Publications and resources which will support you in your research

Language guides

The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) has produced the Recovery Orientated Language Guide. This is an essential resource for mental health and human services that demonstrates the importance of using trauma-informed recovery-oriented language through the provision of examples as well as new information that includes: concepts of recovery across the lifespan; cultural diversity; talking about suicide; and, best practice language guidelines. Part of the guide includes examples of out-dated language and suggested alternatives. The guide can be accessed online here.

Language matters, a new resource from the Network of Alcohol & other Drugs Agencies (NADA) and the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) has been developed for the community based AOD sector. The resource encourages workers to move away from outdated terms like ‘drug user’ and ‘addict’ which stigmatise people who use drugs.  The resource was developed in consultation with CMO/NGO and government AOD workers and people who use drugs. Language matters can be accessed online here.


Setting up your research project

MHCC and NADA have produced the following three research primers to assist community organisations in undertaking research:

Thinking Research
Refining the Research Question
Leading Your Research Project


Examples / Templates

Example distress protocol

Example Participant Information Sheet – MHCC

Template – participant information and consent form


Consumer, Client and Carer Participation in Research

Follow this link for further information.


Research Tools from other organisations

Manual on writing for publication produced by Kate Dolan (NDARC) – Writing for Publication: The basics

This new guide provides researchers with an understanding of how peer review works and highlights some of the issues surround the current debates about the peer review process. – Peer review: A guide for researchers

Good Practice Disclosure Strategies for Job Seekers – Breakthru Solutions has made a video based upon their research work undertaken with their CMHDARN Research Seeding Grant. Watch the video here

Comorbidity guidelines – A website with evidence-based information, training and resources to assist with the management of co-occurring AOD and mental health conditions. The content is based on the second edition of the “Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings” developed by the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use.