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By YoDAA16 August 2018

Australian Youth AOD Conference 2018

It is back and better than ever, celebrating the theme “Assertive Advocacy”....

Events + Conferences
16August

Australian Youth AOD Conference 2018

It is back and better than ever, celebrating the theme “Assertive Advocacy”....

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Practice

Is Rat Park the best way to look at substance use?

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Practice

Advocating for young people in schools

If you are supporting young people who are still engaged in education, there’s every chance you have had to attend a meeting with the school/education program to discuss the management of challenging behaviors in the classroom....

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Practice

What is Urge Surfing?

We appreciate that Urge Surfing might not be a technique that is used by every Youth AoD counsellor out there. ...

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Practice

Exploring Methamphetamine with Prof. Nicole Lee

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Research

What is FASD and how common is it?

You may very well have heard/seen the letters FASD thrown around in a care team meeting or written in a client report, but what is FASD? ...

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Practice

Why doesn't my child think about the future?

Why does my child think about the future? Why do they make such bad decisions? Can’t they see what they are doing is bad for them?...

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IV Users – Opioids VS. Methamphetamines

There has been a lot of research into the wellbeing of people who inject opiates but little is known about the experience of people who inject methamphetamines. ...

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Drug dependency: is it a health or criminal issue?

It has been 16 years since Portugal decriminalized drug possession and in that time there has been a lot of talk and at times misrepresentation of the facts....

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Who's who in the world of Mental Health?

Choosing a mental health professional can be tricky! Knowing the difference between a counsellor, a psychologist and a psychiatrist can help you find the best mental health professional to meet a young person’s needs. ...

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Events + Conferences

FAQ's for the Youth AoD Frameworks course

Get some answers to those questions you have about the Youth AoD Framework course. ...

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Events + Conferences
15February

Hepatitis B-It's Family Business!

This introductory half-day workshop is for health workers who wish to learn the basics about hepatitis B and effective strategies for working with affected communities....

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Practice

When can I get a job?

Did you know the laws for the legal age of employment have slightly changed?...

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Policy

Protecting our Young People!

The work now continues with government and organisations working with children and young people in making social change! ...

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Research

Roadside Drug Testing: How does it work?

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Events + Conferences
12February

Youth AOD Workers – unique professional development opportunity!

This course asks participants to bring their personality, skills, experiences, doubts, and goals into the room and contribute to the course fully, just as we ask young people to do when they enter treatment. ...

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Practice

Radical New Approaches to Harm Reduction

Making changes can save lives!...

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Practice

Best Practice Youth Work

The term ‘best practice’ is used often in youth work. What does best practice mean for youth workers and the work we do? ...

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Practice

CLEAN UP YOUR LANGUAGE – The Global Drug Commission look at language.

The words we use can create stigma and discrimination, lets start thinking about what we say. ...

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Practice

Youth, Crime and What's really going on

So what's really is going on out there? What are the current facts on youth crime in Victoria and are all young people actually evil...

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Research

What's News in 2018!

Look back on past edition of the YoDAA E-Newsletter from 2018....

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…AND THAT’S A WRAP FOR 2017

2017 has been a big year for the AoD sector in Victoria! We have seen two ground breaking things get the green light, two things many of us in the sector never thought we would see. We welcome a safe injecting room in Richmond and the legalisation of medical cannabis in Victoria. ...

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Practice

Revolution in Hepatitis C Treatment at Austin Health!

Did you know that treating Hepatitis C is now safe, simple and highly effective?...

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Research

Youth offending, what do we know?

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

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Research

What is the harm?

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

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Practice

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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Practice

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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Practice

WHAT’S NOT CANNABIS….SYNTHETIC CANNABIS

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Research

"Nangs" and "Poppers"

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

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Research

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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Research

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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Practice

Why hearing young people is so important

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

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Practice

New resources for workers

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

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Events + Conferences
25September

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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Practice

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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Practice

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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Practice

What does success look like?

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

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Practice

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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Practice

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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Practice

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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Research

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

Cracks in the ice

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

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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

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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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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Practice

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

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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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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Practice

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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Practice

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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Research

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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