$24 million for alcohol and drug research
Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler announced $24 million over three years to be invested into alcohol and drug research. The three-year funding will enable a particular focus on areas such as reducing harm from alcohol, Indigenous substance misuse and workforce development.
Mr Butler said the funding would be provided to Australia’s internationally recognised drug and alcohol research and data collection under the National Drug Strategy.
“This investment will mean a new collaborative network can be built across three National Research Centres of Excellence to enable better coordination of research,” Mr Butler said.
“It will also mean the continuation of key data projects, which give insights into trends in drug and alcohol use in Australia.
The three centres include the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), the National Drug Research Institute, and the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction. The funding means that NDARC will continue its annual collection of Australia’s drug trends through the Illicit Drug Reporting System and the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System.
As well, it will enable the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to run the National Drug Strategy Household Survey and National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data, and the continuation of funding for the National Coronial Information System.
The $24 million will be provided through the Australian Government’s Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants (SMPSIG) Fund to be led by the NDARC.