Research network

Network update

CMHDARN are excited to announce we have awarded the inaugural CMHDARN Innovation and Evaluation Grant 2019–2020 to the Sydney Drug Education and Counselling Centre (SDECC). This grant provides SDECC with the opportunity to undertake research on the topic of ‘What are experience and outcome measures telling us about the services we deliver?’ We look forward to supporting and facilitating this exciting project! Do you want to conduct research in your service but don’t know how? Would you like support? Would you like to develop new research skills? Mentoring for a period of up to six months is available.

The CMHDARN Community Research Mentoring program will link you with an academic who has expertise in the area related to your questions/ideas to form a mentoring relationship. Apply now [PDF].

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.