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: Completed
The ways in which research informs and influences policy has been an area of much investigation. Rarely, if ever, will one sole research product be found to influence definitive policy change. In order to measure the influence or impact of a research project, consideration needs to be given to a...
Date Commenced: October 2010
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Status: Completed
The aim of this project was to critically analyse the current state of drug law enforcement (DLE) performance monitoring in three nations (Australia, UK and USA), to identify how police agencies in such nations currently hold themselves to account and to put forward potential rationales for the...
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Status: Completed
Diversion has become one of the most utilised policy interventions in Australian government responses to drug users . The irony is that many key questions about optimal system design remain unknown: What ought ‘best practice’ diversion involve? And how can Governments improve the operation and...
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Status: Completed
Researchers, health professionals, consumer groups and advocates in the field have repeatedly called for widespread availability of naloxone for people who inject drugs and potential overdose witnesses, to reduce the incidence of fatal overdose. This is just one example of where Australia has (in...
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Status: Completed
Measuring the success or otherwise of policies is fundamental to continuous social, economic and community improvement. For complex social problems, such as drug abuse, it is a difficult task. One challenge in the drug policy area is that it transects the multiple domains of health, law enforcement...
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Status: Completed
In Australia there has long been a preference to divert minor drug users to drug education and/or treatment instead of applying the traditional criminal justice response. This project sought to provide a jurisdictional overview of all drug diversion programs operating in Australia as of January...
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Status: Completed
The aim of this project was to update and further develop the Moore (2005) Australian drug budget. As in the earlier Moore project, our study examined both federal and state and territory government spending in response to illicit drugs but only included proactive spending. This is the amount...
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Status: Completed
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. This research aims to better understand how policy is developed and...
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Status: Completed
There is a lack of knowledge about the offending profiles of MDMA offenders and the optimal means of policing MDMA. Given that NSW is one of two jurisdictions in Australia that does not provide police drug diversion for MDMA use/possess offenders there are concerns that other forms of police...
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Status: Completed
The Drug and Alcohol Service Planning Model for Australia is a planning tool that aims to assist health planners to meet the needs of people with alcohol and other drug problems.  Initial work, completed with the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) was completed on the Drug and...


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