Authors: David Whealing, VIC
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: DUAL DIAGNOSIS, COMOBIDITY, WAGGA WAGGA, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper presents the findings from a case note review of people who have come into contact with Community Mental Health Services in two regional towns of Albury and Wagga Wagga in southern New South Wales, Australia. Some 302 case notes were reviewed. The findings from this study are presented in a new graphical method using radar charts. These charts show how the key players for dual diagnosis clients differ from single issue clients in complexity and number of key players.
Interestingly, the same data set is used to show a strong association of foundation issues such as trauma, sexual assault and relationship issues applicable to dual diagnosis. The cross tabulations presented on these issues provide evidence that sexual assault and relationship issues have a dangerous propensity to act as a significant gateway into a comorbidity of mental illness and substance abuse for females.