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

Substance use in our community: Identifying commonly used substances and their effects

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4 December 2018

Funded by the Sydney North Primary Network (SNHN), this webinar is the first in a series of eight on substance use that will take place over the folowing 12-months. This webinar will give an overview of commonly used substances and their effects, and would be suitable for clinicians or healthcare providers. The key learning outcomes are:

  • Improved understanding of commonly used substances, their effects, and what to do if use is suspected
  • Improved understanding of how to identify substance use, and how to discuss with patients
  • Improved awareness of where to access more information

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Substance Use and Mental Health Among Rural Youth

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13th November 2018 3:30pm AEDT

Developers: Dr Alice Munro, Western NSW Local Health District; Dr Georgina Luscombe, School of Rural Heath, University of Sydney; Dr Hazel Dalton, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and Ms Nicole Snowdon, Lives Lived Well.

This webinar is for school staff, health professionals, parents and other who are seeking information about drug use and related harms among rural youth.

Around one-third of young Australians live in rural and remote communities. Research suggests use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in addition to co-occurring mental health issues and suicidality are higher among these young people compared to those living in big cities, and that rural youth are at greater risk of harms related to substance use.

In order to reduce these risks, we must consider the unique challenges faced by rural and regional youth. This webinar will present research on substance use and mental health among rural young people, and discuss potential solutions to help support rural youth and reduce the risk of harms.

This webinar will:

  • Present current research findings on rural youth wellbeing, substance use and mental health
  • Discuss strategies that adults engaging with rural youth can apply to help minimise the risk of harm

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Supporting frontline workers with key information and resources about crystal methamphetamine ('ice')

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Wednesday 17th October 2018 12:00pm AEDT

Presenters: Allan Trifonoff and Roger Nicholas, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University


This webinar will provide attendees with information about

  • -How ice affects people and communities
  • -Worker safety and preventing, managing and recovering from ice-related critical incidents
  • -The impacts of using ice with alcohol and other drugs
  • -Communicating with and supporting people who use ice
  • -Prevention and intervention for ice use
  • -Organizational responses to the use of ice


Expected benefits of participating in this webinar include:

  • -Increased understanding of preventing and responding to ice-related problems
  • -Increased knowledge of the effects of ice on individuals, families and communities.
  • -This information will be relevant to frontline workers, peer workers, health professionals and the general community.


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Prevention and Early Intervention of Mental Illness and Substance Use: Building the architecture for change

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Tuesday 27th November 2018 4:30pm AEDT

This webinar will introduce the Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Illness and Substance Use Centre of Research Excellence (PREMISE). Professor Teesson will address three important questions; 

  1. Why is prevention and early intervention of mental health and substance use disorders a critical issue for Australia? 
  2. Where are the key touchpoints for innovation in the next decade for prevention and early intervention in mental health and substance use disorders? 
  3. How can we make evidence-based prevention and early intervention available to all young Australians? 

PREMISE was funded in 2018 by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. The objective of the PREMISE CRE is to provide a world first synergy of the leading prevention and early intervention research and translation programs in mental health and addiction across five Australian universities (UNSW Sydney, The University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, The University of Newcastle and Deakin University). It provides the opportunity for researchers currently working independently across the areas of addiction, depression, suicide, anxiety, and psychosis to share skills, networks and innovations, synergise data, establish new trials and translate evidence into practice. 

Our vision is that world-class, innovative, evidence-based prevention and early intervention for substance use and mental disorders is available to all young Australians.

Registration is essential, as places are limited. Registration is free. 

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Parties, gatherings and sleepovers: How can parents keep their teens safe?

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Wednesday 3rd October 2018 6:00pm AEST

Presenter: Mr Paul Dillon

This webinar is for parents and guardians of teenagers who are looking for strategies to help keep their child safe at parties.

Teenage parties provide young people with valuable opportunities to develop a range of social skills that they need to relate effectively with their peers. As they get older alcohol is more likely to become a part of these social gatherings and, unfortunately, things can go wrong.

This presentation will examine what we know about school-based young people and alcohol use and its use at parties. It will also provide practical strategies and simple tips for parents considering allowing their teen to attend such events to help ensure they are as safe as possible.



This webinar will provide:

• information about teenage parties and the involvement of alcohol

• practical strategies and advice for parents to make sure their child is a safe as possible when attending a party


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How and why should we treat comorbid depression and alcohol/other drug use problems in young veterans?

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Monday 17th September 2018 12:30pm AEST

This webinar will discuss the co-occurrence of depression and alcohol/other drug use problems in young veterans. It will focus on the development and evaluation of the vSHADE intervention; an evidence-based online therapy psychological therapy to support young Veterans (aged 18-45 years) who are experiencing co-occurring mood and alcohol or other drug use problems. The webinar will provide details of a current trial of the vSHADE intervention, which aims to test the efficacy of the vSHADE intervention in reducing symptoms of depression and hazardous alcohol use in contemporary veterans, compared to standard face-to-face Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.


This webinar will provide information on:


•    The prevalence and harms of co-occurring depression and alcohol and/or other drug use disorders

•    How we can use online technologies to treat depression and alcohol/other drug use problems, with a focus on young veterans

•    The potential benefits of clinician-assisted computerised treatment for depressive and addictive disorders among veterans, versus face-to-face treatment


This information will be particularly relevant to health professionals, veterans with depression and substance use concerns, and the general community.



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Post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use: Promising new treatments for adults and adolescents

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Thursday 10th May 2018: 10.00AM AEDT

Up to two-thirds of Australians entering treatment for their substance use have co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Individuals who present with these conditions typically present with a more severe clinical profile and demonstrate poorer treatment outcomes in relation to physical health, mental health and psychosocial functioning. There are however, reasons for optimism. This presentation will give an overview of the evidence regarding treatment options available for this comorbidity among adults and promising new early interventions for adolescents.  


This webinar will lead to:

  • An understanding of the complex relationship between comorbid PTSD and substance use
  • Awareness of effective treatment options available for this comorbidity
  • Introduction to an integrated therapy for co-occurring PTSD and substance use in adolescents


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Psychosis and other mental health effects of ice

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Monday, July 9th 2018 12pm – 1pm AEST

Presenter: Dr Rebecca McKetin


This webinar will explore the mental health effects of methamphetamine (including “ice”), with a particular focus on methamphetamine psychosis – what it is, how common it is, the risk factors and how it differs from schizophrenia.

This webinar will be relevant to health professionals, families and friends of people using ice, teachers, and general community members.


Participation in this webinar will lead to:

  •          an increased understanding of the mental health effects of methamphetamine
  •          an increased knowledge of methamphetamine psychosis.


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Tackling stigma in a 2018 environment

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Monday, 19 March 2018 12.00pm to1.00pm AEDT


This webinar will explore Jack Nagle's personal story and experiences of the drug ice. He will talk about his story, explore what it's like being a young person and how to reach young people effectively in 2018. 


Jack is extremely passionate about using the destruction of his past as his greatest asset to give the hope of freedom to people suffering with addiction, and educating the community with the sometimes confronting and shattering reality of addiction. Working at the coal face of addiction treatment with various leading addiction treatment centers in Australia, appearing on national television, regularly commenting in broadcast media and print, working with government and being in and around addiction for over a decade, he has positively impacted thousands of lives. Jack has an abundance of knowledge both personally and professionally about substances, addiction and how to turn a chaotic nightmare into a fulfilling dream. 


Participation in this webinar will lead to: 

  • an increased understanding of the experiences of people who use ice 

  • understanding of the stigma associated with drug use and barriers to help seeking 

  • strategies to engage and support young people who may be using drugs, including ice 


Webinar Speaker: 

Jack Nagle


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Effective drug prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth: what do we know and what can we do better?

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Tues 13th March at 4pm AEDT.


This webinar is for teachers, parents and others who are seeking information about effective substance use prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. Like all young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers are at risk of drug and alcohol use and related harms. There are unique contexts and factors relating to drug use for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth that require prevention programs to be tailored to be culturally appropriate. This webinar will explore what individual, relationship, community, societal and cultural factors are contributing to and protecting against drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. It will provide attendees with an overview of the current evidence of what programs and program elements are effective in addressing these factors and preventing drug use and it will introduce an innovative computerised school-based prevention program that is being developed to be culturally inclusive for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.


This seminar will lead to:
• Understanding what can contribute to or protect against alcohol and drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth
• Improved knowledge about the elements that make drug prevention effective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth
• Introduction to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources on Positive Choices and the development of a new resource for schools


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