radio documentary called "Drug Mules of the Andes".  In this story, the reporter follows the "mochileros" - mostly young men who hike through the jungle in convoys of up to 150 people, carrying the cocaine to clandestine airstrips where it is then smuggled out to countries like Australia.  For their effort, the young men are paid significant sums of money, yet there are great risks including imprisonment, robbery and death.  This fascinating radio documentary provides an important insight into the far reaching effects of the trade in illicit drugs globally.


Listen to "The drug mules of the Andes" (23 minutes)

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June 24, 2016

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: ALCOHOL AND THE TEENAGE BRAIN

A few years back, Eastern Health and Turning Point developed a short animated video called "Under Construction: Alcohol and the teenage brain".  The video resource is aimed at young people in grades 7 - 10, and presents up-to-date information on the effects of alcohol on different parts of the brain, as well as impacts on behaviour.  The video is designed to be screened as a part of the alcohol and other drug curriculum within schools, alongside material that supports assertive decision making and help seeking.

Watch "Under Construction: Alcohol and the teenage brain"

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June 16, 2016

THE 2016 YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE MELBOURNE 25-26 AUGUST

The Australian Youth AOD Conference is in it's second year and more than ever seeks to engage with participants around practice, and demonstrate how their skills and compassion is valued by offering a range of topics, the chance to meet their colleagues, and celebrate the unique work done in this field. This year's conference will focus on both the personal and structural conditions that impact on young people. Day One will present a range of perspectives on these conditions and their influence on the lives of young people. Day Two will focus on countering these conditions by giving participants the chance to learn new skills and knowledge to take back to the field, and enrich their role in facilitating positive developmental experiences. Early bird closes 1st July 2016.

Click here to read more and register for the conference

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June 16, 2016

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2016

Global Drug Survey (GDS) runs the world's biggest drug survey and provides invaluable insight into the world's drug taking habits. For the second year running, more than 100,000 people from over 50 countries were surveyed. GDS aims to help people and communities reduce the harm associated with drug use by sharing credible information. Key themes of GDS 2016 include a significant increase in hospital emergency presentations from synthetic cannabinoid use, with the highest rates of presentations (8-9% of all last year users) being seen in Australia.  Other trends include the rise of dark-net drug markets around the world, the increase in cocaine, MDMA and nitrous oxide use among clubbers and higher purity MDMA leading to more hospital emergency presentations. In response to these results, GDS has launched a safer MDMA use campaign "Don't Be Daft Start With Half".

Click this link to view the animated health promotion video

Click here to read more key findings from the GDS 2016

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June 16, 2016

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ILLICIT DRUG USE REVIEW

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre has released a comprehensive review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The review found that illicit drug use is associated with an increased risk of contracting blood borne viruses from injecting drug use, higher levels of psychological distress and an increased risk of suicide. In order to effectively address drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, services need to be culturally appropriate, provide holistic services, and create strong partnerships with other organisations in order to provide clients with a complete continuum of care.

Click here to read the report

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June 10, 2016

ReachOut.Com for Parents

ReachOut.com/Parents is a free online service providing evidence-based practical support and tips that encourage effective communication and relationships between parents and young people aged 12-18 years, as well as easy-to-read information on a range of mental health and wellbeing issues. A key feature of ReachOut Parents is a peer-to-peer forum where parents can connect with each other to share experiences in an anonymous, supportive space. There will also be stories from parents, videos from child psychologists, and pathways for further support services if parents or young people are in serious distress.


Go to "ReachOut.Com for Parents"

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June 10, 2016

Mind Matters Spotlights

Mind Matters, a web-based resource to enhance the mental health of secondary school students, has released new evidence-based content on topics relevant to school support staff called Mind Matters Spotlights. Spotlight topics include self-harm, suicide prevention, bullying and using technology in short animated video clips. There are new topics coming soon about staff wellbeing, engaging families and diversity and inclusion. The series aims to provide secondary schools with resources on dealing with some of the issues that students face.

Read more and check out the Mind Matters Spotlight topics.

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June 10, 2016

Introducing Batyr

Batyr is an organisation that trains young people to speak about their personal experience with mental ill health.  They have a number of programs that will connect their trained presenters with schools and universities, so that young people with lived experience of mental ill health can deliver education in a fun, safe and engaging way.  The Batyr@School program offers 60 - 90 minute presentations for school communities, or half day and full day workshops designed for school students.  Batyr are offering their services to Queensland schools, so if you are interested, check out the Batyr website for more information.

Go to the Batyr website.

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June 3, 2016

SO YOUR SCHOOL HAS BEEN APPROACHED BY AN EXTERNAL ORGANISATION...

There are an increasing number of external organisations offering alcohol and other drug prevention sessions for school students. While there are benefits in local services connecting with students in order to promote their service, we know that poorly designed AOD prevention programs can have unintended impacts, including increasing substance use and harm. It can be difficult for schools to know if the prevention programs offered by external agencies are evidence-based. To help with this, we came up with some suggestions to assist school-based workers in assessing whether an externally delivered program might be effective.


  1. Does the program comply with the "Principles of School Drug Education"?
  2. Has the program been evaluated and found to change behaviour - (not just "the students enjoyed it")?
  3. Has the program been developed or endorsed by a university or a goverment department like Queensland Health or Educaiton Queensland?

If you can answer "yes" to these questions, then the chances are you have found a quality program for your school.  If you answer "no" to these questions, the program might be inappropriate for schools and could have unintended outcomes for the students. If you're not sure, feel free to get in touch with Dovetail and we'd be happy to help you decide if the program is suitable for your school.

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