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Publications & Resources

32 Publications

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Youth AOD Practice Summit 2014 - Summary Report

Monographs and Reports

Abstract

Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) partnered with the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA), the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) held the inaugural ‘Youth AOD Practice Summit’

The Aim was to  provide youth practitioners and policy makers with the opportunity to contribute to the conversation about best practice in the youth AOD field, while advancing their knowledge and skills in working with young people.

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South Sudanese assertive outreach initiative evaluation

Monographs and Reports

Abstract

This snapshot provides an overview of an assertive outreach initiative YSAS established to engage and assist African-born young people experiencing serious substance use related problems. It includes an overview of the initiative and its participants, the key findings and outlines recommendations regarding the enhancement of service provision for this target group as well as implications for engaging emerging refugee communities in the future.

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Youth Support Service provided by YSAS
Monographs and Reports
Abstract

This report outlines key outcomes of the Youth Support Service provided by YSAS. The model delivers results, effectively breaking the cycle of recidivism. Strong engagement skills combined with systematic assessment and therapeutic case management ensure young people are accountable for their actions, make amends with their community and family and are kept out of police cells and courts.

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Findings from the Statewide Youth Needs Census March 2014

Monographs and Reports

Kutin, Jozica., Bruun, Andrew., Mitchell, Penny., Daley, Kathryn., & Best, David. 2014. Snapshot: SYNC Results: Young people in AOD services in Victoria. Summary Data and Key Findings. Youth Support + Advocacy Service: Melbourne, Australia.
Abstract

The Statewide Youth Needs Census (SYNC) was a study aimed at identifying the needs and characteristics of 1,000 young people registered as clients of specialist youth AOD treatment services in Victoria in 20131. The study was conducted by YSAS in partnership with Turning Point and Victorian youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services.

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Drug and Alcohol Response Teams (DARTs): outline brief

Other Resources

Abstract

Drug and Alcohol Response Teams (DARTs) are a multifaceted, place-based solution to increasing levels drug and alcohol problems experienced by young people, families and communities across Victoria.

DARTs bring together all key stakeholders in communities to provide an integrated, carefully targeted and localised response aimed at intervening as early as possible to ensure that alcohol and other drug problems are prevented or dealt with effectively.

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Young women in the youth alcohol and other drugs services

Daley, Kathryn & Kutin, Jozica. (2013). YSAS Snapshot: Young Women in Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Services. Youth Support + Advocacy Service: Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

There are two concurrent studies which have each pointed to the issue of gender. The first is a qualitative study by Daley1 (forthcoming) which involved life-history interviews with 61 young people accessing youth drug treatment services in Victoria (42% female). The second is the recently completed Statewide Youth Needs Census (SYNC; Kutin, et al 20132) where frontline youth AOD workers completed a survey for each of their current clients. In total, 1000 surveys were completed from 36 different services and this was 84% of the reported population.

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YSAS Snapshot:Findings from the YSAS client census October 2012

Monographs and Reports

Abstract:

Substance misuse and dependence is the most prevalent and potentially harmful of all complex issues faced by our most vulnerable and at risk young Victorians. Substance use issues are typically symptomatic of underlying mental health problems and trauma stemming from a childhood of family violence, assault and sexual abuse.

Since it was established fourteen years ago as Victoria’s state-wide youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment service, the Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) in partnership with Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, has assisted over 20,000 young Victorians, and their families, to address problems associated with substance abuse or dependence.

The YSAS snapshot outlines the findings of an internal census carried out in September 2012 with 371 young people currently supported by YSAS. Five key findings are articulated:

  •    1. Extremely high levels of harmful substance use in the critical developmental period of adolescence
  •    2. Multiple concurrent problems underlie substance misuse
  •    3. Young women face greater challenges
  •    4. Increase in young people from African backgrounds with alcohol abuse
  •    5. Only 1 in 8 YSAS clients participate fully in education or employment

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Strengthening therapeutic practice frameworks in youth AOD services.

Monographs and Reports

Bruun, A. & Mitchell, P. (2012). A resource for strengthening therapeutic practice frameworks in youth AOD services. Youth Support and Advocacy Service, Melbourne.

Abstract

In April 2012, ‘A resource for strengthening therapeutic practice frameworks in youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) services’ was launched.  The resource was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health and further funding was provided by FARE and febfast,. It is a practical, evidence-based guide for services and practitioners seeking to assist young people and families to deal effectively with alcohol and other drug-related issues.

Youth Drug reporting System report

Monographs and Reports

MacLean, S., Bruun, A., Mallett, S., & Green, R. (2009). Social contexts of substance use for vulnerable 13-15 year olds in Melbourne: Youth Drug Reporting System. Melbourne:

Abstract

The final YDRS report is available from the Victorian Department of Health website: http://docs.health.vic.gov.au/docs/doc/Social-Contexts-of-substance-use-... (released August 2011)

Best Practice Guidelines for engaging and retaining Indigenous offenders in treatment interventions

Monographs and Reports

D'Antoine, R., Stewart, S., Bruun, A., Quirk, K., & Wilson, S. (2010). ‘Best Practice Guidelines for engaging and retaining Indigenous offenders in treatment interventions’. Victorian Government Department of Health

Clinical Treatment Guidelines for Alcohol and Drug Clinicians: Youth Alcohol and Drug Outreach

Monographs and Reports

Petroulis, D., Bruun, A., Papadontas, M., & Roy, I. (2006). ‘Clinical Treatment Guidelines for Alcohol and Drug Clinicians’. No 13: Youth Alcohol and Drug Outreach. Fitzroy, Victoria: Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre Inc.

Utility of a practitioner-completed census for describing the client population of youth drug and alcohol services.

Journal articles (peer reviewed)

Mitchell, P., Kutin, J., Ennis, D., & Bruun, A. (In Review). Utility of a practitioner-completed census for describing the client population of youth drug and alcohol services. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse.

Risk profiles for early adolescents who regularly use drugs compared to older youth.

Journal articles (peer reviewed)

MacLean, S., Kutin, J., Best, D., Bruun, A., & Green, R. (2013). Risk profiles for early adolescents who regularly use drugs compared to older youth. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care, DOI:10.1080/17450128.2012.750025.

 

I've had a pretty tough life but that's not why I do this’: narratives of autonomy and control among alcohol and drug service-engaged early teenagers.

Journal articles (peer reviewed)

MacLean, S.J., Bruun, A. & Mallet, S. (2013). ‘I've had a pretty tough life but that's not why I do this’: narratives of autonomy and control among alcohol and drug service-engaged early teenagers. Journal of Youth Studies, 16-2, 206-221.

 

Bonds and bridges: Perspectives of service-engaged young people on the value of relationships in addressing alcohol and other drug issues.

Journal articles (peer reviewed)

Green, R., Mitchell, P.F. & Bruun, A. (2012). Bonds and bridges: Perspectives of service-engaged young people on the value of relationships in addressing alcohol and other drug issues. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-20, iFirst article.

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