Evidence-based practice resources translate findings from health research into recommendations for clinical practice to improve health outcomes. They are a great way to keep up-to-date with latest practices and handy to distribute within your service.
Guidelines on the management of co-occuring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings - second edition
Now in its second edition, the updated guidelines include new sections on holistic healthcare and supporting evidence along with sections dedicated to eating disorders and ADHD. The guidlines also highight the imprortance of AOD clients being aware of potential interactions between commonly prescribed medications and other substances. QNADA has developed a suite of harm reduction resources focussing on potential medication interactions which is available here.
Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal
The Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal includes links to clinical practice guidelines developed for use in Australian health care settings. Each guideline on this portal has been assessed according to rigorous quality selection criteria. This site provides direct links to guidelines or to guideline developer websites. The majority of guidelines are able to be accessed for free, however in a few instances payment is required.
Queensland Health Dual Diagnosis Clinical Guidelines and Clinicians Tool Kit
The Department of Health (QLD) Dual Diagnosis Clinical Guidelines and Clinicians Tool Kit were developed to improve treatment outcomes and facilitate collaboration between Queensland Health Mental Health and ATODS units. They are also a great tool for improving outcomes and collaboration by NGO services. The Guidelines provide a broad overview of treatment issues, tips for managing clients with dual diagnosis and advice on the implementation of dual diagnosis policies.