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October 21, 2016

LIVES OF SUBSTANCE

The Lives of Substance website aims to provide information people's' lived experience of alcohol and other drug problems. It is designed to provide members of the public with clear information on key terminology such as "addiction" or "dependence", and utilises actors and voice recordings of people to illustrate some of the real experiences of people who have problems with their substance use. There are stories about a wide range of substances, as well as experiences by age and gender. Personal stories of real people can help to de-mystify and de-stigmatise substance use problems, and Lives of Substance is a valuable resource for workers who want to better understand the wide variety of experiences of substance use problems.


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October 21, 2016

YOUTH DUAL DIAGNOSIS RESOURCE GUIDE

This Youth Dual Diagnosis Resource Guide was developed in 2015 by the Victorian network Building Up Dual Diagnosis in Youth Services (BUDDYS) whose members make up the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative. The guide was developed for anyone who works with young people who have a dual diagnosis. Though this guide was developed for the Victorian service system the content is relevant for service providers in other states. The guide covers five practice areas; Adolescent development, drug use and mental health, the helping alliance, young people in their social context, harm reduction and integrated treatment and working with young people.

Go to "BUDDYS Youth Dual Diagnosis Resource Guide 2015"

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October 21, 2016

DRUG TRENDS WEBSITE

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has developed a website that collates information from the IRDS (Illicit Drug Reporting System), the EDRS (Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System) and some of the other substance use monitoring projects run by NDARC. The site has a handy search feature, which makes it easy to find out price, purity and availability of a variety of substances, and changes in drug use trends over time.

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October 14, 2016

FREE METHAMPHETAMINE RESOURCES FOR QUEENSLAND WORKERS

Insight, the Queensland Health alcohol and other drug training and workforce development unit, have recently released a suite of tools and resources for health and community service workers who engage with people who use methamphetamine. The "Meth Check" toolkit consists of an eLearning module, medical early intervention flowcharts, an ultra-brief intervention tool, a harm reduction booklet and a factsheet for families. The resources are freely available for download. Hard copies of the resources are also available.

For more information and to download the resources click here

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October 14, 2016

ANEX BULLETIN IS BACK

In September the Penington Institute revived the Anex Bulletin after a two year break. Anex Bulletin is a quartlery online magazine focused on Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) workers across Australia. The September Issue covers a range of topics including a great article about the new antiviral treatments for Hep C and how NSPs can support the roll out by promoting the treatment to their clients. There is also an article about the Korean made 1ml Terumo syringes that have been causing problems for injecting drug users and a fascinating insight into the injecting ritual in a piece called "The lure of the needle".

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October 14, 2016

CONNECTING CARE TO RECOVERY 2016 - 2021

This week, the Queensland Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Cameron Dick released "Connecting care to recovery 2016 - 2021: A plan for Queensland's state-funded mental health, alcohol and other drug services."  The plan describes how the mental health and alcohol and other drug system can work better for individuals, families and communities.  Under the plan, funding is being allocated to expand mental health, alcohol and other drug services across a range of initiatives aimed at optimising the level and mix of services across the care continuum.  The plan focuses on the continued expansion of care and treatment, rehabilitation and support delivered in the community.

Go to "Connecting care to recovery 2016 - 2021: A plan for Queensland's state-funded mental health, alcohol and other drug services."

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October 7, 2016

IS CBT AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR YOUTH SUBSTANCE USE?

The Centre for Evidence and Implementation has published a plain English research summary from The Campbell Collaboration titled "Cognitive-behavioural therapies to treat non-opioid drug use in young people is no better or worse than other treatments".  The research summary looked at 17 papers that were reporting on 7 different randomised controlled trials, collectively involving 953 study participants.  The author found that CBT was no better than other treatments in achieving total abstinence in young people who were in outpatient treatment.  There were no differences in the outcome if Motivational Interviewing was included in the treatment, and there were also no effects of the CBT on other areas of a young person's life including social functioning, school problems or criminal activity.


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October 7, 2016

NIP IT IN THE BUD: INTERVENING EARLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH EATING DISORDERS

Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health in conjunction with the Butterfly Foundation, has published a report titled "Nip it in the bud: Intervening early for young people with eating disorders".  The report provides an overview of the research into effective treatment of eating disorders, including a continuum of care model that covers prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery / relapse prevention.  CBT and family based therapies have been found to be effective at treating various eating disorders, particularly when treatment commences early.  The report provides an overview of some of the early warning signs for eating disorders, early identification and help seeking, treatment approaches, as well as an overview of the current treatment system and policy responses.

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October 7, 2016

REVIEW OF YOUTH DETENTION CENTRES IN QUEENSLAND

The Queensland Government is conducting an Independent Review of Youth Detention.  The review will examine the practices, operation and oversight of Queensland's two youth detention centres in Townsville and Brisbane.  The review will also evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services delivered in Queensland's youth detention centres.  It will also review specific allegations of mistreatment of young people made by former staff members and young people previously in youth detention in Queensland.  The review will also examine the current policies and practices concerning 17-year old prisoners within the state's correctional centres.

For more information go to the Youth Detention Review website.

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September 30, 2016

HOSPITALISATIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS AND ALCOHOL AND DRUG CONDITIONS

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published a report titled "Healthy Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013-14". The report has been designed to assist Primary Health Networks by looking at the numbers of people admitted for an overnight hospital stay, and also the number of nights spent in hospital. The report considers a number of conditions including schizophrenia and delusional disorders, anxiety and stress disorders, bipolar and mood disorders, depressive disorders, dementia, intentional self harm, and alcohol and other drug use. The report found the highest number of overnight hospitalisations was for alcohol and other drug use, with significant regional variations. The highest rate of alcohol and other drug hospitalisations in Australia was in the Western Queensland Primary Health Network region, with 275 hospitalisations per 100 000 population, compared with the national average of 168 hospitalisations per 100 000.

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