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Contents >> Appendix 2: Further references regarding illicit drug use

Introduction

This appendix contains a selected list of publications, websites and collections which may provide worthwhile information or references for research studies into specific aspects of illicit drug use in Australia. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of useful sources. A short description of each reference is provided, along with access details.


Contents

A2.1Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN)

A2.2Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA)

A2.3Website of the National Drug Strategy

A2.4National Drug Strategic Framework 1998-99 to 2002-03: Building Partnerships, A strategy to reduce the harm caused by drugs in our community

A2.5Social Science Data Archives (SSDA)

A2.6Current state of research on illicit drugs in Australia: an information document

A2.7Illicit Drug Use in Australia: Epidemiology, Use Patterns and Associated Harm

A2.8Statistics on drug use in Australia 2000

A2.9The quantification of drug-caused mortality and morbidity in Australia, 1998



A2.1

Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN)

Internet/web addresshttp://www.adin.com.au

OrganisationA consortium of organisations, led by the Australian Drug Foundation

DescriptionFunded by the National Illicit Drug Strategy, the Australian Drug Information Network site aims to provide and maintain links to a comprehensive range of information on the Internet regarding alcohol and other drugs. Interested organisations and individuals can search, receive and share current relevant information on licit and illicit drug issues.



A2.2

Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA)

DescriptionFunded by the National Drug Strategy, ADCA is an independent organisation with the role of representation and advocacy on behalf of the alcohol and drug field. It maintains a comprehensive library on the subject, located in Canberra, which participates in inter-library loan services. Their website has a listing of up-coming conferences and contains links to many other relevant sites, both within Australia and overseas.

Contact17 Napier Close
DEAKIN ACT 2600

P O Box 269
WODEN ACT 2606


Telephone: 02 6281 0686;
Facsimile: 02 6281 0995;
Email:
adca@adca.org.au
Internet: http://www.adca.org.au



A2.3

Website of the National Drug Strategy

Internet/web addresshttp://www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au
or
http://www.health.gov.au/pubhlth/nds

OrganisationCommonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

DescriptionContains information on the Commonwealth Government's National Drug Strategy, including copies of many publications about illicit drugs resulting from the work of the National Drug Strategy.

The web page http://www.health.gov.au/pubhlth/nds/resources/links.htm contains links to numerous other sites with information about illicit drug use.

ContactPopulation Health Division
GPO Box 9848
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Telephone: 02 6289 1555



A2.4

PublicationNational Drug Strategic Framework 1998-99 to 2002-03: Building Partnerships, A strategy to reduce the harm caused by drugs in our community

ReferenceMinisterial Council on Drug Strategy 1998, National Drug Strategic Framework 1998-99 to 2002-03: Building Partnerships, A strategy to reduce the harm caused by drugs in our community, AusInfo, Canberra.

PurposeTo present the National Drug Strategy’s plan for minimising the harm caused by drugs in Australia

DescriptionThis document presents a shared vision, a framework for cooperation and a basis for coordinated action to reduce the harm caused by drugs in Australia.

AccessAvailable on the Internet http://www.health.gov.au/pubhlth/nds/ndsf/index.htm



A2.5

Social Science Data Archives (SSDA)

OrganisationAustralian National University

DescriptionThe SSDA collects and preserves computer-readable data resulting from research by academic, government and private organisations and individuals. The Archives maintains this extensive library of data relating to social, political and economic affairs and endeavours to make all datasets available to interested users for further analysis. A comprehensive list of available studies can be accessed from their website. The SSDA will assist inquirers to locate the best available data sources regarding their field of interest.

ContactSocial Science Data Archives
Research School of Social Sciences
Institute of Advanced Studies
The Australian National University
CANBERRA ACT 0200

Telephone: 02 6125 4400
Facsimile: 02 6125 4722
Email: ssda@anu.edu.au
Internet: http://www.anu.edu.au (follow the links 'Discover ANU' then 'University Websites' )



A2.6

PublicationCurrent state of research on illicit drugs in Australia: An information document

ReferenceHando, J., Hall, W., Rutter, S. & Dolan, K. 1999, Current state of research on illicit drugs in Australia: An information document, National Health and Medical Research Council, Canberra.

PurposeTo summarise current research on illicit drug use, as background information to a workshop on funding priorities.

DescriptionA description of research into illicit drug use in Australia, both national and regional, conducted from 1989 to 1999. Information was collected through questionnaires completed by known researchers and funding bodies in the field.



A2.7

PublicationIllicit Drug Use in Australia: Epidemiology, Use Patterns and Associated Harm

ReferenceDarke, S., Ross, J., Hando, J., Hall, W. & Degenhardt, L. 2000, Illicit Drug Use in Australia: Epidemiology, Use Patterns and Associated Harm, Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, Canberra

PurposeTo provide an evidence base for a proposed education and information campaign.

Analyse known information about the epidemiology, use patterns and associated harms of specific illicit drugs.

DescriptionComprehensive analysis of current Australian data. Lists the mental and physical harms which have been shown to be associated with each type of drug and gives detailed references to the research on which the statements are based.



A2.8

PublicationStatistics on drug use in Australia 2000

ReferenceMillar, M. & Draper, G. 2001, Statistics on drug use in Australia 2000, AIHW Cat. no. PHE 30 (Drug Statistics Series No. 8), Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra.

PurposeTo analyse drug-related data in a manner consistent with the aims and themes of the National Drug Strategy.

DescriptionA compilation and analysis of data from the 1998 National Drug Strategy Household Survey and other data sources.

AccessAvailable on the Internet at http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/health.html

Related publicationsEight other similar reports have been produced between 1985 and 2000, originally titled Statistics on Drug Abuse in Australia, by the Commonwealth Department of Human Services and Health.



A2.9

PublicationThe quantification of drug-caused mortality and morbidity in Australia, 1998

ReferenceRidolfo, B. & Stevenson, C. 2001, The quantification of drug-caused mortality and morbidity in Australia, Health and Welfare, Canberra.

PurposeTo estimate the number of deaths, person-years of life lost, hospital episodes and bed days caused by alcohol, cigarettes and illicit drugs in Australia during 1998.

DescriptionThis report presents aetiological fraction estimates attributing deaths and hospital separations resulting from a range of specific illnesses and injuries to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs. Also presented here are estimates of 1998 mortality and 1997-98 hospital separations attributable to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs.

The fractions represent a revision of the fractions originally presented by Holman et al. (1990) and later revised by English et al. (1995). The work by English et al. contains an analysis of published literature on the effects of alcohol, cigarettes and illicit drugs on different diseases and injuries, and details the methods used to establish aetiological fractions of deaths and morbid events caused by alcohol, cigarette smoking and illicit drugs in Australia.

AccessAvailable on the Internet http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/health.html

Related publicationsEnglish, D. R., Holman, C. D. J., Milne, E., Winter, M.G., Hulse, G. K., Codde, J. P., Bower, C. I., Corti, B., de Klerk, N., Knuiman, M. W., Kurinczuk, J. J., Lewin, G. F. & Ryan, G. A. 1995, The quantification of qrug-caused morbidity and mortality in Australia, 1995 edition, Parts 1 and 2, Commonwealth Department of Human Services and Health, Canberra.

Holman, C. D. J., Armstrong, B. K., Arias, L. N., Martin, C. A., Hatton, W. M., Hayward, L. D., Salmon, M. A. Shean, R. E. & Waddell, V. P. 1990, The Quantification of Drug-caused Morbidity and Mortality in Australia 1988, Parts 1 and 2, Commonwealth Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services, Canberra.


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