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Study finds a need for more joint mental health, alcohol and drugs services in Adelaide's northern suburbs

Date posted: 1 May 2015

A first of its kind research project by the University of Adelaide has identified the need for more joint mental health, alcohol and other drug (AOD) services in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. The study found that there are 23 mental health services and two AOD services, but no services for people with both illnesses.

Project Leader, Nursing Professor Charlotte de Crespigny, says that International research indicated that 70% to 90% of people accessing mental health or AOD services suffered from depression or anxiety, as well as AOD use in the form of alcohol, sedatives, cannabis or other illicit drugs.

The research included a survey of 160 people which included Aboriginal personnel and clinicians working in the field, and almost all respondents said that they were unsatisfied with the level of support for people suffering from both mental health and AOD use.

Kaurna Elder, Aunty Coral Wilson, said that alcohol and other drugs were the main contributors to mental health issues in the Aboriginal community, which meant a joint service was vital.

Source: University of Adelaide and The Courier Mail


Professor Charlotte de Crespigny
School of Nursing
University of Adelaide


Last updated: 28 April 2015
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