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Tweets, rhetoric and the language of the unheard: a social researcher’s journey from atheist to apostle (Vic)

“Some days this feels like speed dating for activists…” Kathy Landvogt, Manager of Social Policy Research at Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service, is a true convert to Twitter...
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It's a few months old, but this piece by GSYFS' Kathy Landvogt certainly has strong similarities with our own experiences with Twitter.  You can see our recent APSAD advocacy presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/ReGenUC/social-media-aod-advocacy-2013-apsad-conference. We're still working through some technical issues with the video to accompany the final three slides on tips for SM use by AOD services. Hopefully, it will be available soon

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It's a few months old, but this piece by GSYFS' Kathy Landvogt certainly has strong similarities with our own experiences with Twitter.  You can see our recent APSAD advocacy presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/ReGenUC/social-media-aod-advocacy-2013-apsad-conference. We're still working through some technical issues with the video to accompany the final three slides on tips for SM use by AOD services. Hopefully, it will be available soon.

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Social Media Tips for AOD Organisations (Pt 1)

Recorded to accompany the final three slides of Paul's APSAD conference presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/ReGenUC/social-media-aod-advocacy-2013-apsad-conference;

(Unfortunately, this video cuts out around 8 min. Pt 2 takes it up from there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dotxNsdrykg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUGJXmdksj_LX5NlTgZdBxjQ)

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These videos aren't up to our usual production standards.  Apologies for having done them on the fly.

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Robin Williams' death: ‘Genie, you're free’ tweet worries suicide prevention experts (USA)

Robin Williams' death: ‘Genie, you're free’ tweet worries suicide prevention experts (USA) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
An Academy tweet that went viral violates well-established public health standards for how we talk about suicide.
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This tweet became massive.  Heartfelt, but not well considered.

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Facebook behind falling drinking rates (Aus)

Facebook behind falling drinking rates (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
YOUNG Australians have swapped bitter for Twitter and schnapps for SnapChat, according to new research suggesting adolescents are ditching booze because they're hooked on the internet.
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More on the NDARC research.

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Social media bid to reduce Vic road toll

USING social media while driving is a danger but tweeting road safety tips could help save a life.
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Overview: Using technology PD package (Aus)

Overview: Using technology PD package (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
The Connecting Our Worlds professional development package assists youth workers and health professionals to use technology in service delivery.
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Nice resource from ReachOut.

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Inside the social media marketing echo chamber (Aus)

Inside the social media marketing echo chamber (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
tl;dr? If this is all too long for you, make sure you stick around until the Top 10 secrets you’d normally pay to hear at the end.
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Some good advice from Hugh Stephens. It's not targetting harm reduction/health, but there's good stuff there.

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Risks feared in medical apps (Aus)

Risks feared in medical apps (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Diagnosis by device looks to become common practice, but 'mobile health' is not without risks.
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Just because 'there's an app for that' doesn't mean you should use it. As with any other information you find online (including AOD information), you should ALWAYS consider its credibility and the authority of its sources.

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Visualizing drug talk on a harm-reduction forum (Aus)

Visualizing drug talk on a harm-reduction forum (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Interactive network visualizations and chart exploring discussions about recreational drugs on harm-reduction forum Bluelight.ru.
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JACK FISHMAN's Obituary on New York Times

JACK FISHMAN's Obituary on New York Times | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | FISHMAN--Dr. Jack, passed away peacefully at his home in Long Island on December 7, 2013. Born in 1930, Dr.
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RIP Jack Fishman, developer of Nalxone (and Narcan).

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The truth about the impact of Social Media strategies

The truth about the impact of Social Media strategies | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it

It is now common for companies to develop Social Media strategies and to hire Social Media Managers in order to boost their online presence. But what can you really expect from Social Media Marketing?

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Sensible advice from @Marketing_JR that can be readily applied to AOD services.  Hopefully, we'll posting our SM tips for the AOD sector (that are pretty consistent with what Julien has to say here) that were part of our APSAD conference presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/ReGenUC/social-media-aod-advocacy-2013-apsad-conference

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News reader Talitha Cummins reveals how giving up alcohol saved her life (Aus)

News reader Talitha Cummins reveals how giving up alcohol saved her life (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
TALITHA Cummins knew for years that her drinking was spiralling out of control.
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If you scroll down a bit, you'll see that the article spends some time discussing online initiatives (like Hello Sunday Morning) and health-related apps as supports for behaviour change

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NSW government has its 'head in the sand' over rejection of medical marijuana, say critics

NSW government has its 'head in the sand' over rejection of medical marijuana, say critics | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Cancer patients and doctors have rounded on the state government for rejecting the findings of a report calling on it to decriminalise small amounts of cannabis use for people dying of cancer and AIDS.
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New app now in handy pocket format to help ex-drug and alcohol abusers (Norway)

Ex-drug and alcohol abusers who have completed their treatment need a simple support system and daily motivation. Now they are getting both - in a handy pocket format.
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Anyone had a look at this yet?

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Trevor Lakey's curator insight, January 18, 7:26 AM

Sounds very useful - would be interested to hear more about how this is used in practice

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'Facebook Drug Task Force' proves how gullible people are (UK)

'Facebook Drug Task Force' proves how gullible people are (UK) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Thousands of stoners have fallen for a hoax article which claimed Facebook will arrest people who buy and sell drugs on its site.
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Not great journalism here, but this story does highlight the potential vulnerability of people posting about illicit drug use and online purchases via SM.

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Eliminating Hepatitis C Within a Generation. What are you going to do about it? (UK)

Eliminating Hepatitis C Within a Generation. What are you going to do about it? (UK) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it

A collection of YouTube videos by Jon Derricott

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Mobile phones with tobacco screening guidelines offer cessation counseling (USA)

Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more clinicians to screen patients for tobacco use and advise smokers on how to quit. Even though tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S., clinicians often don't ask about smoking during patient exams.
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Sober smartphone app aids boozers' recovery (UK)

Sober smartphone app aids boozers' recovery (UK) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
A SMARTPHONE app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to bars helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.
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Postnatal depression can be predicted by a woman's Twitter feed (USA)

Postnatal depression can be predicted by a woman's Twitter feed (USA) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
The risk of a new mother suffering from postnatal depression could be predicted weeks before birth by monitoring her Twitter feed, scientists say.
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There are some clear implications here for AOD services.  The ethics of monitoring people's SM postings need to be clearly understood, but there are some definite opportunities there for keeping track of people's progress and when they might be in need of additional support or at risk.

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In North Korea, meth is offered as casually as a cup of tea

In North Korea, meth is offered as casually as a cup of tea | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
The government once produced the drug. Entrepreneurs have since set up their own labs and may be distributing the drug beyond the nation's borders.
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Another report on the prevalence of methamphetamine use in PDRK.

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Here is a treasure trove of ideas and resources on health communications –

Here is a treasure trove of ideas and resources on health communications – | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
For those who weren’t able to follow the conversation at @WePublicHealth last week, summarised below are some of the useful ideas and resources shared by Ross Green and Eliza Metcalfe, who work in Knowledge Translation at the Centre for Community...
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You might find some useful ideas here for your HR promotion and advocacy.

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Unis get fail mark on Facebook (Aus)

UNIVERSITIES rate below the banking and alcohol industries to be near the bottom of the pile when it comes to generating engagement on their Facebook pages.
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We'd suggest that this might have something to do with the way uni's (and hospitals, for that matter) manage their comms. Very bureaucratic and risk averse. If every post has to be approved by committee, your social media accounts will wither on the vine.

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Tweets, rhetoric and the language of the unheard: a social researcher’s journey from atheist to apostle (Vic)

“Some days this feels like speed dating for activists…” Kathy Landvogt, Manager of Social Policy Research at Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service, is a true convert to Twitter...
ReGenUC's insight:

It's a few months old, but this piece by GSYFS' Kathy Landvogt certainly has strong similarities with our own experiences with Twitter.  You can see our recent APSAD advocacy presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/ReGenUC/social-media-aod-advocacy-2013-apsad-conference. We're still working through some technical issues with the video to accompany the final three slides on tips for SM use by AOD services. Hopefully, it will be available soon

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ReGenUC's curator insight, December 5, 2013 10:19 PM

It's a few months old, but this piece by GSYFS' Kathy Landvogt certainly has strong similarities with our own experiences with Twitter.  You can see our recent APSAD advocacy presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/ReGenUC/social-media-aod-advocacy-2013-apsad-conference. We're still working through some technical issues with the video to accompany the final three slides on tips for SM use by AOD services. Hopefully, it will be available soon.

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Schoolies' parents breathe easier thanks to iPhone app (Aus)

Schoolies' parents breathe easier thanks to iPhone app (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
With more than 500 Schoolies expected to be hospitalised during end-of-year celebrations on the Gold Coast this week, a Brisbane tech developer has made parents' and health workers lives a little easier.
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Not exactly harm reduction, but a useful emergency support for  parents.

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Online posts of schoolies fails on Facebook, Instagram and other social media will come back to haunt school leavers, Queensland police warn

Online posts of schoolies fails on Facebook, Instagram and other social media will come back to haunt school leavers, Queensland police warn | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
POLICE are warning schoolies that lewd and crude photos of their alcohol and drug-fuelled misadventures posted online will stay with them for the rest their lives.
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More of the usual schoolies coverage. Warning: the purpose of this article seems to provide an excuse to publish gratuitous shots of young women in bikinis.

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App fever sweeps the AOD sector (Aus)

App fever sweeps the AOD sector (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it

Alcohol and drug smartphone applications (apps) are flooding the market with 247 million people downloading health-related apps worldwide last year. There are now so many of these apps that the Australian Drug Foundation’s ADIN website has been reviewing them. This week’s Alert looks at how the AOD sector can use this new communications medium in its health promotion activities.

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