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’. The 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 have been distributed to AOD services Australia-wide. If your service has not received a copy, or to enquire about further hard copies, please contact Dr Christina Marel on c.marel@unsw.edu.au

An online training program to accompany the Guidelines has recently been completed, and is available from the following website: 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

For any enquiries relating to the Guidelines, contact Dr Christina Marel: c.marel@unsw.edu.au