Research network

Network update

In December 2017, Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) welcomed its new research network coordinator, Elyse Aird. Elyse has worked in various research, policy, and project management roles in government and non-government organisations. Planning for the upcoming CMHDARN symposium,which will take place on 20 June 2018, is underway.

On the day, speakers will talk about integration of services, the use of language in the AOD and mental health sector, and workforce capacity building and sustainability. The event will showcase CMHDARN’s seeding grants, and there will also be a consult on the strategic direction of CMHDARN.

The evaluation report on the CMHDARN Seeding Grants, one-off grants given to AOD and mental health organisations to build their capacity tounder take research, is also in train.


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.