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About Us

About NCCRED (National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs)

We are an innovative centre bringing together clinicians and researchers to detect and respond to trends in emerging drug health. NCCRED strives to forge world-leading excellence in the treatment of methamphetamine and other emerging drugs of concern. We never lose sight of the fact that people who use drugs, as well as their families, carers and communities are at the core of what we do.

NCCRED aims to collaborate and build the capacity and scope for new clinical research into emerging drugs; and rapidly translate these findings into best clinical practice. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, NCCRED is made up of a consortium:

Our Aims

Collaborate

To build scope & capacity for clinical research

Collaborate

To build scope & capacity for clinical research

Generate

New evidence based knowledge

Generate

New evidence based knowledge

Translate

Research into effective clinical practice

Translate

Research into effective clinical practice

Our Strategies

Building Research Capacity

  • Research Projects
  • Mentorships
  • Fellowships
  • Clinical research workforce development strategy

Building Research Capacity

  • Research Projects
  • Mentorships
  • Fellowships
  • Clinical research workforce development strategy

Creating a Clinical Research Network

  • NCCRED Methamphetamine & Emerging Drugs Working Group (WG)
  • Clinical Reference Group (CRG)

Creating a Clinical Research Network

  • NCCRED Methamphetamine & Emerging Drugs Working Group (WG)
  • Clinical Reference Group (CRG)

Responding to Emerging Drugs

  • Prompt Response Network
  • Clinical guidance, evaluation, models of care

Responding to Emerging Drugs

  • Prompt Response Network
  • Clinical guidance, evaluation, models of care

Funding

  • Capacity Building
  • Seed Funding

Funding

  • Capacity Building
  • Seed Funding

Staff Members

Professor Nadine Ezard

Director
Professor Nadine Ezard is the Director of NCCRED. Nadine is also the Clinical Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney Australia home to one of NSW’s first specialist
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Dr Krista Siefried

Clinical Research Lead
Krista is an experienced Clinical Project Manager of multi-centre randomised clinical trials, cohort studies, and case-control studies. She has extensive experience in academic investigator-initiated and
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Florence Bascombe

Knowledge Translation Lead
Florence is a Registered Nurse, gaining a BSc (Hons) Nursing in 2011. After working in Respiratory and Emergency departments in the UK and Australia, she completed a Diploma in Tropical Nursing and joined
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Jemma Hallen

Executive Assistant
Jemma Hallen is the Project Officer for NCCRED. She started at NCCRED as the Executive Assistant to the Director and was moved to the Project Officer role in Septermber 2020 after acting up in that role
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Duncan Graham

Medical Writer
Duncan is a medical writer with a background in anthropology, politics, philosophy and theatre. For NCCRED he works across research design, publication and communications outputs, and securing funding
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Duran Cox

Indigenous Consultant & Conjoint Associate Lecturer (UNSW)
Duran is the Aboriginal Counsellor for the Drug and Alcohol service at St Vincents Hospital Sydney. Duran is a proud Ngiyampaa man. Ngiyampaa tribe is one of three traditional owners of Lake Mungo which
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Dr Suzie Hudson

Consultant
Suzie is an accredited mental health Social Worker and has over 20 years’ clinical experience in the fields of substance misuse, mental health, forensics, research and evaluation. Suzie has worked, developed
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Board Members

Conjoint Prof Ingrid van Beek AM

Independent Chair of the Board
Dr Ingrid van Beek AM is a public health and addiction medicine physician who has been working at the sharp end of harm reduction for more than 30 years. Ingrid was the longstanding Director of the Kirketon
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Prof Michael Farrell – NDARC

Consortium Member
Why did you want to be involved in NCCRED? NCCRED is an exciting opportunity to further develop and improve clinical and translational research in the Drug and Alcohol field and to further build on existing
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Prof Simon Lenton – NDRI

Consortium Member
Why did you want to be involved in NCCRED? NCCRED provides a unique opportunity to bring together Australia’s clinical and research capacity in the drug field to meet the challenges of new and emerging
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Prof Ann Roche – NCETA

Consortium Member
Why did you want to be involved in NCCRED? NCCRED is one of the most important Australian Government initiatives in recent times in the AOD sector. It provides a unique opportunity to link research and
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A/Prof Anthony Schembri AM – SVH

Consortium Member
Why did you want to be involved in NCCRED? "St Vincent’s is proud to be at the forefront of clinical practice and innovation for people with substance use disorders. St Vincent’s has a long history
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Prof Adrian Dunlop – HNELHD

Board Member
Professor Adrian Dunlop has over 24 years experience as an addiction clinician and clinician/researcher, he currently serves as the Director and Addiction Medicine Senior Staff Specialist with Hunter New
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Prof Nick Lintzeris – DACRIN

Board Member
Why did you want to get involved with NCCRED? The new National Centre provides a unique opportunity to enhance clinical responses to people with problems related to their use of stimulant and other emerging
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Annalee Stearne – NDRI

Board Member
Why did you want to be involved with NCCRED? "As a new Centre NCCRED has the unique opportunity to develop collaborations and capacity within First Nations services and communities, from the start."   Annalee
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Robert Stirling – NADA

Board Member
Why did you want to be involved with NCCRED? NGOs are key to the implementation of the National Ice Action Strategy, accounting for over 50% of treatment episodes annually. I’m keen on building research
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Melanie Walker – AIVL

Board Member
Melanie Walker is the CEO Of the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL). Prior to commencing in her current role, she was an independent consultant and worked for a number of years as
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