The Reasons For Use Package: The development, research and launch of a Dual diagnosis online resource

Kevan Myers

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BACKGROUND: Simon Kroes and Kevan Myers from Nexus Dual Diagnosis Service designed and researched the Reasons For Use Package (RFUP) originally in a powerpoint format. The RFUP was designed as a dual diagnosis capacity building resource which assists workers to have therapeutic conversations with consumers. It combines training and mentoring with a 26 item self report questionnaire and optional treatments based on the domains of the RFU scale.

AIMS: The aim was to build a resource which was user friendly for both consumers and staff built around the spirit of collaborative exploration of the consumers mental health and substance use issues.

METHODS: Successful pilots lead to a national comparison evaluation between two groups of mental health staff based in New South Wales and Victoria. The Victorian cohort were trained and mentored in their use of the RFUP with two consumers. NSW was the Treatment As Usual cohort. The Victorian Consumers also gave feedback on their experience.

RESULTS: There was a statistically significant gain in dual diagnosis knowledge and confidence of the Victorian cohort compared to the NSW cohort that was maintained through mentoring. The Consumer feedback strongly endorsed the RFUP as a collaborative resource which assisted them to explore and develop treatment goals.

DISCUSSION / CONCLUSION: Kevan Myers is a PhD candidate whose research has been based around the RFUP. He has presented the research internationally in Singapore, Denmark, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The RFUP has now been further developed as an online resource with Monash Art Design and Architecture. It was launched in May 2018. Currently the RFUP is being used in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, across a wide variety of services including clinical and non clinical mental health, alcohol and other drugs and housing services.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2019
Event9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health 2019: Shaping the future - University of York Exhibition Centre, York, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Jul 201926 Jul 2019
Conference number: 9th


Conference9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health 2019
Abbreviated titleICSW 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • dual diagnosis
  • implementation science
  • implementation research
  • implementation motivational interviewing

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