Resources and links

 

AOD eNews

AOD eNews is a quarterly e-newsletter produced by Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, focusing on recent sector updates, stories and service provider information relevant to our region. It is sent to community members, organisations and health professionals across the CESPHN region.

If you would like to contribute an article to the AOD eNews please email Drug Health Programs Officer, Megan Mattingly at m.mattingly@cesphn.com.au

Drug and Alcohol Resources
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources

Alcohol and other drugs treatment guidelines for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - in a non-Aboriginal Setting

NADA has developed guidelines to support non-Aboriginal service providers in the AOD sector working with Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Guidelines are intended to support services to establish better relationships and linkages with Aboriginal organisations and in Aboriginal communities. The Guidelines also provide practical guides and resources to support workers and organisations to improve their service delivery when working with Aboriginal service users.

Evaluation 

This project has been evaluated by UNSW National Drug and Alcohol Research Council (NDARC). All services completed a pre and post audit and attended a Guideline workshop to measure if there was change. Twelve of the fifteen services who participated engaged in the project until completion. 

People of diverse gender and sexuality
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) resources

 

Working with Families
People exiting custody

Community Restorative Centre (CRC) provides a range of services to people involved in the criminal justice system and their families. CRC is the lead provider of specialist throughcare, post-release, and reintegration programs for people transitioning from prison into the community in NSW. All CRC programs aim to reduce crime and break entrenched cycles of disadvantage, offending and imprisonment.

CRC developed community resources for people exiting custody:

Youth
Co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug issues

As part of a needs assessment conducted in 2016, CESPHN identified comorbidity between AOD and mental health conditions as a priority area, with low levels of service provision. By improving the capacity of healthcare providers to identify, intervene, and provide appropriate referral and coordinated care with this population, the standard of care, and the lives of people with co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions may be improved.

Key documents

Comorbidity Guidelines 

The Comorbidity Guidelines website provides evidence-based information, training and resources to assist with the management of co-occurring, or comorbid, AOD and mental health conditions.

This website and online training program was developed by Dr Christina Marel, Associate Professor Katherine Mills, Mr Jack Wilson and Professor Maree Teessonat The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use.

 

  • Comorbidity Guidelines: Free online training is available here 
  • Comorbidity Guidelines: Order a free hard copy here

 

Tobacco and smoking

Tools for health professionals

Health professionals play an important role in smoking cessation. Supporting smokers to quit is an activity for the whole health care system and should be integrated into as many settings as possible, including hospitals, health services and community settings. Health professionals can be very effective in encouraging and supporting people to quit smoking regardless of their professional discipline.

Combining brief advice with other effective interventions, such as pharmacotherapy can greatly increase quit smoking success.

The following guidelines and resources will assist health professionals to confidently provide evidence-based management of nicotine dependence and smoking cessation for their clients/patients.

Clinical guidelines
Resources related to management of nicotine dependence in the health care setting
Resources related to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
Resources related to Aboriginal smoking
Resources related to smoking and mental health and smoking and disadvantage
Local mapping documents

Local mapping reports:

  • CESPHN undertook a baseline needs assessment of the region, which informed the development of an evidenced based activity work plan. This plan details the priorities and activities of CESPHN for Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services Flexible funding 2016 – 2019. Under the priority area of services for high needs populations and service capacity, CESPHN seek to identify strategies to improve access to treatment services for families, and enhance withdrawal service referral pathways. To inform this work CESPHN commissioned Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (NADA) to undertake a mapping project in 2017 Report here
  • Current Practices and support needs of healthcare providers in CESPHN in relation to addressing patient's co-occuring mental health and alcohol and other drug needs, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Unviersity of New South Wales, 2018. Report here
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