Appendix C: Research and information organisations

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Below is a selection of other research and information organisations and other resources that may be useful for those working with clients experiencing co-occurring AOD and mental health conditions.

Organisation name Contact Service


A health promotion organisation specialising in support for people who identify as sexual or gender diverse, or have HIV, in NSW.
Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) A not-for-profit NGO committed to preventing and minimising AOD-related harms across Australia.
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA)

Peak body representing government and NGO alcohol and other drug sector in the Australian Capital Territory.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council Tasmania (ATDC)

The peak body representing the NGO, not-for-profit Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) sector in Tasmania.
Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre

Alcohol and other drugs information resource for Aboriginal communities.
Association of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies NT (AADANT)

Peak body for the alcohol and other drug sector in the Northern Territory.
Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD)

Professional body for individuals working in the alcohol and other drugs field.
Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA)

Peak body representing therapeutic communities in Australasia.
Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) 

Professional body for social workers in Australia.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Information and resources for Indigenous health.
Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users

The peak national organisation representing peer-based AOD organisations and people with lived experience of AOD use.
Australian Institute of Criminology

The peak national organisation for research and knowledge on crime and justice.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The peak national organisation for research and knowledge on health and welfare.
Australian Psychological Society (APS) 

Professional body for psychologists in Australia.
Beyond Blue

A national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety, and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.
Black Dog Institute

A not-for-profit research, education, and training institute with expertise in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mood disorders.
Brain and Mind Centre

Network of researchers and clinicians who aim to develop treatments for brain and mind conditions and improve health outcomes
Burnet Institute

A research institute which aims to achieve better health for vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally.
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

Centre that provides leadership in rural and remote mental health research and program delivery.
Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network

Network that aims to broaden involvement of the community mental health and AOD sector in practice-based research and promote the value of research and the use of research evidence in practice.
Cracks in the Ice

Online toolkit providing evidence-based information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) for the Australian community.
Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA)

Peak body representing alcohol and other drug nursing in Australasia.
Deakin University Centre for Drug Use, Addictive and Anti-Social Behaviour Research

Research centre focusing on the psychological, biological, socio-political, and clinical aspects of AOD use, other addictive behaviours, and consequent harm.
Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia

A statewide South Australian health service for people with alcohol and/or other drug related problems.

Drug and Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service (DASAS) Within Sydney Metropolitan Area:

(02) 8382-1006

Regional, Rural & Remote NSW:

1800 023 687

Free 24/7 clinician-operated telephone service that provides general advice to NSW-based health professionals on clinical diagnosis and management of patients with AOD-related concerns.
Dual Diagnosis Australia and New Zealand


An online community of people interested in contributing to better outcomes for persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

Online portal that facilitates free 24/7 access to evidence-based online screening, eHealth treatments and resources for people experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, and the clinical services supporting them.

Institute focusing on delivering best-practice mental health and suicide prevention programs.

Family Drug Support Australia 1300 368 186

Assists families throughout Australia to deal with drug issues and achieve positive outcomes.
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

A not-for-profit organisation which develops evidence-informed policy, enables advocacy, and delivers health promotion programs designed to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm.
GROW Mental Wellbeing Programs 1800 558 268

A 12-step program for people experiencing mental illness. Services include meetings across Australia and a residential service in Australia.

A government-funded youth mental health information site.

Online and telephone support service for young people experiencing mental health issues.

Hepatitis Australia and the National Hepatitis Infoline

1800 437 222

The peak, national NGO representing the interests of the Australian viral hepatitis community sector; provides a number of useful resources and referrals to state-based organisations.
Homelessness Australia

Peak body for homelessness in Australia.
InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders

National institute for research, translation and clinical excellence in eating disorders.
The Kirby Institute

A medical research organisation dedicated to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases and endemic response based in New South Wales.
The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use

A research centre that brings together world-leading researchers, clinicians, people with lived experience and community to share skills, synergise data, harness new technologies and trial innovative programs to prevent and treat mental and substance use disorders.
The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Learning Network

Learning network aimed at improving mental health services in Australia and New Zealand.
Menzies School of Health Research

A national medical research organisation dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as tropical health.
Mental Health Australia 

The peak, national NGO representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector.
Mental Health Coalition of South Australia 

The peak body promoting the interests of NGOs supporting people with a psychiatric disability in SA.
Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) 

The peak body representing the nonprofit community mental health sector in the ACT.
Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC)

The peak body for community mental health organisations in NSW.
Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT)

The peak body representing the interests of non-government mental health consumer organisations, carer organisations and service provider organisations in Tasmania.
Mental Health First Aid Australia 

Provides evidence-based mental health first aid education to all.
Mental Health Victoria

The peak body for mental health in Victoria.
Mission Australia 

A national organisation that provides community services throughout Australia.

MindSpot Clinic 

An online mental health clinic that provides free, anonymous assessment and treatment for adults experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and chronic pain.

A CBT self-help training program for depression and anxiety.
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction 

Research centre that specialises in AOD workforce development.
National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research 

Centre that aims to promote the health and wellbeing of young people by increasing Australia’s capacity to respond effectively to the harm associated with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug misuse.
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre 

Centre that conducts research that can be put into practice in order to develop and improve approaches to both prevention and treatment of addiction related problems.
National Drug Research Institute

Institute that conducts and disseminates research that contributes to effective policy, strategies and practice to prevent and reduce harmful AOD use.
National Eating Disorders Collaboration

Collaboration dedicated to developing and implementing a nationally consistent, evidence-based system of care for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.
National Health and Medical Research Council 

Australian national council that creates pathways to a healthier future through research funding, health guidelines and ethical standards.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (UK) 

Institute that develops guidance, advice, quality standards and information services for health, public health and social care in the UK.
Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies (NADA) 

The peak organisation for NGO AOD services in New South Wales.
Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) 

The peak body for the social and community sector in the Northern Territory.
Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition 

The peak body representing the community-based mental health sector in the NT.
ORYGEN Youth Mental Health Australia 

A national not-for-profit organisation and research centre for young people with mental health issues.

Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health 

A national non-for-profit organisation for people experiencing trauma and posttraumatic stress.
Positive Choices

An online portal with AOD-related resources for schools, parents, and communities.
Project Air 

Organisation that conducts research, education and treatment into personality disorders.
Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) 

The peak body for community mental health organisations in Queensland.
Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (QNADA) 

The peak organisation for NGO AOD agencies throughout Queensland.

An online service providing information and referrals to young people with a variety of problems including AOD and mental health.
ReachOut Schools

An organisation that provides online wellbeing resources for parents, teachers, and carers of young people.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 

The body responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand.
Sax Institute 

Institute that develops, tests and delivers best-practice approaches to working at the interface of research and health decision-making.
SMART Recovery Australia

A peer-managed self-help group that assists recovery from AOD use.
SMART Family and Friends

Support program designed to assist anyone affected by the addictive behaviour of someone close to them.
Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR)

National body for individuals engaged in research relating to mental health.
South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS) 

The peak body for NGOs working in the AOD field in South Australia.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US) 

US-based agency that aims to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities.
Telethon Kids Institute 

Medical research institute that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children through excellence in research.
Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre 

National addiction treatment, education and research centre.
Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA)

The peak body representing AOD services in Victoria.
Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH)

The peak mental health representative body in Western Australia for NGO nonprofit agencies.
Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (WANADA)

The peak body for the non-profit AOD sector in Western Australia.
Youth Support and Advocacy Service 

Victorian-based youth-specific community service organisation.
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