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Research agencies

Are you looking for the latest research in the AOD field? Are you looking for a research partner to grow the evidence base? Look no further than below.

Research informs policy and service development – it is important that research in the AOD sector is able to be translated for practical application in service delivery. This page has been designed for you to link and further develop your organisations’ research capacity.

Developing linkages with research institutes can bring benefits your service and your clients, as well as helping to build the evidence base for effective treatment and prevention approaches.

Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN)

Through ADIN you will find reliable information on alcohol, other drugs and mental health, with links to treatment services, research, statistics, guidelines, journals, policy, campaigns, events, curriculum, professional development opportunities and more. Every website in ADIN’s directory has been through a formal quality review process to give you the best search results. 

Australian Research Council (ARC) 

The ARC is a statutory agency under the Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (IISRTE) portfolio within the Australian Government to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community.

The ARC provides advice to the Government on research matters, manages the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP), and administers Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CRE)

Funded in 2012 by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, the CRE aims to build much needed research capacity in this area. This CRE represents a world first, bringing together the largest concentration of nationally and internationally recognised comorbidity researchers. Specifically, the CRE brings together leading research academics from four Australian universities (University of New South Wales; University of Newcastle; University of Sydney; and Macquarie University) and three international universities (University of Birmingham, UK; Northwestern University Medical School, USA; and the Medical University of South Carolina, USA).

Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR)

CYSAR was established in 2008 by the Graeme Wood Foundation and Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Queensland. CYSAR seeks to promote the health and well-being of young people by increasing Australia’s capacity to respond effectively to the harm associated with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug misuse. Research conducted by CYSAR includes Project SHIELD, an independent review of Queensland Police Service’s Party Safe Initiative, ‘OnTrack’ to keeping on track – Mobile phone applications for monitoring alcohol use, and an independent evaluation of Drink Safe Precincts.

Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) 
The DPMP aims to improve Australian drug policy by creating valuable new drug policy insights, ideas and interventions that will allow Australia to respond effectively to drug-related problems.

National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC)
NCPIC was established in response to community concerns about cannabis use. The NCPIC mission is to reduce the use of cannabis in Australia by preventing uptake and providing the community with evidence-based information and interventions. NCPIC has undertaken a variety of projects to inform service delivery such as findings of studies on barriers and facilitators to cannabis treatment seeking and the development of exploration of new models of delivering interventions via telephone, web and post and the development of course materials for cannabis and mental health assessment and intervention at Certificate 4 level, available as course units and on-line.

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) 

NCETA is a collaborative between the School of Medicine at Flinders University, the Department of Health and Ageing and the South Australian Department of Health.

NCETA is internationally recognised research Centre, particularly known for its’ work in Workforce Development, Workplace AOD issues and translation of research into practice. NCETA has undertaken a number of important projects including Family Sensitive Policy and Practice, which included the Taking First Steps: What Family Sensitive Practice Means for Alcohol and Other Drug Workers: A Survey Report which resulted in the resource kit For Kids Sake: A Workforce Development Resource for Family Sensitive Policy and Practice in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector.

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)  

NDARC was founded in 1986. The Centre is multidisciplinary and collaborates with medicine, psychology, social science and other schools of the University of NSW, as well as with a range of other institutions and individuals in Australia and overseas.

The overall mission of NDARC is to conduct high quality research and related activities that increases the effectiveness of Australian and International treatment and other intervention responses to alcohol and other drug related harm.

National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)  

NDRI was formed in 1986 at the Curtin University's Health Research Campus to conduct and disseminate high quality research that contributes to the primary prevention of harmful drug use and the reduction of drug related harm in Australia. Its’ research is designed to establish the preventive potential of legislative, economic, regulatory and educational interventions.

NDRI is located at Curtin University's Health Research Campus in the western Perth suburb of Shenton Park and receives core funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 

The NHMRC supports health and medical research for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research.

NHMRC’s Research Help Centre (RHC) offers information and assistance to the research community in relation to a variety of activities, including: 

  • research funding opportunities
  • applying for grants, including opening and closing dates
  • administering grants
  • peer review policies and guidelines
  • using NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS).

Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) 

QADREC is within UQ's School of Population Health, Faculty of Health Sciences. It was established in 1996 as a collaborative initiative between Queensland Health and The University of Queensland and provides specialised qualifications in Addiction Studies.

The Centre provides research output at a national and international level in alcohol and drug-related areas and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in alcohol and drugs. QADREC also provides support for resource development.

Register of Australian Drug and Alcohol Research (RADAR)  

RADAR, a project of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA), aims to promote awareness of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs research in Australia. 

The register contains up-to-date records of current and recently completed research projects with details of published research. There is also information about researchers, their organisations and research funding bodies.