An investigation of retail heroin markets from a public health perspective

  • Research program: Ethnographic Research
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: July 2000
  • Expected end date: June 2003
  • Completion date: November 2010
  • Funded by: NHMRC & Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
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This research project employs a multi-site, multi-method approach to understanding retail heroin markets from a public health perspective. Key topics of investigation include: (1) a comparison of the characteristics of street heroin markets in 6 areas of Melbourne; (2) an examination of the dynamics of these markets and their relationship to health outcomes; and (3) identification of the relationships between market characteristics, consumer behaviour and health outcomes. This research provides an improved understanding of the public health implications of retail heroin markets through examination of the dynamic interaction of the various processes that constitute these markets. It will lead to recommendations for the management/regulation of heroin-related health problems.

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Professor Paul Dietze
Tel: 61 (0)3 9282 2134
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Chief Investigator

Harm reduction policy and strategies


  • Chief Investigator: Greg Rumbold, Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre
  • Chief Investigator: John Fitzgerald, VicHealth
  • Chief Investigator: Kirsty Morgan, VIVAIDS
  • Chief Investigator: Craig Fry, Victoria University