Online training program on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings

image - Online Square

In 2016, the second edition of the National Comorbidity Guidelines, or Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (2nd edition) were developed and hard copies disseminated across Australia. As part of the national dissemination strategy, the Australian Government Department of Health funded the development of a website and online training program to facilitate the translation of the Guidelines into practice. The training has been developed for the continuing professional development of practitioners, and as well as those in training, who work in the alcohol and other drug sector.

The online training program aims to not only support the Guidelines content, but also to:

     *  Raise the level of awareness of commonly presenting mental health issues within the AOD context

     * Increase the confidence of AOD workers to identify, work with, and appropriately refer to mental health services as necessary

     * Provide a holistic response to comorbidity

     * Support uptake of the Guidelines and facilitate translation into practice.

The website and online training program have been completed and are now available to use. To begin using the training program, please register through the website, by visiting: www.comorbidityguidelines.org.au

We will be evaluating the efficacy of the online training program in improving participants' understanding of comorbidity; improving awareness of how to access evidence-based material for identifying, managing and treating mental health symptoms within a holistic health care approach; improving understanding of a coordinated approach to managing comorbidity; and involving multiple services to deliver coordinated care. You will be invited to take part in the evaluation of the online program when you first visit the training section of the website; however, you do not need to participate in the study to use the training.

Hard copies of the Guidelines can be ordered via https://comorbidityguidelines.org.au/order. For any other enquiries related to the Guidelines or online training program, please contact Dr Christina Marel: c.marel@unsw.edu.au

 
Project Status
Ongoing Projects
Contact
image - Chris Marel Compressed
Research Fellow
Ph +61 2 9385 0155
Funding Body
Australian Government Department of Health
Investigators
image - Chris Marel Compressed
Research Fellow
Ph +61 2 9385 0155
image - Kath Mills Sq
Director of Treatment Research
Ph +612 9385 0253
image - Jack Wilson Compressed
Research Assistant
Ph +612 9385 0191

Our Research Streams