Secondary analysis of the relationship between cannabis use, dependence, mental health and associated outcomes in the Victorian Adolescent Cohort study

  • Research program: Prevention and early intervention
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: February 2007
  • Expected end date: December 2010
  • Completion date: March 2011
  • Funded by: AGDHA
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There is much current concern and publicity about the relationship between cannabis use and dependence, mental health, other drug use and related psychosocial outcomes, particularly among young people. While there is growing body of evidence suggesting a relationship, the nature of the relationship is complex and there are many methodological issues which may affect the conclusions that can be drawn. This study is a collaboration with investigators on the Victorian Adolescent Cohort study (renamed 2000 Stories). The following areas will be examined: 1) The relationship between cannabis and other drug use; 2)The natural history of cannabis use; 3)Cannabis use and mental health; and 4)Cannabis use and life transitions.

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Professor Steve Allsop
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1606
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Alcohol policy and strategies


  • Principal Investigator: Wendy Swift, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Co-investigator: Louisa Degenhardt, University of New South Wales
  • Co-investigator: Delyse Hutchinson, University of New South Wales
  • Co-investigator: George Patton, University of Melbourne
  • Co-investigator: Wayne Hall, University of Queensland

Wendy Swift


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This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets: