Resources and links


Resources for working with CESPHN's priority populations
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) resources
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) resources
Working with Families
Working with Diversity
Working with people with co-exisiting mental health and drug and alcohol support needs

Current practices and support needs of healthcare providers in CESPHN in relation to addressing patients’ 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. To inform how best to address this priority area, the CESPHN funded NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) to undertake a scoping exercise to evaluate the current practices and support needs of healthcare providers in the CESPHN in working with co-occurring mental health and AOD issues among their clients. The scoping exercise was undertaken to improve understanding of these issues at the network level, with a view to providing recommendations for workforce development and capacity building. 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 Teesson at the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS), University of New South Wales Sydney. In December 2018 the Comorbidity Guidelines, website and online training program moved to the University of Sydney and is now located at 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