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Facts about Drugs Videos

The Drug Policy Alliance has produced a series of four short videos about MDMA, Methamphetamine, Heroin and Cocaine which aim to present straightforward, factual information. Each video is only two minutes long and covers the history of each of these drugs, how they work, the major health risks of each substance and practice harm reduction advice.

 


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May e-book of the month

The Wiley Handbook of Anxiety Disorders by Emmelcamp, P.M.G. & Ehring, T. (2014)

This is a comprehensive book which provides an overview of management and classification of anxiety disorders. It is well organised and spilt into sections covering:

  • Classification
  • Etiology
  • Specific disorders
  • Special populations
  • Prevention
  • Clinical assesment
  • Treatment
  • Clinical management of specific disorders
  • Clinical management of comorbidity
  • Approaches to improve effectiveness
  • Agenda for future research

It’s a book that can be dipped in and out of as needed or be read as a whole to provide the reader with a solid background on anxiety and its treatment and management.

This e-book is available free to access for Healthy Options staff and volunteers from the library using the organisation’s computers.


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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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Hepatitis Training in SE Queensland: May 2017

Education workshops: Caboolture & Inala

Do you work in an Allied Health role or in a non-clinical role in an Alcohol and Drug Service, Rehabilitation Service, OR support clients in your organisation who are affected by, or at risk of, viral hepatitis?

Do you need a refresher on viral hepatitis and want to know more about the new hepatitis C treatments?

If you answered YES, Hepatitis Queensland invites you to attend a FREE workshop in either Caboolture or Inala

Workshop details:
Tuesday 9th May, 1.00pm to 4.30pm
Lecture Theatre, Education and Skills Centre,
Caboolture Hospital, McKean St, Caboolture.

Monday 29th May 2017, 1.00pm to 4.30pm
Main Conference Room, Ground Floor,
Inala Community Health Centre, 64 Wirraway Parade, Inala.

For enquiries call Sam White on 07 3846 0020 or email at programsupport@hepqld.asn.au

WOWS10: Diversity

The Walk on the Wild Side (WOWS) Symposium is an annual one day event for clinicians and healthcare professionals working in the field of alcohol and drug treatment and rehabilitation, hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

In 2017 WOWS celebrates its 10th year.

Register Now2All are welcome to attend and your registration fee includes morning tea and lunch.
Early Bird Registrations up until 21 April 2017 $100
Regular Registrations from 22 April 2017 $150

12 May 2017

Education Centre
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Butterfield Street
HERSTON QLD 4029

Contact

Email: 5WOWS10@health.qld.gov.au4
Phone: 3646 1525

Registrations close 5 May 2017 and are limited, so register now to secure your position.

With thanks to Hepatitis Qld for the content