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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


Towards trauma-informed research: a brief overview and practice guide

This practical guide provides a brief overview of what trauma-informed research is alongside reflections on how to ‘do’ trauma-informed research. It is useful for anyone interested in undertaking research about trauma or seeking to minimise the risk of re-traumatisation occurring during research processes.

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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.

Watch the recordings of the presentations here

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What is Participatory Research?

Do you want to do participatory research with people with lived experience, but you’re feeling lost in the sea of different terms used to describe participatory research? We want to help you to understand the different levels of research participation. This video provides a short explanation of the different levels of participation in research.

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WEBINAR: ‘Unpacking the Annual Overdose Report with the Penington Institute’

The webinar features CMHDARN and the Penington Institute discussing the findings of the Penington Institute’s Annual Overdose Report and why the data is important for community-managed/non-government mental health and drug and alcohol service providers.

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Why Surveys?

Workers often feel that conducting surveys with people accessing their service is just a ‘tick-a-box’ activity to collect data for compliance measures or reporting to funding bodies.

We have developed this poster to highlight the benefits and helpful ways that data collection tools can be used in your service. 

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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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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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Co-production Kickstarter

The Kickstarter is a co-produced short guide to get started, and become more familiar with co-production research.

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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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