(Pictured above, from left, Professor Leanne Hides, Lives Lived Well research manager Sandy Sacre and Lives Lived Well’s Clinical Director David Mooney.)

The effectiveness of treatments for addiction and mental health in Queensland will be explored in research to be conducted by a new Professor of Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health.

The role has been created by Lives Lived Well in collaboration with The University of Queensland and this month Professor Leanne Hides commenced in the position.

Prof Hides will lead research seeking to increase current knowledge on what treatments are most effective for helping people overcome difficulties with substances and mental health and wellbeing.  She will also be working with clinical staff and postgraduate researchers to develop and test innovative new treatments.

It is anticipated that the findings will benefit Lives Lived Well and its various treatment services and programs, as well as the health sector more broadly.

The University of Queensland is currently recruiting two post-doctoral researchers to support this work.

Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles said our organisation was very excited to start a research-based partnership with The University of Queensland and have Prof Hides come on board. “We hope this is the beginning of a significant and enduring research partnership with the University of Queensland towards improving understanding of effective treatments of primary and comorbid substance use and mental health disorders.”

The University of Queensland’s Professor Christina Lee said: “The University is extremely happy to be solidifying our relationship with Lives Lived Well. The addition of Professor Hides will complement and increase our capacity to assist those who are facing obstacles in their life.”

Professor Leanne Hides said: “This clinical research partnership between The University of Queensland and Lives Lived Well will enable us to make a significant contribution to the evidence base for which models of service delivery and treatments for substance use and mental health issues work in the real world”.

About Professor Leanne Hides

Prof Hides is a leading Australian and international clinical researcher in the treatment of comorbid mental health and alcohol and substance use. She is a registered clinical psychologist with over 17 years of clinical and research experience in the mental health, substance use and primary care sectors. Prof Hides also holds a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship at The University of Queensland.

About Lives Lived Well

Lives Lived Well is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation. We support people to overcome obstacles to living their lives well – particularly those impacted by alcohol and drugs, and problems related to mental health. Our professional teams provide free counselling and support across Queensland and deliver youth outreach, family programs and low-cost residential treatment. For more information, visit www.liveslivedwell.org.au


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