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February 20, 2015

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN ABORIGINAL HEALTH SERVICES

The Australian Journal of Primary Health has published an article titled "Community Participation in Health Service Reform: The development of an innovative remote Aboriginal primary health-care service".  The article describes the reorientation of primary health care services in the Fitzroy Valley region of the Kimberley in Western Australia.  The article describes the change process that the health services undertook to better meet the needs of the population. Over a two year period of consultation, each service articulated the services they either deliver or fund and formal agreements were put in place, leading to clear understandings of the roles and responsibilities of services operating in the region, as well as a governance structure that helped to coordinate service delivery.  The article describes an excellent example of partnering between services and community to deliver better outcomes for everyone.

Go to "Community Participation in Health Service Reform: The development of an innovative remote Aboriginal primary health-care service".

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February 20, 2015

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS BAN ON KAVA

Kava is traditionally used in Pacific Island communities, and current import regulations have allowed individuals to import 2 kilograms per person into Australia.  This has allowed kava to be used by Pacific Islanders who live here in Australia, however the federal government are considering a blanket ban on all kava importations.  There is some evidence of kava misuse in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, which has led to Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister and Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion to believe that an outright ban on kava importation would reduce harm.

For more information on the proposed ban on kava this news article from SBS news article explains the different views on the issue.

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February 13, 2015

NEW ALCOHOL HARM PREVENTION SERVICE

Lives Lived Well, one of Queensland's leading AOD organisations, have recently launched a brand new service: the Alcohol Harm Prevention Service (AHPS).  The service is designed to support Queensland communities to develop strategies to address alcohol related harms.  In order to kick off the service, the team has developed a short survey to find out what is happening in communities across Queensland.The survey takes 10 - 15 minutes and can be completed here.

 

If you'd like to find out more about the Alcohol Harm Prevention Service you can contact them at prevention@liveslivedwell.org.au

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February 13, 2015

INHALANT MISUSE IN THE MEDIA

Triple J's Hack recently ran a 3-part series on inhalant misuse in Alice Springs, following the death of a 12-year-old who had been sniffing deodorant.  Inhalant misuse is an issue that many communities in Queensland are dealing with, and the Triple J story addresses a number of the complexities faced in addressing inhalant misuse include appropriate after-hours service delivery and supply reduction activities involving retailers.

Deodorant sniffing in Alice Springs - Part 1

Deodorant sniffing in Alice Springs - Part 2

Deodorant sniffing in Alice Springs - Part 3

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February 13, 2015

INSIGHT SEMINARS FOR SEMESTER ONE 2015

Insight Education and Training Unit have released their seminar calendar for the first semester of 2015.  The seminars are held every Wednesday morning from 9am - 10am commencing March the 4th, on level 4 of the Biala Building, 270 Roma Street Brisbane.  If you are not in Brisbane you can attend online via the live webinar.  A number of seminars will be of interest to Dovetail subscribers, including Andrew Bruun's presentation on Resilience based youth AOD practice, John Kelly's seminar on the effects of trauma on youth substance use, Dr David Caldicott's presentation on harm reduction and Dr Matthew Gullo's talk on adolescent alcohol misuse.

 

Download the Insight Seminar Calendar here.

 

To attend a webinar, on the day of the presentation go to this link and follow the instructions below:

1. Select `PARTICIPANT`

2. Enter the Participant Code: 52365378

3. Enter your name

4. Join the Webconference (it may take a minute or two to load)

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

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February 13, 2015

WELLBEING PROGRAMS IN SCHOOLS: MORE HARM THAN GOOD?

Professor Kathryn Ecclestone from the University of Sheffield has published a challenging article on The Conversation titled "Well-being programs in schools might be doing more harm than good".  Professor Ecclestone describes the increase in programs delivered in school settings that aim to improve resilience and reduce mental health problems. Professor Ecclestone states that the positive claims about these programs "often come from those with vested interests in a lucrative market of expensive, externally delivered programmes for pupils and students, training courses for teachers and classroom assistants, and endless "how-to" guides for teachers and parents."  Professor Ecclestone has been researching the effects of these types of programs, and has found evidence that some of these programs may actually have negative effects on student wellbeing.

Go to "Well-being programs in schools might be doing more harm than good"

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February 6, 2015

CLEARING THE CLOUD

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use has developed a new website that brings together a range of evidence based online prevention and treatment programs and resources that cover alcohol and other drug use as well as mental health problems.  The online portal includes well known resources such as the Climate Schools program, as well as the Shade Program (a 10 week online program for reducing alcohol use), The DEAL Project (a 4 week CBT program for depression and alcohol) as well as a range of information resrources.

Go to the Clearing the Cloud Website

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February 6, 2015

PEER SUPPORT TOOLKIT

The UK-based Substance Misuse Skills Consortium has published a "Peer Support Toolkit".  The resource provides an overview of the theory and practice of peer support in alcohol and other drug treatment.  It includes information on the evidence base for peer support, as well as the practicalities of establishing a peer support program including information on policy and procedures, recruitment, induction, supervision and more.

Download the Peer Support Toolkit (250KB PDF)

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February 6, 2015

NATIONAL STEROID CONSULTATION

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) is commencing a research project on the use of steroids in Australia.  In preparing the study, the researchers are seeking input from health professionals, policy makers and other key stakeholders to better understand the current situation with regards to steroid use in Australia.  The researchers are seeking to better understand the key issues for future research, potential gaps in current knowledge and how to ensure future research is relevant to the professional needs of workers.  The consultation involves a telephone or in-person interview that take approximately 30 minutes.

More information or to participate in the consultation here.

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February 6, 2015

MANUAL OF PSYCHEDELIC SUPPORT

With the summer music festival season well underway a timely publication has been released in Europe, titled "The Manual of Psychedelic Support: A practical guide to establishing and facilitating care services at music festivals and other events."  The manual builds on decades of practice wisdom in managing difficult psychedelic experiences in entertainment settings.  It includes information on the principles and ethics of supporting people through difficult psychedelic experiences, recruiting teams, providing training, logistics of working in entertainment settings, risk management and more.  The manual has contributions from more the 50 people and organisations from around the world, with a diversity of experience in establishing and managing support services at music festivals and other entertainment settings.

Find out more at the Psych Sitter Website.

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