Development of a prevention monograph and companion document to inform the evidence base of the National Drug Strategy Prevention Agenda

  • Research program:
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: May 2001
  • Expected end date: June 2004
  • Completion date: July 2004
  • Funded by: Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
  • Lead organisation:

NDRI, in collaboration with the Centre for Adolescent Health, was selected by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing to contribute to the development of a comprehensive Prevention Agenda for the National Drug Strategic Framework. This project involved the preparation of a major literature review to inform the evidence base of the National Drug Strategy Prevention Agenda. The review—known as ‘the Prevention Monograph’—identified the full spectrum of prevention intervention measures and evaluated Australian approaches to the prevention of drug supply, use and harm; reviewed current application of prevention policy and strategy in Australia and gaps in prevention knowledge and effort and recommended future prevention activity. The review was informed by experts around Australia with a wide range of understandings of addiction, developmental issues, health across the lifespan, social policy, at risk populations, crime and law enforcement. The review – which provided a resource for alcohol and other drug workers was published by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing in early 2004.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Project staff: Benjamin Haines, Curtin University
  • Project staff: Katie Scott, Curtin University

Loxley, W., Toumbourou, J. and Stockwell, T., R. (2005). A new integrated vision of how to prevent harmful drug use (Invited Editorial). Medical Journal of Australia, 182, (2), pp. 54-55. [RJ456] View web page

Loxley, W., Toumbourou, J., Stockwell, T., R. and Others, .. (2004). The Prevention of Substance Use, Risk and Harm in Australia. A Review of the Evidence. Summary. Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. [M44] View web page

Loxley, W., Toumbourou, J., Stockwell, T., R., Haines, B., Scott, K., Godfrey, C., Waters, E., Patton, G., Fordham, R., J., Gray, D., Marshall, J., Ryder, D., Saggers, S., Williams, J. and Sanci, L. (2004). The prevention of substance use, risk and harm in Australia: A review of the evidence. National Drug Research Institute and the Centre for Adolescent Health. [M45] View web page