Practical Guidelines and Toolkits

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Case Managing in non-government AOD services; a practical toolkit AADANT 2015

This toolkit was designed to provide services with a suite of core-practice documents which have been modelled from best practice and validated stimulus from the local, national and international AOD platforms. The utilisation of these core-practice documents across services aims to enhance the practice of case management in the NT non-Government AOD Sector by providing more consistency in regards to processes, collaborative practices, skills and knowledge in the substance misuse field.


Guidelines for the acute assessment and management of amphetamine-type stimulant intoxication and toxicity (2014)


External Service Providers AMT Practice Guidelines

This document shows the whole process of AMT Treatment in the Northern Territory.


NADA Policy Toolkit 2nd Edition (2015)

The NADA Policy Toolkit 2nd Edition is designed to guide non government drug and alcohol organisations to develop and review operational policy documents and support their formal quality improvement program.

The new edition is the result of a comprehensive review of the NADA Policy Toolkit (2010) and provides a new, up-to-date and user friendly toolkit of policy and procedure templates that can be adapted to support individual organisations.


Guidelines on the Management of Co-occurring Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health Conditions in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Settings NDARC

The purpose of these Guidelines is to provide AOD workers with up-to-date, evidencebased information on the management of comorbid mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings.


Guidelines for the Treatment of Alcohol Problems- Department of Health 2009

These guidelines provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to clinicians on the available treatments for people with alcohol problems. The guidelines are directed to the broad range of health care professionals who treat people with these problems, including primary care (general practitioners, nurses), specialist medical practitioners, psychologists and other counsellors, and other health professionals. As all forms of treatment will not be readily available or suitable for all populations or settings these guidelines may require interpretation and adaptation. Health service planners represent a significant audience for this document.


Alcohol and other drugs: a handbook for health professionals– Department of Health 2004

This resource provides an overview of key health and medical issues arising from the use of alcohol and other drugs.


The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug- University of Sydney 2012

The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work is a practical tool to use in your everyday work with clients. It can help build on your skills and knowledge.


Training frontline workers: young people, alcohol and other drugs- Department of Health

Learning resources to assist frontline workers address the needs of young people on issues relating to illicit drugs.


Comorbidity Capacity Building Toolkit – Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) 2011

The WANADA comorbidity capacity building toolkit is based on the knowledge gained throughout the ISI project and aims to provide guidance for other AOD services in WA planning to undertake capacity building initiatives.


Comorbidity of mental disorders and substance use: A brief guide for the primary care clinician– Department of Health & Ageing


Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia 2008 – Monograph 71

Monograph 71 is a fantastic resource for clinicians, GP’s and all interested in the treatment of people with a mental health and substance abuse issue. It provides a straightforward guide to comorbidity. It provides information on levels of evidence as well as management of people with mental health and substance use issues, common drug groups, tobacco, depression, anxiety, psychosis, personality, somatoform and eating disorders gambling, brain injury mental disorders, and substance use.
These guidelines have a greater academic foundation than the 2002 edition. Information related to brain injury, gambling, tobacco


QLD Dual Diagnosis Clinical Guidelines


QLD Clinician Toolkit

Queensland Health has published the Dual Diagnosis Clinical Guidelines and Clinicians Toolkit.   While the guides are published specifically for Queensland Health staff, they contain a range of useful contacts and information about good practice for people with coexisting mental health and AOD problems.  These guidelines provide a way forward following the release of the Queensland Health Dual Diagnosis Policy, developed in 2008. These guidelines explain the ways that the “No wrong door” policy should be implemented at the local level.


Clinical Treatment Guidelines For Alcohol and Drug Clinicians; Methamphetamine Dependence and Treatment– Turning Point 2007

Clinicians sometimes evolve their own practice from case studies and experience. However, the constant monitoring of research worldwide and its subsequent integration into working with clients is often beyond the resources of many clinicians and clinical organisations whose focus is practice, not research. As a result, Turning Point has published the Clinical Treatment Guidelines series to help address the need for up-to-date alcohol and drug treatment resources for clinicians.


Complex Needs Capable; a Practice Resource for Drug and Alcohol Services- NADA 2013

The resource includes practice tips for workers and considerations for services in working with people with complex needs. It links theory to practice, provides information on what workers need to know about particular complex needs issues, screening and assessment, and appropriate tools for service use.


Family Sensitive Policy and Practice Toolkit– NCETA 2010

The toolkit builds a bridge between the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) treatment and child protection sectors to improve cooperation and collaboration.


Management of cannabis use disorder and related issues: a clinician’s guide–  NCPIC 2009

These guidelines are suitable for health-care practitioners who work with a variety of cannabis-using individuals; providing a reference point for the management of cannabis-related problems ranging from occasional cannabis use through to dependence. Presentations may include mental health symptoms and/or behavioural disturbances. The monograph covers aspects of interventions, including assessment, withdrawal, and psycho-education. The guide includes recommendations for the provision of culturally appropriate treatment to Indigenous clients.


Practice guidelines for treatment of complex trauma and trauma informed care and service delivery
Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) 2012


Methamphetamine Treatment : A Practitioner’s Reference– California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs 2007

This Methamphetamine Treatment:  A Practitioner’s Reference is organized into three segments. Section I provides an overview of methamphetamine and the effects of methamphetamine addiction. Section II offers guidelines for assessment, treatment and recovery, while Section III looks at the impact of methamphetamine on special populations in California. Each chapter in Sections II and III provides documented material on the significant clinical issues surrounding methamphetamine use, followed by a list of suggested treatment strategies − actual action steps − to assist practitioners and others who work with methamphetamine-addicted individuals.