Projects & Research
- Workforce AOD Consumption Patterns and Implications 2007
- Workplace Alcohol and Other Drug Testing
- National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase (NADK)
- Workplace Mental Illness in Male-Dominated Industries: A Systematic Review
Workforce AOD Consumption Patterns and Implications 2007
Start Date: 2009
End Date: 2010
Contact Person: Dr Ken Pidd
Primary Funder: N/A
Aim: To identify the AOD consumption patterns of the Australian workforce and implications for workplace safety, productivity and worker wellbeing. Data obtained will be utilised to produced peer reviewed publications and update NCETA's information and data sheets on AOD prevalence and consumption patterns among Australian workers.
Method: A secondary analysis of 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey Data.
Workplace Alcohol and Other Drug Testing
Start Date: 2010
End Date: 2011
Contact Person: Dr Ken Pidd
Primary Funder: Safework SA
The project has two main aims -
1. Critically appraise the collection, storage and access to toxicology data for killed and injured South Australian workers, and
2. Conduct a literature review that examines issues concerning workplace random testing regimes for alcohol and drugs.
To address the issue of the adequacy of toxicological data for killed and injured workers a research study is being conducted that:
> examines why little information concerning toxicology analysis relevant to workplace fatalities (in particular SA fatalities) is available on the NCIS Database, and
> examines the feasibility of introducing mandatory toxicological testing for injured workers treated at, or admitted to, a South Australian hospital.
To address the issue of workplace random alcohol and drug testing regimes in South Australian workplaces a literature review will be undertaken that:
> identifies and evaluates evidence for the effectiveness of drug testing programs in improving workplace safety, and
> identifies best practice testing programs, components of testing programs, and implementation processes that minimise negative impact on employee attitudes and behaviours and maximise perceptions of procedural fairness.
National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase (NADK)
Start Date: Not specified
End Date: Not specified
Contact Person: Professor Ann Roche
Primary Funder: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Aim: The National Alcohol Knowledgebase (NAK) Project has three main objectives.
1. Design and construct a document that works effectively in electronic and hard copy versions that will act as a public reference and dissemination vehicle for alcohol-related information.
2. Develop nationally agreed standards and procedures for deriving statistics and parameters, and reporting on data relating to alcohol consumption, harms, treatment, and sales.
3. Derive information relating to alcohol consumption, harms, treatment, and sales using the new data standards and procedures.
Method: The development of the template will involve the following steps -
> Identify relevant datasets through a search and consultation process
> select relevant datasets by applying criteria for quality, accessibility and utility
> Summarise features of selected datasets by describing key characteristics
> Design a searchable template prototype
> Establish criteria for indexing dataset features
> Undertake a consultative and review process with key stakeholders
> Modify and finalise the template
> Review and revise (where applicable) after the Data Standards are developed.
The development of standards as outlined here will be informed by existing guidelines for the development of data standards (AIHW, 2007) and the development of indicators of alcohol consumption and related harm (WHO, 2000).
The methodology for this part of the project entails a series of discreet stages. The stages to be undertaken in meeting Aim 2 also overlap and dovetail with some of the stages involved in meeting Aim 1. In this way, a seamless project management plan can be developed and all components of the project executed with maximum efficiency.
Stage 1: Identification and audit of existing datasets (continuation of work undertaken in Part 1)
Stage 2: Review of existing relevant data, analysis and reporting standards
Stage 3: Production of a draft set of standards
Stage 4: Key stakeholder consultation
Stage 5: Revision of draft standards
Stage 6: Production of an alcohol-related data standards report.
Subjecting select data identified in meeting Aim 1 to secondary analyses to derive alcohol-related statistics in accord with the standards developed in meeting Aim 2. In addition, alcohol-related statistics produced as a result of these secondary analyses will be reported in a format consistent with the reporting template developed in meeting Aim 1.
Workplace Mental Illness in Male-Dominated Industries: A Systematic Review
Start Date: 2012
End Date: 2012
Contact Person: Ms Jane Fischer
Primary Funder: beyondblue
Aim: The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) was commissioned by beyondblue to undertake a systematic literature review on “workplace mental illness in male-dominated industries”. The aim of the review was to identify and synthesise the research evidence related to work and mental illness (i.e. depression, anxiety and substance use disorders) across various male-dominated industries.
The objectives of the project were to identify:
>> The prevalence of anxiety, depression and substance use disorders
>> Awareness and attitudes towards anxiety, depression and substance use disorders
>> Help-seeking behaviours and barriers towards help-seeking
>> Risk factors, and
>> Effectiveness of workplace interventions for mental illness.
Method: A systematic literature review was undertaken.
- Effective interventions for high prevalence mental health disorders in male-dominated workplaces: A systematic review.
- A systematic review of alcohol interventions among workers in male-dominated industries.
- Gender Differences in Risky Drinking in Male-Dominated, Female-Dominated and Gender-Merged Industries.
- Prevalence and Risk Factors For Alcohol and Drug Problems In Male-Dominated Industries: Findings From Two Systematic Reviews.
- Workplace mental illness and substance use disorders in male-dominated industries: A systematic literature review.