PD Blog: July

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Online resources

Read – professional reading

Available from the library database

Cairns, R., Schaffer, A. L., Ryan, N., Pearson, S. A., & Buckley, N. A. (2018). Rising pregabalin use and misuse in Australia: trends in utilization and intentional poisonings. Addiction.

Curtis, A., Vandenberg, B., Mayshak, R., Coomber, K., Hyder, S., Walker, A., … & Miller, P. G. (2019). Alcohol use in family, domestic and other violence: Findings from a cross‐sectional survey of the Australian population. Drug and Alcohol Review, 38(4), 349-358.

Dyer, M. L., Easey, K. E., Heron, J., Hickman, M., & Munafò, M. R. (2019). Associations of child and adolescent anxiety with later alcohol use and disorders: a systematic review and meta‐analysis of prospective cohort studies. Addiction.

Kerr, J., Minh, A., Siddiqi, A., Muntaner, C., & O’Campo, P. (2018). A cross-country comparison of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use among youth who are employed, in school or out of the labor force and school (OLFS). Journal of Youth Studies, 1-19.

Khawaja, N. G., Pekin, C., & Schweitzer, R. D. (2019). Factor structure and psychometric properties of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist: An investigation with culturally and linguistically diverse youth in Australia. Australian Journal of Psychology, 71(2), 137-145.

Livingston, M., Callinan, S., & Wilkinson, C. (2019). The impact of high profile restrictions on support for alcohol control policies. Drug and Alcohol Review.

Murrup‐Stewart, C., Searle, A. K., Jobson, L., & Adams, K. (2019). Aboriginal perceptions of social and emotional wellbeing programs: A systematic review of literature assessing social and emotional wellbeing programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians perspectives. Australian Psychologist, 54(3), 171-186.

Open Access Articles

Collins, S. E., Clifasefi, S. L., Nelson, L. A., Stanton, J., Goldstein, S. C., Taylor, E. M., … & Taylor, E. (2019). Randomized controlled trial of harm reduction treatment for alcohol (HaRT-A) for people experiencing homelessness and alcohol use disorder. International Journal of Drug Policy, 67, 24-33.

De Ruysscher, C., Vanheule, S., & Vandevelde, S. (2019). ‘A place to be (me)’: a qualitative study on an alternative approach to treatment for persons with dual diagnosis. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 26(1), 50-59.

Dowling, C., & Morgan, A. (2018). Is methamphetamine use associated with domestic violence?. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, (563), 1.

Jones, M. G., Rice, S. M., & Cotton, S. M. (2019). Incorporating animal-assisted therapy in mental health treatments for adolescents: A systematic review of canine assisted psychotherapy. PloS one, 14(1), e0210761.

Wang, R., Shen, Y. L., Hausknecht, K. A., Chang, L., Haj-Dahmane, S., Vezina, P., & Shen, R. Y. (2019). Prenatal ethanol exposure increases risk of psychostimulant addiction. Behavioural Brain Research, 356, 51-61.

e-book of the month

Whiteside, M., Tsey, K., Cadet-James, Y., & McCalman, J. (2014). Promoting Aboriginal Health : The Family Wellbeing Empowerment Approach. Cham: Adis.

‘Those of us who have worked on the frontline of Aboriginal health for any length of time know that beneath the surface reality of Aboriginal people’s poor health outcomes sits a deeper truth. It is about the importance of social and emotional wellbeing, and how this flows from a sense of control over one’s own life. Where this is lacking, as it is in so many Aboriginal families and communities, there is instead indifference and despair and a descent into poor lifestyle choices and self-destructive behaviours. Our medical professionals do a great job of prescribing medicines and devising treatment programs but, to fix the root causes of ill-health, we need something more. As Aboriginal people we need to have a sense of agency in our lives, that we are not stray leaves blowing about in the wind. In a word, we need empowerment’. Dr. Pat Anderson, Chairperson, the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.

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

Useful resources

Social studies of addiction concepts: health education resources

BeYou provides educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping children and young people achieve their best possible mental health.

Hepatitis C training: ASHM offers a range of face-to-face, webinar and online training courses specifically designed for health professionals and any other specific workforces that require hepatitis C education and training.  

Worker wellbeing: produced by NADA, the resources encourage AOD workers to invest in looking after their health.

Pregnancy and substance use toolkit: produced by Insight and includes links, guidelines and resources for AOD workers who engage with pregnant women

Young, Deadly, Free contains sexual health information and resources designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth living in regional and remote areas.

Attend – informal learning sessions, seminar series

Insight Queensland

Free training sessions in Queensland

Advanced harm reduction

This course is designed to equip frontline AOD and Mental Health specialists with up-to-date information on generalist and substance-specific harm reduction strategies for AOD clients (participants must have completed “Understanding psychoactive drugs” workshop or be an AOD or mental health employee.

July 17, Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane

Family inclusive practice in AOD treatment
This one day workshop will explore a broad range of family inclusive approaches, strategies and tools that can assist in improving the effectiveness of alcohol and drug treatment, including addressing some of the specific barriers to implementing family-inclusive approaches in practice.

July 23, Maroochydore

Attend – conferences

Australian Winter School 2019: 25-26 July, Brisbane

This year’s theme – Drugs: Pleasure, Medicine or Poison? – will allow us to explore the grey areas in a space that is often portrayed as black and white. Very few substances fit neatly into one of these three categories, yet media coverage and public opinion often insists they are either entirely good or entirely bad, which leaves no room to discuss what’s in between. Tickets: $75-650

Listen – podcasts, webinars

Alcohol and the developing brain: minding the brain series. Discusses how alcohol consumed during pregnancy can effect brain development.

Orygen youth mental health: archived webinars

Psychedelics, addiction and mental health: A leading professor from Imperial College, London discusses the role of psychedelics in the treatment of mental illness

The naked professors: a series of conversations about mental health, mindset and personal growth.



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