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Collaborative Connections: Mental Health & AOD Symposium Recording

In 2024, Mental Health Coordinating Council, the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies, and CMHDARN held a unique and valuable cross-sector symposium, attended in-person and online across New South Wales.

Collaborative Connections: Mental Health and AOD Symposium brought together the mental health and AOD sectors, offering a platform to strengthen relationships, highlight progress and achievements, and hear what needs to be done to better meet the needs of people with co-occurring needs.


Symposium speakers:

Dr Robert Stirling, NADA CEO and Dr Evelyne Tadros, MHCC CEO, addressed the audience of Collaborative Connections: Mental Health & AOD Symposium 2024


The Hon. Rose Jackson MLC, Minister for Mental Health, addressed attendees, speaking to the need for cross-sector collaboration


Passionate advocate within the Hearing Voices Movement and experienced Community Support Worker, Kellie Stastny, grounded the Symposium with her lived expertise keynote presentation


‘Substance Use is Not My Problem’ – Keynote from specialist psychiatrist Dr Lisa Juckes, Uniting NSW.ACT.


NADA Deputy CEO Chris Keyes facilitated a panel discussion with three sector leaders within mental health and AOD in NSW: Odyssey House CEO Carmel Tebbutt, Kedesh Rehabilitation Services Community Access Coordinator Ellen Horspool and The Buttery CEO Leone Crayden spoke to the challenges and things working well in their means of supporting co-occurring needs.


SDECC Clinical Director Belinda Volkov and The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use Senior Project Officer Tanaya Narbey discussed the highly regarded ‘Co-occurring Guidelines’ developed by The Matilda Centre and SDECC as a case example of success in integrating the Guidelines into service delivery.


ICLA Senior Manager Zoe Blome and Weave Program Manager Dylan Clay presented on the innovative ways their organisations are delivering supports in the community


Alex Dangaard, Counsellor from Lives Lived Well, provided a lived expertise reflection of the day.


NADA CEO Dr Robert Stirling and MHCC CEO Dr Evelyne Tadros close Collaborative Connections: Mental Health & AOD Symposium 2024 with their reflections on the day and hopes for next steps.

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