Outside In - 2010

Research into Practice Conference and Research Showcase


6-7 December 2010,  Novotel Manly Pacific , 55 North Steyne, Manly, Sydney 

Co-hosted by the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and the Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (NADA).

Working with people with co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol issues is one of the biggest challenges to service providers.

• Find out how research can inform our practice
• Hear what works according to the evidence
• Discover how our services must change to meet the needs of this group

Conference Flyer

Conference Program

Innovation and Collaboration

This conference will provide an opportunity to hear the outcomes from a number of important research projects conducted by community managed organisations/NGOs in collaboration with universities and major research institutions working on the ground with people who have co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol issues. 

Similarly, the success of partnerships between service providers and research institutions will be examined in the context of capacity-building across the mental health and drug and alcohol sectors.

Learning through Diversity

The multiplicity of research projects will allow participants to gain insights into a range of different services and operational perspectives.

Keynote addresses:

  • Hon Carmel Tebbutt MP, Deputy Premier and Minister for Health
  • Julian Morrow, Executive Producer and co-founder of The Chaser
  • A/Prof Michael Baigent, Department of Psychiatry Flinders University, Clinical Advisor, beyondblue, the National Depression Initiative, Clinical Director, Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders
  • Dr Katherine Mills, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
  • Readings and performance by young artists from the "Speak Out Speak Easy" program at South Sydney Youth Services.

Keynote presenters 

Michael Baigent

A/Prof Michael Baigent MBBS, FRANZCP, FAChAM is a specialist with the Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia where his work has a specific focus on co-occurring substance and mental disorders. He is also the Clinical Director of the Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Flinders Medical Centre and directs the Mental Health Sciences course, part of the Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit. He is a psychiatrist and addiction specialist who has taught and lectured extensively in the area of co-morbidity and been a member of a number of national and state advisory committees and reference groups to do with substance use disorders and mental illness. He was the immediate past Chair of the Section on Addiction Psychiatry for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. In 2006, he was invited to be the Clinical Advisor to beyondblue, the National Depression Initiative.

Katherine Mills

Dr Mills is a Senior Lecturer and National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSW. Her research focuses on the epidemiology and treatment of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, in particular, post traumatic stress disorder. Dr Mills has published widely in the area, and the importance of her research has been recognised by awards from the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2004), the Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and Other Drugs (2007), and the US College on Problems of Drug Dependence (2009).

South Sydney Youth Service

Mardi Diles is the Team Leader of the Speak Out Dual Diagnosis Team at South Sydney Youth Services. Mardi is passionate about working therapeutically with young people and engaging in creative intervention. Her work is informed by Narrative Approaches and values the lived experience of young people accessing support. Mardi has a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences and a Masters in Social Health. 

Ronald Valencia provides counselling and family therapy to young people and their families through the Speak Out Dual Diagnosis Program at South Sydney Youth Services. He also maintains a private practice in psychotherapy in Sydney and has a passion for young people rediscovering themselves and their dreams through greater connection with their inner being, their family and community.

Camille Masson-Talansier is a visual artist, art coordinator and a dynamic Trainer. Camille's paintings and transparency installations have been exhibited in Europe and Australia and her works are held in major private collections. Her ongoing personal art practice is essential and informs her different roles. She has organised numerous international public art events and multicultural art programs in France, and in 2007 she was appointed Director of Lockhart River Indigenous Art Centre in Far North Qld. In 2009, she joined South Sydney Youth Services Speak Out Dual Diagnosis Team to facilitate the Arts program within the organisation.