Professor Michael Farrell
Welcome to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. We are moving into our 27th 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 organisations, NDRI and NCETA, have concertedly fulfilled this role and continue to work hard to develop the infrastructure and capacity for research, treatment, training and policy development in the drug and alcohol field.
NDARC is internationally recognised for the quality of its research and is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Research Centre. As well as that NDARC also houses the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, the Drug Policy Modelling Program and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use. All three have extensive networks of collaborators across the whole country and across the world.
The overall aim of the Centre is to generate high quality research and evidence that can be put into practice in order to develop and improve approaches to both prevention and treatment of addiction related problems.
As you read through the different projects that are underway I hope you will be struck by the breadth and depth of quality research that is underway and understand how important this work is to our future understanding and responses to what remains an evolving and complex problem.