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Integrating AOD and mental health sectors: dreaming the impossible dream?

Professor Nicole Lee
Date Published:
30 Sep 2021
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Thursday, 30 September 2021 - 3:00pm

This seminar looks at the reasons why integration of AOD and mental health sectors has failed and outlines possible alternatives.

It almost goes without saying that addressing co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health issues is critical. But we have been attempting to bring these two areas together for more than 30 years without successful resolution. It is a challenge that has been well studied, and the problems are well understood, but very few programs translate to meaningful improvements in care.

In 2020, a report was developed for the National Mental Health Commission that explores the role of alcohol and other drug policy, services, prevention and supports in a successful mental health system. We asked whether alcohol and other drug use is a mental health issue; what were the good things and less good things about integration; and asked whether services should be integrated and whether there were alternatives.

In this presentation, Nicole will present findings from the report and explain a new framework for thinking about co-occurring disorders .

About the speaker

Professor Nicole Lee is Founder and CEO at 360Edge, one of Australia’s leading specialist alcohol and other drug consultancies. She is also Adjunct Professor at the National Drug Research Institute Curtin University, board member of Hello Sunday Morning and The Loop Australia, and a member of the Australian National Council on Alcohol and other Drugs (ANACAD) - Australia’s key expert advisory council to the Australian Government on drugs. She is well known for her work in alcohol and other drug policy and practice, and particularly known for her expertise in responses to methamphetamine problems and the related area of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health treatment. She has spent three decades in clinical practice, research and evaluation, and translation of research to practice improvement in these areas.

This is an online event. You will be emailed the link when you register.
Booking deadline: 
Thursday, 30 September 2021 - 3pm
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