Some members of the DPMP team are relocating to the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) under a new collaboration that will integrate UNSW research in drug policy with social welfare policy. The transition is currently underway and will create exciting opportunities for inter-faculty partnerships between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
The DPMP, funded through a core grant from the Colonial Foundation Trust, is a collaboration between the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (which houses the central team) and a number of research institutions including amongst others The Burnet Institute, University of Queensland, the National Drug Research Institute and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre.
The DPMP is a multi-disciplinary team with psychology, health economics, criminology, public policy, sociology and economics all represented. Our work concerns all aspects of drug policy, and covers the four pillars of drug policy: law enforcement, prevention, treatment and harm reduction.
DPMP has three streams of activity:
· Generating new research evidence;
· Providing tools for policy makers to use evidence; and
· Studying policy-making processes in Australia.