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
Partnership approaches to policing drug problems range from loose coalitions between the police and other agencies, to third party policing where relevant ‘third parties’ are co-opted through the use of regulatory and legislative levers. This project explores the role of partnerships between the...
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Status: Completed
The implications of the global financial crisis continue to reverberate throughout the world, even as western economies slowly emerge from recession. There are concerns that the stress of living in such an environment will be detrimental for health and well-being; one pathway being self-medication...
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Status: Completed
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? The project aimed to...
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Status: Completed
A small but growing number of analysts of criminal activity have used social network analysis (SNA) to characterise criminal organisations and produce valuable insights into the operation of illicit markets. The successful conduct of SNA requires data that informs the links or relationships between...
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Status: Completed
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...
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Status: Completed
Changes to the status of cannabis, ranging from legalisation through to tougher enforcement of prohibition are frequently posed. To date, the debate has centred on arguments associated with liberty and harm, but not on economic analyses.
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Status: Completed
The dollar value of drug seizures, often referred to as the ‘street value’ is a widely used indicator of the size of a drug seizure, particularly when reported in the mass media. Seizure values have in the past been used as a surrogate measure for the effectiveness of law enforcement interventions...
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Status: Completed
This work aimed to provide an accessible description and assessment of drug policy in Australia from 1985 to 2010, including a description of the policy context, the successive iterations of the National Drug Strategy, trends in drug use and harm, and drug policy actors. It is hoped this report...
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Status: Completed
Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S) is developing concepts and methods to enhance the effectiveness of research programs - like DPMP – which address complex issues. The development of I2S is a long-term project which has also been supported by the National Centre for Epidemiology and...


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