The development and evaluation of an information kit on opioid substitution treatment: Translating research into policy

April 2014

NDARC: Prof Kate Dolan, Prof Michael Farrell & Zahra Alam Mehrijerdi

Project description: 

The evidence of methadone maintenance treatment's (MMT) impact on reducing crime and other harms is overwhelming, yet its implementation is limited in the community and in prison.

We will develop an Information Kit on MMT for key stakeholders to improve their understanding of MMT. Stakeholders include Parliamentarians, Local Government, Prison and Health Department Officers and GPs. The Information Kit will cover the effectiveness of MMT, global implementation and consistency with Australia's national drug policy. The Kit will be evaluated by measuring people's knowledge before and after exposure to the Kit. An indicator of success would be increased implementation of methadone.

For more about this project: Go to NDARC's website