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May 26, 2017

DOVETAIL MINIBITE: A TIMELINE APPROACH TO MAPPING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Last year we released our "Working with Families and Significant Others" guide to help workers include a family responsive practice approach to alcohol and other drug work with young people. Based on this guide, we've made a short video featuring Associate Professor Phil Crane, which shows workers how to use a time line approach to mapping young people's past, present and future family and significant other relationships. In the time line approach the young person is represented by the point in the middle of a circle and indicates their proximity to family members within the circle at different points in time. This tool may assist a young person to appreciate family as dynamic and evolving and gives space for the discussion of their hopes for future relationships.

Watch the video here

For more information about working with young people and their families, you can order free copies of Dovetail's Guide 5 "Working With Families and Significant Others" by sending us an email at info@dovetail.org.au, or you can view the guide online.

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May 26, 2017

DRUG PROFILES FROM THE EUROPEAN MONITORING CENTRE

The European Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction website has a page on drug profiles which provides detailed descriptions of psychoactive drugs, most of which are controlled internationally by United Nations conventions. Each profile includes information on the chemistry and pharmacology of these substances, their physical form, and the ways they are used.

View the EMCDDA drug profiles here.

 

 

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May 26, 2017

HOW RESILIENCE CAN BREAK THE LINK BETWEEN A BAD CHILDHOOD AND THE YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Conversation has published an article titled "How resilience can break the link between a bad childhood and the youth justice system."  The article looks at data from Victoria showing young people involved in the youth justice system tend to have significant problems within their family backgrounds, including high rates of child protection involvement and histories of abuse and neglect.  The article goes on to describe how a range of dynamic factors can offset these risks but developing resilience that can assist in overcoming adversity.

Go to "How resilience can break the link between a bad childhood and the youth justice system"



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May 26, 2017

HOW HITLER USED HEROIN AND METHAMPHETAMINE TO FUEL THE THIRD REICH

ABC Radio National recently featured an interview with Norman Ohler, author of the book "Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany".  In the interview, Ohler describes some of the startling findings of his research into substance use during World War 2, including that Hitler receiving regular methamphetamine injections from his personal physician throughout the war.  Ohler goes on the propose that following the allied bombing of the factories producing methamphetamine, Hitler's mental health declined - possibly due to substance withdrawal, which proceeded the end of the war, and Hitler's eventual demise.

Listen to "How Hitler used heroin and methamphetamine to fuel the Third Reich"

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May 19, 2017

DRUG FACTS VIDEOS

The Drug Policy Alliance has produced a series of four short videos about MDMA, Methamphetamine, Heroin and Cocaine which aim to present straightforward, factual information. Each video is only two minutes long and covers the history of each of these drugs, how they work, the major health risks of each substance and practice harm reduction advice.

Read more and watch the videos here.

 

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May 19, 2017

ORYGEN WEBINAR: SEXUAL HEALTH AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

On May 25 at 2pm AEST, Orygen is presenting an advanced practice webinar called "Sexual Health and Youth Mental Health: Interventions and Case Studies", exploring the rationale for assessing and screening the sexual health of young people experiencing mental health problems. This webinar will provide a framework for the assessment and screening of sexual behaviour and sexual identity and present case studies to demonstrate how assessment, screening and interventions can occur in conjunction within youth focused services.

Click here for more information and to register.

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May 19, 2017

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE: AUGUST 17 & 18

The 2017 Australian Youth AOD Conference will be held in Melbourne on August 17 and 18. The theme for the conference this year is "Identity" and will explore how young people develop their identity, how these identities can change and grow, and how youth workers can have a positive influence on this process. The conference will provide an opportunity to examine practice and learn about new and emerging ideas with a range of practice advancement workshops and keynote presentations. The conference will also give workers an opportunity to meet their colleagues, form connections and celebrate the unique work done in this field. Registrations are now open and early bird closes on July 1st 2017.

Read more about the conference and register here.



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May 12, 2017

QUEENSLAND YOUTH STRATEGY RELEASED

The Queensland Youth Strategy has been released. The strategy involved consultation with 570 young people at 21 forums held across Queensland, with more young people participating via online consultation. The strategy has four components, which includes "Supporting our most vulnerable young people", "Housing", "Healthy futures" and "Education into employment."  A number of key actions for various government departments have been identified.  The Queensland Youth Strategy will create further opportunities for young people to participate in decision making, ensuring that young people have a voice in the development of government policy.

Find out more about the Queensland Youth Strategy

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May 12, 2017

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CANNABIS IS LEGALISED?

There are a number of places around that world that have either legalised cannabis, or are in the process of legalising.  But what happens after legalisation? The Volteface drug policy website has recently published an article titled "Let's learn from the mistakes of drug reform pioneers."  The article provides an overview of a recent edition of the International Journal of Drug Policy, which considered a broad range of implications of legal cannabis markets including controlling the use of pesticides, the interface between medical cannabis markets and recreational cannabis markets, and impacts on public health.

Go to "Let's learn from the mistakes of drug reform pioneers"

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May 8, 2017

CRACKS IN THE ICE

Cracks in the Ice is an online toolkit providing, evidence-based, and up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (ice) for the Australian community. Cracks in the Ice has been developed with input from community members across Australia in consultation with researchers from the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW and  the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. The website consists of a community toolkit, information for schools,  families and significant others and resources for health professionals.

View Cracks in the Ice here

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