An internationally-renowned expert on co-occurring mental health and drug and alcohol issues will present a psychiatrist’s perspective at a Warrnambool workshop this month.

Addiction psychiatrist Dr Igor Koutsenok will lead the dual diagnosis workshop on March 17-18 for the Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD).

The workshop at the Lighthouse Theatre is aimed at people working in the drug and alcohol and mental health fields.

Dr Koutsenok will look at the definition of dual diagnosis – which refers generally to people who have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, common vulnerabilities, different diagnostic strategies, and treatment strategies.

Dr Koutsenok presented at the Winter School conference in Queensland in 2015 and his presentation was well attended and highly acclaimed by delegates.

WRAD Improved Services Coordinator Kim Williams said Warrnambool was lucky to attract someone as renowned in the field as Dr Koutsenok.

“We are limited to 50 places so this is a great opportunity for people working in mental health, justice, substance abuse and service organisations to learn first-hand from a highly-regarded expert in the field,” Ms Williams said.

In 2014 Dr Koutsenok was appointed at Chief of Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. He has also worked for 18 years as Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Centre for Criminality and Addiction Research, training and Application at the University of California.

He led the design of workforce development training for substance abuse counsellors and criminal justice professionals in the United States.

For many years Dr Koutsenok has taught addiction psychiatry and he has authored or co-authored more than 50 scientific publications.

The workshop is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under Substance Misuse Service Delivery grants funding.

WRAD is part of Handbury Medical Suites in Merri Street Warrnambool.

People interested in registering for the workshop can contact Ms Williams on 1300 009723.