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, Esther Toomey at

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.


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:

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

 Mental Health & AOD Action Plan 

CESPHN Recognise that people who experience co-occurring mental health and drug and alcohol conditions can experience barriers to effective service provision. We worked in partnership with the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, to understand the experiences of people who seek services as well as health care providers and this delivered important recommendations for increasing the capacity of the workforce to respond to people with co-occurring needs.

We convened a region-wide working party to progress this work in partnership with stakeholders across the region with a shared vision to achieve genuine change. Together with the Matilda Centre, lived experience workers, practitioners in public and NGO services, GPs, pharmacists, sector peaks, researchers and educators, developed an action plan to build system and workforce capacity to deliver holistic and integrated care that focuses on treating the person, not the illness.

pdf Mental Health & AOD Action Plan PDF (486 KB)

pdf Mental Health & AOD Poster (170 KB)

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
Gambling Support

The Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic at University of Sydney have provided a collated document of local services offering gambling support. 

  pdf Gambling Support Services (6.60 MB)