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YoDAA is in touch with the latest research, policy announcements, practice trends and training relevant to Youth AOD work. Get it all in one place.

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Methamphetamine - what do we know?

One way to help young people understand their use is to help them to understand the substance they are using. ...

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Where is your Out Of Home Care LookOut?

Research shows the longer a young person can stay in school the more likely they are going keep connection and meet developmental milestones. ...

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Youth offending, what do we know?

Youth offending is a topic that gets a lot of people talking!...

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What is the harm?

Understanding young people who self harm and their AoD use. ...

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WHAT’S NOT CANNABIS….SYNTHETIC CANNABIS

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Breaking new ground on medical cannabis research in Australia

Australia is taking a big step forward in understanding medical cannabis and how it works. ...

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"Nangs" and "Poppers"

Want to know more about "Nangs" and "Poppers"?...

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Great new podcast by Dr. Suzi Gage

Want to know more about substances from an accurate and informed source?...

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Practice

Dangers of the Blue Whale Game

We have recently been informed that there have been 14 cases of young people presenting to police and hospitals in East Gippsland with suspected links to the game. ...

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Why hearing young people is so important

Why is it so important to involve young people?...

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New resources for workers

We love a good resource and know you love them too!...

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Events + Conferences
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YSAS Fitzroy are holding a LGBTQI+ youth withdrawal week!

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GHB in the Media

Reporting on GHB - a bit of back and forth about how it should be done......

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Australian Youth AoD Conference 2017

Australian Youth AoD Conference 2017 was two big days, filled with lots of learning, networking and amazing content. ...

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Research

What we learnt this year from the stats

2016 has seen some interesting results come from the National Drug Survey and the Global Drug Survey. ...

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Practice

Scaring a young person into not using drugs

Using scare tactics to discourage drug use can be very appealing for family members & schools who are…well…scared. ...

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Policy

Taking a stand for accurate information

It's about time that journalists reported facts not fiction ...

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Practice

Helping engage the precontemplative

How do you actually help the contemplative teen?...

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What does success look like?

Understanding realistic expectations for young people is so important ...

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REAL TIME system roll out.

We do need to keep in mind that this system alone is not going to “fix” the issues of substance misuse and abuse....

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Developing the essence of adolescents

At YoDAA we speak so often about boundaries and consequences and have even coined the term “kicking a young person IN TO the house, not out of the house”. ...

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New resources from Drugslab and The Drug Policy Alliance

We get so excited when we find new resources that are packed with AoD education, harm reduction strategies and accurate facts....

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Helpful resources for youth AoD workers

Some things that you might have missed from the YoDAA Enewletters this year. ...

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Research

Mission Australia’s 2012 -2016 Youth Mental Health Survey outcomes

Findings from the 2012 -2016 Mission Australia and Black Dog Institutes Youth Mental Health Survey ...

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Practice

Understanding Young People in 2017

We work with young people every day, supporting them, advocating for them, encouraging and empowering them to make change, but do we really understand them? ...

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Practice

Learning from the past

What have we learnt from the past in the AoD sector? How far have we come?...

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Research

Psychedelics what do we know?

Learn about psychedelics, there history and their future. ...

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What do we know about trauma?

Understanding trauma is essential to working young people in the AoD sector. ...

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Practice

Whats “THE CODE”?

Knowing where we ethically sit can sometimes be a bit tricky...

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Research

Newly released Youth and Substance Abuse by Kathryn Daley

Brand new book speaking about young people’s journeys in to and out of substance use....

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Research

The wise men creating new understanding in the AoD sector.

There is lots of work being done in the AoD sector to understand addiction better. ...

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Research

What is new with Opioids?

In the 90’s it was hard to miss the heroin crisis that Melbourne was grappling with, now in 2017 media is presenting us with an ice epidemic. ...

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Practice

What’s that slang you’re using?

Say what? There are so many different names and terms for substances, here is a run down! ...

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Practice

This is your brain and other changes in the Youth AoD Sector.

20 years ago there were different messages about alcohol and drug use and how to keep people safe. ...

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Practice

You Can't Ask That

Have you ever wanted to ask the really hard questions? You Can't Ask That is a series doing just that. ...

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Research

The World Health Organisation is looking at Cannabis

The World Health Organisation is taking a look at Cannabis for the first time in 82 years. ...

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Research

How influential is advertising?

Alcohol is the most consumed substances in Australia, yet we know it cause the most social and physical harms to society. ...

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Practice

Cracks in the ice

Introducing Cracks in the Ice, a government based website supporting families, workers and the community. ...

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Practice

The First Stop

New website helping with support and referrals in the Inner East. ...

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Policy

2016 ADOLESCENT WITHDRAWAL GUIDELINES

Youth Workers Helping GP’s Respond to Youth Substance Use...

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Practice

Drug Stats Insight

A new website which provides an insight into drug-related ambulance data has been unveiled....

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Practice

Synthetic Cannabis - Updated Safety Warning

Alerts have been issues about a type of synthetic cannabis called “Blue Lotus”. There have been reports of 20 people presenting at hospitals in states of psychosis....

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Practice

7 new tips for safer injecting

With the controversial introduction of a new 1mm fit to Victorian Needle Syringe Programs, YoDAA has put together a harm reduction resource for Youth AOD workers supporting young people who inject substances. ...

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Research

Does mixing cannabis make it harder to quit?

New research about tobacco and cannabis. ...

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Practice

High potency heroin warning

YoDAA partners have informed us of a particularly potent batch of heroin that is currently available in Melbourne (Victoria Street, Richmond) ...

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Practice

Explaining Harm Reduction To Families (NEW resource)

Help families understand the most effective tool we have to keep young people who are already using drugs, safe from harm....

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Practice

Holiday Survive N Thrive Guide

YoDAA has gathered some of the best activities and resources for young people who's usual services and supports are on hiatus. ...

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Practice

Brilliant new video resource about cannabis use

Sensitive, thoughtful, funny, balanced and well made. These are not usually words we use to describe drug education videos but this 28 minute film developed by researchers at the UBC School of Nursing is not like any drug ed video you have ever seen before....

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Practice

Access to codeine subject to change.

The recommendation is that all over the counter medicines that contain codeine should become available via-prescription only....

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Practice

Public or Private Detox and Rehabilitation?

YoDAA has long held the position that anyone who genuinely cares about a young person and is willing to get to know and sit beside them can make an impact on a young person’s AOD use. But what if that person is a self-proclaimed AOD expert paid for by the young person’s family?...

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YoDAA Team Bookclub

The YoDAA team love seeing a different perspective on Drug Use in print....

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Practice

Fact Check: Is Ice more dangerous and more addictive than any other drug?

Read this leading experts powerful response....

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...As a good parent would...

Victoria’s commissioner for children & young people has published an inquiry into the adequacy of residential care services & the sexual abuse of young people who call these units home....

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Heywire: Giving Voice to Rural Young People

Young regional Australians telling it like it is and making a difference....

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Research

Understanding and responding to steroid use

New research reveals trends in steroid use in Australia & gaps in knowledge about illicit steroid use. ...

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Practice

New Youth AOD Toolbox Moduels: Sexual Health, Blood Born Viruses, Living Skills

AOD experts in youth work, social work and health have pooled their collective knowledge and experience to bring you the 3 latest modules in the Youth AOD toolbox....

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When family contact is harmful: fact sheet for workers (and other amazing resources)

The latest Youth AOD toolbox module brings you everything you have ever wanted to know about working with families....

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Research

Problematic substance use and its impact on siblings

New research delves into the experience of the brothers and sisters of young people with problematic substance use....

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Research

Students exposed to a harm min message at school experience less harm

New research from Australian 2 year trial....

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Practice

Transform your Youth Work - take the YoDAA 7 day challenge

YoDAA brings you a week of articles, research & best practice from around the world. Enrich your practice without leaving your desk....

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Practice

White collar amphetamine users speak to the 7.30 report about the drug that hasn't ruined their lives

Prompting a surprising rethink of the over hyped language used by politicians and the press. ...

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Harm Reduction Portraits put Meth Mugshots to shame

Participants at the 10th National Harm Reduction Conference address the very personal impact of drug-related harms in this stunning photo project...

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Practice

Take the YoDAA drug facts quiz!

Do you know your Suboxone from your Seroquel? Your Methadone from your Methamphetamines? Take the drug facts quiz and test your AOD knowledge....

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Practice

Three phone calls a day from a worried parent?

Addressing parent concerns whilst maintaining client privacy can be challenging (and time consuming). Answer frequently asked questions with these 5 parent resources. ...

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Policy

Youth AOD workers ‘Just Say No’ to Abbot government’s proposed ice awareness campaign

(And provide evidence informed alternatives) ...

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Research

US Government forks out $$ to promote meth use

The research is in, mass media scare campaigns don't work and can actually increase drug use. ...

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Policy

Strategies to tackle Ice use can't remain frozen in time

Australia cannot simply “police our way out” problematic methamphetamine use and “more money needs to be spent on treatment and prevention.”...

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Practice

Not quite Game of Thrones but pretty cool viewing nonetheless

Youth AOD workers have been sending us their favourite AOD videos. Check out this weeks top 3 picks....

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Practice

5 cannabis resources you’ll want to share with others

Working with young people who us cannabis? Take your harm minimisation to the next level with YoDAA's top 5 most shareable cannabis resources....

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Practice

New Youth AOD Centre launched!

YSAS has launched the Centre for YouthAOD practice Development....

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Policy

Youth AOD work in Victoria-A vision realised and the next generation

YSAS, in collaboration with YoDAA and the Centre for YouthAOD practice development has published a definitive Youth AOD document titled, "The Victorian Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Service System-A vision realised"...

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For info and advice about new or unfamiliar drugs-Try YoDAA!

YoDAA’s unique model means we are the place for new drug info....

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Writing an assignment? YoDAA answers student FAQ's

Around assignment time, YoDAA is inundated with requests from students. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions....

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Pill warning in Melbourne's North

Youth AOD workers have recently contacted YoDAA to make workers (and young people) aware of a pill that is falsely being marketed as ecstasy / MDMA in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne....

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Pre loading, happy hour and missing the last train home

New research compares a big night out for urban & outer urban young people...

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Research

Don’t mention the “d” word

How schools can work on drug issues without working on drugs....

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Policy

Victoria’s safe injecting facility

When an evidence informed sector is asked to ignore the facts....

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Practice

The nature of drug problems and addiction.

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.”...

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Practice

“Strawberry Quick”- flavoured methamphetamine.

YoDAA has received an indirect report from a school based source about an apparent new drug called “strawberry quick” or flavoured methamphetamine. ...

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Practice

Digital AOD tool update.

Have you checked out “Working it out with YoDAA” or recommended it to a young person yet? Minister Foley will be formally launching the tool in early March!...

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“Addict” is a hate word.

In YoDAA’s experience, youth AOD workers and Youth workers don’t generally use the word “addict” when referring to anyone with an AOD related problem....

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Schools Back! AOD workers speak about their experience delivering drug ed

There’s a long tradition of Youth workers partnering with local schools to deliver drug and alcohol education. But providing universal education to groups of young people with vastly different experiences of drugs and alcohol poses unique challenges to an AOD worker. ...

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Coping with a Parents Drug or Alcohol Use

For many young people in AOD treatment they are not the first member of their family to struggle with problematic AOD use. ...

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Practice

Opinion: Ice crisis needs a smart and varied solution

The pitfalls of school drug testing, scaremongering and a 'one size fits all approach' to the complex issue of Meth use in Victoria....

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Practice

You won't find this in the organic section

Many tried it and didn’t like it but amongst young people seeking treatment, synthetic cannabis still has a niche following. ...

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Policy

Important voices missing in ice debate

Long term consumer participation advocate calls for the inclusion of meth users as members of Victorias Ice Action Taskforce....

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Practice

Need some motivation to click this link?

The Youth AOD Toolbox can help! Read their beautifully written new guide to finding and sustaining motivation (suitable for young people and workers alike)....

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Where do young people turn to for help?

They may spend hours on the phone but a telephone helpline is one of the last places a young person would turn to if they needed support....

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AOD not a high concern for Young people-Mission Australia survey

Drugs are not a ‘top issue of concern’ for young Aussies whilst coping with stress, school, study problems and body image are. ...

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Socio-economic status and risky alcohol use

People with the highest socio-economic status (SES) were more likely to consume alcohol in risky quantities in the previous 12 months than people with the lowest SES....

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Supporting young people over Christmas-Can YoDAA help?

The Christmas and holiday season can be an especially difficult time for many young people and families. It’s also a time when many services temporarily close or when workers take a well-earned break. ...

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DXM-Isolated use or a new trend?

It’s impossible for Youth AOD workers to be up to speed with every emerging drug trend. Being across the basics of the drugs young people you support are using best places you to provide accurate info and effective harm reduction advice....

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2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey final report

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released its final report from the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey....

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New research validates rural experience

People from remote or very remote areas are twice as likely as people from major cities to use meth/amphetamines, drink alcohol in risky quantities and to smoke tobacco daily. ...

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Practice

Dual Diagnosis resource page.

Why isn’t YoDAA called Youth Dual Diagnosis Advice? At YoDAA we are often asked about our name and why we seem to have such a drug and alcohol focus when we should be focused on drugs and mental health more broadly....

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YoDAAs Hotest Topics Revealed

Callers contact YoDAAS Info, Advice and Referral line asking for help. We have put together some of this months hottest topics, frequently asked questions and the resources that we send out to support callers to 'get to the next step.'...

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Is “The relationship” even more important for coerced clients?

AOD counselling is the last place she wants to be but her order says she has to. What do we need to consider when working with young people who are forced into treatment?...

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Research

Does the primary drug of concern influence the service type requested?

Youth AOD Rehabs receive a higher proportion of enquiries and referrals regarding ice and methamphetamines compared to short term and community based treatment options....

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Could we be doing more to reduce harm for young people using pills?

Ecstasy testing kits are available, why aren't we distributing them at festivals, clubs and parties in Australia?...

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A young person's Mum called me 8 times today already! I need help!

Though not actually our clients, working with worried family members can be extremely challenging for Youth AOD workers. It is also incredibly worthwhile. Check out our most popular resources for working with families. ...

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