Homelessness is a prevailing issue in contemporary Australian society and yet little is known about the social and economic costs to the individual and to the community.
Trauma and post traumatic stress disorder are highly prevalent among people with substance use disorders. There is however, a dearth of literature as to how best to treat this comorbidity.
Governments and policy makers are interested in determining which interventions are more or less effective than others, such that the scarce funding resources can be allocated in the most efficient manner possible. Thus, where should law enforcement invest its resources?
This project aimed to identify and minimise barriers to accessing and enhancing effective health and social care services for vulnerable and/or marginalised young drug users.
The purpose of the project was fourfold: to identify the dominant media portrayals used to denote illicit drugs in Australian print news media (cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin); to identify the extent to which media portrayals changed over time (from 2003-2008); to explore the
Prevalence rates of mental disorders among homeless persons typically exceed general population estimates. Despite the high level of need in the homeless population, access to appropriate services is limited, particularly among those with co-occurring substance use and other mental disorders.