For the Public

image - For the PublicThe CRE is committed to making our research findings accessible to the general public. Through this portal you can access our quarterly newsletters, find out about projects you can participate in and look through our information booklets on comorbidity. 




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Clearing the Cloud is a portal which contains all our proven and new online prevention and treatment programs. Improve your health with effective prevention and treatment programs. You can also sign up to be part of our current treatment research trials.



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The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Mental Health and Substance Use publishes a quarterly newsletter. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide regular updates on the progress of the CRE. Each newsletter will regularly feature sections outlining the latest CRE news, new projects and publications, upcoming seminars, workshops and events. In addition, there will be feature articles focusing on particular projects and members..

To subscribe to our newsletter please click here.

Download Issue 1, 2012               Download Issue 9, 2015


Download Issue 2, 2013               Download Issue 10, 2015


Download Issue 3, 2013               Download Issue 11, 2015


Download Issue 4, 2013               Download Issue 12, 2016


Download Issue 5, 2014               Download Issue 13, 2016


Download Issue 6, 2014               Download Issue 14, 2016


Download Issue 8, 2014               Download Issue 15, 2016


Download Issue 7, 2014               Download Issue 16, 2017



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Mental health conditions are common among people who use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Published in 2011, these booklets have been written for people who use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs who would like to know more about the most most common types of mental health conditions seen among this population : i) mood disorders; ii) anxiety disorders; iii) trauma-related disorders, iv) psychotic disorders; and iv) personality disorders. Each booklet aims to help explain why some people feel the way they do, and give suggestions about things people can do to help manage their mental health symptoms and substance use.

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Partners in Depression is a group education program designed to address the information and support needs of those who care for or love a person experiencing depression. It is a six session program run by two facilitators in community settings. For more information, visit the Partners in Depression website



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These booklets for students, parents and teachers contain evidence-based information on illegal drugs. For parents and teachers, the booklets include guidance about how to talk to a young person about illegal drugs, common reasons for drug use, how to help someone who has taken a drug, and information about school-based prevention programs.  The student booklet provides accurate information on ways to prevent related drug-related harms and make informed choices.

Teacher Booklet

Parent Booklet

Student Booklet


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Pure Rush is an educational game that offers a unique, interactive and fun approach to drug education. Players learn about the negative effects of illegal drugs as they navigate through suburban, outback and cityscapes to get to a music festival. Avoiding drugs is the key to success as players race for the best “Pure Rush” time. Secondary school teachers will find this game useful in supporting Health and Physical Education lessons, and feedback from students indicates they love playing it. The game was developed by the CRE and educational game designers 2and2 in consultation with young people and funded by the Australian government Department of Health.

To read the facts behind Pure Rush and access additional drug education resources, visit the Positive Choices drug prevention portal and the Climate Schools Health and Wellbeing courses.

Click here to play Pure Rush

Note: For smoother gameplay, reduce window size. Not suitable for older browsers (e.g., internet explorer 8 and earlier). 

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Positive Choices
Positive Choices is an online portal that facilitates access to interactive evidence-based drug education resources for school communities. It provides a central access point for evidence-based information and prevention resources about alcohol, cannabis, psychostimulants, crystal methamphetamine and ecstasy, and allows users to search by drug type, by resource type, such as fact sheets, games or videos, and by age appropriateness. The resources can be used to develop lesson plans which align with the Australian Curriculum.
The portal was funded by Australian Government and developed by researchers at the Centre for Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), and the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI).
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Shade is a 10 week program for reducing drinking and helping with depression. Shade uses cognitive behaviour therapy control their substance use, alcohol use and mood. Our research shows that SHADE can help you reduce your drinking and improve your mood.

For further information on the SHADE proram contact Dr Frances Kay-Lambkin

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Climate Schools provides health education courses which aim to empower students to gain knowledge about their health and wellbeing. This knowledge will assist them in making positive and informed choices. The courses, known as modules, are based on realistic cartoon scenarios about teenagers and are designed to impart education about the use of alcohol and others drugs, the responsible consumption of alcohol, and ways to reduce alcohol and drug related harms.

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This paper, by Prof Maree Teesson and other members of the CREMS, was commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Commission to inform the development of the Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW - "Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024".