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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.

New consumer mental health-substance use resource from NDARC

Nov 11th 2011: Next Monday NDARC will launch a series of new resources for those living with both substance use and mental health issues. The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing funded the production of the five booklets:

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Anxiety + Substance Use

Mood + Substance Use 

Personality + Substance Use

Psychosis + Substance Use 

Trauma + Substance Use 

The resources are targeted at consumers of mental health and alcohol and other drug services Australia-wide and include an explanation of mental health conditions, how these are linked to substance use, the interplay between the two disorders, how to recognise and manage symptoms, and where to go for help.

Lead authors were Dr Katherine Mills and Dr Christina Marel with Prof. Amanda Baker, Prof. Maree Teesson, Dr. Glenys Dore, Dr. Frances Kay-Lambkin, Leonie Manns, Tony Trimingham and Philippa Ewer.

The booklets can be downloaded from the NDARC website or ordered in hard copy by downloading the order form here


MSE training resource

Nov 4th 2011: The Perth Co-occurring Disorders Capacity Building Project has developed a new training resource for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector: Understanding the Mental State Examination (MSE): a basic training guide


This free DVD and accompanying booklet is an instructional training tool that is designed to build the capacity of AOD clinicians to complete a baseline MSE on their clients. It contains three visual case study scenarios that clinicians can use to test their knowledge and skills in conducting an MSE.
Although designed primarily for the AOD sector, trainers, educators and clinicians working in the mental health field may also find this resource useful.  To request an order form for this resource you can

  • click here or 
  • email:  or
  • call Palmerston Association on (08) 9287 5400.


Rurality and dual diagnosis service delivery

12th October 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.


The VDDIRF has compiled an overview on the impact of rurality on dual diagnosis service delivery you can download this document here.

New Guideline:management of SUDS & mental health problems among people who use drugs

5th October 2011: The HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Program (HAARP) is an Australian Government Aid Program funded initiative whose goal is to reduce the spread of HIV associated with drug use among men and women in the South East Asia region. Today HAARP web-published a new resource: Management of substance use-related disorders and common mental health problems among people who use drugs.


The guideline is divided into two parts- the first is for health staff generally and the second - Assessing and managing common mental health problems among people who use drugs and attend HAARP service sites - is for mental health professionals and advanced practitioners.
The new resource can be downloaded here. (GC)

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