Research and the provision of
evidence-based approaches is critical to the success of the
non government sector. It is therefore essential that we build a
research agenda to support our work. Research into community based
approaches to reduce drug and alcohol related harms needs to be
enhanced, promoted and valued. This is fundamental to support the
growth and maturing of the NGO sector. To achieve this we need to
increase the capacity of our services to engage in research
and contribute to evidence-based practices.
One way that NADA is supporting its members to increase their
research capacity is through its partnership with the Mental Health
Coordinating Council in the establishment of the Community
Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN). The
aim of the research network is to build the capacity of non
government mental health and drug & alcohol services to engage
in research and develop more strategic and long term relationships
with researchers. Click here for information on the Research
NADA has created a list of useful resources to support members in
research practices. Click here for research resources.
A successful research initiative funded by the NSW Ministry of
Health was the Comorbidity Research Grants Program. The Program
invested $1.5 million in research to NADA members to
contribute to the effectiveness of services for people with
co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol issues. Click here
to learn more about the Comorbidity Research
Grants Program, including the final report.
Contact Robert for
information about how you can get involved in research.