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National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016

Access the survey here 

Summary

Younger people (under 30 years old) are drinking and smoking less and using less illicit drugs than in 2001. However, people in their 40s, 50s and 60s have not significantly changed their drug usage over this period, although their use of some drugs has increased since 2013.

Tobacco smoking

  • Smoking rates have been on downward trend over the long-term, but have not significantly declined since 2013.
  • There are fewer teenagers smoking and the average age for first use has increased to age 16.3 from age 15.9 years in 2013.
  • The amount smoked has decreased significantly since 2001, but there was no significant decrease from 2013 rates.
  • Males are more likely to smoke than females
  • The proportion of never smokers was 60% in 2016, compared to 62% in 2013
  • Smoking has declined by over 40% in people in their 20s and 30s and 20% for people in their 40s and 50s over the last 15 years. However, it hasn’t declined significantly in those over the age of 60.
  • More smokers are rolling theit own cigarettes as opposed to ready made cigarettes
  • Support for harm reduction policies remains high

Alcohol use

  • Fewer people than in 2013 exceeded the lifetime risk guidelines for drinking alcohol.
  • Young adults were drinking less. 42% of 18-24 year olds drinking at least 5 standard drinks per month as opposed to 47% in 2013.
  •  82% of 12-17 year olds abstained from alcohol in 2016 compared to 72% in 2013.
  • More people in their 50s were drinking 11 or more standard drinks on one occasion compared to 2013.
  • The proportion of people reporting being a victim of alcohol related harm decreased from 26% in 2013 to 22% in 2016.
  • Males are more than twice as likely as females to exceed the lifetime risk guidelines. However the difference is narrowing as less fewer males drink at risky levels while female risky drinking is unchanged.
  • Most alcohol policy measures received reduced support in 2016 than in 2013

Illicit drug use

  • Less use of some illegal drugs was seen in 2016 including meth/amphetamines, hallucinogens and synthetic cannabinoids
  • 1 in 20 Australians in 2016 misused pharmaceutical medication
  • Reports of being a victim of a drug-related incident increased to 1.8million in 2016, up from 1.6million in 2013
  • Cocaine use has been increasing since 2004 from 1% to 2.5%
  • More people over the age of 40 reported misuse of drugs mainly pharmaceuticals and cannabis
  • Cannabis, heroin and cocaine were perceived to be less likely to be thought of as a drug problem as compared to meth/amphetamine

Meth/amphetamines

  • Crystal or ice continued to be the main form used up to 57% in 2016 from 50% in 2013
  • Powder use declined from 29% in 2013 to 20% in 2016
  • People’s perception of meth/amphetamines changed between 2013 and 2016 with it being nominated as the drug most likely to be drug problem and also the cause of most drug related deaths for the first time


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June PD

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Online resources

Cracks in the Ice is an online toolkit providing trusted, evidence-based, and up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (ice) for the Australian community.

Conversations Matter  resources for discussing suicide

Schizophrenia library  free resources on schizophrenia

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Helmes, E., & Fudge, M. (2017). Psychological distress among Australian welfare recipient job seekers. Australian Journal of Psychology, 69(2), 106-111. doi:10.1111/ajpy.12123

Hyshka, E., Anderson, J. T., & Wild, T. C. (2017). Perceived unmet need and barriers to care amongst street‐involved people who use illicit drugs. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36(3), 295-304. doi:10.1111/dar.12427

Kolar, C., von Treuer, K., & Koh, C. (2017). Resilience in early‐career psychologists: Investigating challenges, strategies, facilitators, and the training pathway. Australian Psychologist, 52(3), 198-208. doi:10.1111/ap.12197

Likis‐Werle, E., & Borders, L. D. (2017). College women’s gender identity and their drinking choices. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 38(1), 16-32. doi:10.1002/jaoc.12026

Open Access Articles

Bischoff-Grethe, A., Connolly, C. G., Jordan, S. J., Brown, G. G., Paulus, M. P., Tapert, S. F., … & Grant, I. (2017). Altered reward expectancy in individuals with recent methamphetamine dependence. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 31(1), 17-30.

Open access online journals

PLOS Publications The latest scientific research available to anyone anytime

Open access textbooks

http://www.openaccesstextbooks.org/

e-Book of the month

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

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

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Insight Queensland

The timetable for semester 2 has not been released. Stay tuned for further updates.

Alternatively you can catch up with any webinars you have missed on their Vimeo channel

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

Alcohol and other drugs workshop will be held in Adelaide on 29/06/2017. Cost $157.74. This workshop investigates the cycle of addiction and interventions to prevent or reduce harm related to the use of alcohol and other drugs. More details and  to register click here

Attend – conferences 

The 2017 Australian Youth AOD Conference will be held in Melbourne on August 17 and 18. The theme for the conference this year is “Identity” and will explore how young people develop their identity, how these identities can change and grow, and how youth workers can have a positive influence on this process. The conference will provide an opportunity to examine practice and learn about new and emerging ideas with a range of practice advancement workshops and keynote presentations. The conference will also give workers an opportunity to meet their colleagues, form connections and celebrate the unique work done in this field. Registrations are now open and early bird closes on July 1st 2017. Early bird full price ticket  (before 01/07/2017): $275, then $350. Student deals and single day attendance also available. Get them here

The 2017 Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Misuse Conference will be held in Brisbane on the 21-23 August. Cost from $900. For more details and to register click here

Write – presentations and papers

Australian Social Work

Get your work published:

  • An original article, which may report the findings of research (including systematic literature reviews) or critically analyse a policy, practice or theoretical issue. Original articles will be within the range of 4,000 to 6,000 words. An abstract of 100–150 words must be included, as well as an implications statement comprising two or three bullet points (between 50 and 75 words) summarising the unique contribution and relevance of the paper (e.g., to society, to social work, to social policy).
  • A Practice, Policy, & Perspectives (PPP) article, which may report the findings of small-scale practice-based research (e.g., evaluation research or case study) or examine an important policy issue. PPP articles will be within the range of 1,500 to 4,000 words. An abstract of no more than 100 words must be included , as well as an implications statement as per above. Please refer to the Practice, Policy, & Perspectives guidelines
  • A letter to the editor, which may respond to an issue raised by an article in the journal. A letter will not exceed 400 words. Letters to the editor are not peer-reviewed.
  • A commentary on a published article, which has been invited by the Editor, to stimulate debate on a topic. A commentary will not exceed 1,000 words. Commentaries are not peer-reviewed.
  • A book review, which has been invited by the Editor or Reviews Editor, on a recently published book determined by the Editor or Reviews Editor to be of interest to the journal’s readership. Book reviews should be between 600 and 800 words. Book reviews are not peer-reviewed. Please note that unsolicited book reviews are not accepted. Please refer to the book review guidelines

More details here

Listen – podcasts, webinars

NHMRC mental health and substance use webinars can be accessed on their Vimeo channel and include:

  • What can parents do to prevent teenage substance use?
  • National comorbidity guidelines: an evidence-based resource for drug and alcohol workers
  • Lesson planning with positive choices:  how to engage your students with evidence-based drug education
  • The use of behavioural activation therapy for depression among substance users

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

The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness

Learn how social factors promote mental health, influence the onset and course of mental illness, and affect how mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated. This course explores how our understanding of mental health and illness has been influenced by social attitudes and social developments in North America and around the world. The course begins by situating our contemporary mental health practices in historical context, then looks at different aspects of mental health, mental illness and mental health services and their connections to what’s going on in our social environment.

This is a free online course which starts on 05/06/2017 and is run over 6 weeks. Register here


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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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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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Book of the month: April 2017

Gray, D., Shaw, G., d’Abbs, P., Brooks, D., Stearne, A., Mosey, A., & Spooner, C. (2006). Policing, volatile substance misuse, and Indigenous Australians. Mardon, SA: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund.
This is more of a research report than a book, although it is 136 pages long. The authors conducted interviews in remote communities throughout Australia to try to find a solution to volatile substance misuse amongst Indigenous Australians. They interviewed police, members of the community and users to ascertain their opinions. Whilst the majority felt that something needed to be done, no solution was found, although their were several suggestions. The overwhelming feeling was that the police, various levels of government and community members should work in partnership to develop trusting relationships and to maintain the safety of the users and the community. It is an interesting and informative report and is worth a read by those who have an interest in Indigenous Communities or substance abuse.
It is available to download for all Healthy Options staff via our library webpage.


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April PD

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Online resources

Webpage

Drug and alcohol research connections: News about drug and alcohol in Australia

EURAD is a European non-profit drug policy Foundation that advocates a prevention and recovery oriented drug policy at national and international levels.

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database.

Crossin, R., Cairney, S., Lawrence, A. J., & Duncan, J. R. (2016). Adolescent inhalant abuse leads to other drug use and impaired growth; implications for diagnosis. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health. 41(1), 99-104
Degenhardt, L., Sara, G., McKetin, R., Roxburgh, A., Dobbins, T., Farrell, M., … & Hall, W. D. (2016). Crystalline methamphetamine use and methamphetamine‐related harms in Australia. Drug and alcohol review.36(2), 160-170
Jiang, H., Callinan, S., Livingston, M., & Room, R. (2016). Off‐premise alcohol purchasing in Australia: Variations by age group, income level and annual amount purchased. Drug and alcohol review. 36(2),  210-219
Skjærvø, I., Skurtveit, S., Clausen, T., & Bukten, A. (2016). Substance use pattern, self‐control and social network are associated with crime in a substance‐using population. Drug and alcohol review. 36(2),  245-252

Open Access

Meda, S. A., Gueorguieva, R. V., Pittman, B., Rosen, R. R., Aslanzadeh, F., Tennen, H., … & Austad, C. S. (2017). Longitudinal influence of alcohol and marijuana use on academic performance in college students. PloS one, 12(3), e0172213.

Open access online journal

Health Psychology Research

Other

This is worth a read as it was conducted within our organisation.

Comparison of Government and Non-Government Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Treatment Service Delivery for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) CommunitySubstance Use & Misuse Vol. 0 , Iss. 0,0

Write – presentations and papers

APSAD Melbourne 2017, Scientific Alcohol & Drug Conference, 12-15 November at the Pullman Albert Park

www.apsadconference.com.au

Call for Sunday Pre-Conference Workshops.

APSAD is currently seeking submissions for Sunday Pre-Conference Workshops from individuals and organisations. They can be half/full-day, clinical and skills based, on, but not limited to AOD and co-morbid issues.If you are  interested in running a workshop on Sunday 12th November please contact the conference secretariat for more information.

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Free training sessions at Biala Community Health Centre, 270 Roma, Street, Brisbane (unless specified):

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

AOD Crash Course: 18/05/2017 09:00-16:30- an introductory course for new AOD workers

Introduction to motivational interviewing for AOD use: 04/05/2017 09:00-16:00 – skills for working with ambivalent clients (pre-requisite: Online induction module 5)

AOD relapse prevention and management: 16/05/2017 09:00-16:00 (pre-requisite: Online induction module 6)

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

Rockhampton 03/05/2017, Caboolture 10/05/2017, Gold Coast 31/05/2017

Ipswich 02/06/2017, Logan 06/06/2017, Brisbane 13/06/2017

Toowoomba TBC

Safer injecting practice: 02/05/2017 09:00-12:00 -includes how to provide quality harm reduction advice

Introduction to AOD clinical supervision: 30/05/2017 09:00-16:00

For further details of any of these courses and to register click 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 

Australian  and New Zealand Addiction Conference, 15-17 May 2017,

Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast.

Topics include:

Trauma informed counselling; navigating the system; training and support of AOD workers; issues within rural and remote communities; the lived experience and their supporters; emerging trends; cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups.

Cost from $590-$990

More details available here

Communities in Control: Thought leadership for the not-for-profit sector

An opportunity for not-for-profit workers to get together to see what’s possible

29–30 May, Moonee Valley Racecourse,
McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne

Cost: $385

More details available 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.

May 03 2017: Attentions bias modification training and its role in AOD treatment

May 10 2017: Preliminary results & discoveries from implementing an AOD capacity building initiative in Logan, QLD

May 17 2017: Elephants in the room

May 24 2017: Psychedelic science – curse or salvation?

May 31 2017: Benefits associated with soft entry approaches to clinical work

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

‘Keeping families & children in mind’ eLearning course

This introductory course features six interactive learning modules that encourage learners to reflect and evaluate their current practice and to develop strategies to support children, parents, carers and families where a parent has a mental illness. These free online course takes 6-10 hours to complete and is accessible 24/7.


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March PD

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Read – professional reading

Available from the library database.

Chiou, W., & Wu, W. (2017). Episodic future thinking involving the nonsmoking self can induce lower discounting and cigarette consumption. Journal Of Studies On Alcohol And Drugs, 78(1), 106-112.

Gilchrist, E. A., Ireland, L., Forsyth, A., Godwin, J., & Laxton, T. (2017). Alcohol use, alcohol‐related aggression and intimate partner abuse: A cross‐sectional survey of convicted versus general population men in Scotland. Drug And Alcohol Review, 36(1), 20-23.

Knight, A., Shakeshaft, A., Havard, A., Maple, M., Foley, C., & Shakeshaft, B. (2017). The quality and effectiveness of interventions that target multiple risk factors among young people: a systematic review. Australian And New Zealand Journal Of Public Health, 41(1), 54-60.

Thompson, K., Davis-MacNevin, P., Teehan, M., & Stewart, S. (2017). The association between secondhand harms from alcohol and mental health outcomes among postsecondary students. Journal Of Studies On Alcohol And Drugs, 78(1), 70-78.

Open Access

Frei, M.Y., Wodak, A.d. (2017). Beyond ice: rethinking Australia’s approach to illicit drugs. Medical Journal of Australia. doi:10.5694/mja16.00108

Open access online journal

Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation

Write – presentations and papers

AACBT 38TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Call for Abstracts!

The 2017 Committee are excited to announce the call for abstracts for the 38th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT).  The conference is to take place from Thursday 26 October – Saturday 28 October, at the Crown Plaza Coogee Beach Hotel, Coogee, Sydney, NSW. ‘Innovations in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies across the Lifespan’ is this year’s conference theme.  Extending the very best traditions of previous Conferences, we plan to represent the cutting edge of evidence-based practice and science in both cognitive and behavioural therapies, as well as third wave approaches.  We are particularly pleased to offer exciting invited speakers with expertise across the lifespan from children to older adults

 

Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Free training sessions at Biala Community Health Centre, 270 Roma, Street, Brisbane:

AOD Clinical Assessment: This interactive workshop introduces participants to clinical assessment for alcohol and other drug problems.

18/04/2017, 09:00-16:00

Quitting Cannabis, 1-6 Sessions: This workshop was developed by the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC). It is specifically designed for clinicians who treat people experiencing problematic cannabis use. The workshop covers a comprehensive, evidence-based intervention which the clinician may deliver over 1 – 6 sessions.

27/04/2017, 09:00-15:00

For more details and to register, click here

QCOSS: NDIS Workforce Forum

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Karalee Room 43 South Street, Ipswich
Cost: Free
Date: 05/04/2017, 10:00-14:00
This forum will bring a broad range of key stakeholders together to hear, explore and share insights and strategies to ensure that the Ipswich NDIS region (Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset LGAs) has the right NDIS workforce, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time to resource the full implementation of the NDIS.
For more details and to register click 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 

Australian  and New Zealand Addiction Conference, 15-17 May 2017,

Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast.

Topics include:

Trauma informed counselling; navigating the system; training and support of AOD workers; issues within rural and remote communities; the lived experience and their supporters; emerging trends; cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups.

Cost from $590-$990

More details available here

Listen – podcasts, webinars

National Comorbidity Guidelines: An evidence-based resource for drug and alcohol workers.

This free webinar is offered by the NHRMC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use.

Date: 27/04/2017, 11:00.

For more details and to register click here

Previous webinars can be accessed on their Vimeo channel

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. Please note their are none on 5th and 12th April:

19/04/2017, Surviving your child’s cannabis dependence

26/04/2017, Managing aggression in the work environment

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

Confronting Gender Based Violence: Global Lessons for Healthcare Workers

This course introduces participants from the healthcare sector to gender based violence (GBV), including global epidemiology of GBV; health outcomes; seminal research; and clinical best practices for GBV prevention, support, and management. It is a free online course over 4 weeks and is suitable for community health workers, social workers and counsellors. It is run by John Hopkins University and starts on 10/04/2017.