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By YoDAA15 December 2016

2016 ADOLESCENT WITHDRAWAL GUIDELINES

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

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2016 ADOLESCENT WITHDRAWAL GUIDELINES

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

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NEW WEBSITE PROVIDES 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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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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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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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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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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Practice

“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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Practice

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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Practice

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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Research

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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Practice

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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Research

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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Practice

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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Research

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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Research

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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Practice

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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Practice

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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Practice

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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Practice

One too many-alcohol app

There are particular things to consider when exploring safety as well as harms of drug or alcohol use with young people....

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Events + Conferences

Understanding and engaging with marginalised families

The Australian Childhood Foundation are offering trauma informed family work training in Melbourne....

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Practice

YoDAA's digital tool is here!

YoDAA has created an online AOD tool for young people! The tool incorporates the benefits of the digital medium with the best aspects of interacting with a youth worker....

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Research

Young People Transitioning from out-of-home-care: Research Study

Is a young person you work with transitioning from out-of-home care? Have your say about what works and what doesn't in this on-line survey....

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Practice

Specialised AOD Services for GLBTI communities

The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) are currently running group and individual programs to help young adults address problematic drinking and make changes to their methamphetamine use....

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Research

The big picture of drug diversion programs in Australia

A new report analyses drug diversion treatment episodes and confirms what Youth AOD workers have long known....

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Research

Increased purity of Ice impacting pre-existing users does not = 'epidemic'

Refreshing coverage from The Age explains the impact of increased Methamphetamine purity on those using it and debunks common myths about Ice education....

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Practice

Supporting a young person to reengage with education?

Engagement with some form of schooling or vocational training is a protective feature for young people at risk of problematic AOD use. The Victorian government has two websites to help support young people find (and fund) a course or vocational training option. ...

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Research

Tools of the trade: Engagement

‘You can be the most skilled and experienced worker in the world, with the best most effective program to deliver, but if you can’t engage with the young person and get them to engage with you and your service, you cannot be effective in their lives’...

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Activism a protective factor for GLBTQI young people

YOUNG GLBTQI Australians are using activism to forge strong communities and create a better life for themselves in the face of overwhelming mental health challenges, according to groundbreaking new research....

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Meth supply and use in Victoria

No time to read 900 pages of the Victorian Governments Inquiry into Methamphetamine supply and use? YACVic has come to the rescue with an easy to read summary of findings....

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Research

Is alcohol really more harmful than illegal drugs?

Some research is worth revisiting and 4 years after the UKs Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs developed a system for rating drugs based on harms, the results are as relevant as ever....

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New YoDAA Ice resources

The amount of information about ice at the moment can be overwhelming-even for experienced workers. In light of this we have responded to workers who have asked us for the most important info in digestible, easy to read chunks....

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Ice-Don't Panic

For workers supporting young people and families due to ice related problems the unique experiences and crisis of those individuals or families can cloud our overall perspective of the problem. ...

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Research

New research into consequences of daily cannabis use

A meta - analysis by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre has linked frequent cannabis use in adolescence with reduced educational attainment and increased suicide risk but are there more to these findings than meets the eye? ...

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Working with young people in the stages of change - new resource

The stages of change are so much more than 5 steps on a flow chart! This new module explores what influences a young persons motivation and offers clear, evidence based guidelines for care planning....

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More to cannabis than THC

Back in February, on YoDAA’s forum, we reflected on how THC is routinely mentioned as the only active ingredient in cannabis where in fact there are over 40 different cannibinoids found in cannabis....

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Research

Is there any medication that will help with meth withdrawal?

The research is in, Nichole Lee's study 'Medication treatment options for amphetamine-type stimulant users' has been released and the results may surprise you....

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Research

Young people’s opinions on alcohol and other drugs issues

Whilst past research has focused mainly on young peoples AOD use, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Center (NDARC) has asked 2335 young people what they actually think about policies, programs and control measures aimed at reducing the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs....

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Peer pressure or peer associations?

Schools, families and even workers who contact YoDAA for info and advice often emphasise the influence of peer pressure on a young person’s drug using behaviour....

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What works in Drug education?

Youth AOD workers are often asked to run or support drug education in schools or classrooms. A recent report from the US highlights some points that YoDAA consistently reinforces to school professionals wanting support. ...

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Why synthetic cannabis has its different (side) effects.

Those who read YoDAA's news and events may remember some other news articles we have featured regarding the emergence of synthetic cannabis. ...

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Communicating with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adolescent

This downloadable resource is the quintessential guide to providing mental health first aid to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young person....

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Research

New evidence contests the myth that suicide is a 'selfish' act

New research by SANE Australia reveals people who have attempted suicide made the attempt feeling they were “a burden” and believed their family and friends would be “better off” without them....

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A fresh approach to suicide prevention

Local suicide prevention charity OzHelp Foundation has partnered with ConNetica, the Salvation Army's Hope for Life program and the National Institute of Mental Health Research at the Australian National University to create a new initiative called Lifeboat, which focuses on suicide prevention rather than crisis intervention. ...

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Prescribed medication to young people increasing.

A recent study from the University of Sydney suggests that prescription of mood and behaviour disorder drugs for young people has increased substantially in recent years....

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Research

Drug research experts agree with banning sniffer dogs at festivals

The presence of sniffer dogs at festivals has been shown to lead to panicked consumption of substances outside the venue, thus increasing the likelihood of overdoses. ...

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Programs designed by young people for young people prove more effective yet again

This time it's the World health Organisation who are seeking guidance from young people to understand what works and what doesn't work in HIV prevention....

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Research

Oxycontin - new formula, new data, new harms?

On April 1st the FDA announced a new ‘tamper proof’ form of prescription opiate Oxycontin, would replace the known formula. Workers throughout the AOD sector have been concerned about what this means for people who inject, snort and smoke the tablets. Early data shows a decline in Ocycontin use but an increase in opiate overdose as people switch to more potent opiates. ...

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Improving Access to Residential Withdrawal

In 2008 workers at YSAS Fitzroy Withdrawal Unit, concerned that gay and lesbian young people weren't accessing drug and alcohol services decided, to take action. ...

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Results of Largest Survey into the Mental Health of Young Australians Released

One in five young Australians met the criteria for ‘probable serious mental illness’ with over 60% reporting they would be uncomfortable seeking professional help – that’s according to Australia’s Youth Mental Health Report. ...

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Youth AOD Workers Guide to Snapchat

A ‘new’ drug called ‘snapchat’ that has seen 8 people hospitalised over the weekend has been making headlines across the country. Detailed and consistent information is thin on the ground but YoDAA has put together a summary of what we think may be useful for workers to know. ...

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Better equipping Youth AOD workers to support Young People who are Suicidal

Suicide is a leading cause of death among young people and the risks are even higher if that young person is male, indigenous, living in a rural or remote area or questioning their sexual identity....

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The Risks of Seperating AOD Research from Practice Wisdom

'How Neuroscience Reinforces Racist Drug Policy' is Harvard University History of Science Lecturer, Nathan Greenslits, scathing response to one study by Neuroscientists (also at Harvard University) comparing the brain scans of young people who use cannabis and those who do not . ...

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Bunjilwarra Koori Youth Alcohol and Drug Healing Service

VAHS & YSAS acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Boonwurrung People and pay respects to elders past and present. ...

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New resource for Victorian Koori community

Two YoDAA Partners, VACCHO and The Australian Drug Foundation have worked together to create a new alcohol and drug booklet especially for the Victorian Koori community. ...

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Research

The ADF have stats, stats and more stats!

Do you know what drugs are the most commonly used by young people in Victoria? Australia? Do you know the average age that most young Australians try alcohol?...

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Research

Tell Them They’re Dreaming: Work, Education and Young People with Mental Illness in Australia

A landmark report released this week by Orygen Youth Health Research Center lays bare the barriers young people with mental illness face when accessing education and work opportunities and makes recommendations to assist young people to realise their employment and educational dreams....

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Relapse prevention module added to toolbox!

Building the capacity of a young person to maintain change is a fundamental practice when supporting young people with AOD related issues. The Youth AOD toolbox has responded and has just added the newly created relapse prevention module....

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