Western Region Alcohol and Drug Health Research Network

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.


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 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

For project inquiries, contact our research group head.

Key Contact

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

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