Since its inception in 1986, NDRI has conducted novel, high quality, strategic research that aims to inform Australia's response to alcohol and other drug problems at local, state and national levels.
Our research follows the philosophy of harm minimisation that has underpinned Australia's National Drug Strategy since 1985. Harm minimisation recognises that drug use, both legal and illegal, is a fact of modern society, and while use may be prevented or reduced, there will always be a need to minimise the harmful consequences of drug use to individuals, families and communities.
Because harm minimisation focuses on the harms caused by drug use, it provides a framework in which a range of strategies can be legitimately used to achieve the overall goal. These strategies can be broadly classified into three areas:
- Demand reduction – encouraging people not to use, to delay use, or to use less of a drug
- Supply reduction – controlling the availability of a drug
- Harm reduction – helping those who continue to use drugs to do so in ways that are less harmful
All three of these areas are being addressed in our research.
NDRI’s research priority areas align with the National Drug Strategy 2017–2026 and are responsive to current and emerging Australian Government priorities regarding alcohol and other drugs.
Our current focus is on conducting research and building capacity in the following six areas:
- Alcohol and other drug policy and strategies;
- Needs of Aboriginal Australians;
- Innovation in prevention and early intervention;
- Social contexts of alcohol and other drug use;
- Reducing harm among people who use alcohol and other drugs;
- Innovation in the management of alcohol and other drug problems.
Our Strategic Plan is currently being updated and will be available for download when complete.