Reducing the health, social and economic burden of injection drug use in Australia

  • Research program: Ethnographic Research
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: November 2010
  • Expected end date: November 2017
  • Completion date: January 2019
  • Funded by: NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence
  • Lead organisation: Burnet Institute

Injecting drug use (IDU) accounts for a disproportionately high burden of health and social harm in the community. This Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) will generate new evidence on ways to ameliorate the health and social burden of IDU in Australia and develop tools for translating research into policy and practice. It unites Australia's leading researchers on IDU and related areas - including blood-borne virus (BBV) epidemiology and treatment (particularly hepatitis C), overdose prevention, justice health and psychiatric health - and establishes partnerships with key experts from the non-government sector. The CRE will coordinate diverse databases being produced by independently-funded, innovative, longitudinal research projects conducted by the CRE researchers. It will enhance these studies by adding new data on mental health, imprisonment and BBV status, and embed them within a data linkage framework that will enable a uniquely detailed examination of the health and social consequences of IDU. Data collection will be supplemented by new studies that take advantage of the prospective nature of the data sources underpinning the CRE.

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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: Margaret Hellard, Burnet Institute
  • Chief Investigator: Alison Ritter, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Dan Lubman, Monash University
  • Chief Investigator: Stuart Kinner, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Chief Investigator: Gregory Dore, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Lisa Maher, University of NSW
  • Chief Investigator: Gail Williams, University of Queensland
  • Chief Investigator: Robert Power, Burnet Institute

Professor Margaret Hellard

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