Western Region Alcohol and Drug Health Research Network

  • Group Leader

    Associate Professor Mike McDonough
    T: +61 3 8345 6682
    E: michael.mcdonough@wh.org.au
    Location: DHS Centre, 3 – 7 Eleanor Street, Footscray

Research Overview

The North Western Metropolitan area of Melbourne, and the wider western region of Victoria is one of the most culturally diverse and largest population growth areas of the state. Melbourne’s west is also home to some of the highest rates of preventable diseases in the population, with indicators show significant areas of health need particularly in relation to chronic disease (e.g. obesity, type 2 diabetes), mental health, sexual health, and alcohol and other drug (AOD) use and harms. AOD use and misuse and related factors make a significant contribution to mortality and morbidity in Melbourne’s west. The primary aim of this network of key stakeholders in the region is to operate as an accessible hub of expertise and capacity building in relation to identifying and responding to AOD health related research needs in the western region of Melbourne.

Staff

Network members: Representatives from Victoria University, Western Health Drug Health Services, ISIS Primary Care, HealthWest, CoHealth, SteppingUp Consortium, HealthWorks, Brimbank City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, National Drug Research Institute (Curtin University), Victorian Govt Department of Health. Funded by Victoria University. Convenor: Associate Professor Craig Fry.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Publications

  1. McDonough, M. Update on Medicines for Smoking Cessation. Australian Prescriber. Vol. 38, No. 4. August, 2015. pp. 106-111.  
  2. Sullivan, D. H. & McDonough, M.  Methamphetamine: Where Will the Stampede Take Us? Journal of Law and Medicine. Volume 23/1, September, 2015. pp. 41-49.
  3. McDonough, M. Letter: Naltrexone and Liver Disease. Australian Prescriber. Volume 38, number 5. October, 2015. pp. 41-43.

Research Projects

Currently no project details available




Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Associate Professor Mike McDonough

Department / Centre

Medicine and Radiology

Unit / Centre

Western Precinct