National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019

Summary

Tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use can place a heavy burden on individuals, families and society. The health,
social and economic effects are diverse and substantial, and include disease and injury, mental health
conditions, road accidents, family and domestic violence, and other crime.

This report presents key results from the 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey. It looks at people’s
drug use throughout their lives and during the last 12 months, and examines how these patterns have
changed over time. It also asks people for their opinions on a range of initiatives designed to reduce the
harm caused by tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use, and for the first time provides perspectives on emerging
initiatives, such as the availability of pill and other drug testing for potential drug users.

Key Findings

  • fewer Australians are smoking tobacco daily, while the use of e-cigarettes is increasing
  • more Australians are giving up or reducing their alcohol intake, driven by health concerns 
  • rates of substance use are falling among younger generations (less likely to smoke, drink and use illicit drugs)
  • non-medical pharmaceutical use is down, driven by a fall in the use of pain-killers.

Trends and characteristics in MDMA deaths in Australia 2000-2018

Event Date
City/Region/State
Webinar

The seminar will provide information on deaths related to MDMA in Australia during a period when MDMA markets have undergone substantial changes, with increasing manufacture of high purity MDMA.

Among the 392 deaths identified, the individuals’ characteristics and the circumstances of death will be described.

Both deaths attributed to drug toxicity and those which occurred due to other causes in which MDMA was recorded as a contributory factor are considered. 

Speaker:

Dr Julia Lappin, Senior Lecturer
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and School of Psychiatry, UNSW 

Date and time

Thu 18th Jun 2020, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST

Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 period: May 2020

The aim of this paper is to analyse changes in alcohol consumption since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We show that the frequency of alcohol consumption during COVID-19 is slightly higher for males than it was 2-3 years previously, and substantially higher for females.

While Australians are more likely to say that their alcohol consumption has decreased than say that it has increased since the spread of COVID-19, self-reported increases in alcohol consumption were larger than in surveys prior to COVID-19.

There was a larger self-reported increase in alcohol consumption for females than males, with having a child caring role being a strong predictor of an increase in alcohol consumption for females. For males, on the other hand, it was a loss of job or a decline in hours worked which appears to be the strongest predictor of a (self-reported) increase in alcohol consumption.

For both sexes, but particularly for males, psychological distress in April 2020 was strongly associated with higher self-reported increases in alcohol consumption since the spread of COVID-19.

Children: Real and Lasting Casualties of Domestic, Familial and Intimate Partner Violence - The AOD Connection

The reporting on this social justice and welfare impacting catastrophe remains not only sporadic but, it is incomplete in scope and context particularly around alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. Just one report stated that; Nearly three in 10 young people felt that alcohol and drugs was a problem for their family and peers. Heavy drinking and drug use has placed thousands of high school students at a disadvantage in life, but they’re not the ones with the problem.  

Previous reports clearly show substance use contributes to not only neglect but direct harms to children, but over recent years the identifying and quantifying of specific impacts of alcohol and other drugs on the harms and neglects on children have either been ignored, or collapsed into broader ‘mental health’ data. So why the drift toward a lack of clear delineation? At the very least drug use could mentioned as a comorbidity and not removed from the data set altogether. This paper asks questions around the concerns of this disturbing trend in reporting.

Motivational Interviewing Course: Assisting Patients in Making Sustainable Positive Lifestyle Changes

We invite you to register for this free webinar-based training course on Motivational Interviewing (MI). The three week long series is presented by Igor Koutsenok, MD, MS, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry.

Igor Koutsenok ISSUP Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is an essential, client-centered, counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. We are absolutely thrilled to bring you this skills-building opportunity presented by a recognized expert in the field of MI.

The course consists of four sessions to be held during June 2020 (see course descriptions and session dates below).

We highly encourage registration for all sessions.

Course Description

This is a training in evidence-based clinical methods of motivational interviewing (MI). After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationships in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.     

Course Objectives

The goal is to provide knowledge and practical skill training for various practitioners on effective ways to enhance motivation of patients with substance use disorders that require significant behavioral changes to initiate and sustain positive and healthy behavioral choices. Skill building, and experiential training will be emphasized throughout the course by exercises to develop a therapeutic alliance with patients, assess patient needs, level of engagement in treatment process, structure treatment sessions, select appropriate interventions, and assist patient in maintaining motivation for a sustainable behavioral change.

Participants will learn the basic and advanced skills in motivational interviewing and strategies for engaging patients in collaborative relationship in treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. The course will:

  1. Help participants to acquire a systemic perspective of motivational interviewing and other motivational enhancement strategies;
  2. Build necessary clinical skills and attitudes to implement new strategies in working with ambivalent patients.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, every participant will be able to:

  1. Describe all the aspects of the spirit of MI
  2. Explain the differences between MI and other counselling strategies
  3. Demonstrate the ability to respond to clients with reflective listening statements
  4. Identify change talk within client speech
  5. Generate open questions designed to elicit change talk
  6. Generate MI-consistent responses to client resistant statements
  7. Differentiate commitment language from other forms of change talk
  8. Provide and empathetic summary statements collecting change talk

Course Content, Dates & Registration

Session 1: Thursday June 4th 2020

Motivational Interviewing: Basic Understanding

After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Introduction: Motivation and behavioral change in addiction medicine
  • Review of the concepts of Ambivalence, Stages of change, the righting reflex, limits of persuasion.
  • Spirit of MI
  • Expressing empathy
  • Roadblocks to communication
  • Four Processes in MI

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar Recording 

Slide Deck

Session 2: Thursday June 11th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI - OARS

This session will focus on Fundamental Skills in MI (OARS), providing practical exercises to help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Participants will learn strategies for engaging patients in a collaborative relationship in the treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.    

Learning outcomes:

  • Open and closed ended questions
  • Affirmations
  • Summaries
  • Rowing with OARS

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording

Session 3: Thursday June 18th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI Continued

This third session will continue to focus on MI fundamentals, with a focus on more advanced skills and the integration of MI with other strategies and treatment modalities. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes.       

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognition and responding to change talk and sustain talk
  • Forming reflections
  • Levels of reflections
  • Recognizing readiness
  • Initial and intermediate planning
  • Integration with other skills and strategies

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording 

Session 4: Friday June 19th 2020

The fourth and final session will continue to build on MI Fundamentals covered in Session 3, increasing your knowledge of advanced MI skills.

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording 

We look forward to you joining us for these virtual sessions! Please contact info [at] issup [dot] net if you have any questions.

About Professor Koutsenok

Dr. Igor Koutsenok is а Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Director of the Center for Addiction Research, Training and Application, Director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR International Addiction Technology Transfer Center-Ukraine, and a co-director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR South East Asia Addiction Technology Transfer Center. He is also a Vice-President of the International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction.

In 1983 he graduated as a medical doctor from the National Medical University in Kiev, (Ukraine). In 1986, he completed his psychiatry residency training and received degree as psychiatrist from the Medical University in Sofia (Bulgaria). In 1993-1996 he received a degree in addiction psychiatry at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behavior and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School. In 1996, he was recruited by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and since then he serves as faculty member of the Department. In 2013-2016 he served as Chief of Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Office in Vienna.

Over the last 25 years Dr. Koutsenok led the design and implementation of multiple training and technical assistance programs for mental health and addiction treatment practitioners, primary health care and social work practitioners, criminal justice professionals in the United States and around the world. He is also directing the UCSD Summer Clinical Institute - the second longest running Summer Institute in the United States (over 40 years). Dr. Koutsenok is also a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). 

For many years, Dr. Koutsenok taught general and addiction psychiatry to medical students, psychiatry residents, psychology trainees, social workers, criminal justice professionals, and policy makers around the world. He is a recipient of numerous national and international awards. He has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific publications, one monograph, and contributed to 4 book. Dr. Koutsenok has been invited as a presenter and trainer to hundreds of conferences and workshops in the USA and more than 40 countries around the world. He is a proud father of three.

Webinar: Trauma and Substance Use

Event Date
City/Region/State
Webinar

This webinar will provide information about

  • The nature of trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder) and its effects
  • The link between trauma and the use of alcohol and other drugs (including methamphetamine)  
  • Approaches to managing and treating trauma symptoms

The webinar will take place on Tuesday 21st April (1 pm to 2 pm AEST) and be presented by Professor Katherine Mills from The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use located at the University of Sydney

WEBINAR: Cary Hopkins Eyles on Authentic Self-Care for Addiction Professionals

This webinar focuses on the issue of self-care for addiction professionals and was delivered by ICUDDR Deputy Director Cary Hopkins Eyles.

Many of us are drawn to work in the field of substance use disorders due to our history, family, and personal traits, such as compassion and empathy. While these can be great assets, they can also be detrimental to us personally.

In this webinar, Cary explains how to identify healthy and unhealthy traits, how we can care for ourselves, and what authentic self-care looks like.

Cary has worked in the field of substance use disorders for 18 years. She is passionate about helping professionals in this field to take care of themselves so they can thrive and help those in need. Cary has worked in direct care in non-profit in the U.S., has run Residential, Outpatient, and Criminal Justice treatment programs, and has trained and mentored other substance use professionals. She is now the Deputy Director for the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) and supports the development of addiction studies programs around the world. She is a global trainer in the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC).

Recorded on 13 March 2020

Cary Hopkins Eyles

6th Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference

Event Date
City/Region/State
Queensland

In the world of addiction, nobody faces the same journey.

Prevention, treatment and recovery is not one size fits all, and when it comes to physical, mental and behavioural addictions, breaking the stigma is essential.

At the Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference, you have access to the latest research, projects and strategies to help meet the diverse and complex needs of your clients.

Now in its sixth year, the event has gained significant recognition in the industry as a result of its all-encompassing conference program, highlighting a range of mental, physical and behavioural addictions.

Unite with fellow addiction, behavioural, and mental health professionals, further your knowledge and empower your clients on their recovery journey.

AADANT Drug and Alcohol Conference 2020

Event Date
City/Region/State
Alice Springs
Country
Australia

The Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT will hold their annual Northern Territory drug and alcohol conference April 1-2 in Alice Springs at the DoubleTree Hilton.

There will be two streams at the conference:

  • Provision of Mental Health Services in AOD Treatment
  • Non-residential Treatment Options

Registrations close Thursday 26th March 2020 COB.

A Review of Alcohol and Drug Education and Early Intervention Programs in Australian Government Schools

The Dalgarno Institute were proud to be part ANACAD commissioned consultancy on the effectiveness of AOD Education in Australian Government Schools. Review attached - The imperative of evidence-based demand reduction, 'all of school and community' education is not only vital, but effective when both Affective and Cognitive Education Domains are creatively and thoroughly used.
Dalgarno Institute

Alcohol, Tobacco & other Drugs in Australia

 

The consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is a significant cause of preventable disease and illness in Australia. There is a wide range of data sources available that contribute to our understanding of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. 

This report consolidates the most recently available information on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Australia. It includes key trends in the availability, consumption, harms and treatment for vulnerable populations.

Further, information on a range of health, social and economic impacts of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use are highlighted.

This report is accompanied by online supplementary data tables and a series of factsheets for each drug type and population group.

New Zealand Government to Grant Police the Power to Conduct Roadside Drug Testing

Taking drugs influences your ability to drive safely putting yourself and those around you at risk.

In a bid to prevent harm caused by drug driving, the New Zealand Government have introduced police random roadside drug testing.

Drivers who are tested positive for drugs will be fined and suspended from driving.

Ross Bell, NZ Drug Foundation Executive Director says: 

“The Government’s announcement sends a clear message to New Zealanders that drug driving is illegal and that the Government is committed to investing and providing the tools and resources needed to police to ensure that this law is enforced,”.

Key Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Interviews

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is an ongoing illicit drug monitoring system which has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2000 and forms part of Drug Trends.

This year, we have provided a suite of products with the most up-to-date findings from interviews conducted annually from 2000-2019 with a cross-sectional sentinel group of people who regularly inject drugs.

This includes:

  1. A report overviewing the key findings in 2019
  2. An infographic summarising key findings in 2019
  3. A PowerPoint slide deck comprising key figures that display trends of interest
  4. Supplementary data tables, providing detailed findings underlying the tables and figures within the report

Results are not representative of all consumers or drug use in the general population and should be interpreted alongside findings from other data sources for a more complete profile of emerging trends in illicit drug use in Australia.

Australian Capital Territory Drug Trends 2019

Uporova, J., & Peacock, A. (2019). Australian Capital Territory Drug Trends 2019: Key Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Interviews. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Australia.

South Australia Drug Trends 2019

New South Wales Drug Trends 2019

Swanton, R, Gibbs, D & Peacock, A 2019, New South Wales Drug Trends 2019: Key findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Interviews, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney. 

Post Event Resources: 2019 NDARC Annual Research Symposium

The 2019 National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) Annual Research Symposium was held on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at the John Niland Scientia Conference and Events Centre, UNSW Sydney.

NDARC have put together a selection of videos and slides of the work that was presented at the event.

Plenary One: Family and Communities

Plenary Two: Emerging Drugs and Associated Risks

Breakout One: Drug Trends and Emerging Drugs of Concern

Breakout Two: Family, Communities and Vulnerable Populations

Breakout Three: Opioid Use and Related Harms

Breakout Four: Alcohol and Tobacco

Plenary Three: NDARC New Directions

Integrated Mental Health and Addiction Care: A Framework for Co-Production

Event Date
City/Region/State
Stirling
Country
United Kingdom

Session overview

This session explores the co-design and co-implementation of standardised but flexible integrated care across separate mental health and addiction services in regional Australia.

In the study being presented, a mixed-methods approach using Participatory Action Research was led by practitioners in existing clinical services. Partnership with a group of external researchers throughout the process enabled the experiences and expertise of clients and service providers to be combined with the best available research evidence. A model of care that is underpinned by evidence but also able to be tailored to different circumstances was co-produced, along with a framework for guiding services through the uptake of that model.

The iterative process of change that was undertaken to achieve those outcomes will be described in this session. Setbacks and successes will be discussed, together with practitioners’ and clients’ views of integrated care and of the solutions to barriers that they devised.

This collaborative study shows how historical and systemic differences can be traversed to improve treatment delivery for a prevalent and vulnerable population. It offers a framework for designing evidence-informed care that is acceptable to clients and feasible for practitioners to implement, and an opportunity to deliver meaningful support for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug conditions.

30th TheMHS Conference

Event Date
City/Region/State
Perth
Country
Australia

The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference is Australasia’s leading and most diverse mental health conference. It is held in a different city around Australia and New Zealand each year and attracts approximately 1,000 delegates annually.

The theme for the 2020 Conference is ‘Balancing the System’.

The Mental Health Services Conference is strongly interdisciplinary and multisectoral – making TheMHS Conference the place to be for networking in the mental health sector. Our delegates come from a diverse range of personal and professional backgrounds including clinicians, managers, consumers, carers, researchers, educators and policymakers.

The programme reflects the diversity of the mental health sector and our keynotes are selected to bring the very best and latest insights into issues of mental health and wellbeing.

Review of Methamphetamine Use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Research suggests methamphetamine use is higher amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders compared to non-Indigenous Australians.

The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the key information on the use of methamphetamines among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

The review provides general information on the context of methamphetamine use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including the historical, social and cultural contexts.

The publication covers:

  • Key Facts
  • Factors contributing to methamphetamine use in Australia
  • The extent of methamphetamine use and misuse in Australia
  • Health impacts of methamphetamine use
  • Social impacts of methamphetamine use
  • Responses to methamphetamine use
  • Policies and strategies

Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs in Australia Web Report

The consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is a major cause of preventable disease and illness in Australia.

This report consolidates the most recently available information on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Australia, and includes key trends in the availability, consumption, harms and treatment for vulnerable populations.

Further, information on a range of health, social and economic impacts of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use are highlighted.

The web report includes:

  • interactive data
  • information on harm
  • information on impact
  • drug types
  • priority populations
  • fact sheets
Ahmad Shah

From 17 - 21 June 2019, UNODC trained a total of 16 trainers in Pakistan on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Course-5 which covers school-based interventions.

Prevention in Practice National Conference

Event Date
City/Region/State
Melbourne
Country
Australia

The 2019 National Prevention in Practice Conference will deliver local and international speakers sharing their expertise in strengthening the capacity of community-led action on alcohol and other drugs.

Explore various models of prevention and discover practical examples of successful strategies that have mobilised communities.

Aimed at community leaders, alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers and people passionate about prevention strategies in the alcohol and drug sector, the Conference themes will include:

  • the role of sport as a protective factor against alcohol and other drugs
  • peers and their role in protecting from AOD-related harm
  • prevention in a range of complex settings such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, education and culturally diverse communities.

Conference Program

Over one-and-a-half days, leading local and international experts will share inspiring examples of community-led prevention models and case studies that are making a difference.

Featuring world-renowned keynote presenters, community speakers and lively panel discussions, this highly informative event will provide you with new ideas and practical examples of prevention in practice to take back to your workplace, club or community.