Methamphetamine Research and Projects
In response to emerging political and public concern with methamphetamine issues, as well as media reports of an ‘Ice epidemic’, NCETA developed a program of work to:
- examine the patterns and trends of methamphetamine use
- identify evidence-based prevention policies, workplace practices, and treatment and service options to address methamphetamine use and harms
- determine the impact that changes in methamphetamine use may be having on the alcohol and other drug (AOD) and health and welfare sectors
- develop workforce development initiatives to improve the capacity of the AOD and associated health and welfare sectors to respond to methamphetamine use
- disseminate evidence-based information and resources to the AOD sector.
As part of this program of work, we:
- undertook secondary analysis of several national datasets including the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS), National Minimum Data Set (AOD Treatment Specialists), and Hospital Morbidity Data (see NCETA Publications section below)
- coordinated conferences aimed at disseminating evidence-based information to the alcohol and other drug sector
- are collaborating with the AOD peak bodies to assess the training needs of the AOD sector in relation to providing treatment services for clients using methamphetamine
- have been funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to develop a standard frontline worker ice training package.
For more information about these projects/activities, click on the links provided below.