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An Australian Government website providing information and resources for drug and alcohol issues
Read – professional reading
Available from the library database
Dertadian, G. C., Dixon, T. C., Iversen, J., & Maher, L. (2017). Self‐limiting non‐medical pharmaceutical opioid use among young people in Sydney, Australia: An exploratory study. Drug And Alcohol Review, 36(5), 643-650.
Patrick, M. E., Evans-Polce, R., Kloska, D. D., Maggs, J. L., & Lanza, S. T. (2017). Age-Related Changes in Associations Between Reasons for Alcohol Use and High-Intensity Drinking Across Young Adulthood. Journal Of Studies On Alcohol And Drugs, 78(4), 558-570
Rowe, R., Berger, I., Yaseen, B., & Copeland, J. (2017). Risk and blood‐borne virus testing among men who inject image and performance enhancing drugs, Sydney, Australia. Drug And Alcohol Review, 36(5), 658-666.
Silins, E., Swift, W., Slade, T., Toson, B., Rodgers, B., & Hutchinson, D. M. (2017). A prospective study of the substance use and mental health outcomes of young adult former and current cannabis users. Drug And Alcohol Review, 36(5), 618-625.
Simonavicius, E., Robson, D., McEwen, A., & Brose, L. S. (2017). Cessation support for smokers with mental health problems: a survey of resources and training needs. Journal Of Substance Abuse Treatment, 80(1), 37-44.
Open Access Articles
Roger Collier (2017). Harm reduction is about providing safety for patients. CMAJ 2017;189 doi:10.1503/cmaj.1095489
Open access online journal
BMC Psychology:An open access peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of psychology
Drug and Alcohol Findings: Drug Matrix Cell: Reducing Harm
Drug Treatment Matrix initiates a fortnightly course on the evidence base for harm reduction and treatment in relation to illegal drugs. Comprehensively updated, the cell explores key research on interventions to reduce the harms to the user as a result of their drug use.
e-Book of the month
Schiraldi, G. R. (2016). The Self-Esteem Workbook. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications
The Self-Esteem Workbook includes up-to-date information on brain plasticity, and new chapters on forgiveness, mindfulness, and cultivating loving kindness and compassion. If your self-esteem is based solely on performance—if you view yourself as someone who’s worthy only when you’re performing well or acknowledged as doing a good job—the way you feel about yourself will always depend on external factors. Your self-esteem affects everything you do, so if you feel unworthy or your confidence is shaped by others, it can be a huge problem.With this second edition of The Self-Esteem Workbook, you’ll learn to see yourself through loving eyes by realizing that you are inherently worthy, and that comparison-based self-criticism is not a true measure of your value. In addition to new chapters on cultivating compassion, forgiveness, and unconditional love for yourself and others—all of which improve self-esteem—you’ll find cutting-edge information on brain plasticity and how sleep, exercise, and nutrition affect your self-esteem.Developing and maintaining healthy self-esteem is key for living a happy life, and with the new research and exercises you’ll find in this updated best-selling workbook, you’ll be ready to start feeling good about yourself and finally be the best that you can be (copied from the EBSCO database).
Free to download for all HOA staff from the library catalogue on work computers
Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series
Free training sessions at Biala Community Health Centre in Brisbane, unless otherwise specified including:
- Introduction to motivational interviewing for AOD use: October 5 (Brisbane), October 6 (Townsville), December 1 (Cairns) 9:00-16:30. Prerequisite online induction module 5
- AOD relapse, prevention and management: October 17 (Brisbane), November 10 (Townsville), November 27 (Cairns) 9:00-16:30. Prerequisite online induction module 5
- Family inclusive practice in AOD treatment: October 26 (Brisbane) 9:00-16:30.
- Introduction to AOD clinical supervision: October 31 (Brisbane) 9:00-16:30
- Introduction to mindfulness in AOD: October 12 (Brisbane) 9:00-16:30
Online induction modules are a prerequisite to some of the courses. To access and download them visit www.insightqld.org
Attend – conferences
Write – presentations and papers
Listen – podcasts, webinars
Free webinars on Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 (AEST). Access here
- October 4: AOD and the Law – What you should know
- October 11: Substance use disorders among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Custody; a public health opportunity
- October 18: GEM: Growth and Empowerment Measure
- October 25: “Getting Ready for Change”: Improving entry and retention into allied health services
More details here
Targeting anti-smoking efforts for disadvantaged groups.
In this podcast Professor Billie Bonevski is interviewed by the Medical Journal of Australia, where she discusses some of the issues effecting different population groups including Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities and those from low socio-economic groups. Listen to it here
Non-suicidal self-injury within LGBTI Communities
The LGBT Alliance Mindout project is hosting a presentation by Madeline Wishart from Youth Support Advisory Service in Melbourne to help workers understand self-injury and how it differs behaviourally for suicide. She will also present on her research on sexual orientation and how it impacts on non-suicidal self-injury.
The free webinar is on Tuesday 26/09/2017 from 1-2pm. Register here.