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Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) offers a wide range of resources to build the capacity of individuals and organisations in the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors to undertake practice-based research.

The resources featured here are designed to promote the exchange of ideas, provide knowledge and support research capacity in these sectors


WEBINAR: Example of Excellence – Showcasing the Community Restorative Centre

Hear from the team at the Community Restorative Centre’s Research and Advocacy Unit, sharing insights from their work, and discussing how they prioritise research in the NGO setting. A fantastic case example that quality research can be achieved in the NGO and CMO sectors.

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WORKSHOP: Co-design Kickstarter

CMHDARN presents a fantastic workshop with Bradley Foxlewin, Brett Bellingham, Emma Elder, Dr Grenville Rose, A/Prof Jo River, and Kath Thorburn to discuss and unpack all things co-design research

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WORKSHOP: Ethics & Lived Experience in Research

CMHDARN presents a fantastic workshop with Jo Farmer to discuss and unpack all things ethics when collaborating with people with lived experience in research, both as participants and as co-researchers

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Acknowledgement Matters: A Guide to Lived Experience Engagement

This resource aims to provide guidance on payment and remuneration of people with lived experience who participate in research, or are in identified co-researcher roles.

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Co-design Kickstarter

A short guide to get started, and become more familiar with co-design research.

Developed in partnership with: CMHDARN, University of Technology Sydney, University of New South Wales, Black Dog Institute, Consumer Led Research Network, inside out & associates australia & Northern Sydney LHD

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WEBINAR: Using Program Logic in Research & Evaluation

What are program logic and theory of change?
How do you use program logic and theory of change?
How are program logic and evaluation linked?

Jo Farmer – Independent evaluator and advocate

This webinar explores program logic and theory of change, providing you with relevant examples in mental health, AOD and trauma sectors, and offer some valuable tools and templates to support your practice


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WEBINAR: Highlights from the NGO Research Capacity Study w/ NADA & Youth Solutions

How much research capacity is there in NSW NGO alcohol and other drugs services?
What are the barriers and enablers to undertaking research in NGO services?
How can this knowledge support you to build your owns services research capacity?

Robert Stirling, CEO, NADA
Emily Deans, Research, Strategy & Design Coordinator, Youth Solutions

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WORKSHOP ‘How to use research to address knowledge gaps in your practice’

This workshop will help you to identify gaps in knowledge and implementation, to discover what areas are “actionable” , and put them in priority. Our facilitator, Professor Andrew Baillie has extensive experience helping health professionals to develop research agendas as part of building research capacity within Sydney Local Health District and Sydney Health Partners.

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WEBINAR: Co-production Kickstarter

This webinar celebrated the launch of the ‘Co-production Kickstarter’ resource with the authors: Dr Jo River, Brett Bellingham, Bradley Foxlewin and Dr Grenville Rose. The authors discuss the importance of co-production research for the community managed mental health and AOD sectors

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