DPMP Projects

The goal of DPMP is to improve Australian illicit drug policy by generating new evidence; translating that evidence into policy-relevant information; and studying how policy actually gets made. All of our work is underpinned by a focus on capacity-building: encouraging scientists from other areas to work in the illicit drugs domain; providing consultancy and support to policy makers to improve their use of research evidence; working in partnership with existing drug research centres and teams across Australia; bringing international expertise to Australia; and disseminating our work to researchers, policy makers and the public.

Our research projects are listed below.

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Status: Current
This project is an international collaboration to assess the nature and extent of health outcomes from drug cryptomarkets, globally and specifically for Australians.
Date Commenced: January 2017
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Status: Current
The IDAT Program, established under the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Act 2007 of New South Wales, aims to “provide short-term care, with an involuntary supervised withdrawal component, to protect the health and safety of people with severe substance dependence who have experienced, or are at risk of...
Date Commenced: May 2016
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Status: Current
This project will estimate the social and economic costs related to tobacco use in NSW for 2014. Mortality and morbidity costs attributable to smoking will be estimated as will lost productivity, costs due to fires and the intangible costs due to mortality attributable to smoking. Also included are...
Date Commenced: February 2016
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Status: Current
NADA, under funding provided by the NSW Ministry for Health, is conducting a project to develop a set of treatment service specifications for the NSW specialist NGO drug and alcohol sector. NADA has engaged the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC - Drug Policy Modelling Program) to...
Date Commenced: January 2016
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Status: Current
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. This research examines the challenges and opportunities of internet technologies for understanding trends in new and emerging...
Date Commenced: July 2014
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Status: Current
This study will shed light on how policy gets formed by police, and what influences the policy formulation process. Two policy case studies: drug detection dogs and police attendance at drug overdose, will be used to test two very prominent policy process theories: Kingdon’s Multiple Streams and...
Date Commenced: March 2014
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Status: Current
Police diversion is one of Australia’s most utilised interventions for drug offenders. Yet fuelled in large part by methodological deficits there remain key gaps in knowledge about the outcomes and the cost-effectiveness of such approaches. For example few studies have successfully obtained a...
Date Commenced: March 2014
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Status: Current
Legal threshold quantities for drug trafficking are used most Australian jurisdictions to define the quantity over which possession of an illicit drug is deemed “trafficking” versus “personal use” (Hughes, 2011). Forthcoming research (Hughes, Ritter, Cowdery, & Phillips, in press) evaluated...
Date Commenced: September 2013
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Status: Current
‘Evidence-based policy’ has become the catch-cry of the drug policy field. A growing literature has been dedicated to realising the goal of ‘evidence-based’ drug policy: to maximise the use of quality research to inform decision-making and help answer the question of ‘what works.’ The aim of this...
Date Commenced: March 2013
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Status: Current
Alcohol-related harms contribute substantially to the burden of disease in Australia, with a wide range of acute and chronic consequences associated with alcohol consumption. The relationship between alcohol and socio-economic status is less clear, with overall consumption generally higher among...
Date Commenced: February 2013


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