News Resources and training opportunities – June 2022

Resources and training opportunities – June 2022

Research articles

Betz, L.T., Penzel, N. & Kambeitz, J. (2022). A network approach to relationships between cannabis use characteristics and psychopathology in the general population. Scientific Reports, 12, 7163

Davies, E. L., Foxcroft, D. R., Puljevic, C., Ferris, J. A., & Winstock, A. R. (2022). Global comparisons of responses to alcohol health information labels: a cross sectional study of people who drink alcohol from 29 countries. Addictive Behaviors, 107330.

Liu, YT., Lee, J.H., Tsai, M.K. et al. The effects of modest drinking on life expectancy and mortality risks: a population-based cohort study. Sci Rep 12, 7476 (2022).

Edwige, V. & Gray, P. (2021). Significance of culture to wellbeing, healing and rehabilitation. Bugby Bar Group, Sydney. Retrieved from:

Tsai, TY., Wang, TY., Tseng, HH. et al. (2022). Correlation between loneliness, personality traits, and treatment outcomes in patients with methamphetamine use disorder. Scientific Reports. 12, 8629 (2022).


E-cigarettes and vaping and young people. Where to from here?

1 June, 12:30-13:30

This webinar will be presented by Dr Emily Stocking from the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, University of Sydney.

E-cigarettes have become one of the most hotly debated topics in recent years, and use among young people is rising rapidly. This webinar will:
– Give an overview of e-cigarette trends in Australia
– Summarise potentially effective interventions for schools
– Give an update on upcoming trials and resources
– Provide some brief tips for engaging in conversations about vaping with young people.

There will also be time for a Q&A at the end of the webinar.

By registering for the webinar you will also be sent the recording if you are unable to attend the live session.

Register here

Finding pleasure in risky combinations of sex and drugs: crystal methamphetamine use among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Australia

June 24, 12:00-13:00

This webinar will offer an alternative to risk- focused accounts and instead introduce key concepts, like ‘sex-based sociality’, ‘stigma ecologies’, and ‘counterpublic health’, to better understand these pleasures – and their practical translation in service engagement.

Insight webinars, Wednesdays 10:00-11:00

For more information and to book click here

Stepping Stones Program -the family perspective

1 June: Affected family members (AFM) play a critical role in supporting a relative experiencing substance dependence, yet are often marginalised by stigma. This research highlights the importance of educating health professionals on family inclusive and anti-oppressive practice and challenges systemic and culturally embedded discrimination against individuals and families affected by substance dependence. 

Sex work, AOD and mental health – working with sex workers

8 June: Many sex workers report barriers to accessing services for AOD and/or mental health. Learn how to better interact with this unique demographic. Respect Inc provides sexual health information, advocacy and support to sex workers across QLD. 

The GHB cultures, practices and experiences study

15 June: This presentation will overview findings from the first phase of the GHB Cultures Practices and Experiences Study, a qualitative study conducted with 31 sexuality and gender diverse people across Australia. Research findings relate to the context and cultures of GHB use, the experience and understandings of GHB related pleasures and harms. Harms reported related to GHB overdose, hospitalisation and sexual violence.


How we can better support youth mental health.

Presented by Bernie Shakeshaft (CEO & founder BackTrack Youth Works, NSW) and produced by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association.

Eating disorders: beyond the unknown

Explores the spectrum of eating behaviours from having a good relationship with food through to disordered eating and eating disorders. Produced in partnership between the National Eating Disorders Collaboration and the Mental Health Professionals Network.

Inside bipolar

Deconstructing hypersexuality

Equine therapy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

In this episode narrated by Dana Shen, Juli shares how ‘being’ with a horse on Country can support and guide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in learning more about themselves, working through difficulties, and improving their social and emotional wellbeing.

Is the addiction of smartphones poisoning our kids?

Dr Tanveer Ahmed, psychiatrist & author of ‘Fragile Nation’, talks about smartphones part in the worsening mental health of young people during the pandemic lockdowns.


Insight Qld

All start at 9am and are at the Southbank TAFE Campus. For more details and to register click here

7 June – AOD and the brain

8 June – Trauma informed care for AOD practice

14 June – Assessing and managing withdrawal

22 June – Relapse prevention and management


Online workshops for AOD workers, costing $325 for a one-day workshop:

6 June – Superskills for supervisors

16 June – Help! I’ve been subpoenaed

22-23 June – Navigating complexity

14 July – Breaking the ice: tailoring treatment with people who use methamphetamine,

21 July – Working with families in alcohol and other drug settings

28 July – Emotion regulation skills for alcohol and other drug workers

24-25 August – Rethink MI: A two-day motivational interviewing masterclass

12-13 September – Trauma inside out

4 October –  Integrating MI with CBT

13 October – Good night, sleep tight

20 October – Negotiating roadblocks in therapy

8-11 November – Inside CBT masterclass

24 November –  The art of thriving at work

7-8 December – Families of substance masterclass

Online training

Chemsex: substance use and sexual activity among gay men and men who have sex with men

This free training module introduces working with men who engage in chemsex. It provides an overview of the history, terminology, and important considerations for AOD specialist workers. It was produced by QNADA in partnership with the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health.

LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl & Brotherboy Cultural Awareness for the AOD Sector

This free training module introduces inclusive practice when working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) clients. It provides an overview of the history, terminology, and important considerations for AOD specialist workers. It was produced by QNADA in partnership with the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health.

Online resources

Worker wellbeing toolkit

Produced by Insight Qld

Blue Knot Review

A quarterly publication for professionals working with adults who have experiences of complex trauma featuring research and developments in trauma-informed, vicarious trauma and complex trauma policy and practice.

Australia’s Mental Health Think Tank

Papers available to access:

  • Building mentally healthy futures: Australian youth recovery plan
  • Preventing pandemic distress through economic supports
  • Covid-19 and Australia’s mental health

Trans and gender diverse young people

These resources produced by Orygen aim to build and develop the skills of professionals working with trans and gender diverse young people to work inclusivity and provide culturally responsive environments for them.

Tackling Indigenous smoking

A collection of resources including posters and videos produced by the Apunipima Cape York Health Council

Online resources for clients

Living with COVID-19 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

A collection of resources including videos, factsheets and posters issued by the Australian Government.

Methamphetamine animations and videos

Produced by Cracks in the Ice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Supporting young Aboriginal people who self-harm: a guide for families and communities

The guide explores:

  • early warning signs of self-harm
  • factors that may influence young Aboriginal people to self-harm
  • how to get help
  • how to manage a crisis and injuries.

It also promotes social and emotional wellbeing and healing for young people, their families and communities.

The guide was co-developed by Orygen and the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP), along with young Aboriginal people in WA, an Aboriginal expert advisory group, Aboriginal and non-Indigenous Health Workers, local Elders, and Aboriginal families and communities from across the state.

While the guide was co-developed by, and for, Aboriginal people in WA, it may be broadly applicable to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities across the country.

(Abstract adapted from Orygen)

Adults with FASD

Produced by NoFASD Australia and include:

Educator resource


A free curriculum resource that can be used to help students understand mental health and improve their wellbeing and resilience.


QCOSS -Power and Politics of the Care Economy

Featuring Grace Tame as a keynote speaker and there will be a range of sessions that will examine the broad trends impacting our sector including the future role of the care economy in Queensland, advancing gender equality, the Path towards Treaty, and the implementation of the Human Rights Act 2019 across the community services sector.

6-8 September, Brisbane.

Cost $440-1045

Register here

Australian Winter School

Brave new world: innovation in the AOD sector

18-19 August, Brisbane Convention Centre

Draft program available here

Cost from $200-650 and early bird registration closes 3 June. Register here

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