Research network

Network update

CMHDARN hosted a research network symposium on 20 June 2018. The program presented an exciting opportunity to hear from presenters with lived experience, as well as service providers and researchers, and to network with participants from both the mental health and AOD sectors. The primary focus of presentations was on actions identified in the NSW Mental Health Commission’s Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024. Keynotes provided by Dr Mindy Sotiri, Associate Professor Kylie Valentine and Dr Emma Barrett included conversations around the management of critical transition points, language, and co-occurring conditions.

CMHDARN’s 2017 seeding grant recipients provided an overview on their research projects. Another highlight was the consultation with network participants on their priorities for CMHDARN in the future to inform the strategic direction. A big thank you to our speakers and attendees for making this
a great event.


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.