Coproduction in evaluating a dual diagnosis tool with youth in a residential mental health service


  • Physical health, wellbeing and AOD

The purpose of this study was to utilise a lived experience (LE) informed/co-designed approach to explore the service-user experience of using the reasons for use package (RFUP) within a youth residential rehabilitation mental health setting.

Who is involved

Neami National, St Vincent’s Hospital, Monash University

Project status



LE researchers (those who have lived through mental illness or distress), Master of social work students, a community of mental health service manager, community of mental health researchers, dual diagnosis service researchers and university-based researchers collaborated on the project. The study used an exploratory, qualitative approach of semi-structured interviews to invite young people’s experiences of the resource. The research team conducted a collaborative thematic analysis drawing on the range of perspectives.


Through five interviews with young people, key themes identified included: client factors and extra-therapeutic events, relationship factors, technique/model factors/delivery and outcomes/things noticed.

Practical implications

The RFUP was a useful clinical tool with the young people in this pilot as it improved awareness of reasons for drug use and impact on mental health, service user to staff relationship, quality of the resource, mode of delivery and participant self-knowledge.


Coproduction in evaluating a dual diagnosis tool with youth in a residential mental health service
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Sarah O’Connor

Sarah (she/her) is a mental health researcher who spends her time supporting consumer feedback processes and co-ordinating a range of research and evaluation projects.
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Dr. Priscilla Ennals

Priscilla (she/her) has worked in the role of Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation at Neami National since 2016.
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