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About Us

Welcome from the Director

Professor Michael Farrell

image - Welcome From The DirectorWelcome to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. We are in our 30th year of operation and continue to expand and undertake groundbreaking research in a wide range of areas.

The Centre is a hive of activity, generating new research ideas and working hard to generate research funds to implement new research projects.

The Centre has been strongly supported by the Australian Government Department of Health since its inception. The original aim was to develop research in Australia and to develop research infrastructure in Australia. NDARC with its sister...

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney is Australia’s leading research group in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector.

NDARC researchers undertake a strategic program of work focused around eight key activity areas and in response to emerging drug and alcohol issues in Australia:

  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Clinical research
  • Mental and physical comorbidities
  • Epidemiology of drug and alcohol use and harms
  • Justice health and drug policy
  • Indigenous health and wellbeing
  • Health economics and biostatistics
  • Families and communities
  • Emergent needs 

The Centre’s research responds directly to the needs of federal and state governments, policy agencies, community groups, service providers, health professionals and clinicians in the AOD sector and related fields.  

The Centre is highly regarded nationally and internationally, and staff and students work closely with collaborators across Australia and the world.

NDARC provides higher degree research pathways to students interested in AOD research, including scholarship opportunities and career development.  

NDARC was established at UNSW Sydney in May 1986 and officially opened in November 1987. The Centre receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care under the Drug and Alcohol Program, and UNSW Sydney as a national research centre within the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Our mission 
NDARC at UNSW Sydney produces evidence-based, multidisciplinary research to increase the effectiveness of intervention, treatment, and policy responses to AOD related harm.