National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

Comorbidity of mental disorders and substance use: a brief guide for the primary care clinician

2.6 Referral

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People with comorbid mental disorders and substance use frequently need care from several different disciplines. It is important that communication between all clinicians and service providers is coordinated.
The use of a care plan in these instances is advisable.

Consider referral when:

It is important for GPs to develop links with local specialist mental health or AOD services (where they exist).

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