Research network

Network update

CMHDARN is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the second round of Seeding grants for 2018-19. Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre is conducting a project which involves a consultation on the needs and experiences of people from Iran living in Greater Sydney who may face AOD and mental health related issues. Australian Drug Foundation is conducting a project to gain an understanding of the mental health needs of women seeking treatment for substance use disorders in NSW. CMHDARN congratulates these two organisations on their successful applications. The projects are set to progress over the first half of 2019 and we look forward to reporting on the projects and outcomes in the near future.

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.