Latrobe Regional Hospital

Dual Diagnosis Program

Dual diagnosis is when people experience both a co-occurring mental illness and a substance use problem.

Many people with alcohol and drug issues have a range of mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression, at higher rates than the general community.

The Dual Diagnosis Program assists mental health services and alcohol and other drug services to support people who need care. It helps services, like Latrobe Regional Hospital to develop quality practices to assist people on their journey to a positive health outcome.

Dual diagnosis teams across Victoria work together to ensure the treatment a person receives is consistent, wherever they may live.

Consumers who experience comorbid mental health and substance use problems require that care of both problems, be provided as core business from both mental health and drug and alcohol services. 

  

For Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug treatment services Dual Diagnosis (DD) is the RULE not the exception and this leads to a greater level of complexity with consumers at increased risk of a range of poor outcomes including serious physical illness, social isolation and despair, self-harm and suicide.

The LRHMHS Dual Diagnosis Program plays an important role in assisting Mental Health Services (both clinical and non-clinical), and Alcohol and other drug services to increase their capacity to support consumers and carers.

Priority activities for the LRHMHS Dual Diagnosis Program include:

·         Assisting individual services to establish quality dual diagnosis practices within their services that meet the requirements of the Dual Diagnosis Key Directions and Priorities Action Plan 2007-2010. 

·         Providing education and training to all stakeholders.

·         Working collaboratively with statewide Dual Diagnosis teams in developing consistent standards of service delivery, best practice and providing advice to the Department of Human Services. 

·         Working with the Victorian DD Education Unit in the design and delivery of dual diagnosis education and training across both Victorian mental health and drug and alcohol workforces. 

·         Managing projects that will promote service improvement, for example, the reciprocal rotation project.

·         Supporting the provision of direct care in each sector to assist with complex dual diagnosis presentations in collaboration with senior clinical staff, or case managers.

 

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Community groups, businesses and individuals have been incredibly generous with donations to our Heart Appeal which is raising money to purchase equipment for our new cardiac catheterisation laboratory to diagnose and treat serious heart conditions.

You can make a difference to the lives of people in our community. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Click on the Make A Donation link or contact LRH Fundraising on 5173 8577. Thank you for your support!

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