Complex and connected

People who experience drug and alcohol disorders often also have mental health issues and challenges with their physical health and other aspects of life. Despite this, treatment services are rarely integrated with other supports, leaving people isolated and stigmatised as they seek help. Mindgardens’ work explores people’s experience of drug and alcohol services to find solutions that address their needs more directly and get services working together within an effective system.



adults exceed official alcohol guidelines


More than half (57%) of drug-related hospital admissions are due to alcohol


Methamphetamine accounts for 8.2% of drug-related hospital admissions (2020-21)


Cannabis use has increased to 11.6% of the population (2019)

Stories of Change

Drug & Alcohol Disorders
Stories of Change
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Lived experience shapes everything we do

Mindgardens encourages the integration of lived experience voices at the centre of drug and alcohol research, service design, implementation and policy to ensure these services are accessible and meet the needs of those who use them.

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How MindLabs contributes


Professor Nick Lintzeris

Professor Nick Lintzeris

Professor Lintzeris is a practising addiction medicine specialist, Director of Drug and Alcohol Services, South East Sydney Local Health District and Conjoint Professor in the Specialty of Addiction Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. He is the current President of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, past Chief Addiction Medicine Specialist for NSW Health, and Foundation Chair of the NSW Drug and Alcohol Clinical Research and Improvement Network (DACRIN).

Professor Lintzeris has a keen interest in clinical and translational research in the drug and alcohol field, with 200 peer reviewed journal publications. A key interest is the use of clinical information routinely collected in electronic record systems to enable research and evaluation and improve care for people with substance use disorders

Associate Professor Julia Lappin

Associate Professor Julia Lappin

Associate Professor Julia Lappin is a psychiatrist ​​and the Clinical Director of the NSW Tertiary Referral Service for Psychosis (TRSP). She is also an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales School of Psychiatry and Mental Health. She trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London and completed her PhD at King’s College, London, on the topic of outcomes following a first episode of psychotic illness.

Associate Professor Lappin’s research program focuses on improving outcomes for people living with psychotic illness, including people with substance use and other comorbidities. This clinical research is embedded in the TRSP, which delivers a holistic approach to care, enabling greater access to evidence-based interventions, including psychological, psychosocial and physical health treatments.

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