Current practices and support needs of healthcare providers in CESPHN in relation to addressing patients’ co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug issues

As part of a needs assessment conducted in 2016, the Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) identified comorbidity between AOD and mental health conditions as a priority area, with low levels of service provision. To further inform how best to address this priority area, the CESPHN funded CREMS to undertake a scoping exercise to evaluate the current practices and support needs of healthcare providers in the CESPHN in working with co-occurring mental health and AOD issues among their clients. The scoping exercise was undertaken to improve understanding of these issues at the network level, with a view to providing recommendations for workforce development and capacity building. By improving the capacity of healthcare providers to identify, intervene, and provide appropriate referral and coordinated care with this population, the standard of care, and the lives of people with co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions may be improved.

 

Specifically, the scoping exercise aimed to identify:

  1. the knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and capability skills of healthcare providers in relation to the identification and management of co-occurring mental health and AOD use among their patients.
  2. the perceived challenges, difficulties, and rewards associated with working with patients’ AOD and mental health issues.
  3. strengths and weaknesses in current practices in relation to identification, intervention, referral and the provision of coordinated care.

 

The final report from this project can be accessed here.

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