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Ms Kali Chandrasena

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Kali joined NDARC in 2021 and is working in the Drug Trends team as the NSW Coordinator for Ecstasy and Related Drug Reporting System (EDRS) and the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). 

She has a public health policy background and has worked for the NSW Users and AIDS Association and Scarlet Alliance to develop and advocate for evidence and rights based public health policies impacting marginalised communities. Kali has a strong interest in harm reduction, reducing stigma and discrimination against marginalised communities, and producing research that supports rights based public health policies. 

Kali has completed a Masters in Social Work. 

University role: 
Research Officer
Research
Research activities: 

Bulletins

Chandrasena, U., Price, O. & Sutherland, R. (2021). Trends in, and characteristics associated with, trouble accessing sterile needles and syringes among people who inject drugs in Sydney, New South Wales. Drug Trends Bulletin Series. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. http://doi.org/10.26190/8y1y-8w59
https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/ndarc/resources/FINAL%20NSW%20IDRS%20Bulletin%202021_0.pdf

Chandrasena, U. & Sutherland, R. (2021). Patterns of non-prescribed and analogue benzodiazepine use among a sample of people who regularly use ecstasy and/or other illicit stimulants in Sydney, NSW. Drug Trends Bulletin Series. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/ndarc/resources/EDRS_NSW%202020_23092021.pdf

 

Annual reports

Chandrasena, U., Peacock, A., & Sutherland, R. (2021). New South Wales Drug Trends 2021: Key Findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) Interviews. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney.

Sutherland R; Uporova J; Karlsson A; Price O; Chandrasena U; Swanton R; Gibbs D; Dietze P; Lenton S; Salom C; Grigg J; Wilson Y; Eddy S; Hall C; Daly C; Thomas N; Juckel J; Degenhardt L; Farrell M; Peacock A, 2021, Australian Drug Trends 2021: Key Findings from the National Ecstasy and related Drug Reporting System (EDRS) Interviews, NDARC, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/t6sh-g213

Sutherland, R., Uporova, J., Chandrasena, U., Price, O., Karlsson, A., Gibbs, D., Swanton, R., Bruno, R., Dietze, P., Lenton, S., Salom, C., Daly, C., Thomas, N., Juckel, J., Agramunt, S., Wilson, Y., Woods, E., Moon, C., Degenhardt, L., Farrell, M. & Peacock, A. (2021). Australian Drug Trends 2021: Key Findings from the National Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Interviews. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney,  http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/4p6r-jq88