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A community response to alcohol and other drug issues in the City of Yarra

Kevan Myers

Team Leader & Senior Dual Diagnosis Clinician Nexus Dual Diagnosis Consultation Service

Kevan has been employed at Nexus which is based at St Vincent’s Hospital since 2005 having previously worked in clinical mental health services. He has experience in community and inpatient settings across NSW and Victoria, as well as the UK. Kevan is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University.

His research is focused on the dual diagnosis resource the Reasons For Use Package. Kevan is currently Deputy Chair of the Yarra Mental Health Alliance and a member of the international body MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers). Kevan has been a regular Yarra Drug and Health Forum attender for over 15 years and joined the Executive in 2016.

Kevan strongly believes in the YDHF key approach of service users, community and service providers working together to improve outcomes. One of the central principles of dual diagnosis thinking is that co-occurring mental health, alcohol and other drugs and physical health issues are the expectation not the exception. Therefore holistic approaches as championed by the YDHF are needed rather than siloed thinking.

YMHA Terms of Reference

April 2012 amended February 2021 Statement of Purpose:“The Yarra Mental Health Alliance fosters trust and honesty amongst its members and meetings provide a reflective safe space to share and learn about what is happening within the sector.” Aim:The Yarra Mental…

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