Young People and Drugs Workshops

Two workshops in Roma and St George will help individuals and organisations working with young people learn how best to engage with them on issues relating to drug and alcohol use.

The two one-day Young People and Drugs (Y–Pad) workshops are free and being delivered in a partnership between the South West Hospital and Health Service and Dovetail.


Dovetail is non-government organisation providing clinical advice and professional support to workers, services and communities across Queensland who engage with young people affected by alcohol and other drug use.

South West HHS Alcohol and Other Drugs Service Community Prevention Officer Michael Reddan says the two Y–Pad workshops were designed for anyone working with young people aged 12–24 years.

The training provides an overview of youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) use including:

  • A framework for youth AOD practice
  • History, context and background to AOD policy in Australia
  • Stats, figures and current trends in youth AOD use
  • Understanding youth AOD use and Risk vs Protective factors
  • Engagement and assessment
  • The Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change)
  • Motivational interviewing • Brief intervention
  • Practical hints, tips and tricks for working with young people with AOD issues.

The free workshops will be held at:

Roma: 29 May at the Roma Community Hub, 57 Bungil St, from 9 am to 4.30 pm.

St George: 31 May at Care Balonne, 84–86 Victoria St, from 9 am to 4.30 pm.

Mr Reddan said places on the workshops were limited and bookings essential.

To register for the training please copy and paste the following Eventbrite link: and-drugs- roma-43870291222