Comorbidity treatment service model evaluation

This report evaluated service delivery models for comorbidity treatment in the alcohol and other drugs and mental health service sectors, identified elements of good practice, and made recommendations arising from the evaluation.

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This document was prepared by Dr Monika Merkes, with thanks to Rachel Canaway who prepared a literature review for the project.

Further, we thank Drs Virginia Lewis and John Pead, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, University of Melbourne, for their comments and direction, and Mary Caruana for editorial assistance. Susan Rosenhain and David Rose provided comments on a draft of the evaluation tool.

We thank the Department of Health and Ageing staff for their continued support and assistance; in particular Louise Butkus, Assistant Director, Comorbidity and Strategic Directions Section, Drug Strategy Branch, who has managed the project.

Grateful thanks are also extended to the following 'key informants' who gave their time to examine the draft literature review and to provide useful comments and suggestions, not only on the literature review, but also on ideas for subsequent components of the project and directions for further research:
  • Associate Professor Michael Baigent, Department of Psychiatry, Flinders University and Drug and Alcohol Services, South Australia
  • Dr Rodger Brough, Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre, Victoria
  • Andrew Bruun for Youth Substance Abuse Service (YSAS), Fitzroy, Victoria
  • Wendy Casey, Aboriginal Alcohol & Other Drug Programs Drug and Alcohol Office
  • Kathryn Elkins, ORYGEN Research Centre, Melbourne
  • Professor Margaret Hamilton, Executive Member, Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD)
  • Professor David Kavanagh, School of Psychology & Counselling, and the Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Katherine Mills, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), University of New South Wales
  • Professor Maree Teesson, NDARC, University of New South Wales
  • David Templeman and Jane Shelling, Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA).
In particular, we wish to thank the following individuals and treatment services who agreed to participate in the evaluation and who gave generously of their time and expertise. This work would not have been possible without them:
  • Ms Yianna Paterakis, Drug and Alcohol Intensive Support For Youth (DAISY), Centacare NT
  • Mr Mathew Bonson, Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services Inc.
  • Ms Maria Yap, Eastern Drug and Alcohol Counselling Service, MonashLink CHS
  • Mr Gary Croton, Eastern Hume Dual Diagnosis Service, Northeast Health Wangaratta
  • Ms Mary Alcorn, Gold Coast Drug Council Inc.
  • Ms Toni van Hamond, headspace Barwon @ Clockwork, GP Association of Geelong
  • Ms Constance Karametos and Ms Janelle O'Brien Mental Health Capacity Building, Youth Substance Abuse Service
  • Ms Marjan Geertsema and Mr Stephen Mihaly, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services, Barwon Health
  • Ms Jenny Begent, The Salvation Army
  • Mr Norman Menadue, South Metro Community Drug Service Fremantle, Palmerston ASSC
  • Mr Shane Brown and Ms Mardi Angelopoulos, Speak Out Speak Easy – Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program, South Sydney Youth Services
  • Ms Anne Penney, SWOOPP, Community Connections Incorporated
  • Mr Mark Ferry, The Ted Noffs Foundation
  • Mr Paul Aiken, UnitingCare Moreland Hall
  • Ms Ruth Tulloch, Vietnamese Drug and Mental Health Improved Services Comorbidity Project, Vietnamese Community in Australia/SA Chapter Incorporated (VCASA)
Thanks also to staff in two treatment services who participated and did not want to be publicly acknowledged.
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