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February 23, 2017

DOVETAIL CONSUMER SURVEY RESULTS

In December, we conducted our annual Dovetail Customer Survey and we'd like to thank everyone who gave us their feedback. We have to say how heart-warming it has been to read these comments, and it really helps to confirm we are on the right track in how we provide support to the youth AOD sector in Queensland. We are always striving to improve and be innovative in the way we support services, communities and workers on the ground so your needs are met - so we also thank you for your valuable input on how we can do better. The website, weekly digest and the range of training options that we offer all rated highly and 100% of you rated us overall as good or excellent.

Congratulations to Leonie Johnson who was the winner of the Dovetail prize pack!

Thanks again and if you have any other suggestions please feel free to get in touch with us at any time.

See here for a preview of the reults.

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February 17, 2017

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 2017: 31ST OF MARCH TO 9TH OF APRIL

National Youth Week 2017 is coming up, and it's time to think of events for your region. The theme of this year's National Youth Week is "Be bold, Be brave, Be you."  You can register your event online at the Queensland Youth Week website, which also includes everything you need to run a Youth Week event, including invites, certificates, promotional posters and social media materials. Coinciding with National Youth Week is the launch of the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, which is currently calling for nominations.

Find out more about National Youth Week here

Find out more about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament here

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February 17, 2017

INSIGHT SEMINAR SERIES OUT NOW

The Insight Seminar Series calendar for semester 1 has just been released. The seminars happen every Wednesday at Biala from 10am to 11am, and they are broadcast live via web-conference. The presentations are also recorded and made available afterwards on the Insight website.  Some of the topics for this semester include "Natural recovery with cannabis use and psychosis" by Shane Rebgetz from Caboolture Mental Health Service, "Surviving your child's cannabis dependence" by Tim Emerton from the Biala Acute Care Service, and "Attention Bias Modification Training and its role in AOD treatment" by Dr Melanie White from the QUT School of Psychology and Counselling".


For more details on the Insight Seminar Series and to download the calendar go to the Insight Website.

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February 17, 2017

BIRTH FAMILY CONTACT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUT OF HOME CARE

The New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services have published an evidence review titled "Birth family contact for children and young people in out-of-home care: What does the Pathways of Longitudinal Study tell us?".  The paper found that 83% of children and young people in the care of child protection authorities in New South Wales had contact with their birth mother, 52% were in contact with their birth father, and 49% were in contact with their birth siblings.  The majority of contact with birth parents occurred less than monthly.  The report found that young people aged 12 - 17 who entered care for the first time were the most likely to have their needs "not at all well met".


Download "Birth family contact for children and young people in out-of-home care: What does the Pathways of Longitudinal Study tell us?" (185KB PDF)

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February 10, 2017

AUSTRALIAN SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS' USE OF TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, AND OVER-THE-COUNTER AND ILLICIT SUBSTANCES IN 2014

After a very long wait, the biggest survey of Australian young people's substance use has been published.  The "Australian Secondary School Students Use of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2014" surveyed 23 000 school students aged between 12 and 17.  The survey found a continuing decrease in tobacco use among young people, along with a continuing decrease in alcohol use from the previous surveys in 2011 and 2008.  Use of most illicit drugs was either stable or in decline, there was an increase in Ecstasy use between 2011 and 2014.


Go to the "Australian Secondary School Students' use of tobacco, alcohol and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2014"

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February 10, 2017

QUEENSLAND AOD ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

Like many other sectors, the AOD sector is full of acronyms. If you are new to the sector, decoding the vast array of acronyms can be tricky. To make it a little easier, the team at Dovetail have put together a handy guide for "Queensland AOD Acronyms and Abbreviations". You can click through various acronyms on our website, or you can download the acronym list as a PDF, to keep next to your desk for those moments when you can't tell your AOD from your DOB. If you find an acronym that is not on the list, please drop us an email to let us know.

Go to the "Queensland AOD Acronyms and Abbreviations"

(Or access the pdf version here.)

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February 10, 2017

ANEX BULLETIN: LATEST EDITION OUT NOW

The Pennington Institute has published the first edition of the Anex Bulletin for 2017. The Anex Bulletin is a publication for workers in Australia's needle and syringe programs (NSPs).  This edition features stories on the new Direct Acting Antiviral treatments for Hepatitis C, the Terumo equipment issue, how to manage stress and reflections on International Overdose Awareness Day to name a few. You can read the Anex Bulletin online, download or view as a flipbook.

Go to the latest edition of Anex Bulletin

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February 3, 2017

INSIGHT TRAINING CALENDAR SEMESTER ONE 2017

The Insight alcohol and other drug training and workforce development unit have released their Semester One 2017 training calendar. The Insight Training workshops take place at the Biala Building, 270 Roma Street, Brisbane, and include:

·         1-day "AOD Crash Course" for new and generalist workers

·         Culturally Secure AOD Practice

·         Clinical Supervision

·         Sensory Approaches in AOD

·         Safer Injecting Practices

The Insight Training workshops are free of charge, and they book out fast so get in early if you want to attend. This semester Insight will also be launching a new one-day workshop on Family Inclusive Practice in AOD Treatment. This training will be delivered in 12 locations across Queensland - including key regional centres - so check out the nearest event to you.

To read more about these training events and download the calendar click here

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February 3, 2017

FAMILY DRUG SUPPORT EXPANDING THEIR QUEENSLAND SERVICE

Dovetail is excited to announce that Family Drug Support are expanding their support services for families and significant others across Queensland. Family Drug Support provides support to families affected by alcohol and other drugs. The service offers a 24hr telephone support line, family support groups and they deliver the "Stepping Stones Program" and "Stepping Forward" sessions in targeted locations across the state. Family Drug Support also offer the "Bridging the Divide" program to upskill service providers in family support needs and increase the capacity of treatment services to engage with families.

For more information please contact the Queensland Project Manager Dom Shelley via mobile: 0419 689 857 or email: dom@fds.ngo.org.au and visit the Family Drug Support website here http://www.fds.org.au/

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February 3, 2017

YSAS ADOLESCENT WITHDRAWAL GUIDELINES

The Victorian-based YSAS (Youth Support and Advocacy Service) have released an updated version of the "Adolescent Withdrawal Guidelines".  The guidelines provide a comprehensive, evidence-based overview of the foundations of good youth AOD practice, alongside specific information on a wide variety of substances, their effects, withdrawal symptoms, information on supportive care, and medication advice.


Download "Adolescent Withdrawal Guidelines 2016" (3.3MB PDF)

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