Centre of Addiction Research seminar: From treatment silos to a healthy lifestyle approach for comorbidity Event as iCalendar

11 February 2014

12 - 1:30pm

Venue: Room 730-264, Building 730, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

This presentation brings together two leading clinical researchers from Australia to present new results in the treatment of co-existing mental health and tobacco, alcohol and other drug use problems. The 20 year gap in longevity between people with versus without co-existing mental health and substance misuse problems has drawn recent focus to quality of life and physical health more broadly. The progression from single focus (mental health) to dual focus (mental health and substance misuse) and then to a broader healthy lifestyle focus is described and recommendations for conceptualising and improving future treatment are made.

Dr Peter Kelly is a Senior Lecturer and Cancer Institute NSW Early Career Research Fellow based in the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong. A registered clinical psychologist, Dr Kelly’s current research involves the development and implementation of clinical interventions to improve outcomes for people diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse problems.

Professor Amanda Baker is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow. She is a senior clinical psychologist who has practised in the United Kingdom and Australia. Her research focuses on the challenging area of the psychological treatment of comorbidity (co-existing mental health and tobacco, alcohol and other drug problems). Professor Baker’s research has been supported by NHMRC fellowships continuously since 2003.


For more information please contact David Newcombe Email: d.newcombe@auckland.ac.nz