In 2014 the Australian Government Department of Health funded the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, NDARC, to develop “Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (2nd edition)”. The Guidelines are based on the best available evidence, and were developed in consultation and collaboration with clinicians, researchers, consumers, and carers from across Australia. They aim to:
- Increase the knowledge and awareness of co-occurring mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings;
- Improve the confidence and skills of AOD workers;
- Increase the uptake of evidence-based care.
By increasing the capacity of AOD workers to respond to comorbidity, it is anticipated that the outcomes for people with co-occurring mental health conditions will be improved.
Professor Kevin Gournay
Kings College London
Dr Mark Deady
Black Dog Institute
Associate Professor Frances Kay Lambkin
Professor Amanda Baker
University of Newcastle
The Guidelines were officially launched at the 2016 NDARC Annual symposium and since this time hard-copies have been distributed to AOD services and tertiary institutions Australia-wide, and they are available for free download from our website.