NDRI PhD scholarship opportunities in Perth and Melbourne

NDRI is offering 5 PhD scholarships, across a range of alcohol and other drug research areas, based in its Perth headquarters or Melbourne office. Each scholarship includes an annual stipend. Applications close August 30.

Cannabis chemicals – Cannabis user and grower perspectives

Concern about impurities are often raised in relation to illicit drugs but impurities in cannabis receive little attention. However, many users have consumed cannabis grown using ‘nutrients’ and fertilisers sold online and in ‘grow shops’, and research suggests labels often don’t reflect the true contents, some of which may be dangerous chemicals. This mixed-methods research involves working with cannabis growers and consumers to conduct a web survey and interviews with growers, users, regulators and advocates.

Health service utilisation by people who use methamphetamine

Previous research with people who use methamphetamine shows they frequently access a range of health and social services. However, Australian research has largely been based on people who inject rather than smoke the drug, meaning little is known about effective services for the majority of people who use methamphetamine. The project will provide new and important evidence about methamphetamine use trajectories and the types of services that reduce harm to guide policy and practice over the coming decade.

Impact evaluation of the Melbourne Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR)

Supervised injecting facilities (SIFs) have been established in several cities around the world, delivering a variety of positive health and social outcomes such as reduced fatal and non-fatal overdose, reductions in risky injecting practices and improved public amenity. This research will measure the impacts of the MSIR on the health of cohort members within a natural experiment framework comparing self-reported and linked health outcomes for those who use the facility versus those who do not. It will provide some of the strongest evidence ever collected on the effectiveness of SIFs and play a crucial role in guiding the development of them in Melbourne with national and international implications.

Parental engagement with risky drinking teens - Intervention research

More than half of Australian teenagers report starting alcohol consumption in their early teens, with many drinking at higher levels. Parents can play an important role in influencing initiation and pattern of alcohol use in their children, and this influence is stronger than that of their children’s peers. However, evidence of the impact of parental programs on youth alcohol use and harm is scant and to date no published study has incorporated or identified the potential of underpinning parental strategies with recommendations from young adults. This mixed methods study will identify strategies for parental intervention recommended by older youth (>=19 years) who started drinking and drank to high levels in their early teen years.

Youth drinking trends - implications for health inequalities

Adolescent alcohol consumption in Australia has fallen by more than half in recent decades. But there has been little work assessing how declines in drinking during teenage years relate to later patterns of drinking and harm, and no comprehensive analyses of the impact of these large-scale shifts in behaviour on socio-economic inequalities. This research will provide critical new information on whether the declines in drinking observed among adolescents are maintained for different types of drinkers as they age into their peak drinking years, highlighting ways in which drinking trajectories for recent generations differ from previous, heavier drinking generations and providing important indications as to the likely longer-term impacts of these changes. It involves substantial collaboration with key international experts in the UK and Sweden.

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Posted on: 22 Jul 2021

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