Better data on methamphetamines and other drugs among Indigenous Australians to inform policy and practice

  • Research program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Project status: Current
  • Start date: January 2020
  • Expected end date: December 2025
  • Completion date:
  • Funded by: NHMRC
  • Lead organisation: University of Sydney

Substance use is linked with much physical, psychological and social harm in Australia, including among its First Peoples. Population estimates of substance use among Indigenous Australians have been described as inadequate to inform service planning. This study will create a tablet computer-based survey tool to improve self-report data on methamphetamine, other illicit drugs and tobacco. It will also provide an immediate and tailored brief intervention, something not currently available.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
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Professor Tanya Chikritzhs
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1609
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Chief Investigator

Alcohol policy and strategies


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Dr Annalee Stearne
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1630
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Project staff

Alcohol policy and strategies


  • Chief Investigator: Scott Wilson, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA)
  • Chief Investigator: Katherine Conigrave, University of Sydney
  • Chief Investigator: Noel Hayman, Inala Indigenous Health Service
  • Chief Investigator: Angela Dawson, University of Technology Sydney
  • Chief Investigator: Robert Ali, University of Adelaide
  • Chief Investigator: James Conigrave, Australian Catholic University
  • Chief Investigator: Michelle Fitts, Western Sydney University

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