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Co-existing problems e-learning modules

Co-existing problems e-learning modules

A range of e-learning modules are available to support the process of raising awareness and increasing skills to work with co-existing mental health and addiction issues.

The e-learning modules are now hosted on Moodle at On your first visit to the site, you will need to create an account using your email and a unique password.

If you previously accessed e-learning modules at, your account information and record of learning have been transferred to Moodle. You will be prompted to set up a new password when you first log in using the same username (that you used on If you have any problems accessing your account, please email

Introduction to foundation co-existing problems knowledge

This e-learning module provides mental health, addiction and allied workers with introductory, foundation level, information about co-existing mental health and addiction problems and other complex needs (CEP).

The aim of the course is to build workforce knowledge and capability and support the development of person and whānau centred services that are CEP responsive.

Screening and brief interventions for co-existing mental health and addiction problems

This e-learning course introduces learners to the use of:

  • standardised tools to screen for the presence of substance use, gambling and mental health problems
  • brief interventions for substance use, gambling and mental health problems.

The use of standardised screening tools can help health workers unfamiliar with potential problematic gambling, mental health or substance use to identify areas of possible concern. Issues identified through screening can be addressed through a brief intervention if they are mild, or referral to a specialist service if they are more complex.

Learning objectives

1. Introduce learners to the:

  • ASSIST to screen for substance use
  • EIGHT to screen for gambling
  • Modified MINI to screen for mental health.

2. Provide an opportunity to practice using the screening tools that are appropriate to their area of work, for example use of the ASSIST in a mental health setting or the modified MINI in an addiction setting.

3. Encourage the routine use of standardised screening tools in all mental health and addiction services.

4. Support the recognition of and responsiveness to co-existing problems.

5. Introduce a model of brief intervention that can be adapted to a range of circumstances and needs.

Lived experience of co-existing problems

This e-learning module is a very personal story of lived experience of coexisting mental health and addiction problems (CEP).

The intent of the course is for participants to listen and reflect on their understanding of CEP and how we and the services we work in can be responsive to the needs of people.

Familiarity with the Introduction to CEP module will help provide a context for exploring this story.

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