Resources for health professionals

If you’re a health professional, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has lots of resources that you may find useful.


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Resource for health care workers: Alcohol and Other Drug Stigma

This resource for health care workers explores the impact of stigma on people who use alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and practical steps health care workers can take to create safe and welcoming environments in their workplace.

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GP resource - AOD and mental health in young people

This guide for GPs on supporting young people with AOD and mental health issues was developed in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners Victoria.

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Opioid Pharmacotherapy for Young People

If you work in the youth services sector, you may come across young people (aged 12-25) who use opioids and may be dependent – and you might be wondering what treatment looks like for them.

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Alcohol and other drugs and mental health

This resource provides an overview of the relationship between AOD and mental health problems, highlighting the need for integrated prevention, early intervention, treatment and management of these issues.

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Synthetic cannabinoids

Synthetic cannabinoids can be more harmful than cannabis. This resource explains what they are, legal status, harm reduction tips and other relevant info.

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AOD, mental health and young people

This resources helps you to support a young person struggling with AOD and mental health issues. It covers why young people use AOD, how to reduce the risks, co-occuring mental health conditions, barriers to seeking treatment and how to have a conversation with a young person.

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Living with chronic pain

People experiencing chronic pain face a complex set of challenges and barriers. This resource gives you info on what chronic pain is, treatments, what medications are available and what to do if you’re having trouble accessing medication or want to self-manage.

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The Power of Words: Anti-stigma guide

The Power of Words practical language guide is designed to support healthcare and other professionals to reduce stigma and improve health outcomes for people who use alcohol and other drugs.

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Having the conversation

Family and friends of people who use AOD often feel isolated, powerless and confused. Talking about it can feel overwhelming. This guide can help you figure out where to start.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources

A suite of AOD resources to assist organisations working with First Nations communities, developed in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) information

This resource explores FASD through a prevention lens. It provides an overview of FASD, the impact of stigma on parents, and outlines FASD prevention strategies.

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ADF Library: New research evidence

The ADF Library is the largest and most up-to-date alcohol and other drugs library in Australia. Visit ADF Library and scroll down to the New research evidence drop-down menu.