Barriers and Incentives to Treatment for Illicit Drug Users

Project Status: Archive
People Involved: Carla Treloar, Loren Brener, Susan Kippax
Research Areas: Viral Hepatitis, Injecting Drug Use & Harm Reduction
Funding Agency: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Non-Staff Involved: Jeanne Abelson, Wen Cao, Lance Schultz, Meriel Schultz, Nicky Bath
Partners / Collaborators: Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users' League

The Barriers and Incentives to Treatment for Illicit Drug Users research project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. A consortium, comprising LMS Consulting, the National Centre in HIV Social Research (NCHSR) at the University of New South Wales and the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), conducted the research project. A key feature of the study was the involvement of the AIVL as a full partner in the study and their involvement in all aspects of design, planning, implementation and the formulation of recommendations.

There were two main purposes of the study:

• an investigation of barriers and incentives to treatment for substance use; and

• the development of recommendations regarding possible policy and program directions arising from the research findings.

The study involved:

• a review of the international and national literature;

• a drug user survey of users of heroin, amphetamines and cocaine, conducted in three Australian states;

• service provider interviews, conducted in the areas in which participants in the user survey were recruited;

• key informant interviews, conducted nationally;

• a ‘negotiation workshop’ with participants representing both drug user and service provider interests; and

• the development of policy and program recommendations.

Each of these arms of the study provided a different perspective to the problem.


Publications

Carla Treloar, Jeanne Abelson, Wen Cao, Loren Brener, Susan Kippax, Lance Schultz, Meriel Schultz, Nicky Bath (April 2004). Barriers and Incentives to Treatment for Illicit Drug Users. Monograph Series No. 53. National Centre in HIV Social Research, University of New South Wales. LMS Consulting. The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League.  (PDF) [779 Kb]