About Us

2014 CREMS Grant Development Workshop
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Eureka Awards, 2015
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Prof Maree Teesson speaking at TechEd 2014
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2014 National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre awards
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Postgraduate training opportunities
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Prof Kevin Gournay and A/Prof Frances Kay-Lambkin
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2013 UNSW Faculty of Medicine Dean's Awards
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The CREMS National Conference 2013
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The official launch of the CRE by the Hon Tanya Plibersek & the Hon Mark Butler
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2012 NSW Young Tall Poppy Awards, Powerhouse Museum
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2012 NDARC Awards for Academic Achievement and Community Impact
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Mental health and substance use disorders account for more years of life lost due to disability than any other disorders. These disorders often occur together (comorbidity), affecting more than 300,000 Australians every year. Despite the significance of these conditions, the evidence surrounding the effective prevention and treatment of co-occurring disorders is weak.

Funded in 2012 by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, our Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Mental Health and Substance Use aims to build much needed research capacity in this area. This CRE represents a world first, bringing together the largest concentration of nationally and internationally recognised comorbidity researchers. Specifically, the CRE brings together leading research academics from four Australian universities (University of New South Wales; University of Newcastle; University of Sydney; and Macquarie University) and three international universities (University of Birmingham, UK; Northwestern University Medical School, USA; and the Medical University of South Carolina, USA).


Key Goals

The CRE aims to generate new research to increase the knowledge base regarding the effective prevention and treatment to comorbid mental health and substance use disorders. These aims will be achieved via three research streams focusing on the prevention, treatment, and epidemiology, of comorbid mental health and substance use disorders.

Furthermore, in addition to making the finding of our research available in the scientific literature, an integral component of this CRE is the translation of these research findings into educational curricula, training programs and clinical resources, as well as resources for the general public.



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Annual Reports

2013 CREMS Annual Report

2014 CREMS Annual Report

2015 CREMS Annual Report

2016 CREMS Annual Report

2017 CREMS Annual Report