NDRI focuses on research and other outputs that have policy and practice relevance and impact. To achieve this, we work in partnership and collaboration with Australian, state and local governments; with health, social and law enforcement services; and with communities. To ensure broad and enduring impact, capacity building is central to our work.
We work closely with researchers from a number of universities and research centres around Australia, including our three sister organisations: the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney; the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University in Adelaide; and the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR) at the University of Queensland.
We have formal Collaborating Centre links with several Australian centres that conduct alcohol and other drug research: the Australian Institute of Criminology (Canberra), the Drug and Alcohol Services Council of South Australia, Turning Point (Melbourne), and the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.
We are also collaborating partners in the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre and the Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use.
Our researchers work in collaboration with others to provide alcohol and other drug resources such as Lives of Substance, Cracks in the Ice, Positive Choices and Breaking the Ice.
We also work collaboratively with a number of organisations internationally, such as the Centre for Addiction Research of BC in Canada, Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University and Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil.
National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED)
The National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED) was formed as a consortium between St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA); the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA, Flinders University); the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI, Curtin University); and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC, University of New South Wales).
NCCRED recognises the need for improved treatment of methamphetamine use and dependence, and prompt detection and response to trends in emerging drugs.
NCCRED aims to: support clinicians to detect and respond to new drug health problems by developing innovative and evidence-based new treatments for drug dependence; build clinical research networks and capacity in the Australian AOD workforce; and implement rapid translation of research findings into effective clinical practice.
WHO Collaborating Centre
NDRI has been a designated World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse since 1994, and works with WHO to conduct research, training and consultation in the Asia-Pacific region.