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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.



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..

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Download Issue 1, 2012               Download Issue 9, 2015               Download Issue 17, 2017


Download Issue 2, 2013               Download Issue 10, 2015             Download Issue 18 2018


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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The Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use values diversity and inclusion and an equitable society. Our research strives to improve lives.  

We recognise the marriage equality vote and debate is having negative impacts on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) community.

Discrimination of any kind, based on gender identity, race, relationship status, age, political opinion, disability or sexuality is detrimental to the community and their mental health. Marriage equality and the removal of discrimination will have positive effects for the LGBTIQ+ community.

We would like to extend our support and solidarity to LGBTIQ+ community and acknowledge their equality and their right to live free of discrimination and prejudice.

Equity is important to us and we therefore support marriage equality.


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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).

In this issue, we highlight the pioneering work of the Centre for Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) Treatment Stream. We open with a Q&A with the Director CREMS Treatment Stream, A/Prof Katherine Mills and reflect on the many achievements of the Treatment Stream as well as gain an insight into exciting plans for the future. The first feature article for this issue is provided by Prof Andrew Baillie and Dr Lexine Stapinski which details innovative projects designed to better understand the interaction between anxiety and alcohol use and to evaluate integrate treatment options for this comorbidity. A/Prof Katherine Mills provides a detailed look into innovations in the treatment of co-occurring post traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. Dr Sally Hunt then discusses the development and dissemination of innovative e-health interventions for the treatment of mental health and substance use problems. Lastly, Dr Christina Marel concludes the issue with a discussion of the of the development and dissemination of the National Comorbidity Guidelines.

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The Cracks in the Ice Community Toolkit includes information and resources for community groups, families and friends of individuals using ice, parents, teachers and students, as well as professionals working across a range of settings (e.g. GPs and frontline alcohol and drug workers). The toolkit includes fact sheets, guidelines, and printable handouts covering information about the effects of ice, tips for how to stay safe, and information about where, when and how to get help or support. The toolkit was informed by input from over 400 community members from around Australia, and was developed in collaboration with 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), Curtin University. The toolkit is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health as part of the Australian Government’s National Ice Action Strategy.

To view the online toolkit visit: