Understanding the barriers to improved access, engagement and retention of methamphetamine users in health services

  • Research program: Ethnographic Research
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: October 2008
  • Expected end date: June 2014
  • Completion date: July 2016
  • Funded by: NHMRC
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The research aims to map the social contexts and epidemiology of methamphetamine use, related harms and health service utilisation/provision amongst street-based injecting drug users; to integrate these diverse data in order to better understand the barriers to improved access, engagement and retention of methamphetamine injectors in specialist drug treatment and other health services; to make recommendations for appropriate interventions; and to further develop and supply an enhanced ethno-epidemiology framework to the Australian context.

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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: Gabriele Bammer, Australian National University
  • Chief Investigator: Pascal Perez, University of Wollongong

Professor David Moore
Tel: 61 (0)3 9479 8718
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Lamy, F., Quinn, B., Dwyer, R., Thomson, N., Moore, D. and Dietze, P. (2016). TreatMethHarm: An agent-based simulation of how people who use methamphetamine access treatment. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 19, (2). DOI: 10.18564/jasss.3069 [RJ1099] View web page

Duff, C. and Moore, D. (2015). Evading and embracing normality: Estrangement and ambivalence in the accounts of methamphetamine consumers. Critical Public Health, 25, (4), pp. 488-503. DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2014.913785 [RJ918] View web page

Moore, D. and Fraser, S. (2015). Causation, knowledge and politics: Greater precision and rigour needed in methamphetamine research and policy-making to avoid problem inflation. Addiction Research & Theory, 23, (2), pp. 89-92. DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2015.1017571 [RJ1002] View web page

Duff, C. and Moore, D. (2014). Counterpublic health and the design of drug services for methamphetamine consumers in Melbourne. Health, 19, (1), pp. 51-66. DOI: 10.1177/1363459314530740 [RJ963] View web page

Thomson, N. and Moore, D. (2014). Methamphetamine ‘facts’: The production of a ‘destructive’ drug in Australian scientific texts. Addiction Research & Theory, 22, (6), pp. 451-462. DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2014.892931 [RJ919] View web page

Dwyer, R. and Moore, D. (2013). Enacting multiple methamphetamines: The ontological politics of public discourse and consumer accounts of a drug and its effects. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24, (3), pp. 203-211. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2013.03.003 [RJ891] View web page

Fraser, S. and Moore, D. (2011). Governing through problems: The formulation of policy on amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) in Australia. International Journal of Drug Policy, 22, (6), pp. 498-506. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2011.09.004 [RJ804] View web page