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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...


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The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is a premier research institution in Sydney, Australia and is recognised internationally as a Research Centre of Excellence. 

NDARC was established at UNSW Sydney in May 1986 and officially opened in November 1987. The Centre is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Drug and Alcohol Program.

NDARC delivers novel, high quality research on alcohol and other drug use that:

  • Reduces the prevalence and severity of drug and/or alcohol misuse in Australian communities
  • Enhances the capacity of the sector to undertake drug and alcohol research informing national efforts to address substance misuse
  • Enhances knowledge on treatment approaches for emerging drugs of concern, including supporting research on innovative treatment methods

With collaborators across Australia and the world, NDARC has a strong network of leading research and service organisations in the drug and alcohol sector. The Centre works with universities, research centres, health services, criminal justice agencies, peak bodies and alcohol and other drug service providers.

Mission Statement

The overall mission of NDARC is to conduct and disseminate high quality research and related activities that increase the effectiveness of treatment and intervention responses to alcohol and other drug related harm.

In order to increase effectiveness of the Australian treatment response to drug problems four goals need to be met:

  • The harms to which treatment should be directed need to be known
  • Effective treatments should be available for responding to these harms
  • Those providing treatment should be aware of which treatments are effective
  • Those who experience harms should be made aware of ways to minimise them, and of the availability of effective forms of treatment

Key Goals

  1. To improve understanding of the nature and extent of alcohol and drug-related harms to which treatment and other interventions should be directed
  2. To increase knowledge on the range and effectiveness of treatment and other interventions aimed at reducing forms of alcohol and other drug related harm
  3. To increase knowledge among treatment and intervention providers about which programs are effective and which individuals are most suited to them
  4. To increase the community's knowledge of appropriate and effective treatment and other intervention programs for alcohol and drug-related problems

NDARC Core Workplan Areas

  1. Prevention and early intervention research
  2. Clinical research
  3. Mental & physical comorbidity research
  4. Epidemiology of D&A use and harms
  5. Justice Health and Drug Policy
  6. Indigenous health and wellbeing
  7. Health economics and biostatistics
  8. Families, Communities and Society

Learn more about the NDARC Core Workplan Areas.