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May 6, 2016

MISSION AUSTRAILA 2016 YOUTH SURVEY

Every year, Mission Australia conduct a survey of young Australians, in order to understand young people's concerns and hopes for the future.  The 2016 survey is now open, and all young people aged 15 - 19 are invited to share their views.  It's important that the survey gets the views of marginalised young people, as well as young people in regional and remote areas.  You can download the 2015 Mission Australia Youth Survey here (3.7MB PDF).

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May 6, 2016

RECENT CHANGES IN EUROPE'S MDMA / ECSTASY MARKET

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) have published a report titled "Recent Changes in Europe's Ecstasy / MDMA Market".  The report describes recent trends in MDMA manufacture, which have seen global purity increase. Evidence from the Netherlands indicates that a large proportion of Ecstasy tablets being tested at drug checking services contain very high doses of MDMA.  There is also evidence from the United Kingdom of increasing availability of high purity crystal MDMA.  These changes in the European Ecstasy market will impact on Australia, as much of the world's MDMA is produced in Europe.  Given the regular fluctuations in Ecstasy purity, there are increased risks of overdose and other adverse health outcomes.

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May 6, 2016

DRUG EDUCATION YET TO MATCH GREAT EXPECTATIONS

The UK-based Drug and Alcohol Findings website has published a review of recent school alcohol and other drug education programs.  The article, titled "Drug education yet to match great (preventive) expectations" describes the evaluation of the UK "Blueprint" school drug education program, and Europe's seven-nation "EU-Dap" program.  The "Blueprint" program utilised advanced interactive teaching methods combined with parental and community-wide components, yet at the end of the study period the program had achieved similar results to the control group of schools, who implemented their usual lessons.  The "EU-Dap" program used a social influence approach, but the results were modest and usually statistically insignificant when compared with control schools.


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April 28, 2016

BRAIN SUMMIT

The Brain Summit is a free online conference commencing on May 2 with speakers discussing the latest research, tools and techniques to upgrade your brain.

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April 28, 2016

CREATING HEALTHY WORKPLACES: REDUCING ALCOHOL RELATED HARM

This report conducted as part of VicHealth's Creating Healthy Workplaces program aims to share the findings of the Workplace Reduction of Alcohol-Related Harm Project (WRAHP) The project involved a comprehensive and tailored intervention designed to build knowledge on how to reduce alcohol-related harm in the workplace.

Read more and download the report here

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April 28, 2016

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER SOCIAL SURVEY

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015 with a sample of 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia.The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a short animated video highlighting the key findings of the 2014-15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey.

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April 22, 2016

DRUGS AND THE INTERNET: UPDATE

The National  Drug and Alcohol Research and Education Centre (NDARC) has published the sixth edition of their "Drug and New Technologies" bulletin. In this paper, the authors actively monitored 18 online drug marketplaces which operate in the "Dark Net" (encrypted online environment). The authors observed significant volatility within online drug marketplaces, including large markets closing suddenly, and smaller drug markets struggling to cope with demand. The most common substances available on the online drug markets included cannabis, pharmaceuticals, MDMA, cocaine and methamphetamine, with a slight decline in popularity of novel psychoactive substances.

Go to "Drugs and New Technologies Issue 6"

 

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April 22, 2016

BICYCLE DAY: THE BIRTHDAY OF LSD

ABC News has published a story titled "Bicycle Day marks LSD discovery by Albert Hoffman as psychotherapy research continues". Bicycle day refers to April 19th, 1943 when Albert Hoffman consumed LSD for the first time, and rode his bicycle home through a village in Switzerland. The article gives an overview of the recent re-interest in potential therapeutic uses of LSD. Dr Stephen Bright from Curtin University describes a recent brain imaging study that showed LSD caused significant changes in brain blood flow, electrical activity and network communication patterns - a unique mode of action that has potential application in psychological research.  Dr Bright cautions against the recreational use of LSD in uncontrolled environments.

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Read "Neural correlates of the LSD experience revealed by multimodal neuroimaging"

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April 22, 2016

CAN MASS MEDIA CAMPAIGNS PREVENT ILLICIT DRUG USE?

Dovetail's own Cameron Francis will be presenting a webinar on the topic of "Mass media for preventing illicit drug use" on Wednesday May the 4th at 10am.  A 2015 Cochrane Review found "Contrary to common belief, anti-drug media campaigns may be damaging and their dissemination is ethically unacceptable without a prior assessment of their effects. New campaigns should be implemented in the framework of rigorous evaluation studies." This presentation will provide an overview of the history of mass media campaigns around substance use, and will consider a broad range of unintended consequences. If you can't attend the webinar live, a recording will be available afterwards.

  1. To attend the webinar go to this website on Wednesday the 4th of May at 10am

  2. Select `PARTICIPANT`

  3. Enter Webinar Registration Code 52365378 in the participant code area

  4. Enter your name

  5. Join the Webconference (it may take a few seconds to load)

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

 

 

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April 8, 2016

QUEER, YOUNG AND HOMELESS

ABC's Radio National recently broadcast a documentary titled "Queer, Young and Homeless". The story is involves interviews with young LGBTI people in Brisbane and Sydney about their experiences of homelessness, many of which were related to family rejection. The story includes interviews with Brisbane Youth Service manager Annemaree Callander and Red Cross Night Cafe manager Bob Cunningham.

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