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Dual Diagnosis Australia & New Zealand is a resource repository created by and for people with an interest in co-occurring substance use-mental health concerns. Please contact us with your thoughts, suggestions, links and contributions.

Report: How integrated are homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol services in Australia?

13th August 2013: The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national not-for-profit independent network organisation that funds, conducts, disseminates and tailors high quality research on, housing and homelessness issues to inform the policies and practices of governments, industry and the community sector, and to stimulate debate in the broader Australian community.  AHURI funded projects typically result in three research reports: Positioning Papers, Final Reports and Research and Policy Bulletins

AHURI recognises that ‘the prevalence of substance use and other mental disorder among homeless persons typically exceed general population estimates yet access to appropriate services is limited’

In May 2013 AHURI published Final Report: No. 206: How integrated are homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol services in Australia?more details and download here

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In August 2010 AHURI published AHURI Positioning Paper No. 132 The integration of homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol services in Australiamore details and download here


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New edition - Gippsland Dual Diagnosis Newsletter

30th. May 2013: Gippsland dual diagnosis workers have just published the latest edition (edition 5) of their information-packed newsletter, the Gippsland Dual Diagnosis News. These newsletters provide a wealth of information about dual diagnosis capacity building activities in Gippsland. The newsletters include articles on specific co-occurring mental health-substance use concerns, program and worker profiles as well as education and portfolio holder meeting calendars.

 

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Vol. 1, Iss. 5
Autumn 2013.

You can now download all editions to date from this site: 

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Vol 1, Iss 1.

Summer 2011-12

Vol 1, Iss 2.

Autumn 2012 

Vol 1. Iss 3.

Winter 2012.

Vol 1. Iss 4.

Spring Summer 2012.

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

23rd January 2013: This report (now available in the Reports section of this site), by Laura David of the Victorian Mental Health Carers Network, documents 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.

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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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Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use

7 January 2013: Launched in early December, the NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence  in Mental Health and Substance Use (CRE) has been created to 'build much needed research capacity in the area of comorbid mental health and substance use disorders'.

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From the CRE’s launch materials:
‘The CRE represents a world first, bringing together the largest concentration of nationally and internationally recognised comorbidity researchers. Specifically, the CRE brings together leading research academics from four Australian universities (University of New South Wales; 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 aims to generate new research to increase the knowledge base regarding the effective prevention and treatment to comorbid mental health and substance use disorders. These aims will be achieved via three research streams focusing on the prevention, treatment and epidemiology of comorbid mental health and substance use disorders. In addition to making the findings of their research available in the scientific literature, an integral component of this CRE is the translation of these research findings into educational curricula, training programs and clinical resources, as well as resources for the general public.’

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