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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


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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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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Using Program Logic in Evaluation & Translational Research

This resource aims to provide a better understanding of program logic and how you can use this framework to assist in planning and evaluating programs and interventions within your organisation, as well as applying a program logic framework to research projects.

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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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WEBINAR: The benefits of mentoring for emerging and established researchers – a discussion with The Matilda Centre

Join us in a discussion with The Matilda Centre to learn more about the benefits of a mentoring partnership for both emerging and experienced researchers

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Upholding best-language through CMHDARN: A Discussion

A Discussion Paper following a targeted consultation with a number of diverse lived experience participants to inform CMHDARN’s use of language.

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Research Showcase bibliography

The purpose of the bibliography is to reveal the significant contributions to practice-based research  made across the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors by NADA and MHCC members and stakeholders.

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