New! Best Practice Guide

New! Best Practice Guide A CMHDARN Best Practice Guide to Enabling Consumer and Carer Leadership in Research and Evaluation Download

The CMHDARN's Aim:

– is to build the capacity of community managed mental health, alcohol and other drug services, to develop more strategic and long term relationships with researchers, and to improve the service delivery to people affected by mental distress and drug and alcohol issues.

The Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) aims to:

  • broaden the involvement of the mental health and alcohol and other drugs community organisations in practice-based research
  • promote a research culture by supporting community organisations working in the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors to understand and use research to inform their day to day practices, policies and strategic direction, and
  • assist with the translation of research into better service delivery and better outcomes for people living with mental distress and/or alcohol and other drugs issues.

Learn About the Network

Find out about what CMHDARN is trying to achieve.


Find out about current and past activities. Follow links to resources and materials.

Making Your Job Easier

Browse here for publications, resources, other research network and website links, and research funding opportunities.

Joining the Network

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CMHDARN acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we live and work across NSW.  As we share our knowledge, teaching and learning, may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.
CMHDARN also acknowledges and values the lived experience of people affected by mental distress and drug and alcohol issues, both past and present.