Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (second edition)

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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.

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 c.marel@unsw.edu.au

An online training program is currently under development, and will soon be available from the following website: www.comorbidityguidelines.org.au. To be notified when the training program is available, register your email address at www.comorbidityguidelines.org.au. To find out more about the online training program, visit: https://comorbidity.edu.au/cre-resources/online-training-program-management-co-occurring-alcohol-and-other-drug-and-mental

IF YOU RECEIVED A HARDCOPY OF THE 2ND EDITION OF THE GUIDELINES BEFORE 30th SEPTEMBER, PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS AN ERROR ON PAGE 245. PLEASE REPLACE PAGE 245 IN YOUR HARDCOPY OF THE GUIDELINES WITH THE PAGE BELOW:

National Comorbidity Guidelines page 245_246