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2016 Review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drug Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) has launched a new eBook based on the 2016 Review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, produced by the Knowledge Centre. The team from the Knowledge Centre hopes that the electronic version will be a good learning tool for those in the AOD sector. Illicit drug use is an issue of concern to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians, and this eBook provides a comprehensive synthesis of information for those involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

The eBook has been created for Apple devices such as iPads, iPhones, laptops and desktop computers. It is free to download from iTunes, or the Knowledge Centre website. There is also an accompanying animated infographic which has been developed based on the review. Please find links below:

 

Illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (animated infographic)

 

2016 Review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (eBook)

 https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/illicit-drug-use/id1226941831?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Links to download are also available from the Knowledge Centre website:

http://www.aodknowledgecentre.net.au/aodkc/about-us/news/5243

 (Australian Indigenous Alcohol and other Drugs Knowledge Centre , 2017)

 


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June e-book of the month

Ethics in psychotherapy and counseling: a practical guide by Pope, K.S., Vasquez, M.J.T. (2011)

This book provides advice and discussion on ethical dilemmas which may be faced by those counselling clients. Whilst it is obviously written for those practicing in the USA, with continuous referencing to the American Psychological Association Professional Guidelines, it contains valid information for those practicing elsewhere. I’m not a psychologist or counsellor, but I found it an interesting and informative read, which wasn’t too dry. It lends itself to both reading in its entirety and dipping into as required. I would particularly recommend it to new entrants to the professions to assist them to establish boundaries and limits in the therapeutic relationship.


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Useful resources

The May issue of Drug and Alcohol Research Connections has been released. Access it here

Did you know that FARE (Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education) also produce weekly newsletters?

The National  Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has just released its annual report

Hepatitis C Easy Read Pamphlets from Hepatitis NSW are available online:

 


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May PD

You can add to the professional development post by commenting below or emailing the library.

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Hepner, K. A., Watkins, K. E., Farmer, C. M., Rubenstein, L., Pedersen, E. R., & Pincus, H. A. (2017). Quality of care measures for the management of unhealthy alcohol use. Journal Of Substance Abuse Treatment, 76(1), 11-17.

Skelton, E., Tzelepis, F., Shakeshaft, A., Guillaumier, A., Dunlop, A., McCrabb, S., & … Bonevski, B. (2017). Smoking cessation care provision in Australian alcohol and other drug treatment services: A cross-sectional survey of staff self-reported practices. Journal Of Substance Abuse Treatment, 77(1), 101-106.

Sowislo, J. F., Gonet-Wirz, F., Borgwardt, S., Lang, U. E., & Huber, C. G. (2017). Perceived Dangerousness as Related to Psychiatric Symptoms and Psychiatric Service Use – a Vignette Based Representative Population Survey. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 45716.

Verissimo, A. O., & Grella, C. E. (2017). Influence of gender and race/ethnicity on perceived barriers to help-seeking for alcohol or drug problems. Journal Of Substance Abuse Treatment, 75(1), 54-61.

 

Open Access Articles

Open access online journal

Social Sciences

Open access textbooks

Open textbook library

Useful resource

UNODC: Guidance for community-based treatment and care services for people affected by drug use and dependence

e-Book of the month

The Wiley Handbook of Anxiety Disorders by P Emmelkamp

Free to download for all HOA staff from the library catalogue on work computers

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Free training sessions at Biala Community Health Centre in Brisbane, unless otherwise specified including:

Online induction modules are a prerequisite to some of the courses. To access and download them visit www.insightqld.org

Family inclusive practice in AOD: 09:00-16:30

Ipswich 02/06/2017, Logan 06/06/2017, Sunshine Coast, 08/08/2017, Brisbane 13/06/2017, Cairns 27/06/17

Toowoomba TBC

Introduction to AOD withdrawal for allied health workers

Brisbane 9am, 06/06/2017

Sensory approaches for AOD practice

Brisbane 9am, 15/06/2017

For more information and to register for any of these courses click  here

Aboriginal People and Strength Based Practices Within a Drug and Alcohol Setting

June 14 in Sydney

This workshop, hosted by the Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) is intended for people working in the alcohol and other drug sector (AOD) who have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

This workshop is a follow-up workshop for people who have already completed the Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Workshop.

Upon completion, participants will have a greater understanding of:

  • traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practices and AOD
  • the role of alcohol in Australia since colonisation
  • current statistics around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and AOD
  • impacts of alcohol consumption on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • effects of high risk consumption of alcohol
  • effects of illicit drug use and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • why some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people drink and/or take drugs
  • the media and public perceptions.

The workshop will use practical strategies and skills, such as case studies, action plans and tools and resources.

The workshop is free of charge to NADA members.

Register here

Journal club (available to Healthy Options workers only) Internal professional development session held in the Annerley boardroom and via Skype meeting. Date: TBC

Attend – conferences 

International Indigenous Alcohol and Drug Misuse Conference

Mercure Hotel Brisbane 21-23 August 2017

Cost from $850 pp

For more details and to register click here

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Insight Queensland have released the timetable for their free weekly webinars. They are on Wednesday from 10-11:00 Queensland time and can be accessed here.

June 7- A little less conversation, a little more action: Discover how clients have benefitted from sensory approaches in the treatment of substance misuse

NHRMC Centre for Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use have a series of webinars available to watch anytime on their Vimeo channel

Assessed learning – short courses, certificates, diplomas, bachelors, post-grad

The addicted brain

This is a free online course which runs over 7 weeks and estimates at 3-4 hours work a week. This is a course about addiction to drugs and other behaviors. It will describe what happens in the brain and how this information helps us deal with and overcome addiction. It will also discuss other topics such as government policy and our vulnerability to take drugs.

Starts 15/05/2017

For more details and to register click here


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New resources and free training to help workers support clients who inject ice

Penington Institute has developed a new series of videos and factsheets to help Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) and other frontline staff better respond to injecting ice use by their clients. The new resources, titled Injecting ice in the Country – Healthier Approaches, feature interviews with NSP workers and health experts reflecting on their experiences in managing clients who inject ice.

The resources are available via the Penington Institute website at www.penington.org.au/injectingiceinthecountry.

The resources and training aim to build harm reduction capacity in rural and regional areas, and improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) access to harm reduction services.

Health workers often have a number of competing priorities, so the videos and fact sheets have been designed to provide practical guidance on how they can better engage with and meet the needs of clients who inject ice. By better understanding the physical and psychological impacts of ice use on clients, workers will be better placed to support the overall health of clients.

The resources also reflect on the challenges for mainstream and Aboriginal services in meeting the needs of Aboriginal people who inject ice. Some Aboriginal people are reluctant to access Aboriginal health services due to shame, or for fear of their drug use being revealed, while others find it hard to access mainstream services.


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NSW specific Aboriginal crystalline methamphetamine and AOD resources

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) has been working with the ADAN Leadership group, AH&MRC and the NSW Ministry of Health to develop two Aboriginal specific AOD resources:

  1.  Four page fact sheet for families and elders on how to support someone who may be struggling with crystalline methamphetamine dependence. The fact sheet contains information on the drug and practical strategies on how to respond. You can find the PDF here: http://adf.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/facsheet-breaking-the-ice-for-indigenous.pdf 
  2. An adapted and updated resource from the VACCHO/ADF resource Healthy Spirit, Healthy Community which was published in Victoria in 2014. The booklet is a guide to alcohol and other drugs and also features information on crystalline methamphetamine. You can find the PDF of the booklet here: http://adf.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/NSWHEALTH_BOOKLET_13-Updated-03.02.17.pdf

 

Copies of both resources can be order free of charge from: http://yourroom.com.au/aboriginal-resources/

 E-learning materials and other crystalline methamphetamine resources can be accessed on: www.adf.org.au/breakingtheice


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PD: Forced adoption online training

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is offering online training to support mental health professionals working with people affected by forced adoption. These have been funded by the Australian Government and are free to eligible professionals including: counsellors, social workers, psychologists and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.

There are two packages being funded:

An overview: understanding past forced adoption policies and practices

This is a one hour training package which gives an overview on past Australian policies and practices and the impact it had on those affected.

Working with people affected by forced adoption: training for mental health professionals

This eight-hour training package provides an overview of past forced adoption policies and practices in Australia. Frameworks and guidelines are suggested to guide clinical work and help build effective therapeutic relationships.

Both packages consist of webinars and supporting resources such as factsheets and more details can be obtained by clicking on the links.