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 e.toomey@cesphn.com.au

Drug and Alcohol Resources
  • Australian Drug Foundation (ADF)
  • Ask Izzy is an anonymous online search platform with over 360 000 services; including housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice and addiction supports.
  • Cracks in the Ice is an online toolkit providing information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (Ice) for the community and for health professionals
  • Community Drug Action Teams NSW - Find out what's happening in NSW near you by contacting your local Community Drug Action Team (CDAT), which is led by a regional Senior Community Development Officer who will help with your questions. You can locate your local CDAT here
  • Language Guides:
    NUAA and NADA's Language Matters guide
    Mental Health Coodinating Council's (MHCC) Recovery Oriented Language Quick Reference Guide
  • Network of alcohol and other drugs agencies (NADA) – the peak body for the non-government alcohol and other drugs sector in NSW
  • NADA's Webinar Series Alcohol and Other Drugs 101 - Brush up on your AOD basics with this foundational webinar series on the range of substances used by people in the community. Approached from a harm reduction perspective, each webinar will refresh your knowledge and/or give you new information about emerging drugs.
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre provides a range of resources to support treatment and other interventions responding to alcohol and other drug related harm, including a resources section for AOD workers
  • Overdose Lifesavers This website aims to support people effected by opioid overdose and those thinking about using Take Home Naloxone as well as to inform the community about overdose and what can be done about it. 
  • pdf Resources for Pharmacists in Opioid Treatment (53 KB)  - NSW Health recently launched a resources pack to support Pharmacists involved in the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP). The NSW OTP provides patients with access to treatment for opioid dependency, with a focus on improving patients’ health, wellbeing and engagement with their families and community. The role of community pharmacists is vital, and these resources are available to support you to deliver a high quality and safe program.
  • Take Home Naloxone (THN) - A list of registered pharmacies in NSW
  • Turn to Help - provides information and resources about opioid addiction, treatment and where to find support for individuals, families, friends and carers. The website also includes an online portal for Healthcare Professionals to access clinical resources.
  • Your Room Resources and up to date information about drugs and alcohol
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:

Young People
Co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug issues

People with co-occurring mental health conditions and substance use are a priority in the CESPHN region, and can experience barriers to effective service provision. 

Comorbidity Guidelines

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

This website and online training program was developed by 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 and Drug & Alcohol Resource Package 

A resource package of online and telephone resources and online training has been developed to assist in providing effective support to clients with mental health and drug and alcohol conditions. 

Resources provided by SESLHD Drug and Alcohol Services Comorbidity Clinical Pathways Project, funded by the Mindgardens Neuroscience Network. 

Click here for more information. 

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

CESPHN funded the Matilda Centre to undertake a scoping exercise to evaluate the practices and support needs of healthcare providers in the CESPHN who work with people with co-occurring mental health and AOD issues. 

  • The full final report is here.
  • A two-page bulletin summarising the report and recommendations is available here.

Mental Health and AOD Action Plan

CESPHN convened a working party to develop local solutions to increasing the capacity of the workforce to respond effectively to people with co-occurring mental health conditions and substance use. 

Mental Health & AOD Action Plan PDF (486 KB)

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
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Gambling Support
  • The Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic at University of Sydney have provided a collated document of local services offering gambling support. You can download a copy of this document  pdf here (6.60 MB)
  • GambleAware offers information, resources and support for individuals, their family, friends and carers as well as health professionals. 
    GambleAware counsellors are available over the phone. For free, confidential advice and support, call GambleAware on 1800 858 858 24/7.