Seminar: From treatment silos to a healthy lifestyle approach for comorbidity Event as iCalendar

11 February 2014

12 - 1:30pm

Location: Room 264, School of Population Health, Tamaki Campus

Professor Amanda Baker, University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr Peter Kelly, University of Wollongong, Australia


The Centre for Addiction Research is delighted to welcome two leading clinical researchers from Australia presenting new results in the treatment of co-existing mental health and tobacco, alcohol and other drug use problems.

Seminar abstract:

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.

Studies described cover the spectrum of comorbidity, including samples people with severe mental disorders and residents of substance use rehabilitation programs.

Speaker bios:

Dr Peter Kelly and Professor Amanda Baker

Dr Peter Kelly is a Senior Lecturer and Cancer Institute NSW Early Career Research Fellow based in the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong. He is a registered Clinical Psychologist. He has extensive clinical and research experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance abuse problems. His 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. He has published over 30 peer reviewed journal articles or book chapters, with the majority of this work focused on the non-government sector.

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. She is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the 2011 Hunter Medical Research Institute Senior Researcher Award for Research Excellence, the 2010 Senior Scientist Award: Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and Other Drugs, and the 2009 Excellence in Research, National Drug and Alcohol Awards: Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia.