National Comorbidity Guidelines online training program

1 July 2019

Research has shown that mental disorders are common among clients of alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services, with up to three in four people who access treatment meeting criteria for at least one co-occurring disorder. Although people with co-occurring mental health conditions may present to treatment with more complex profiles, they have been found to benefit just as much from traditional AOD treatment methods as those without co-occurring conditions.

The Australian Government Department of Health-funded National Comorbidity Guidelines Online Training Program is based on the evidence-based Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (2nd edition). Designed to support the uptake of the Guidelines into practice, the free online training program was developed by researchers at The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney.

Both the Guidelines and online training program were developed in collaboration with clinicians, consumers, carers and AOD workers, and have adopted a holistic healthcare approach. Given the range of complex problems experienced by many people presenting to treatment, the goal of any service should be to improve quality of life across all domains. The Guidelines and online training program emphasise the importance of treating the person, not the illness.

The Guidelines and training program, and more information about both, can be accessed here: Comorbidity Guidelines.