The ACT Government’s decision to allow pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival will prevent overdoses and toxicity. Other Australian jurisdictions should also put harm reduction first.
“It shouldn’t be a career limiting move to put your hand up and ask for help.” That’s one of the early findings from the Australia21/FearLess national first responder PTSD Roundtable. Normalising Post Traumatic Stress would go a long way towards alleviating losses in personnel and efficiency.
Australian schools have started using a ground-breaking teaching resource that changes the way drug and alcohol issues are addressed among students, giving them the tools for informed discussion and evidence-based analysis of drug policies. Smarter About Drugs: A conversation pack has been designed by Australia21, YoungA21 and the Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation (ALDAF) to engage young people in a way that has never been done before in Australia.
There is perhaps no greater anguish than that of a parent who has witnessed their child suffer and die. But the grief is compounded when they see others go through the same preventable trauma and loss year after year, decade after decade, while governments ignore the evidence that could save the lives of their children.
Populist agendas do not make for effective health policy: the SA Opposition should promise better drug education instead of sniffer dogs for schools, to help stop deaths and criminalisation.
Thinking outside the box, researchers are finding new applications for mindfulness, empathy and compassion at a systems level right across Australia. The Mindful Futures Network is mapping and showcasing their projects and activities to inform, inspire and connect those working in the space.
A Melbourne school has signed up to pilot Australia21’s Smarter About Drugs Conversation Pack to engage its students in open and informed discussions about illicit drugs and the policies that guide Australia’s response to them. In other developments this month, the Making the Future Work project has been awarded $10,000 grant, there’s been a major shift on PTSD and we give you a sneak preview of our soon-to-be released Algal Farming report.