In 2014 the Australian Government Department of Health funded the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, NDARC, to update and revise the ‘Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings’. This second edition is based on the best available evidence, and was developed in consultation and collaboration with clinicians, researchers, consumers, and carers from across Australia.The Guidelines 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.
To download the Guidelines, please click here: https://comorbidityguidelines.org.au/guidelines/pdf-download.
To order a copy of the Guidelines, please click here: https://comorbidityguidelines.org.au/order
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.
Hard copies of the second edition of the Guidelines are currently being distributed to AOD services Australia-wide. To check whether your service is on the distribution list, or to enquire about further hard copies of the Guidelines, please contact Dr Christina Marel on firstname.lastname@example.org or Erin Madden (Research Officer) via email@example.com.
A free, evidence-based online training program to accompany to Guidelines has also been developed and is available here. To find out more about the online training program, visit: https://comorbidityguidelines.org.au/about.