Mental Health and Substance Use Webinars

image - Postgraduate TrainingLearn about the latest research into mental health and substance use disorders and discover the range of resources that are available to support the prevention and treatment of co-occuring disorders.

Presented by the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, these webinars are for clinicians, allied health professionals, teachers, consumers, carers, and anyone with an interest in issues related to mental health and substance use.

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Our previous webinars are all available on demand through our Vimeo Channel.

For any other enquires about the webinar series, including suggestions for future topics or to nominate a potential guest speaker, please don't hesitate to get in contact with Dr Lexine Stapinski

How to support families and friends with a loved one using methamphetamine.

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Sep 04, 2017 at 1:00 PM AEST.

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Ice (“crystal methamphetamine”) use not only affects people using the drug, but also has an adverse impact on their family, friends, and their community.

This webinar describes the challenges faced by families and friends of those struggling with addiction and introduces an online support program for families and friends of addicted loved ones which integrates the 5‐Step model (SAFE), developed by Professor Richard Velleman in the UK.

Key benefits from participating in this webinar include:

• Strategies to cope with and respond to a loved one using methamphetamine,

• Awareness of a novel online support package

• Exploring sources of support for self and loved one

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

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How to talk with teenagers about alcohol use

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Thursday 21st September

Webinar - How to talk with teenagers about alcohol use

Prof Steve Allsop

Thursday 21st September, 12 – 1pm AEST

 

Summary:

Are you unsure how to start a conversation about alcohol use with teenagers? Or have questions about the most effective way to handle this topic? Informed by the latest research on prevention strategies, this webinar will provide practical advice that will be valuable for parents, school staff and others working with teenagers.

 

The webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of effective strategies for preventing teenage alcohol use;
  • Discuss effective ways to approach conversations about alcohol among young people;
  • Provide suggestions for navigating common challenges;
  • Provide the opportunity to ask your own questions.

 

 

What time in my state?

NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS: 12pm;

SA: 11.30am;

QLD: 12pm;

WA: 10am;

NT: 11.30am.

 

Australian trends in cannabis use and attitudes towards cannabis legalisation in a period of international policy change

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Mon, Nov 6, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (AEDT)

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Presented by Dr Wendy Swift                                     

There is evidence that there may be a closing gender gap in cannabis use, and that levels of use may be related to attitudes towards cannabis. This webinar will discuss population trends in Australian cannabis use and attitudes towards cannabis legalisation between 2001 and 2013. While there have been several changes in policy surrounding the legal status of cannabis and its medicinal use internationally since 2000, policy in Australia has remained largely static. This webinar will compare Australian and international trends, and how these might be related to changes in policy towards recreational and medicinal cannabis use. 

It will lead to: 
- Understanding of trends in cannabis use and attitudes in Australia and internationally. 
- Understanding of how these trends may be related to recent policy changes surrounding recreational and medicinal cannabis use overseas. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effects of ice on the brain and body, and implications for responding

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Thursday 16th November, 11:00am AEDT

A/Prof Nicole Lee

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This webinar will explain in plain language the effects of methamphetamine (including ice) on the brain and body and the resulting impacts on functioning. This understanding will assist participants to adapt and develop more effective strategies to respond to people who use methamphetamine.

Learning objectives

  • increased understanding of the effects of methamphetamine on the brain and body
  • increased awareness of how these effects can impact functioning, including treatment presentations
  • knowledge that will help adapt and develop more effective policy and practice responses to people who use methamphetamine

 

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National Comorbidity Guidelines: An evidence-based resource for drug and alcohol workers

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Thursday 27th April 2017, 11am

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The high prevalence of comorbidity means that alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers are frequently faced with the need to manage complex psychiatric symptoms that may interfere with their ability to treat clients’ AOD use. To assist AOD workers manage the significant challenge of treating clients with co-occurring mental health conditions, in 2014, the Australian Government Department of Health funded the development of the “Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (2nd edition)”

The Guidelines aim to increase knowledge and awareness of comorbid mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings, improve confidence and skills of AOD workers, increase uptake of evidence-based care, and ultimately, improve outcomes for people with comorbid mental health conditions.

 

This webinar may be of particular interest to anyone working in an AOD setting in a clinical capacity, as well as university or TAFE students studying courses in mental health or AOD, but may also be of interest to those working in the mental health sector or the health sector more broadly.

 

This webinar will lead to:

·         Understanding of what is comorbidity, why it occurs, and why it is concerning;

·         Improved awareness of how to access a range of evidence-based options for identifying, managing and treating mental health symptoms within a holistic health care approach;

·         Understanding of a coordinated approach to managing comorbidity, and how to involve multiple services to deliver coordinated care;

·         Awareness of the online training program for AOD workers.

 

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Where can I find trusted evidence-based information about the drug ice? Cracks in the Ice virtual tour.

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Thursday June 15, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM AEST.

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This webinar will provide attendees with information on recent trends in use of the drug ice in Australia, and introduces a new online toolkit providing evidence-based information for the Australian community. Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, the Cracks in the Ice online toolkit was developed with input from community members and researchers across Australia. It includes information for health professionals, families and friends of people using ice, teachers, and general community members.

Expected benefits of participating in this webinar include:

• Increased awareness of changing patterns of ice use in Australia

• Increased understanding of the role community members and health professionals can play in becoming more informed about the drug ice

• Increased knowledge about where to access evidence-based information, resources and support related to ice

 

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What can parents do to prevent teenage substance use?

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Thursday 25th May 2017, 11am AEST

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This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the important role parents can play in preventing adolescent substance use, and introduce a new online parenting program.

 

This webinar will lead to:

·         Increased awareness of the patterns of drug and alcohol use among young people in Australia

·         Increased understanding of the role parents can play in influencing their adolescents’ substance use

·         Increased knowledge about effective approaches for preventing drug and alcohol use harms among young people.

 

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Personality-targeted interventions for prevention: the Preventure program

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Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 3:30pm AEST

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This webinar will provide attendees with information about personality targeted drug prevention in schools and introduce attendees to the Preventure program.

 

This webinar will lead to:

·         Overview of the evidence-base behind brief, coping skills interventions for adolescents targeting personality risk factors

·         Increased understanding of personality risk markers for substance use and mental health problems in adolescence

·         Orientation to targeted school-based prevention including information about implementing the Preventure program in Australia.

 

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Lesson planning with Positive Choices: How to engage your students with evidence-based drug education

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15/06/2016

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This webinar is part of the new Positive Choices webinar series, developed by CREMS researchers specifically for parents, teachers, school leaders, and anyone working with young people.

This session will be particularly suitable for PDHPE teachers, but also relevant to principals, school counsellors or anyone working in a school community who would like information about online, evidence-based drug education and prevention. The webinar will introduce attendees to the Positive Choices drug education portal which houses a range of engaging learning resources that align with Australian Health and Physical Education curriculum requirements. The interactive session will provide an overview of what’s available in terms of school-based drug prevention, with a focus on evidence-based materials proven to improve student’s learning outcomes and wellbeing. Attendees will be shown how to use the portal to their advantage and will be provided with support in lesson planning and guidance about how to access and evaluate evidence-based resources that are engaging for young people. 


This webinar will lead to:

  1. Awareness of the patterns of drug and alcohol use among young people and effective school-based prevention approaches;
  2. Orientation to a range of resources with the potential to engage all students despite their individual learning styles and requirements;
  3. Understanding of how to use the portal to plan lessons online according to Australian curriculum requirements.

 

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Mental Health and Substance Use: Illuminating the issues and solutions

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Thursday 9th February 2017, 11:00am

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Mental and substance use disorders account for more years of life lost due to disability than any other disorders and are second only to cardiovascular disease and cancer as leading causes of disease burden. The top 10 causes of burden of disease in young Australians (15-24 years) are dominated by mental and substance use disorders. These disorders often occur together (comorbidity), affecting more than 300,000 Australians every year. Despite the significance of these conditions, the evidence surrounding the effective treatment of co-occurring disorders is weak, limited by traditional single disorder models and treatment silos. 

In 2012, the NHMRC, funded the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) (www.comorbidity.edu.au) to build research capacity in this area. This centre represents a world first, bringing together the largest concentration of nationally and internationally recognised comorbidity researchers. The centre brings together leading research academics from four Australian universities (UNSW; University of Newcastle; University of Sydney; and Macquarie University) and three international universities (University of Birmingham, UK; Northwestern University Medical School, USA; and the Medical University of  South Carolina, USA).

 

The CRE provides the opportunity for researchers currently working in diagnostic silos (addiction, depression, anxiety and psychosis) to share skills, innovations in treatment and research approaches, synergise data collection and establish collaborative data bases. Over the last 10 years Australia has been leading the way in developing new and effective treatments for comorbidity. We have made significant inroads in preventing harms. In this presentation I will share the results of this Australian research and efforts to disseminate the findings so that Australians can have access and benefit.

 

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