Discussing drugs, policy and public health
Building knowledge in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector, and providing insights into how to improve the integration of research outcomes into policy, are key objectives of the Drugs, Policy and Public Health program being run in mid-2015.
Effective AOD policy development requires a high level of background knowledge of the evidence and challenges, knowledge of key population groups impacted by drug use, and awareness of the policy development framework at various levels of government.
This one-week intensive program, hosted by the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), will be conducted both as professional development for those currently or planning on working in the AOD sector as well as a postgraduate unit for students enrolled in higher degrees.
Presented by experts at NDRI and other international opinion leaders, the program provides participants the historical and epidemiological background to AOD use and evidence-based policy in Australia and a framework to improve integration of research into drug policy formulation at local, state, national and international levels.
It covers relevant theoretical models; considers perspectives of researchers, bureaucrats and politicians; and provides practical insights into enhancing drug policy with specific populations (e.g. injecting drug users, Aboriginal Australians), the community and in emerging areas such as drugs and the internet.