Comorbid mental illness and illicit substance use: review of evidence for effective models of care

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Date Commenced:
07/2014
Project Supporters:

NSW Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO)

Project Members: 
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Professor
Ph EA Jasmin Bartlett: 02 9385 0167 / j.bartlett@unsw.edu.au
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Conjoint Associate Professor
Ph 02 4985 4309
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Senior Res Fellow (NH&MRC)
Ph +612 9385 0253
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Senior Research Fellow
Ph 02 9385 0164
Dr Mark Deady
Post-Doc Res Fellow (UNSW)
Project Main Description: 

This report was commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO) to summarise key components for consideration in developing a strategic, practical, coordinated and efficient approach to the clinical management of comorbid mental illness and substance use.

Project Collaborators: External: 

Professor Paul Haber
University of Sydney

Dr Fiona Shand
University of New South Wales

Professor Amanda Baker
University of Newcastle

Associate Professor Andrew Baillie
Macquarie University

Professor Helen Christensen
University of New South Wales

Ms Leonie Manns
Consumer advocate

Rationale: 

Comorbidity of mental illness and substance use disorders is a significant challenge facing the Australian health system. This report aims to support MHDAO in their review of the outcomes of the existing framework of care for this cohort across all relevant treatment settings in NSW and aims to identify key areas for future action.

Aims: 
Three key questions are addressed in this report:
1. What are existing models of care for adults with comorbid mental illness and substance use?
2. What is the efficacy of existing models of care for adults with comorbid mental illness and substance use?
3. What are the key considerations and recommendations in the design and evaluation of best practice models of care for adults with comorbid mental illness and substance use?
 
Design and Method: 

A systematic review of the research literature carried out by the research team to identify existing models of care for individuals with comorbid mental illness and substance use. A subsequent search of the grey literature with a priority focus on reports in the Australian context showing what works for whom, and quality reports from reputable stakeholders.

Project Status: 
Completed
Year Completed: 
2015