Friday, 27 November 2015

New LGBTIQ website, checking drug interactions and more...

A few new (and not so new) online resources for you to be aware of

Launched recently, TouchBase is a website designed to provide information and resources to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer/Questioning community on substance use, mental health and sexual health.  TouchBase is a collaboration between the Victorian AIDS Council, the Australian Drug Foundation, and the Australian Federation of AIDS Councils.  There is a good range of information presented in a clear and easy to navigate format.  Great information on the effect of substances on people using HIV medication or those who are taking some form of hormone therapy.


 The Penington Institute have just released two new video resources about the use of Naloxone to prevent overdose.  The videos are aimed at people using substances, their friends and family, as well as frontline workers.


Penington Institute also launched the mobile optimised version of its COPE website. COPE (Community Overdose Prevention and Education) is a community-based opioid overdose prevention initiative run by Penington Institute. The COPE mobile site provides access to critical life-saving information to doctors, paramedics, pharmacists, and other health workers, as well as people at risk of overdose.


A framework for working safely and effectively with men who perpetrate intimate partner violence in substance use treatment settings is a new set of guidelines released by Kings College. Although some of the material has a UK focus, most of the information is applicable to an Australian setting.

Knowledge Circle, is a new resource to support workers in their efforts to help keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe and happy in their communities. This resource includes practice profiles, discussion boards and webinars
And finally,
Looking for a resource for drug interactions?  Try Drug Interactions Checker.  It's quite straight forward to use and the information provided is clear and written for laypersons (i.e. not medical jargon).  Naturally this resource comes with a disclaimer around not being able to predict all drug interactions and that it should be used as a guide only.  This is particularly relevant to illicit substances as the actual content of the substance may vary significantly.

Friday, 6 November 2015

New resources for your AOD toolkit

These are some of the great new resources being released both nationally and internationally for clinicians working in alcohol and other drugs.

YouthAOD Toolbox

Previously only available if you registered, this online resource from the Youth Support and Advocacy Service is now accessible to all.

The toolbox includes outlines of frameworks, theories, therapeutic models, and training modules.

Youth & Health Worker Support Kit

The "Youth and health worker support kit: working with young people and viral hepatitis - Risks, consequences and choices of body art and drug use" online brochure has been produced by Hepatitis NSW. It has a range of session plans, strategy worksheets and activities to use when discussing viral hepatitis.

Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: Pocket Guide

Produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, in the US, this pocketbook outlines some of the medications used for alcohol use.

Medication assisted treatment of opioid dependence

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have released two new resources:

Medication assisted treatment of opioid dependence: Your questions answered

Medication assisted treatment of opioid dependence: A review of the evidence