The following recently published items may be of professional interest:
Motivational interviewing for alcohol misuse in young adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014
Cochrane’s review on the effectiveness of using motivational interviewing (MI) with young people using alcohol. 66 studies, with 17,901 participants, were included in the review. General findings were that MI was not significantly effective in preventing alcohol misuse. Although some of the findings were significant the relationship was not particularly strong. Several limitations of the studies included are discussed and these are worth reading before dismissing MI as an intervention.
Sexual health and relationships in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: results of the first Australian study of knowledge, risk practices and health service access for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: the goanna survey
This is the first national survey of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) undertaken in Australia. There were 2,877 respondents aged 16-29yrs. Respondents indicated a good knowledge of STIs and BBVs. The report outlines reported sexual behaviour, licit and illicit drug use and injecting practices, STI testing and diagnosis.