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file icon “Drugs on the Mind” Dual diagnosis: The experience of mental health professionals.
2003 Thesis
Rod Soar. Grampians Dual Diagnosis Service.
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file icon Victorian Travelling Fellowship Report
An investigation of service system modifications & initiatives designed to provide an integrated treatment response to co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
Gary Croton. Eastern Hume Dual Diagnosis Service. 2005
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file icon VDDI Bulletin - March 2015
Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative Bulletin- March 2015
The Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI) is a cross-sector (Alcohol and Drug, Mental Health Community Support and Clinical Mental Health) initiative funded by the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services. The VDDI’s role is to contribute to the further development of mental health and AOD workers, agencies and sector’s capacity to recognise and respond effectively to people experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns (‘dual diagnosis’).
A VDDI Bulletin (March 2015) can be downloaded here
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file icon VDDI 2016 Forum
29th JULY 2016:

The 2016, 1-day, Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative Forum will be held on Tuesday October 25th at The Treacy Centre, Parkville. More details here

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file icon Thesis: Extent and Patterns of Substance Use in Older Adults with a Mental Illness

2nd October 2014: Dr Kathleen Ryan’s PhD thesis An Exploratory Study into the Extent and Patterns of Substance Use in Older Adults with a Mental Illness  focused on older people disadvantaged through coexisting mental illness and substance use issues (dual diagnosis). Her study investigated the extent and types of substances used in 60 older people with a mental illness. This study explored the frequency and types of substances used; the reasons for use; and, views on change. The study also examined the applicability of the ASSIST substance-screening instrument for an older population. The results indicated that a range of licit and illicit substances were used with varying frequency. The study found that the extent of alcohol/drugs used previously and currently is high. Alcohol, sedatives and tobacco are the most commonly used.

Those aged 55-64 have used and currently use to a larger extent a greater range of substances, most noticeably cannabis, as well as alcohol, benzodiazepines and caffeine than those aged 65+. Only those aged 55-64 have used a (non-medical) drug by injection. Complex and multi-faceted reasons for substances use and views on change were found along with an overlap between reasons for use and reasons for change. It is anticipated that the findings from this study will provide the basis for further policy development within the dual diagnosis field and will help contribute towards more effective clinical practice with an older population with dual diagnosis.


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file icon Screening for & assessment of co-occurring substance use & mental health disorders by AOD & MHS
Croton, G.,  Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative Advisory Group. Sept 2007 version
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file icon Rurality - impacts on dual diagnosis service delivery

The Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative Rural Forum (VDDIRF) is a virtual and in-person collaborative of rural Victorian dual diagnosis workers committed to the improvement of health outcomes for people with co-occurring mental disorders and substance use problems through establishing a coordinated regional approach. In this document the VDDIRF has compiled an overview on the impact of rurality on dual diagnosis service delivery.

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file icon Rural DDx Clinical Supervision Model

Manual describing Rural Dual Diagnosis Specialists use of web based technologies to participate in clinical supervision

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file icon Report: Carers’ experience of providing care and support to family members with dual diagnosis

23 January 2013: This report, by Laura David of the Victorian Mental Health Carers Networkdocuments a 2011 exploratory research project around carers’ experience of providing care and support to family members with co-occurring severe mental health and substance use issues (‘dual diagnosis’) and their engagement in mental health service delivery.

This topical report, funded by the Victorian Department of Health, builds on qualitative interviews with carers from three Melbourne mental health services and follow-up discussion groups with mental health service staff.

The report offers valuable:

  • Carer interview findings
  • Staff discussion group findings
  • Implications and recommendations: 10 recommendations are made on strategies for strengthened carer engagement with MH and AOD services and improved collaboration and integration between the MH and AOD sectors.
  • Key implications for decision makers


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file icon Our_Healing_Ways_Research_Report

OUR HEALING WAYS Successful strategies for working with dual diagnosis issues, Aboriginal way

is a report from research by the VDDI Education and Training Unit on which successful strategies Aboriginal workers use when working with clients with a dual diagnosis.
The purpose of the research was to develop resources to support Aboriginal workers to further build their knowledge and skills to provide effective healing strategies to community members from a culturally relevant and evidence based perspective.

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