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December 2, 2016

HEADS UP: IS YOUR WORKPLACE MENTALLY HEALTHY?

Our friends at YODAA in Victoria shared this, and we thought Dovetail subscribers might be interested too. Heads Up is a joint initiative from the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and Beyondblue. The website provides a range of interactive tools, practical advice, information and resources around all areas of workplace mental health. There is information about self-care and how to support others who may be having difficulties. The site also includes a section on training and resources with case studies, policy templates, downloadable booklets and fact sheets.


Go to Heads Up: Mentally Health Workplaces

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December 2, 2016

1800 RESPECT FRONTLINE WORKERS TOOLKIT

The National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service 1800RESPECT have developed a frontline workers toolkit. The toolkit consists of a range of practice information, videos and apps to assist community frontline workers in providing support to clients. There is technology and safety information and resources for GPs and health practitioners, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and communities, LGBTI communities, women from CALD backgrounds just to name a few. There is an introductory video which explains clearly how to use the resources in the toolkit.

Sign up and access the toolkit here

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November 25, 2016

THE HEALTH OF QUEENSLANDERS 2016

The annual report from Queensland's Chief Health Officer has been released.  "The Health of Queenslanders 2016" contains a wide range of information including life expectancy, trends in smoking, obesity, hospital admission rates and more.  There are also reports available for each hospital and health service district, with data on local trends in demographics and health problems.  This local data provides services with the ability to plan for changes in their regions, and to target specific health problems.


Go to "The Health of Queenslanders 2016"

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November 25, 2016

GENDER RESPONSIVE MODEL OF CARE

The Women's AOD Services Network was established in 2013. The network is supported by NADA (Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies), the peak body for non-government alcohol and other drug agencies in New South Wales. The network has just released a "Gender Responsive Model of Care" which describes the key elements of effective service delivery for women. It includes a description of a theoretical framework for practice, which includes four key elements including a client centred, gender responsive approach, trauma informed practice ,family inclusive practice, and a strengths-based, resilience oriented framework. The model goes on to describe essential elements of of these core approaches.

Download "Women's AOD Services Network: Gender Responsive Model of Care" (420KB PDF)

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November 18, 2016

TIPS FOR DEALING WITH INTOXICATION

Some workers are employed to provide direct support to young people at times and in places where there are higher than normal levels of alcohol and other drug consumption.  This includes late-night entertainment precincts, music festivals, Schoolies week and other celebrations and events.  Dovetail developed a fact sheet in conjunction with Gold Coast Youth Services Chill Out Zone Program back in 2013, and we thought that it's worth re-visiting.  The fact sheet includes some of the signs that an intoxicated young person might need support, tips to assist in responding, responding to injuries, sexual assault or responding to a young person who is unresponsive.

Download "Tips for dealing with intoxication" (400KB PDF)

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November 18, 2016

WALK ON THE WIL SIDE: FRIDAY MAY 12, 2017

Walk on the Wild Side is an annual one-day symposium for health professionals examining substance use and society.  The event will be held at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital on Friday the 12th of May 2017, so mark it in your diary today.  The program will be released in mid February, and the theme of this year is "Diversity".


For more information phone 3646 1525 or email WOWS10@health.qld.gov.au or go to the Walk on the Wild Side Website

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November 18, 2016

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2017

The Global Drug Survey is the biggest survey of drug use patterns in the world.  Last year, more than 100 000 people took part, including a significant number of people from Australia.  The Global Drug Survey tracks information on drug use patterns, harms, and harm reduction strategies employed by people who use drugs.  The report provides insight into a hidden population of people who use drugs, most of whom have no contact with alcohol and other drug treatment services.  This year's Global Drug Survey is aiming to get 150 000 participants.  The online survey is open to people aged 16 and over.


To read the results of the Global Drug Survey 2016 go here

For more information on the Global Drug Survey 2017 go here.

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November 11, 2016

PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR TREATMENT OF COMPLEX TRAUMA AND TRAUMA INFORMED CARE AND SERVICE DELIVERY

Our good friends at QNADA recently highlighted this document, which we felt was worth sharing with Dovetail subscribers. The "Practice Guidelines for the treatment of complex trauma and trauma informed care and service delivery" from the Blue Knot Foundation (formerly known as ASCA - Adult Survivors of Child Abuse) was developed in 2012, and uses the latest research into the neurological and physiological impacts of trauma. They also include principles, policies and procedures needed for their implementation. The purpose of the guidelines is to inform workers in clinical practice and health and human service settings about new ways of understanding and responding to trauma.  You will need to register to download the guidelines, or you can purchase a hard copy.


Go to "Practice Guidelines for the treatment of complex trauma and trauma informed care and service delivery"

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November 11, 2016

FUNDAMENTALS OF ALCOHOL TREATMENT

The UK-based "Drug and Alcohol Findings" website contains a wide range of information on evidence based alcohol and other drug treatment.  They have broken down core elements of effective treatment in order to present the evidence in an easily digestible format.  Their mailing list has recently highlighted the "Fundamentals of alcohol treatment" which includes information on the practitioner factors (eg the therapeutic alliance), along with generic factors, service system factors and organisational factors.

Go to "Fundamentals of alcohol treatment"

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November 10, 2016

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

Peter Miller and Alex Wodak published an article on "The Conversation" back in 2015 which we think is worth revisiting.  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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