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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

Team 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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Jemma Hallen

Project Manager
Jemma Hallen is the Project Manager for NCCRED and has a Bachelor of Media (PR & Advertising). She started as the Executive Assistant to the Director and was moved to the Project Officer role in September
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Penny Hill

Emerging Drugs Research Fellow
Penny is the Prompt Response Network Lead and Emerging Drugs Research Fellow at NCCRED. She has a background in the community health and harm reduction sectors, working and volunteering in needle syringe
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Seb Baird

Digital Product Officer
Seb is the Digital Product Officer for NCCRED, working on the digital development of the Prompt Response Network and the S-Check app. He has a background in developing digital products and content for
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Arlene Henderson

Executive Assistant
Arlene Henderson is the executive Assistant for NCCRED. She has extensive years of experience in all facets of Administration and Executive support, mainly gained in the University sector. Arlene has a
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Hayley Murphy

Project Officer
Hayley is a Project Officer for the Prompt Response Network Project for the National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs. She joins NCCRED with extensive experience in Project Management and
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Stephanie Riches-Evans

Research Assistant
Steph is a Research Assistant for NCCRED. Her key priorities are assisting with the GHB survey study and finalising the GHB qualitative replication study. She has a Bsc in Sport and Exercise Science and
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Florence Bascombe

Consultant & Adjunct Lecturer
Florence is a Registered Nurse, with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing, a Diploma in Tropical Nursing and MSc in Public Health with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After working in Respiratory
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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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Advisory 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 Jacqueline Bowden – NCETA

Consortium Member
Professor Jacqueline Bowdenis Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University. She is a behavioural scientist who has worked at the interface of research
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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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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

Advisory 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

Advisory 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

Advisory 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

Advisory 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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Steph Tzanetis – Penington Institute and CAHMA/CanTEST

Advisory Board Member
Steph Tzanetis is the workforce development lead at Penington Institute. She also works at the CanTEST Health and Drug Checking Service fixed-site pilot as a peer worker from the Canberra Alliance for
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