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Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler, announced on 20 June 2012 that $24 million over three years is to be invested into alcohol and other drug (AOD) research.
The three-year funding will enable a particular focus on areas such as reducing harm from alcohol, Indigenous substance use, and workforce development. Mr Butler said the funding would be provided to three of Australia's internationally recognised AOD research centres under the National Drug Strategy.
The three centres to be funded are:
The funding will enable NDARC to continue its annual collection of Australia's drug trends through the Illicit drug reporting system and the Ecstasy and related drugs reporting system research projects. It will also allow the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to run the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, and continue to collect information for the National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data and the National Coronial Information System.
The $24 million will be provided through the Australian Government's Substance misuse prevention and service improvement grants (SMPSIG) fund, to be led by NDARC.
Source: Minister for Mental Health and Ageing
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing's office:
Ph: (02) 6277 7280