Research network

Network update

CMHDARN continues to support and build the capacity of the non government AOD and mental health sectors through several programs. Below is an update on just two of the programs CMHDARN supports.

The CMHDARN Research skills webinar series increases understanding and skills in research. We’ve explored topics like: why we do research, how to develop a research question and why ethical research is important. Register now for a webinar on co-design in research.

Applications are open for CMHDARN’s Community research mentoring program. Open to MHCC or NADA organisational members, this program helps those who want to develop and conduct research, with guidance by an expert mentor. Designed to support practice based research, this program helps to build the skills of the mentee and to equip them with the knowledge about research processes and measuring impact and outcomes. Apply by email or visit the CMHDARN website.

About the network

The CMHDARN is a partnership project between NADA, the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and the NSW Mental Health Commission.
CMHDARN was established in 2010 to broaden involvement of the community mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors in practice-led research and to promote the value of research and the use of research evidence in practice.

Its overall aim is to:

  • improve the quality of service delivery and correspondingly, the outcomes for consumers of community managed services
  • promote increased understanding and awareness of co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues.

CMHDARN facilitates the development of a culture of research by providing opportunities and context for the exchange of ideas, the sharing of resources, support and collaboration among community organisations and between community organisations and research bodies, including universities and research institutes. Communities of practice help foster continuous learning, shape critical thinking and enable innovative practices and approaches.

In order to build the research capacity of the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors, the network shares information and engages with members via its website, workshops, forums, reflective practice webinars/webcasts, and other activities.

Visit www.cmhdaresearchnetwork.com.au and become a CMHDARN member today. It’s the easiest way to receive updates on CMHDARN activities and it’s free to join.

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