Dr Vendula   Belackova
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Dr Vendula Belackova

Arts,Design & Architecture
Social Policy Research Centre

Dr. Vendula Belackova is an Endeavour visiting fellow with the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (August 2014 – January 2015). She is working on a comparative study of cannabis policies and markets in the Czech Republic, Australia (New South Wales) and the U. S. (Florida) that will increase the evidence-base for cannabis policy makers. Her work involves quantitative and qualitative data analysis, policy analysis, and in particular, interviewing cannabis users and market participants.

Dr. Belackova graduated in addictology, economic policy and media studies and her home institution is the Department of Addictology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague. In the past five years, she has been coordinating research projects on cannabis markets, the social costs of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs, and on new psychoactive substances in the Czech Republic, and in the E.U. In 2008, she spent one academic year at Florida State University as a Fulbright visiting scholar. Apart from her academic work, she has acted as a spokesperson of a petition on medicinal cannabis that has achieved legislative changes leading to patient´s access to medicinal cannabis in the Czech Republic.

Phone
02 9386 1264 / 0416 697 004

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Zabransky T, 2016, '"Friendly" marijuana markets in the Czech Republic and in the U. S. - drug policy outcomes and risks', in Friendly Business: International Views on Social Supply, Self-Supply and Small-Scale Drug Dealing, pp. 47 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-10329-3_4
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Nielsen S; Sanfilippo P; Belackova V; Day C; Silins E; Lintzeris N; Bruno R; Grebely J; Lancaster K; Ali R; Bell J; Dietze P; Degenhardt L; Farrell M; Larance B, 2021, 'Perceptions of injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT) among people who regularly use opioids in Australia: findings from a cross-sectional study in three Australian cities', Addiction, vol. 116, pp. 1482 - 1494, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.15297
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Guarita B; Belackova V; van der Gouwe D; Blankers M; Pazitny M; Griffiths P, 2021, 'Monitoring drug trends in the digital environment–New methods, challenges and the opportunities provided by automated approaches', International Journal of Drug Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103210
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Drapalova E; Belackova V; Cadet-Tairou A, 2020, 'How to ask about the use of new psychoactive substances to increase the validity of results in self-report prevalence surveys (vol 39, pg 278, 2020)', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, vol. 39, pp. 774 - 774, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13141
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Lefrancois E; Belackova V; Silins E; Latimer J; Jauncey M; Shimmon R; Mozaner Bordin D; Augsburger M; Esseiva P; Roux C; Morelato M, 2020, 'Substances injected at the Sydney supervised injecting facility: A chemical analysis of used injecting equipment and comparison with self-reported drug type', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 209, pp. 107909, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.107909
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Salmon AM; Jauncey M; Day CA, 2020, 'Safer injecting facilities—is the research there? A comment on Caulkins et al. (2019)', Addiction, vol. 115, pp. 784 - 785, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14885
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Drapalova E; Belackova V; Cadet-Taïrou A, 2020, 'How to ask about the use of new psychoactive substances to increase the validity of results in self-report prevalence surveys', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 39, pp. 278 - 286, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13036
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V, 2020, '“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Weed”: How Consumers in Four Different Policy Settings Define the Quality of Illicit Cannabis', Contemporary Drug Problems, vol. 47, pp. 43 - 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0091450919897658
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Silins E; Salmon AM; Jauncey M; Day CA, 2019, 'Beyond safer injecting—health and social needs and acceptance of support among clients of a supervised injecting facility', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16112032
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Salmon AM; Day CA; Ritter A; Shanahan M; Hedrich D; Kerr T; Jauncey M, 2019, 'Drug consumption rooms: A systematic review of evaluation methodologies', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 38, pp. 406 - 422, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12919
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Salmon AM; Jauncey M; Bell J, 2019, 'Learning from the past, looking to the future - Is there a place for injectable opioid treatment among Australia's responses to opioid misuse?', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 71, pp. 164 - 168, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.01.026
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Roubalova (Stefunkova) M; van de Ven K, 2019, 'Overview of “home” cultivation policies and the case for community-based cannabis supply', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 71, pp. 36 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.05.021
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Drapalova E; Belackova V; Calado D; Van Dongen A; Paneva I; Pavarin R; Polidori E; Grund JP, 2019, 'Early Identification of Locally Emerging Trends in Psychoactive Substance Use–Experience and Best Practice in Four European Localities', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 54, pp. 1633 - 1645, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2019.1600146
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Salmon AM; Schatz E; Jauncey M, 2018, 'Drug consumption rooms (DCRs) as a setting to address hepatitis C - findings from an international online survey.', Hepatol Med Policy, vol. 3, pp. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s41124-018-0035-6
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Shanahan M; Ritter A, 2018, 'Mapping regulatory models for medicinal cannabis: A matrix of options', Australian Health Review, vol. 42, pp. 403 - 411, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH16257
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Bell J; Belackova V; Lintzeris N, 2018, 'Supervised Injectable Opioid Treatment for the Management of Opioid Dependence', Drugs, vol. 78, pp. 1339 - 1352, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40265-018-0962-y
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Wilkins C, 2018, 'Consumer agency in cannabis supply – Exploring auto-regulatory documents of the cannabis social clubs in Spain', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 54, pp. 26 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.12.018
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Coomber R; Moyle L; Belackova V; Decorte T; Hakkarainen P; Hathaway A; Laidler KJ; Lenton S; Murphy S; Scott J; Stefunkova M; van de Ven K; Vlaemynck M; Werse B, 2018, 'The burgeoning recognition and accommodation of the social supply of drugs in international criminal justice systems: An eleven-nation comparative overview', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 58, pp. 93 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.05.010
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Brandnerova M; Vechet D, 2018, 'How Close to the “Honeypot?”: A Comparative Analysis of Cannabis Markets Under Two Different Policies Toward Personal Cultivation', International Criminal Justice Review, vol. 28, pp. 206 - 225, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1057567717744857
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Pazitny M; Drapalova E; Martinez M; van der Gouwe D; Begley E; Kidawa M; Tomkova A; Kmetonynova D, 2018, 'Assessing the impact of laws controlling the online availability of 25I-NBOMe, AH-7921, MDPV and MXE–outcomes of a semi-automated e-shop monitoring', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 25, pp. 109 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2016.1275526
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Stefunkova M, 2018, 'Interpreting the Czech drug decriminalization: The glass is half full – Response to Cerveny, J., Chomynova, P., Mravcik, V., & van Ours, J.C. (2017). Cannabis decriminalization and the age of onset of cannabis use', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 52, pp. 102 - 105, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.10.010
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Wiessing L; Ferri M; Běláčková V; Carrieri P; Friedman SR; Folch C; Dolan K; Galvin B; Vickerman P; Lazarus JV; Mravčík V; Kretzschmar M; Sypsa V; Sarasa-Renedo A; Uusküla A; Paraskevis D; Mendão L; Rossi D; van Gelder N; Mitcheson L; Paoli L; Gomez CD; Milhet M; Dascalu N; Knight J; Hay G; Kalamara E; Simon R; Comiskey C; Rossi C; Griffiths P; Molinaro S; Franchini M; Siciliano V; Benedetti E; Perduca M; Ylli A; Anta GB; Bravo Portela MJ; Indave I; Rácz J; Zábranskỳ T; Štefunková M; Dávila PF; Salekesin M; Vorobjov S; Dan M; Fierbinteanu C; Popescu D; Verdes L; Abagiu AO; Hatzakis A; Moudatsou M; Antypas T; Cadet-Tairou A; Collins AM; Liddell D, 2017, 'Monitoring quality and coverage of harm reduction services for people who use drugs: A consensus study', Harm Reduction Journal, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12954-017-0141-6
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Vacek J; Janikova B; Mravcik V; Zabransky T; Ivanovova L; Csemy L, 2017, '“Just another drug” for marginalized users: The risks of using synthetic cathinones among NSP clients in the Czech Republic', Journal of Substance Use, vol. 22, pp. 567 - 573, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14659891.2016.1271034
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Janikova B; Vacek J; Fidesova H; Miovsky M, 2017, '“It can’t happen to me”: Alcohol drinkers on the 2012 outbreak of methanol poisonings and the subsequent prohibition in the Czech Republic', NAD Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, vol. 34, pp. 385 - 399, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1455072517733597
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Brunt TM; Atkinson AM; Nefau T; Martinez M; Lahaie E; Malzcewski A; Pazitny M; Belackova V; Brandt SD, 2017, 'Online test purchased new psychoactive substances in 5 different European countries: A snapshot study of chemical composition and price', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 44, pp. 105 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.03.006
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Ritter A; Shanahan M; Hughes CE, 2017, 'Assessing the concordance between illicit drug laws on the books and drug law enforcement: Comparison of three states on the continuum from “decriminalised” to “punitive”', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 41, pp. 148 - 157, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.12.013
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    M. Salmon A; Belackova V; Schwanz RS; Jauncey M; Hiley S; Demirkol A, 2017, 'Homelessness among clients of Sydney’s supervised injecting facility', Drugs and Alcohol Today, vol. 17, pp. 258 - 268, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/DAT-06-2017-0026
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Tomkova A; Zabransky T, 2016, 'Qualitative research in Spanish cannabis social clubs: “The moment you enter the door, you are minimising the risks”', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 34, pp. 49 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.04.009
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Maalsté N; Zabransky T; Grund JP, 2016, 'Corrigendum to "'Should I Buy or Should I Grow?" How drug policy institutions and drug market transaction costs shape the decision to self-supply with cannabis in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic' [Int. J. Drug Policy 26 (2015) 296-310] DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.12.002', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 29, pp. 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.01.018
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Mravčík V; Grohmannová K; Štefunková M; Běláčková V; Zábranský T, 2016, 'Narcotic and psychotropic substances are …, a proposal for a legal definition of illicit drugs in the Czech Republic', Adiktologie, vol. 16, pp. 157 - 164
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Grohmannová K; Kmetonyová D; Štefunková M; Běláčková V; Zábranský T; Mravčík V, 2016, 'Online sales of new synthetic drugs in the Czech Republic in 2015', Adiktologie, vol. 16, pp. 121 - 128
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Otte R; Běláčková V; Schoenmakers A; Grund JPC, 2016, 'The local PASS toolkit: A local approach towards the reduction of psychoactive substance use', Adiktologie, vol. 16, pp. 167 - 171
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Drápalová E; Běláčková V, 2016, 'Monitoring of discussion forums on new psychoactive substances in the Czech Republic, content and trends', Adiktologie, vol. 16, pp. 131 - 142
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Drápalová E; Grund JPC; Běláčková V, 2016, 'Evaluating potential hazards of new trends in psychoactive substance use, literature review of “risk assessment” procedures', Adiktologie, vol. 16, pp. 145 - 154
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Běláčková V; Janíková B; Tomková A; Vacek J; Zábranský T; Mravčík V; Csémy L, 2016, 'The use of new synthetic drugs among problem drug users, prevalence, patterns of use, and related risks as a challenge for harm reduction programmes in the Czech Republic', Adiktologie, vol. 16, pp. 107 - 119
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Miovsky M; Miller PM; Grund JPC; Belackova V; Gabrhelik R; Libra J, 2015, 'Academic education in addictology (addiction science) in the Czech Republic: Analysis of the (pre-1989) historical origins', NAD Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, vol. 32, pp. 527 - 538, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/nsad-2015-0050
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Maalsté N; Zabransky T; Grund JP, 2015, '"Should I Buy or Should I Grow?" How drug policy institutions and drug market transaction costs shape the decision to self-supply with cannabis in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 26, pp. 296 - 310, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.12.002
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Mravčík V; Běláčková V; Grohmannová K; Zábranský T, 2015, 'New psychoactive substances and their prevalence in the Czech Republic', Casopis Lekaru Ceskych, vol. 154, pp. 216 - 221
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Miovsky M; Zima T; Popov P; Fidesova H; Vacek J; Belackova V; Janikova B; Trapencieris M; Snikere S; Pulmanis T; Razvodovsky Y; Toteva S; Zhenkov V; Razvodovsky Y, 2013, 'O5 * FREE ORAL COMMUNICATIONS 5: ALCOHOL-RELATED SOCIETY AND POLICY CHANGES IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES', Alcohol and Alcoholism, vol. 48, pp. i38 - i39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agt097
  • Reports | 2015
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Ritter A; Shanahan M; Chalmers J; Hughes C; Barratt MJ; Lancaster K, 2015, Medicinal cannabis in Australia – Framing the regulatory options
  • Conference Abstracts | 2019
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Lefrancois E; Morelato M; Belackova V; Silins E; Latimer J; Jauncey M; Augsburger M; Esseiva P; Roux C, 2019, 'IMPROVING KNOWLEDGE OF DRUG USAGE THROUGH LABORATORY ANALYSIS OF USED INJECTING PARAPHERNALIA AT THE SYDNEY SUPERVISED INJECTING FACILITY', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, Vol. 38, pp. S64 - S65, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000494890100162&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2018
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Salmon AM; Belackova V; Silins E; Jauncey M; Day CA, 2018, 'BEYOND A SAFE INJECTION: WHAT ARE THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL NEEDS OF CLIENTS OF A SUPERVISED INJECTING FACILITY?', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, Vol. 37, pp. S15 - S15, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000449495000038&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2018
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Salmon AM; Silins E; Belackova V; Jauncey M; Day CA; Lafferty L; Wood W, 2018, 'SYMPOSIUM: ABOVE AND BEYOND - AN EXPLORATION OF CARE BEYOND SUPERVISED INJECTIONS AT THE UNITING MEDICALLY SUPERVISED INJECTING CENTRE', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, Vol. 37, pp. S14 - S14, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000449495000037&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Schwanz RS; Salmon AM; Belackova V; Jauncey ME; Hiley S; Demirkol A, 2017, 'INCREASING RATES OF HOMELESSNESS AMONG CLIENTS OF THE UNITING MEDICALLY SUPERVISED INJECTING CENTRE', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. 8 - 8, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000424000500014&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Day C; Belackova V; Salmon AM; Jauncey ME, 2017, '1,000,000 MILLION INJECTIONS AT THE UNITING MEDICALLY SUPERVISED INJECTING CENTRE, SYDNEY: REFLECTIONS AND REPERCUSSIONS', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. 8 - 8, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000424000500013&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Belackova V; Salmon AM; Schatz E; Jauncey ME, 2017, 'DRUG CONSUMPTION ROOMS AS A SPACE TO INCREASE HEPATITIS C VIRUS TREATMENT COVERAGE: AN INTERNATIONAL SURVEY', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. 8 - 9, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000424000500016&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2017
    Dr Vendula Belackova
    Day C; Belackova V; Salmon AM; Jauncey ME; Schwanz RS; Hiley S; Demirkol A; Latimer J; White M; Schatz E, 2017, 'SYMPOSIUM: CHANGING NEEDS AND EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES FOR DRUG CONSUMPTION ROOMS AND SUPERVISED INJECTING FACILITIES', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, Vol. 36, pp. 7 - 7, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000424000500012&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

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