Health professional resources

General community services sector

Information on how and where workers in the community services sector are able to safely apply, remove and dispose of their PPE.

Alcohol and other drugs

The Commission produces a range of resources to support the workforce to reduce alcohol and other drug related harms including about:

ASSIST screening portal

The ASSIST portal has been developed by the University of Adelaide, funded by the Australian Government, to scale up screening and intervention for substance use disorders. It is an electronic version of the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) which was developed by the World Health Organization. The ASSIST has eight questions and takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. The ASSIST helps identify the risks associated with substance use and the personalised feedback helps explore options for change. It is for health and welfare professionals to develop knowledge and skills on how to assess and intervene while the ASSISTplus site is to enable self-assessment by people who consume substances. Access it via

Working with Aboriginal people:

The following culturally secure resources by Maggie Brady can also be obtained in print free of charge by contacting National Mailing & Marketing (1300 131 616):

  • The Grog Book. Strengthening Indigenous Community Action on Alcohol
  • Giving Away the Grog. Aboriginal accounts of drinking and not drinking
  • Talking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients about alcohol (a flip chart for health workers).

Clinical guidelines and policies

Best practice indicators

Alcohol and Other Drug Counsellors' Training Program

The Drug and Alcohol Counsellors Training Program DVD Resources consists of audio-visual scenarios both with and without teaching text. Expanded text outline key teaching points are also included within this package.

This resource has been designed to support trainers who are delivering training to frontline workers, with the purpose of supporting the workers knowledge, development, competence and confidence of core counselling skills required for effective AOD counselling.

Prior to delivering any training using this package, trainers should familiarise themselves with the audio-visual resource and all information provided in the teaching points. It is highly recommended that presenters are acquainted with relevant core counselling skill literature.

Click here to access a version of these videos without on-screen text.

1. Confidentiality Demonstration

2. Engaging a New Client

3. Treatment Planning

4. Ineffective Counselling

5. Effective Counselling

Mental Health

Online Learning

MHPOD is an evidence-based online learning resource for people working in mental health. Currently, there are over 100 hours of material across 68 topics, written and produced in Australia. The topics range from recovery to legislation and dual disability.  The content of MHPOD is linked to the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce. 

Access the MHPOD Learning Portal

Mental Health Act Resources

The Commission produces a range of resources, checklists, handbooks and information sheets about the Mental Health Act and its application. Access Mental Health Act resources

The Department of Health has produced a Mental Heath Patient Transport Buyers Guide, which outlines the contract with Wilson Medic One to provide a road-based transport service, in the metropolitan area, for eligible mental health patients who are subject to a transport order or apprehension and return order under the Mental Health Act 2014. In country areas, the existing arrangements with St John Ambulance are to be used.

Other clinical resources

For clinical mental health resources please visit the Chief Psychiatrist's website or the Department of Health's Mental Health Policy Framework.


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