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file icon Gippsland Dual Diagnosis CARERS RECOMMENDATIONS REPORT
21.09.2012

21st Sept 2012: In 2010-11 the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative - Gippsland (auspiced by Latrobe Regional Hospital), conducted three forums for carers and significant others of people with co-occurring mental health-substance use concerns (dual diagnosis). The intent of the forums was to gain feedback on the experiences, challenges and successes for carers and significant others of individuals with a dual diagnosis. A total of 52 carers and significant others were involved in the forums and four key areas for improvement were identified.

The forum report Hearing the Stories of Carers & Significant Others - Recommendations for Service Delivery 2012, authored by Gillian Clark and Dean Rooke, can now be downloaded here.

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file icon Our Healing Ways - Supervision: A culturally appropriate model for Aboriginal workers
18.07.2012

The Our Healing Ways project was coordinated by Katherine Bakos as a project of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative. The Healing Ways Project developed three key resources including:

Supervision: A culturally appropriate model for Aboriginal workers
This model has been developed to help meet the need for culturally appropriate supervision models for workers. It has been based on the needs of the Aboriginal AOD, Mental Health and SEWB workforce and recognises that people are working with community – often including their own families, friends and colleagues.

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file icon Our Healing Ways - Relationship between A&D and Mental Health - Resource Book for Aboriginal Workers
18.07.2012

The Our Healing Ways project was coordinated by Katherine Bakos as a project of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative. The Healing Ways Project developed three key resources including:

The relationship between alcohol and drugs and mental health - A resource book for Aboriginal Workers
This resource includes background information, holistic assessment, setting up a recovery plan together, stages of change, interventions, resources and services.

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file icon Our Healing Ways: Putting Wisdom into Practice
18.07.2012

The Our Healing Ways project was coordinated by Katherine Bakos as a project of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative. The Healing Ways Project developed three key resources including:


Our Healing Ways manual: Putting wisdom into practice
This manual explores working with co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol issues from an Aboriginal best practice perspective. The manual takes into account the complexities involved with working with community - often with dual relationships with clients. It is a celebration and validation of the enormous skill set required for this work.

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file icon AOD Withdrawal Practice Guidelines for Mental Health services
09.01.2012

9th Jan. 2012: These new Withdrawal Practice Guidelines, authored by Dr Enrico Cementon (SUMITT component of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative) are designed to provide a comprehensive management approach to working with consumers withdrawing from alcohol and/or substance use within North Western Mental Health acute inpatient and/or residential services.

Note that these Guidelines:
• are specifically drafted around the particular needs of people experiencing withdrawal in mental health settings
• are written with the  view that the ‘management of acute drug withdrawal is a core competency of all psychiatrists’ and are a resource for psychiatrists, psychiatry trainees and other clinical staff who are endeavouring to achieve this competency
• have been published with a creative commons  copyright attribution – that is you are free to share and adapt the content as per the creative commons license (note specific conditions on p2 of the Guidelines)

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file icon Rurality - impacts on dual diagnosis service delivery
12.10.2011

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 2011 Senate Mental Health Inquiry - DDx submission
09.09.2011
9th September 2011: The current Parliament of Australia, Senate Community Affairs Committee, Inquiry into the Commonwealth Funding and Administration of Mental Health Services is due to report by September 20th.  A detailed, dual diagnosis focused submission has just been posted on the Inquiry’s website. The submission Potential: Australia’s evolving responses to co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders can be downloaded here.
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file icon DDx excerpts National Drug Strategy 2010-15
15.03.2011

Australia's National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 was released on 11th March 2011
The Strategy has a developed recognition of:
• The prevalence of co-occurring mental health symptoms and disorders amongst people with a substance use disorder
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The harms strongly associated with having both a substance use and a mental health disorder
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The potential for more effective treatment of substance use disorders through improving the recognition of and effective responses to co-occurring mental health disorders

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file icon Comorbidity_Competencies_Skills_Indicators
07.03.2011

As a  component of their Tasmanian Comorbidity Improved Services Initiative (ISI) capacity building project Hannah Graham & Rob White undertook an initial mapping of the types of 'comorbidity competencies' an ATOD practitioner will need to support clients with multiple and complex needs. The authors caution that this document is a first draft, and the skills indicators are not designed to be comprehensive, nor to replace any existing quality improvement frameworks. Instead, they are complementary to these and can (hopefully) be used by managers, QI staff and practitioners alike for assisting comorbidity specific professional development and workforce development activities in Tasmania.

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file icon Allies_for_Recovery_Comorbidity_Family_Info_Pack_Tasmania
07.03.2011

New comorbidity / dual diagnosis resource for families

Allies for Recovery: Information and support options for families living with mental illness and alcohol & drug use in Tasmania

In recognition of the important role that families have in supporting recovery from co-occurring mental illness and substance misuse, the following information pack was designed by Hannah Graham of the Uni of Tasmania (developed as part of a joint Salvation Army Bridge Program and Uni of Tasmania Improved Services Initiative (ISI) capacity building project - funded by the Department of Health & Ageing.

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