Health Professional Resources

Mental Health & Addictions Resources for Health Professionals

Guideline: The role of Clinical / Nurse Educator Mental Health & Addiction (Acute Support) in Emergency Departments, Aotearoa New Zealand Clinical Nurse Educator (Acute Support) ED_final 2022

End of Life Choice Act 2019. This module is designed to support all health professionals to understand the End of Life Choice Act 2019 and assisted dying services.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Extensive eLearning modules for health professionals involved in assessment and diagnosis.

Focussed Acceptance and Commitment therapy (FACT) can easily be introduced in very short change-oriented conversations, be it in a school nurse’s office, a general practice visit or in a mental health therapy session.

Grow – Transforming lives through others. At GROW we do this by sharing knowledge and skills, building hope and championing those who are making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Help your patients hack their brains for better health. Video course by Psychiatrist Dr Jud Brewer. We created the course specifically for you so that you can help your patients make real and lasting positive changes in their lives using the latest in evidence-based approaches.

Insight by Queensland Health. eLearning modules and a weekly webinar program. Wide range of courses on alcohol and other drugs, tobacco, cannabis, trauma informed care, motivational interviewing and more.

Let’s get real by Te Pou. A framework that describes the values, attitudes, knowledge and skills required for working effectively with people and whānau experiencing mental health and addiction needs.

Methamphetamine counselling & treatment. This extensive online training provides frontline workers, including peer workers, alcohol and other drug workers and clinicians, with information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’).

Motivational Interviewing in brief consultations. This one hour module explains what motivational interviewing is, its uses and explanations.

Occupational Health and Safety Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours
An extensive but excellent course about sleep, the brain and damage. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, USA.

Privacy. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner offers free online privacy education and e-learning modules.

SPARX – take control, for health professionals. SPARX is a self-help tool designed specifically for young people (12-19 years) with mild to moderate depression. SPARX is not a clinical service. Clinical teams engaging with young people retain the duty of care.

Supporting the Wellbeing of Infants, Children, Young People and Whānau. A wide range of courses are available through Whāraurau

What works? Collaborative Police and Health interventions for mental health distress. This evidence review looks at collaborative interventions between the police and health services which help support people in mental health distress.

Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses This free interactive course is designed to help healthcare workers better understand the scope and nature of violence in the workplace. Requires enrolment and gives training credit. Evaluation and test required to obtain certificate. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, USA.

Multicultural Mental Health

In Your Language. Multilingual resources in over 50 languages produced by the Transcultural Mental Health Centre, NSW.

 Multicultural Mental Health Outcomes and Assessment Tools. These tools have been developed by the Transcultural Mental Health Centre and NSW Health to assist health care professionals to provide culturally appropriate care to their culturally and linguistically diverse clients.


Australasian Sleep Association. Despite a rising awareness of the importance of sleep to our health, well-being and safety, the nature of sleep and the disorders that affect it are not well understood by our community. The information here is provided to help health professionals understand key aspects of sleep health and sleep medicine. It is designed for general practitioners, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and psychologists. Resources and information at

Healthy Sleep Videos. These educational videos about healthy sleep and sleep disorders feature the expertise of board-certified sleep doctors. The videos explain why sleep is so important, how sleep is essential to health, how to sleep well on a regular basis, and what to do if you have a sleep problem.

Shiftwork and sleep. Sleep is essential for good health. In fact, we need sleep to survive just like we need food and water and we spend about one-third of our life sleeping.

Stair walking is more energizing than low dose caffeine in sleep deprived young women. A study comparing the influence of 10-min of low-to-moderate intensity stair walking to the consumption of capsules containing 50mg caffeine.

Suicide Prevention

Building a Better Suicide Risk Assessment: The Nuts and Bolts of the Columbia Protocol, a 90 minute on demand programme on the Columbia Suicide scale

Manawa – Suicide Prevention. An app to support personal safety planning when people are experiencing challenges to their mental wellbeing, and further prevention resources.

Suicide Awareness Training (ZSA) is a short online course which aims to give you the skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide. It also works toward breaking the stigma around suicide, encouraging people to have open conversations about their mental health. The course is aimed at adults aged 18 and above.

Suicide Resource library (ZSA). Various resources and on-line courses by Zero Suicide Alliance, United Kingdom.

Your Guide to Planning a Safe Suicide Prevention Event. If you are organising a suicide prevention event, this guide can help you to plan, run and speak safely about suicide at your event, as well as offer hope to all attending. Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Trauma Informed Care

Managing acutely distressed patients. Professor Bruce Arroll hosts a Q&A session with Dr David Codyre who is the lead psychiatrist of the National Telehealth Service’s Need to Talk 1737 line.

Supporting patients with lived experience of trauma. Anna Elders introduces the concept of trauma-informed care and how trauma screening and a trauma-informed approach can limit ongoing negative sequelae of trauma over the lifespan, helping to improve patient’s quality of life and health outcomes.

Trauma Informed Care. This toolkit has been developed for alcohol and other drug practitioners to enhance knowledge and skills in trauma informed care. By Insight, Queensland Health.