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April 17, 2015

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY: SMALL GRANTS AVAILABLE

Hepatitis Queensland has announced a small grants program designed to support agencies in recognising World Hepatitis Day, which is being held on the 28th of July 2015.  The theme is "Time to act" and Hepatitis Queensland are offering free "World Hepatitis Day" resources and promotion packs, as well as small grants of either $3000, $500 or $150 to allow local organisations to run events in their communities.


For more information or to apply for a small grant go to the Hepatitis Queensland website.

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April 17, 2015

THE FAILURE OF SCARE CAMPAIGNS AGAINST METHAMPHETAMINE

With ongoing concern about the use of "ice" (methamphetamine) there are increasing calls for mass media scare campaigns, which have proven to be ineffective and in some cases appear to actually increase intentions to use drugs.  Perhaps the best known of these failures is the "Montana Meth Project" which developed a series of frightening television and print ads that have been used across the United States.  A review of this campaign titled "Drugs, Money and Graphic Ads: A critical review of the Montana Meth Project" found that the campaign resulted in increases in the acceptability of using methamphetamine and decreases in the perceived danger of using drugs.  A further evaluation of this campaign published in 2010 titled "Does information matter? The effect of the Meth Project on meth use among youths" found that the campaign failed to have any impact on rates of methamphetamine use amongst young people.  Since the publication of this further negative review, the campaign has spread to more US states.

 

Erceg-Hurn, David (2008) "Drugs, Money and Graphic Ads: A critical review of the Montana Meth Project" in Prevention Science December 2008, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 256 - 263  (Subscription required for full text access)


Anderson, Mark (2010) "Does information matter? The effect of the Meth Project on meth use amongst youths" in Journal of Health Economics 2010, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 732 - 742 (Full text available free of charge: 480KB PDF)

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April 10, 2015

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE: AUGUST 13 - 14 MELBOURNE

YSAS (Youth Support and Advocacy Service) has announced the first ever Australian Youth AOD Conference, to be held in Melbourne on the 13th and 14th of August.  The conference will be the launch pad for the Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development - a partnership between YSAS, Deakin University, YoDAA and Dovetail - which aims to bring together expert practicitioners and researchers to develop practical and effective responses to the needs of young people affected by alcohol and other drug use.  The conference will feature hand-picked high quality presentations from some of the best minds in the country. 

Find out more or register to attend here http://youthaod.org.au/

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April 9, 2015

QUEENSLAND AOD TREATMENT SERVICE DELIVERY FRAMEWORK RELEASED

We are pleased to announce the release of the Queensland AOD Treatment Service Delivery Framework 2015.  This framework document describes the 'common ground' underpinning AOD treatment across the state, including the mission, aims, objectives, values, therapeutic approaches, practice principles and standards that inform our work.  The framework was written by a partnership of statewide AOD policy, sector and workforce development organisations (including Dovetail) based on direct input, feedback and research from both government and non-government agencies across Queensland. We encourage you to take the time to read and share this document as it can be a useful tool for communicating what we do with other workers and services, for orienting new staff and employees to the sector, and as a critical reflection tool for individual workers and services to enhance their practice.

Download a copy of the Framework here

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April 3, 2015

CAN YOU CHANGE A VIOLENT DRINKING CULTURE BY CHANGING HOW PEOPLE DRINK?

Peter Miller and Alex Wodak have published an article on "The Conversation" titled "Fact Check: Can you change a violent drinking culture by changing how people drink?".  The article addresses a recent research report funded by the alcohol company Lion which concluded that you can't change a violent culture by simply changing drinking patterns.  Miller and Wodak describe a wide range of research that shows the opposite: that changing drinking patterns can result in significant decreases in violence and antisocial behaviour.  The provides links to research showing that shutting pubs and clubs two hours earlier results in between 30% - 40% reduction in the number of reported assaults.  Other research indicates that for every hour after midnight that pubs are open there is a 15%- 20% increase in violence, drink driving and emergency department attendance.

Read: "Fact Check: Can you change a violent drinking culture by changing how people drink?"

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April 3, 2015

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Parliamentary Library has published "Domestic Violence in Australia: A quick guide to the issues."  There has rightly been increased attention to domestic violence in recent times, and this document provides a succinct overview of domestic violence in Australia.  It includes definitions, prevalence rates, information on risk factors and at-risk groups, attitudes, reporting and policing, as well as information on the social and economic costs of domestic violence.

Go to "Domestic Violence in Australia: A quick guide"

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April 3, 2015

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INQUIRY INTO METHAMPHETAMINE

The Federal government have announced an inquiry into the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of crystal methamphetamine.  The inquiry will focus on the role of law enforcement however it will also address "the nature, prevalence and culture of methamphetamine use in Australia including in indigenous, regional and non-English speaking communities" and "strategies to reduce the high demand for methamphetamine in Australia" as well as "other related issues".  Written submissions can be made up until the 10th of June 2015.  Public hearings will also be held in throughout the country.

More information will be available here.

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March 27, 2015

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 2015

National Youth Week is almost here, with the theme "It starts with us".  There are events planned right around the state, with too many to name here.  If your service is planning a youth week event, it's not too late to register your event on the official Youth Week calendar.  To find out more and stay in touch with all the fun of youth week, check out the Queensland National Youth Week 2015 website.

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March 27, 2015

NEW PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES IN EUROPE 2014

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDAA) has published a report titled "New psychoactive substances in Europe: An update from the EU early warning system."  The EMCDAA conduct regular tracking of new psychoactive substances in and this most recent report describes 101 new substances detected in 2014.  The synthetic cannabinoids continue to make up a significant proportion of new substances identified, however 2014 also saw a significant increase in the synthetic cathinones, a class that includes substances like MDPV and mephedrone.

Go to "New psychoactive substances in Europe: An update from the EU early warning system."

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March 27, 2015

NEW RESOURCES FROM THE BLACK DOG INSTITUTE

The Black Dog Institute developed "Head Strong" a while back.  This free curriculum resource for teachers covered a range of issues and since then they've added some new resources for young people and the people who work with them.  "Mind Strength" is an online course for 14 - 16 years olds designed to develop resilience.  For workers, the "Building resilience in young people" package shows ways to support young people in building resilience, while "Navigating teenage depression" provides an overview of this common mental health concern.

Find out more at the Headstrong website.

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