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Dual Diagnosis Support Group Program


Southern Dual Diagnosis Service / Monash Health

Project Description:

The Dual Diagnosis Support Group Program objective is to improve the treatment outcomes for consumers in the Dandenong region who are experiencing both mental health and substance use conditions. This will be achieved by establishing a weekly community support group consisting of a collaborative partnership with Southern Dual Diagnosis Service (SDDS) as the lead agency, local area mental health services (Doveton Community Care Unit, Dandenong Area Mental Health Service (MHCSS)) and the local consortium of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services.

Stakeholder organisations will receive access to training supervision and support to collaboratively offer a weekly treatment group to dual diagnosis consumers. The project seeks to support the stakeholder clinicians in developing skills and accessing a range of evidence based programs during the project and also at their individual workplaces in the longer term, as well as participants having access to specialist assessments.

Project Outcomes

A number of training days were run covering five different topics. The total number of staff attendees for the courses across the two sites were as follows: Psycho-education Program - 28 participants, Optimal Health Program – 19 participants, SMART Recovery training – 7 participants, Motivational Interviewing training – 10 participants and the Revitalise training – 25 participants.

At an evaluation meeting with the partner agencies from Dandenong, it was unanimously agreed they would like the group to continue. It was agreed that SDDS will continue the role of coordination.  


Due to low numbers at the Cranbourne group, a decision was made in March to trial Narre warren as an alternative, unfortunately numbers were low as well in this trail.     

** as of September 2016, the Dual Diagnosis Community Group continues to run in Dandenong and the details are as follows:

Thursdays from 12-1pm
Location: 56 Robinson Street, Dandenong (ERMHA building).
To register please speak to your support worker or contact Southern Dual Diagnosis Service (SDDS) on 9556 5255.

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