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Peer social networks in the development of harmful alcohol and drug use in early high school

This project investigates the influence of peer social networks on the development of alcohol and other drug use by following a cohort of students through the early high school years. 24 Melbourne metropolitan secondary schools supported the data collection and intervention activities in three waves: Year 7 to Year 9.

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Development and evaluation of a school-based prevention program for alcohol and cannabis use delivered via the internet

This study identifies a gap between the quality of well-designed and evaluated prevention programs, and the quality of those prevention programs implemented in schools.

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Using genotyping to improve the effectiveness of Naltrexone

Naltrexone is considered one of the two most effective pharmacotherapies for treating alcohol problems. Its use is still limited in Australia and the effectiveness of alcohol interventions could be enhanced by increased Naltrexone prescription. One factor leading to this under-utilisation may be lack of confidence in the effectiveness of the drug.

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Evaluation of the ‘Setting positive challenges for new directions’ project

In 2004, the foundation granted funding for the Setting Positive Challenges for New Directions project, a collaborative community effort to enhance the quality of services of four key agencies whose primary roles and functions were to support and assist people who suffer from alcohol and substance abuse in Mount Isa, Queensland.

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Restrictions on the sale and supply of alcohol in Australia

This study provides a comprehensive response to questions about what works and where in relation to the many and varied restrictions on the sale and supply of alcohol in the form of controls on its economic and physical availability. Many of the restrictions studied relate to remote Indigenous communities.

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A prospective study of substance misuse and of a community-driven preventive measures in remote Aboriginal communities

This project looks at substance misuse in three Aboriginal Arnhem Land communities and includes a prospective evaluation of a community-driven preventive youth initiative, and an examination of patterns of substance use and related mental health problems.

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Effectiveness of clinical supervision, provided by external clinical supervisors, of workers from a variety of practice backgrounds in AOD residential rehabilitation centres

This research makes a significant contribution by examining the factors unique to the AOD sector in Australia, as well as the factors that influence the effectiveness of supervision. This study explores pertinent issues in clinical supervision that particular to an AOD context.

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HITnet: An innovative IT-based approach to enhancing health literacy and local capacity in remote populations

HITnet (www.hitnet.com.au) is a Queensland-based collaborative initiative which researched, developed, and implemented innovative approaches to complex Indigenous health priorities through the use of touch-screen technologies, such as information kiosks.

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The relationship between income distribution and alcohol-related harm

This project examines the relationship between income disparity and the rates of key alcohol-caused harms at a local-area level in Australia. It has the potential to significantly extend the understanding of geographic patterns in the extent and nature of alcohol-caused harm, and how this relates to social and contextual factors evident at the local level.

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Evaluation of opportunistic screening and brief intervention in a hospital emergency department

Emergency department attendance with alcohol screening appears to decrease high-risk alcohol use, regardless of intervention. Emergency clinicians can be trained to deliver brief interventions; however, this strategy may be no more effective than standard care or referral for off-site motivational interviews.