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November PD

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Online resources

Webpage

FASD Hub Australia: information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) for Australian health professionals, teachers, justice professionals, service providers, researchers or parents and carers.

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

  • Deacon, R. M., & Mooney‐Somers, J. (2017). Smoking prevalence among lesbian, bisexual and queer women in Sydney remains high: Analysis of trends and correlates. Drug And Alcohol Review, 36(4), 546-554.
  • Holzhauer, C. G., Epstein, E. E., Hayaki, J., Marinchak, J. S., McCrady, B. S., & Cook, S. M. (2017). Moderators of sudden gains after sessions addressing emotion regulation among women in treatment for alcohol use. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.
  • 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
  • McPherson, L. (2017). Kinship Care: Increasing Child Well-being through Practice, Policy and Research. Australian Social Work, 70(4), 515-516.

  • Tarzia, L., Maxwell, S., Valpied, J., Novy, K., Quake, R., & Hegarty, K. (2017). Sexual violence associated with poor mental health in women attending Australian general practices. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(5), 518-523.

 

Open Access Articles

Reports

Useful resource

Australian Government Head to Health: National mental health portal

e-Book of the month

Crittenden, P. M. (2014). Attachment and Family Therapy. Maidenhead, Berkshire: McGraw-Hill Education

This book explores an integration of ideas from attachment theory and systemic family therapy including current developments and integrated cases.

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:

  • Introduction to motivational interviewing for AOD use – Cairns 01/12/2017, 09:00-16:30.  Prerequisite online induction material module 5
  • AOD relapse prevention and management –  Townsville 10/11/2017; Cairns 27/11/2017, 09:00-16:30. Prerequisite online induction material module 6
  • Advanced harm reduction including safer injecting practices – Brisbane 28/11/2107, 09:00-16:30
  • Culturally secure AOD practice featuring IRIS (2 day workshop) – Brisbane 20/11/2107 – 21/11/2017, 09:00-16:30
  • Crystal clear: responding to methamphetamine use – Brisbane 02/11/2017, 09:00-13:00

Workshops can be either attended in person or via webinar. For more details and to register click here

For Townsville workshops please contact the Mental Health Staff Development Team on (07) 4433 9480 or email MHCAMB@health.qld.gov.au for workshop information

For Cairns please contact Jennifer.Brazier@health.qld.gov.au for workshop information

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 Drug Conference, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park. 12-15 November 2017

Full program now available

Registration from $460 – $1070. Online registrations are now closed, contact the conference secretariat: asadconference@ashm.org.au or 02 8204 0770 

Write – presentations and papers

Get your research published. The Drug an Alcohol Review have published guidelines for authors

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Insight Qld

Free webinars on Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 (AEST). Access here

  • 01/11/2017: New services for comorbidity – Addiction and Mental Health Short Stay Unit (Dr Shaladran Padayachee and Staff, Addiction and Mental Health Short Stay Unit – Logan Hospital)
  • 08/11/2017: Smoking Cessation Clinical Pathway Project: A new approach (Natalie Davis, Health Promotion Officer – Addiction Services, PAH; Deepali Gupta, Senior Pharmacist – Preventative Team PAH)
  • 15/11/2017: Treating eating disorders made easy (Associate Professor Warren Ward, Director – QuEDS)
  • 22/11/2017: Alt-truth and the post truth world. Where does AOD evidence fit in Trump’s universe? (Dr Jeremy Hayllar, Clinical Director, Metro North Mental Health – Alcohol & Drug Service)

More details here

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

Psychological First Aid

Learn to provide psychological first aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition.

This is a free self-directed online course offered by John Hopkins University, delivered over 5 weeks. It costs 61 USD if you require a certificate. For more details and to enroll click here

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September PD

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Online resources

Webpage

Youth AOD toolbox: The latest evidence and theory on adolescent development and substance use, behaviour change, building resilience, supporting recovery and simultaneously addressing the determinants of AOD problems

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Chapman, A. R., & Babor, T. F. (2017). Duterte’s War on Drugs and the Silence of the Addiction Science Community. Journal Of Studies On Alcohol And Drugs, 78(4), 491-493.

Graham, V. E., Campbell, S., West, C., & Clough, A. R. (2017). Substance misuse intervention research in remote Indigenous Australian communities since the NHMRC ‘Roadmap’. Australian And New Zealand Journal Of Public Health, 41(4), 424-431.

Ralph, S., & Ryan, K. (2017). Addressing the Mental Health Gap in Working with Indigenous Youth: Some Considerations for Non‐Indigenous Psychologists Working with Indigenous Youth. Australian Psychologist, 52(4), 288-298.

Simoneau, H., Kamgang, E., Tremblay, J., Bertrand, K., Brochu, S., and Fleury, M.-J. (2017) Efficacy of extensive intervention models for substance use disorders: A systematic review. Drug and Alcohol Review

Yurasek, A. M., Merrill, J. E., Metrik, J., Miller, M. B., Fernandez, A. C., & Borsari, B. (2017). Marijuana use in the context of alcohol interventions for mandated college students. Journal Of Substance Abuse Treatment, 79(1), 53-60.

Open Access Articles

 

Open access textbook

Open access online journal

Addiction Science & Clinical Practice

e-Book of the month

Van Dijk, S. (2012). DBT Made Simple : A Step-by-Step Guide to Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications

Originally developed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, has rapidly become one of the most popular and most effective treatments for all mental health conditions rooted in out-of-control emotions. However, there are limited resources for psychologists seeking to use DBT skills with individual clients. In the tradition of ACT Made Simple, DBT Made Simple provides clinicians with everything they need to know to start using DBT in the therapy room. The first part of this book briefly covers the theory and research behind DBT and explains how DBT differs from traditional cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. The second part focuses on strategies professionals can use in individual client sessions, while the third section teaches the four skills modules that form the backbone of DBT: core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The book includes handouts, case examples, and example therapist-client dialogue—everything clinicians need to equip their clients with these effective and life-changing skills.

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

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Insight Queensland

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

Micro-counselling and brief interventions 7th September 09:00-16:30

In the counselling environment, a well-established therapeutic relationship provides the necessary foundation for delivering a wide range of treatment interventions that enhance treatment outcomes.

In the AOD counselling environment, brief interventions are often delivered opportunistically to raise a client’s awareness of some of the issues associated with their AOD use. A sound skill in the use of micro-counselling skills can build a strong therapeutic relationship that thereby facilitates clients’ optimal receipt of treatment for problematic AOD use.

AOD Clinical Assessment 8th September (Townsville); 14th September (Brisbane); 18th September (Cairns) 09:00-16:30

Prerequisite: Online Induction Material – Module 4

This interactive workshop introduces participants to clinical assessment for alcohol and other drug problems.

Topics covered include:

• raising the issue of alcohol and other drug use with clients

• screening instruments

• assessment instruments

• bio-psychosocial elements of assessment

• situational alcohol and other drug risks

• practical skill development exercises.

Understanding psychoactive drugs 15th September (Cairns) 09:00-16:30

Prerequisite: Online Induction Material – Module 2

This workshop is designed for those wanting to gain a basic understanding of what psychoactive drugs are and the various licit and illicit substances used in Australia today.

The workshop also covers:

• classification and effects of psychoactive drugs (including street names for commonly used drugs)

• patterns of use and harms from substance use

• basic neurobiology

• intoxication and overdose

• tolerance and withdrawal

• pharmacotherapies currently available

Presenters: Jeff Buckley and Damien Martin

Culturally secure AOD practice 19th-20th September (Cairns); 25th-26th September (Brisbane) 09:00-16:30

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.

Presenters: Damien Martin

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

Attend – conferences 

Changing the Game: 30 years of Drug and Alcohol Research

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre: Sydney October 3rd and 4th

Examining the changes that have occurred in the last 30 years and presenting cutting edge research, treatment prevention and epidemiology. To register and for more details click here.

Cost $250-500

https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/content/2017-ndarc-annual-research-symposium

Listen – podcasts, webinars

How to support families and friends with a loved one using methamphetamine

4th September 1:00-2:00 AEST

This webinar will provide attendees with information on recent trends in use of the drug ice in Australia, and introduces a new online toolkit providing evidence-based information for the Australian community. Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, the Cracks in the Ice online toolkit was developed with input from community members and researchers across Australia. It includes information for health professionals, families and friends of people using ice, teachers, and general community members. Expected benefits of participating in this webinar include:

• Increased awareness of changing patterns of ice use in Australia

• Increased understanding of the role community members and health professionals can play in becoming more informed about the drug ice

• Increased knowledge about where to access evidence-based information, resources and support related to ice.

Register here

Insight QLD

Free online webinars 10:00-11:00. Register here

September 6th

A trip through the garden: plant based presentations

There are a wide variety of substances occurring in the natural environment. Some plants and mushrooms have long histories of use in different cultures. This presentation will provide an overview of a small selection of naturally occurring substances that clinicians may encounter in their work. It will cover DMT, magic mushrooms, mescaline containing cactus, opium poppies and datura with information on prevalence, effects and potential risks and harms.”

September 13th

A healthy lifestyle approach to co-existing mental health and substance problems

The 20 year gap in longevity between people with, versus without, co-existing mental health and substance misuse problems has drawn recent focus to quality of life and physical health more broadly. This presentation focuses on the progression from single focus (mental health) to dual focus (mental health and substance misuse) and then to a broader recovery focus and recommendations for conceptualising, screening and addressing substance use disorders within mental health systems.

 


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July PD

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Online resources

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

 

 

Open access online journal

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Useful resources

NCETA’s Ice Training for Frontline Workers

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.

Drug and alcohol research connections

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

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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

 Venue and full details

RSVP: ndriau@curtin.edu.au

 

Insight Queensland

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

Register here

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. 

Presentation Types:

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 atca@atca.com.au

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)

Access here

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.

 

 


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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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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.