Online training program on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings
In 2016, researchers from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre completed the Australian Government Department of Health funded ‘Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (2nd edition)’. With further funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, the Guidelines are being disseminated to AOD services Australia-wide in the form of hardcopy, online, and via an online training program.
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.
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.