P.O Box 24 Brown Hill
Victoria Australia 3350


About us

Dual Diagnosis Australia 


This service is divided into two sections using the combined name of Ballarat where both services rest 

1. Education – using the name Ballarat

2. Mental health and psychological counselling in the clinical area of Dual Diagnosis – using the name Dual Diagnosis Australia. 

My qualifications

Master of Nursing (MN)

Thesis for Master’s – “Drugs on the Mind”

Rod Soar Cecil Deans 2005 Rural DDX article

Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing (Grad Dip MHN)

Bachelor of Nursing (BN)

Registered Nurse Division 1 (RN)

Diploma Alcohol and other Drugs (DipAoD)

Diploma Vocational Education and Training (DipVET)

Diploma of Training Development and Design (DipTDD)

Certificate IV Training Assessment and Education (TAE)


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Dual Diagnosis Australia is a service developed to provide counselling and treatment coordination of individuals with a co-morbid disability. It is registered with the NDIS in Victoria, initially operating in Ballarat Victoria and with a plan of progressing to other parts of Victoria using other qualified professionals involved with the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI). DD AUSTRALIA

Now about me

Hi, I am Rod Soar and I welcome you to Roar Education and Dual Diagnosis Australia. I am passionate about dual diagnosis (co-existing Mental Health [MH], Alcohol and Other Drugs [AoD]). My experience and qualifications as the provider of Dual Diagnosis Services in the Grampians region is well known and now I offer a blended Dual Diagnosis course and also offer counselling and the coordination of treatment of this complex illness, both while working alongside Rural Dual Diagnosis Coordinators.

I am experienced as a clinician, coordinator and teacher in different roles in MH and AoD. I have worked as the Grampians region dual diagnosis coordinator and latterly as a consultant for the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI). I have provided AoD, MH and Dual diagnosis (DD) lectures at university (Higher Education), and teaching at TAFE colleges’ and other Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s). I provided a presentation to the Health Department of Victoria, Melbourne on the establishment of a rural dual diagnosis service.
I assisted in the establishment and coordination of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative Rural Forum (VDDIRF), in conjunction with other rural dual diagnosis clinicians in the state of Victoria.
I delivered a presentation on the rural structure of the VDDI at the Alcohol and Other Drug service providers’ conference. I was also a founding member of the state-wide working party ensuring the development and direction of dual diagnosis services in Victoria.

Story of ROAR Education
What made me think of coming up with Roar Education?
The lack of knowledge among the teachers and trainers regarding these specialized areas is the answer. I came up with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), but due to finding it impossible to communicate with ASQA, I have given up on this idea. My dream was to offer two types of training: face-to-face and online.
we had arranged to partnered with The Victoria Dual Diagnosis Initiative Rural Forum (VDDIRF) offering evidence-based up-to-date education for Mental Health and Substance use treatment services, and the Dual diagnosis service would provide administration, but I struugled to communicate this to ASQA.
Roar Education would use the Hub and Spoke model, where the Hub provides the online education and the Spokes represent the members of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI) providing administration.

Story of Dual Diagnosis Australia

I decide to develop a public service which provides evidence based practice in Dual Diagnosis, on an outreach basis, catering for both high and low prevalent mental health disorder as well as other complex conditions. Initially I am providing this service to the Ballarat region in Victoria, with plans of expansion as the need arises.