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Jan 08 Vol. 6 No. 1

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Welcome to the first 2008 issue of Of Substance. There will be a lot happening in the drug and alcohol sector this year, and as always, we’re looking forward to keeping you up to date.

In November, Of Substance was privileged to attend the Combined APSAD and Cutting Edge conference in Auckland, New Zealand. This was truly one of the highlights of 2007. With more than 700 delegates, the conference focused on the meeting of nations, cultures and substance use issues. We’re sure many delegates came away not only with updated research and practice knowledge, but with a sense of a common spirituality that taps into all humanity.

In recent months, there have been major developments in the Northern Territory with the Australian Government acting in Indigenous communities in an attempt to improve the lives of children and their families. After wading through a plethora of publicity about the intervention, we have drawn together a straightforward account of what initiatives are occurring in Australia’s outback.

People who use drugs and come into contact with the criminal justice system are also a vulnerable population, both in Australia and around the world. In this issue, we turn our attention to the treatment needs of criminal offenders, and to the harsh realities of life for South East Asian residents who are experiencing drug problems.

These are just a few of the many articles that we bring you this month. As usual, we provide updates on a wide range of topics: co-occurring mental health and drug problems, the latest studies into Australian drug use, treatment approaches and workplace issues.

As always we welcome your feedback. Please visit us at www.ofsubstance.org.au or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.