Mental Health Resources


Training organisations

Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is an educational, research, clinical and community oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.

Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT)
The Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT) is a Registered Training Organisation under the Australian Quality Training Framework.

Hunter Institute of Mental Health
The primary focus of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health is to promote mental health and to improve the outcomes for people with mental illnesses. The Hunter Institute of Mental Health provide a range of education and training programs as well as undertake health promotion projects both locally and across Australia.

Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC)
The MHCC is the peak body for community mental health organisations in NSW. The MHCC provides leadership and representation to its membership, and seeks to improve, promote and develop quality mental health services to the community.

Mental Health First Aid Training

NSW Institute of Psychiatry
The New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) is a major provider of continuing professional education in mental health in Australia. The Institute provides training for health care professionals, psychiatrists in training, consumers and staff of non government organisations, general practitioners and the public.

ORYGEN Training Services offer a range of training services to promote the understanding of mental health and mental illness, and to highlight the importance of early detection and treatment.

TAFE NSW delivers a range of short and long courses which result in a number of different qualifications.

Alcohol & Other Drugs, Mental Health and Comorbidity: A Training Review
This report is the first in a series from National Centre for Education on Training and Addiction (NCETA) on workforce development.

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Online training

South Australia Network of Drug and Alcohol Services Online Training
The impact of alcohol and other drug use on mental health conditions and medications course has been designed to assist individuals working in a range of occupations to understand the complex and often serious impacts on a person's physical and mental health that can occur when a person with a mental health condition.

Drug and Alcohol Lecture Series
This series is directed towards GPs, students, nurses, and other healthcare workers and covers core drug and alcohol topics, developed by leading experts. Topics include: comorbidity, clinical skills and lectures on specific drugs. The drug and alcohol lecture series is a collaborative project between the University of Sydney and NSW Health.

Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD)
MHPOD is a new learning resource being developed for people working in mental health. Based on the national practice standards for mental health, it draws on the evidence base for mental health care and contemporary practice. Two new topics are now available on the Samples page: Classification of Mental Disorders and Dual Disability.

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National Comorbidity Guidelines (2009)
Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings

A training package developed for services to facilitate and support the implementation of the National Comorbidity Guidelines. The training package can be downloaded from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre website.

NSW Health Clinical Comorbidity Guidelines (2009) NSW Clinical Guidelines for the Care of Persons with Comorbid Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders in Acute Care Settings

NSW Health Comorbidity Framework for Action (2008)

Mental Health

Fourth National Mental Health Plan: An Agenda for Collaborative Government Action in Mental Health 2009-2014
NSW Community Mental Health Strategy 2007 - 2012: From Prevention and Early Intervention to Recovery
NSW Health Mental Health Reference Resource for Drug and Alcohol Workers (2007)
Living is for Everyone: A Framework for the Prevention of Suicide in Australia (2009)

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Screening and assessment

Summary Table of Assessment and Outcome Measures Tools 2011: this is a summary of a report commissioned by NADA in 2009: A Review of Screening, Assessment and Outcome Measures for Drug and Alcohol Settings.

Click here for the Screening For and Assessment Of Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders by Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health Services Report (Victorian Dual Diagnosis Intiative Report, 2007).

Click here Click here for the Review of Diagnostic Screening Instruments for Alcohol and Other Drug Use and other Psychiatric Disorders (Department of Health & Ageing, 2002)

The evidence based treatment program developed by Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. The PsyCheck screening tool has been designed for use by clinicians who are not mental health specialists.

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Auseinet Recovery Online Toolkit
This online collection contains a wide variety of resources to assist jurisdictions, service providers, consumers and carers to implement a recovery based approach.

Consumer and Carer Involvement in Comorbidity Treatment Planning Resource (Department of Health and Ageing)
Consumer Information Kit
Carer Information Kit

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Useful links

Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN)
The Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) provides a central point of access to quality internet-based alcohol and drug information provided by prominent organisations in Australia and Internationally.

Dual Diagnosis Australia and New Zealand
This site provides information on dual diagnosis publications, training materials, treatment resources and links to other websites.

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