Reducing alcohol-related harm snapshot 2016

Reducing alcohol-related harm snapshot 2016

The NSW Ministry of Health has recently released the Reducing alcohol –related harm snapshot 2016. The snapshot provides information on the Ministry’s key priorities and programs as well as providing current statistics on how alcohol effects the NSW community.

Please click on the link below to download a copy.

Reducing alcohol-related harm snapshot 2016


FASD Day – 9 September 2016

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9 September is FASD day – a good time to remind pregnant women and all the community that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). A child born with FASD may have a range of problems including physical defects and a life-long challenge with learning, behaviour, memory, language, communication and everyday living.

The disabilities associated with FASD are permanent and preventable.

Go to http://www.alcohol.gov.au/internet/alcohol/publishing.nsf/Content/wwtk for Women Want to Know brochures, videos and e-learning courses which encourage health professionals to routinely discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women and to provide advice that is consistent with the NHMRC Guidelines.

For Aboriginal Stay Strong and Healthy FASD videos and resources for community and health professionals go to http://www.yourroom.com.au/aboriginal-resources/ and http://www.facebook.com/staystrongandhealthy


Crystalline Methamphetamine (ice) community forum – Liverpool

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The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF), in partnership with NSW Health, will be hosting a free community forum on crystalline methamphetamine (also known as “ice”) at 6pm on Tuesday 26 July at the Liverpool Catholic Club, 424 – 458 Hoxton Road, Preston.

The main purpose of the forums is to provide the community with factual and evidence-based information about the crystalline methamphetamine. This includes de-bunking some of the myths, addressing stigma and providing information, help and support around treatment.

Health professionals and local experts have been invited to address the audience and answer questions from the community.

If you have any questions or would like participate in any of the events, go to http://adf.org.au/cdat-breaking-the-ice-events or please contact Damian Dabrowski, Project and Events Coordinator, on 02 8923 0011 or email on Damian.Dabrowski@adf.org.au


World-first community clinical trial for people who are dependent on cannabis!

The University of Sydney and NSW health are pioneering a phase III clinical trial using Sativex® (a cannabinoid replacement therapy) for the management of treatment-resistant cannabis patients. The trial involves the use of an oral spray called Sativex (which contains 2.7mg THC and 2.5mg CBD) or a placebo to assess the efficacy for treating cannabis dependent patients who have not previously responded to conventional treatment.

For further information regarding the trial, visit: https://sydneypsy.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZBWKO9w7t4SfmR and complete the Sativex survey or call on: 02 9332 8794


The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service

The Get Healthy Service has recently launched an Alcohol Reduction program giving access to any resident in NSW free health coaching to reduce their alcohol intake.

If you are worried about your level of alcohol consumption then this program is for you. A health coach will assess your risk of drinking and provide you with the support and motivation you need to help you reach your alcohol reduction goal. Our coaches use the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), an internationally validated screening tool to screen for alcohol risk.

What’s Included?

You will receive 10 coaching sessions with your own personal health coach and an information book containing information about appropriate alcohol intake, an alcohol facts booklet and an alcohol journey book to help keep you motivated and record your progress.

NSW Get Healthy Service Mon – Fri 8am – 8pm

1300 806 258

Register online at www.gethealthynsw.com.au

If you are a GP or Health Professional, find referral forms on www.gethealthynsw.com.au


Crystalline Methamphetamine (ice) community forum – Mt Druitt

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The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF), in partnership with NSW Health, will be hosting a free community forum on crystalline methamphetamine (also known as “ice”) at 6pm on 25 May at the Mt Druitt PCYC, 453a Luxford Road, Shalvey.

The main purpose of the forums is to provide the community with factual and evidence-based information about the crystalline methamphetamine. This includes de-bunking some of the myths, addressing stigma and providing information, help and support around treatment.

Health professionals and local experts have been invited to address the audience and answer questions from the community.

If you have any questions or would like participate in any of the events, please contact Damian Dabrowski, Project and Events Coordinator, on 02 8923 0011 or email on Damian.Dabrowski@adf.org.au


NSW Health launches FASD resources

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NSW Health is launching the Stay strong and healthy it’s worth it! Project resources across NSW. The resources and videos are designed to raise awareness among Aboriginal women and their partners and families of the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and FASD.
A Stay Strong and Healthy video and guide for health professionals are also available.
The Stay Strong and Healthy Project complements the national ‘Women Want to Know’ alcohol and pregnancy awareness campaign designed for Australian women and health professionals.

What is FASD?

FASD or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is a term to describe a group of conditions caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

A baby born with FASD can have life-long problems with learning, growth, behaviour, memory, language, communication and everyday living. A baby born with FASD may also have birth defects and facial abnormalities.

No alcohol during pregnancy and while breast feeding is best for your baby.

When a pregnant woman drinks, alcohol moves through her body (‘circulates’) in the bloodstream, and also enters the baby’s bloodstream in the same concentration. The alcohol can affect the development of the baby’s brain. There is no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy and there is no known safe amount of alcohol.

It is never too late to stop drinking during your pregnancy.

If you have been drinking, try to safely stop as soon as you can to increase your chances of having a healthy baby. It can be dangerous to stop drinking abruptly so talk to your doctor or midwife. They can help you to safely slow down or stop.

Talk to your GP, midwife or health worker about giving up alcohol during pregnancy and when breastfeeding.

If you are not ready for a baby and are sexually active use a condom.

The videos and resources are available Here


Community forums on crystalline methamphetamine (also known as “ice”)

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The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF), in partnership with NSW Health, will be hosting free community forums on crystalline methamphetamine (also known as “ice”). There will be a number of regional forums organised in NSW over the course of 2016. As the dates and locations are confirmed the details will be posted on the ADF website. Click here for latest forum details

The main purpose of the forums is to provide the community with factual and evidence-based information about the crystalline methamphetamine. This includes de-bunking some of the myths, addressing stigma and providing information, help and support around treatment.

Health professionals and local experts have been invited to address the audience and answer questions from the community.

You can find out more about our “Breaking the ice” project by clicking here.

If you have any questions or would like participate in any of the events, please contact Damian Dabrowski, Project and Events Coordinator, on 02 8923 0011 or email on Damian.Dabrowski@adf.org.au


CDAT Action Newsletter – February edition

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In this months newsletter is the latest CDAT news from around the state, information about crystaline methamphetamine (‘ice’), and a range of useful alcohol and other drug resources.

CDAT Action – February edition


You’re Worse on Weed Campaign

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A new campaign You’re Worse on Weed  is designed to raise awareness among teens of the risks and consequences of using recreational cannabis.

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Check out the campaign videos here.