Updated Comorbidity Guidelines (2016)

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has updated and revised the Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (the Comorbidity Guidelines) with funding provided by the Australian Government Department of Health. The updated Comorbidity Guidelines (2016) are now available online.

The Comorbidity Guidelines aim to:

  • Increase the knowledge and awareness of co-occurring mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings;
  • Improve the confidence and skills of AOD workers; and
  • Increase the uptake of evidence-based care.

This second edition is based on the best available evidence, and was developed in consultation and collaboration with clinicians, researchers, consumers, and carers from across Australia.

The NDARC project team has commenced arrangements for formal dissemination activities, including the hardcopy printing and distribution of the updated Comorbidity Guidelines to key stakeholders including drug and alcohol treatment services and tertiary education providers within Australia.

An online training program related to this project is also currently under development by the NDARC project team, and will soon be available. To be notified when the training program is available, you may wish to register your name and email address here.

You may also be interested in a related report produced alongside the update of the Comorbidity Guidelines by the NDARC project team on the Training and support needs of youth substance use and mental health workers in relations to comorbidity.