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Richard Spence-Thomas

The Great Divide - The Journey of Integrating Mental Health and Addiction Services and future Challenges

by Insight

The Sunshine Coast Mental Health Service and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Service became integrated in 2016. This presentation will provide an outline of some evaluation that has been conducted around this integration including the successes and challenges. Additionally the future direction of providing effective treatment and intervention to consumers with dual diagnosis will be discussed.

Richard is a Clinical Psychologist who currently works as a Program Director for the Sunshine Coast MHAS. Prior to this he has a long career working as a clinician in public mental health and addictions roles in Victoria and Queensland. In addition Richard has worked privately across both clinic based and inpatient roles in the Private Health setting. The treatment of addictions including gambling has long been a special interest in his practice.

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