This project forms part of a broader DPMP interest in studying policy-making in Australia. Drug policy is influenced by the research evidence but also by politics, lobby groups, public opinion, and various windows of opportunity.
In this study, we will undertake detailed analyses of the largest cross-national epidemiologic study of mental and substance use disorders ever conducted. The WHO World Mental Health Survey (WMHS) initiative is a massive, unique endeavour.
Injecting drug use is a behaviour strongly associated with other highly marginalised characteristics such as imprisonment, blood borne virus infections, homelessness and mental illness.
The Australian government expends an estimated $1.7 billion on responding to illicit drugs every year, with policing comprising 64% of this expenditure. One core assumption underpinning this investment is that police can deter, discourage or prevent drug offending.
Technology assisted substance use interventions such as ‘high-tech’ internet-based treatments are thought to be effective; however, the relatively ‘low tech’ use of telephone counselling does not yet have an established evidence base outside of tobacco cessation.
This report was commissioned by the NSW Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO) to summarise key components for consideration in developing a strategic, practical, coordinated and efficient approach to the clinical management of comorbid mental illness and substance use.
New psychoactive drugs that mimic the effects of prohibited drugs are increasingly available in Australia, and there is mounting evidence of their harmful health effects.
Despite a high prevalence of drug and alcohol (AOD)-related morbidity among patients presenting to emergency departments, acute care settings and pre-admission clinics, previous research has found AOD-related morbidity is not commonly identified on admission.
The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have been invited to work with 5 remote NSW communities to retrospectively evaluate a suite of interventions aimed at prevention of drug and alcohol harms from 2012-2014.