Drug policy, drug use and drug harms are dynamic: we do not have a set view of what drug policy should be – rather the key goal is to help generate effective drug policy based on the best research findings.
The goal of the DPMP is to create valuable new drug policy insights, ideas and interventions that will allow governments to respond with alacrity and success to drug-related problems. We do this through generating new research evidence which is timely and relevant to current drug policy issues; translating research findings into meaningful information to assist policy decision-makers, and studying policy processes.
We are at the cutting edge of international work in alcohol and drug policy and conduct commissioned research for governments across Australia. We have strong collaborations with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and also partner with a wide range of stakeholders including government departments, drug consumer groups and peak bodies. Our core funding (2004–2012) was received from the Colonial Foundation Trust, a private Australian philanthropy.
We aim to achieve our goals through three key activities:
1. Generating new research evidence
2. Translating evidence for policymakers
3. Studying how policy actually gets made
All our work is underpinned by a focus on capacity-building:
Our team spans Complex Systems Science, Criminology, Economics, Epidemiology, Integration and Implementation Sciences, Law, Medicine, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology and Systems Thinking.
We aim to facilitate new drug policy insights, ideas and interventions that would not have been possible or apparent through the study of one aspect, or from one disciplinary perspective. Our interdisciplinary approach reflects the richness and complexity of the real world of drug use and drug policy.
Alongside the DPMP team located at the Social Policy Research Centre, and the PhD students within DPMP, the DPMP drug policy network includes: