Publications

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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Thank you to all workers and young people for participating in ThYNC 2016.

We reached 850 completed forms!   

The census reveals the scale of the drug and alcohol problems affecting young Victorians.

Senior Researcher Dr Karen Hallam said of the 850 young people surveyed between the ages of 14 and 26 who had engaged with alcohol and drug services, almost half were dependent on cannabis and about 11 per cent on alcohol.

 A little snapshot of 850 young people:

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

This 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.

The Statewide Youth Needs Census (SYNC) identified the needs and characteristics of young people registered as clients of specialist youth AOD treatment services in Victoria. 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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