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Read – professional reading
Available from the library database
Clough, A., Margolis, S., Miller, A., Shakeshaft, A., Doran, C., McDermott, R., & … West, C. (2017). Alcohol management plans in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australian communities in Queensland: community residents have experienced favourable impacts but also suffered unfavourable ones. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 1-14.
Degenhardt, L., Sara, G., McKetin, R., Roxburgh, A., Dobbins, T., Farrell, M., & … Hall, W. D. (2017). Crystalline methamphetamine use and methamphetamine‐related harms in Australia. Drug And Alcohol Review, 36(2), 160-170.
Jakobsen, H., Andersson, G., Havik, O. E., & Nordgreen, T. (2017). Guided Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy for mild and moderate depression: A benchmarking study. Internet Interventions, 7(1), 1-8.
Tolou-Shams, M., Dauria, E., Conrad, S. M., Kemp, K., Johnson, S., & Brown, L. K. (2017). Outcomes of a family-based HIV prevention intervention for substance using juvenile offenders. Journal Of Substance Abuse Treatment, 77(1), 115-125.
Open Access Articles
- Agrawal, A., Tillman, R., Grucza, R. A., Nelson, E. C., McCutcheon, V. V., Few, L., … & Hesselbrock, V. M. (2017). Reciprocal relationships between substance use and disorders and suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in the Collaborative Study of the Genetics of Alcoholism. Journal of affective disorders, 213, 96-104.
- Bouvette-Turcot, A. A., Unternaehrer, E., Gaudreau, H., Lydon, J. E., Steiner, M., Meaney, M. J., & MAVAN Research Team. (2017). The joint contribution of maternal history of early adversity and adulthood depression to socioeconomic status and potential relevance for offspring development. Journal of affective disorders, 207, 26-31
- Wettlaufer, A., Florica, R. O., Asbridge, M., Beirness, D., Brubacher, J., Callaghan, R., … & McKiernan, A. (2017). Estimating the harms and costs of cannabis-attributable collisions in the Canadian provinces. Drug and alcohol dependence, 173, 185-190.
Open access online journal
A free comprehensive evidence based resource. NCETA continues to update and expand the resource, and Centre staff are working on a series of customised topics to address the professional development needs of specific workforces. These include the following customised topics which will be added to the resource in the next few months:
- Working with families in which methamphetamine use is a problem
- Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Communities
- Recovery-focused support.
A joint publication of the collaborative network of alcohol and other drug research centres; National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW; National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University; and National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University.
e-Book of the month
Bhatia, S. C., Petty, F., & Gabel, T. (2017). Substance and Nonsubstance Related Addiction Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment. [S.l.]: Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.
Substance and Non substance Related Addiction Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment is an accessible handbook about the two main types of addiction disorders. It is divided into three sections which cover 1) the scientific underpinnings of addiction disorders (neurobiology, addiction neural reward pathways, genetic and psychosocial basis of addiction, screening and treatment), 2) information about substances commonly used by addicts (pharmacology, diagnostics and treatment considerations) and 3) current understandings of the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral problems (such as gambling), respectively. Key features: -covers both substance abuse and behavioral problems -uses a reader friendly format with a patient education handout style -includes key learning points listed in each chapter -includes clinical vignettes which outline brief history, evaluation, diagnostic considerations with successful pharmacological, psychological and social interventions -includes references in each chapter The handbook meets the information needs of medical students and professionals (family physicians, nurses, addiction therapists, psychiatry residents, and other health care professionals) interested in the primary care of patients afflicted with addiction disorders.Subjects:Substance abuse–Treatment
Free to download for all HOA staff from the EBSCO Host platform on work computers
Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series
Alcohol and other drug treatment in prison
Presenter: Michael Doyle, University of Sydney
Thursday, 6 July 2017 @ 2pm-3pm
This Aboriginal-led PhD project investigated the experiences of 31 men (14 Aboriginal and 17 non-Aboriginal) of prison-based AoD treatment programs. The results and findings for this research will be reported in this presentation, which will also include findings from a systematic review of international peer-reviewed literature in prison-based AoD treatment research. Cost: free of charge
Free training session at Biala Community Health Centre in Brisbane:
Culturally secure AOD practice featuring IRIS
This updated 2-day workshop aims to build cultural capacity when working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who use substances. Designed for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers alike, the course promotes a culturally-secure AOD framework and approach to direct practice.
Participants will learn how to use the Indigenous Risk Impact Screen (IRIS) and associated brief intervention tools alongside other practical tips, tricks, tools and resources for use in everyday practice.
Dates 4-5/07/2017 9-4pm
Online induction modules are a prerequisite to some of the courses. To access and download them visit www.insightqld.org
Attend – conferences
APSAD Scientific Alcohol and Drugs Conference, Melbourne, 12-15 November 2017.
No details on program as yet.
Registration between $540-1170 for the full conference, depnding when you register and your professional status
Write – presentations and papers
ATCA Conference – Brisbane from 31 October to 3 November 2017.
Information will be posted on the ATCA website in the coming days, and registrations will be open this week. There will be site visits to TCs on the Gold Coast (Goldbridge and Fairhaven), the Sunshine Coast (WHOS Najara) and Brisbane (Logan House and Moonyah) on Tuesday 31 November, followed by the conference program on Wednesday-Friday and concluding with interactive workshops on Friday afternoon (3 November).
A Call for Abstracts has now gone out and submissions close on Friday 25 August 2017 in the following themes:
ATCA recognises that not all innovation comes from research but from the need to tackle a persistent problem, using creativity, imagination and ingenuity. If you have a story, message or anecdote to share, then share your work and ideas with them. Conference Themes include:
- TC practice: Partnerships for new ideas and new initiatives
- Cultural partnerships: working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Mãori and Pasifika peoples
- Working with Families: Family involvement in treatment, interventions for children affected by parental substance use and associated issues
- Continuing care: Re-thinking community partnerships
- Co-morbidity: Best practice for people with co-occurring AOD and mental health issues
- Corrective services and coerced clients: Working collaboratively with our partners in the justice system
- Attachment and Trauma: Interventions and recovery
Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:
- The relevance of the abstract to the themes
- The validity of the evidence on which the presentation is based
- The implications for practitioners implementing the findings
- The relevance of innovative programmes to other practitioners in the field.
Presenters are required to register for the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Conference.
Oral Presentation: These will take place in chaired sessions and are 15 minutes in length plus 5 minutes question time.
Poster display: poster presentations are visual displays used to communicate a message i.e. research findings, program highlights, etc. Poster presenters will be provided with maximum coverage through dedicated poster sessions during which time presenters are required to stand by their posters. This provides an intimate forum for the exchange of information by allowing more personal discussion between presenter and audience. Posters may be in a traditional format, or as a Powerpoint presentation on a continuous loop on the presenter’s own laptop.
Participatory workshop: There is the opportunity for half-day workshops on Friday afternoon (3 November) to encourage the interactive transfer of skills and practical solutions to common problems or specific themes.
Project Snapshot: Each project snapshot will be allocated 10-minute oral presentation time with the use of audio-visual equipment if desired and four minutes of questions.
Seminar: Several presenters are encouraged to submit a group of abstracts on a specific topic and share a 90-minute presentation time as they explore the topic in depth. These sessions will be led by a facilitator.
Yarning Circle: The Circle will be permanently accessible as a Cultural Space as well as having times for organised sessions during the conference gathering. These sessions will be led by a main presenter, or group of presenters, and be approximately one hour in duration with the opportunity for multiple speakers on given themes.
Yarning is an informal conversation that is culturally friendly and recognised by Aboriginal people as meaning to talk about something, someone or provide and receive information (Dawn Bessarab, 2012). In the conference context, it is a place where all people can have a casual or deep conversation about something or anything. The truth is always spoken in a yarning circle. Yarning circles are designed so that everyone has an opportunity to contribute in a safe and respectful setting. The yarning circle will have a few main speakers to lead discussion however, all attendees are encouraged to participate in the conversation if they feel comfortable.
Submit your abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen – podcasts, webinars
Alcohol and mental health podcast
Alcohol use disorder is often co-morbid with a variety of mental health conditions. It can be challenging for clinicians to tease out which of these conditions are primary, with alcohol being used as an attempt to alleviate symptoms, and which of these are secondary to the physiological and psychosocial impacts of alcohol itself. (50 minutes duration)
Watch – videos
First time with a new pill or powder: This short video published back in 2013 from Global Drug Survey called “First time with a new pill or powder”, provides common sense harm reduction information for people who use or are planning to experiment with pills or powders as these substances can sometimes cause significant harm.