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September 26, 2014

FUNDING AVAILABLE: DRUG AND ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT REFERRAL COURSE

The Queensland Health Funding and Contract Management Unit is inviting non-government alcohol and other drug services to apply for funds to operate the "Drug and Alcohol Assessment Referral Course" which is a part of the "Safe night out strategy".  The program involves providing a one-off assessment, brief intervention and referral (where appropriate) to adults aged over 18 who are "adversely affected by an intoxicating substance" and are charged with and released on bail for one or more of the following offences, committed in a public place: Affray, Grievous bodily harm, Wounding, Common assault, Assault occasioning bodily harm, Serious assault - police officer, Serious assault - public officers and / or Offence to assault or obstruct police officer.  Funding is also available for the statewide coordination service to facilitate the appointments.

Find out more information at the Q Tenders website.

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September 26, 2014

FAMILY DRUG TREATMENT COURT CONFERENCE

The Children's Court of Victoria along with The Berry Street Childhood Institute are running the first Family Drug Treatment Court Conference in Melbourne on the 11th and 12th of November.  The Family Drug Treatment Court is a new initiative operating in Victoria that is designed to provide better responses to families where there are substance use issues that may impact on child protection.  The Family Drug Treatment Court is designed to help facilitate access to drug treatment for parents and to provide intensive case management in order to either help keep families together or to help facilitate reunification.  This new program will hopefully provide new insights into effective ways to support families where there are substance use concerns that could impact on the safety and well being of children.

Find out more information at the conference website.

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September 26, 2014

THE GOANNA SURVEY: INDIGENOUS SEXUAL HEALTH

The first national survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young peoples' sexual health has just been published.  "The Goanna Survey" looked at knowledge, risk practices and health service access of just under 3000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 16 - 29 from all over Australia (51% from urban areas, 36% from rural areas and 9% from remote areas).   Overall the study found knowledge of sexual health was relatively high, improving as participants got older.  Conversely, rates of condom use were highest in the youngest age groups: 69% reported using condoms in their most recent sexual contact in the under 20 year old age group, falling to 38% of those aged 25 - 29.  33% of males and 22% of females reported being drunk or high at their last sexual encounter with highest rates of intoxicated sexual activity occurring in the youngest age groups.

Download "The Goanna Survey" here.

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September 19, 2014

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: 5TH - 12TH OF OCTOBER

National Mental Health Week is fast approaching and events are planned right around Queensland.  The theme of Mental Health Week in Queensland is "Mind Clicks: Where minds meet".  The theme refers to "the moment you click with a person, activity or group and find a sense of understanding and support that helps you feel more positive, more in control and more aware of your mental health."

Find out more information at the Queensland Mental Health Week website.

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September 19, 2014

MEDICINAL USE OF CANNABIS: BACKGROUND AND INFORMATION PAPER

The Australian National Council on Drugs has published a paper titled "Medicinal use of cannabis: Background and information paper."  With medical cannabis issues continuing to be in the media, this paper provides an excellent overview of what is known about medicinal cannabis use in Australia.  The paper takes no position on the complexities of the issue, rather it identifies areas that require further investigation.  The article summarises the research on the pharmaceutical cannabinoid preparations such as nabilone and dronabinol (not currently registered for use in Australia) as well as nabiximols (Sativex) which is currently a schedule 8 substance, available on prescription from a medical practitioner.

Download "Medicinal use of cannabis: background and information paper" (525KB PDF)

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September 19, 2014

PARENTS MAY BE PUTTING THEIR CHILDREN ON A PATH TO DRINKING

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has published the results of study into the effects of parental supply of alcohol to young people aged under 18.  Many parents believe that supplying alcohol to their children can assist in developing responsible drinking patterns, however the results of this study indicate that it may in fact have the opposite effect.  This is the largest study of its kind into this issue, and the researchers found that early parental supply of alcohol through school years 7 to 9 was the single biggest predictor of drinking in year 10.  Children who were supplied alcohol by parents were more likely to also access alcohol from "non-sanctioned" sources (eg peers, older friends etc).

Read more about this research at the NDARC website.

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September 12, 2014

CLEAR HEADS NEEDED TO RESPOND TO CRYSTAL METH

An article has been published on The Conversation website titled "Don't panic, we need a clear head to respond to crystal meth".  The article considers recent news headlines which seem to indicate that there has been a significant increase in methamphetamine use.  The author, Brendan Quinn from the Burnet Institute, looks at the statistics from the National Household Survey indicating that methamphetamine rates are stable, however increasingly methamphetamine users are accessing the more pure crystal form.  Brendan points out that "essentially, people already using the drug now purchase more actual methamphetamine for any given purchase size."  Brendan goes on to critique mass media campaigns which are well known to not only fail to prevent substance use but in many cases appear to actually increase intentions to use substances.

Read "Don't panic, we need a clear head to respond to crystal meth".

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September 12, 2014

FUNDING AVAILABLE: INDIGENOUS ADVANCEMENT STRATEGY

The Federal Government has announced funding is available under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).  This competitive grant round opened on Monday the 8th of September and will close at 2pm on Tuesday October 7th.  This strategy brings together more than 150 individual funding programs and activities into 5 flexible, broad-based programs including "Jobs, Land and Economy", "Children and Schooling", "Safety and Wellbeing", "Culture and Capability" and "Remote Australia Strategies".  The total funding pool available over 4 years is $4.8 billion.

For more information go to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Indigenous Affairs website.

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September 12, 2014

WORKING WITH DIVERSITY IN ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG SETTINGS

The NSW peak body for the non-government alcohol and other drug sector (NADA) has published a resource titled "Working with diversity in alcohol and other drug settings."  The resource contains examples of best practice approaches as well as useful resources for service providers.  The resource covers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people and older people.

Download "Working with diversity in alcohol and other drug settings" (1.1MB PDF)

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September 5, 2014

KNOW4SURE.ORG.AU

Children by Choice, the Brisbane-based non-profit organisation that provides unbiased information on unplanned pregnancy options, has launched a new website designed for young people: know4sure.org.au.  The website includes information on common myths about contraception, pregnancy and abortion, tips on being a supportive friend, information on pregnancy testing options, and options for young pregnant women.  This site uses easy to understand language, and includes links to get support in real life, if required.

Go to know4sure.org.au

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