Reducing the health, social and economic burden of injecting drug use in Australia

Date Commenced:
October 2010
Expected Date of Completion:
Project Supporters:

Burnet Institute - NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence Shared Grant / Subcontract|APP1001144

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Project Members
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Scientia Professor Gregory Dore
Head, Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program
Professor Lisa Maher
Professor and Program Head and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Project Main Description

Injecting drug use is a behaviour strongly associated with other highly marginalised characteristics such as imprisonment, blood borne virus infections, homelessness and mental illness. This Centre for Research Excellence is focussed on injecting drug use and draws together a number of innovative studies about injecting drug use, plus provides seed funds for new projects. The Centre provides a mechanism for research translation to key stakeholders including consumers, policy makers and practitioners.


The aims of the CREIDU are to:

  • Improve understanding of IDU by building on existing studies to develop innovative research designs.
  • Explore IDU’s use of health services, the factors that place them at risk of harm and structural and functional barriers to improved health.
  • Identify and test new interventions.
  • Investigate the link between reduced recidivism and health outcomes after release from prison.
  • Determine the types and structures of services to improve IDUs access to HCV treatment, sexually transmitted infections, mental illness and drug use.
  • To translate research findings from the CRE into new and more effective policy and practise.
  • Train and support promising new researchers to take on the challenges of the field.
Design and Method

This Centre of Research Excellence represents a network of outstanding Australian researchers. Led by Burnet Institute it includes researchers from the University of New South Wales, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and Curtin University. The Centre for Research Excellence provides opportunities for post-graduate and post-doctoral students to engage in research on IDU, funds the collaborative network amongst researchers in this area and concentrates on translation of research into policy and practice. It is this last function that is led by DPMP.


To date:

  • New seed funded projects
  • Policy briefs and submissions
  • Collaborative research-practitioner networks
  • Annual symposium
Project Supporters

Burnet Institute - NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence Shared Grant / Subcontract|APP1001144


The CRE will improve the health of people who inject drugs via generating new evidence and informing public health policy and practice.

Project Collaborators: External

Professor Paul Dietze
(Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute)

Professor Margaret Hellard
(Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute)

Dr Stuart Kinner
(Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute)

Professor Dan Lubman
(Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Monash University)

Professor David Moore
(National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University)

Professor Robert Power
(Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute)

Professor Gail Williams
(School of Population Health, University of Queensland)

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Date Commenced
October 2010
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