Cracks in the Ice: Development and dissemination of an online tool‐kit to provide evidence‐based information about crystal methamphetamine (ice)

  • Research program: New technologies and online interventions
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Expected end date: December 2018
  • Completion date: December 2018
  • Funded by: AGDH
  • Lead organisation: University of New South Wales

In recent years there has been growing attention on the use of crystal methamphetamine in Australia and the significant harms related to its use. In April 2015, the Australian Government established a National Ice Taskforce to provide advice to Government on the impacts of ice in Australia and actions needed to address this growing problem. The Final Report of this Taskforce stated that “The first priority must be supporting families, workers and communities to better respond to people affected by ice.” (Commonwealth of Australia, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Final Report of the National Ice Taskforce, 2015). As part of a co-ordinated response to this recommendation from the National Ice Taskforce, the Australian Government Department of Health funded development of Cracks in the Ice, an online toolkit to provide information about ice for the Australian community.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
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Professor Steve Allsop
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1606
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Chief Investigator

Alcohol policy and strategies


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Associate Professor Nyanda McBride
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1600
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Chief Investigator

Prevention and early intervention


  • Chief Investigator: Nicola Newton, University of Sydney
  • Chief Investigator: Lexine Stapinski, University of Sydney
  • Chief Investigator: Catherine Chapman, University of Sydney
  • Chief Investigator: Frances Kay-Lambkin, University of Newcastle
  • Chief Investigator: Katrina Champion, University of Sydney
  • Chief Investigator: Maree Teesson, University of Sydney

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