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About Us

A New National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs

We are a new centre bringing clinicians and researchers together to find and share new treatments that can make a difference to people’s lives. Our aim is to support clinicians to detect and respond to new drug health problems. We will do this by building clinical capacity to conduct research and rapidly translate these findings into clinical practice. We will work together with partners to drive innovation and excellence in the treatment of methamphetamine and other emerging drugs of concern. People who use drugs, their families and carers, and their communities, are at the core of what we do. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, we are made up of a consortium of  The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA, Flinders University); The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI, Curtin University); The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC, The University of New South Wales); and St Vincent’s Health Australia. We are governed by a Board with an independent Chair.

Our Aims

Generate new evidence-based knowledge

Build clinical research capacity and collaboration

Promote effective research translation into clinical practice

Our 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)

Responding to Emerging Drugs

Prompt Response Network

Clinical guidance, evaluation, models of care

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 stimulant treatment programs.

Nadine’s

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 stimulant treatment programs.

Nadine’s academic achievements include MBBS in Medicine and Surgery and BA in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Melbourne, Masters of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health and PhD of Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Nadine has over 25 years experience in the addiction medicine field and over that time has received multiple accolades including Commonwealth Scholarship and Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.

Nadine’s body of peer-reviewed research involves building the evidence base for improved health interventions for marginalised populations. Her current research focusses on working with people who use stimulants to develop new and effective interventions.

Nadine is a registered medical practitioner and Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (FAChAM) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). She has previously worked for the World Health Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.

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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 industry-sponsored research.

Krista’s

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 industry-sponsored research.

Krista’s background as a Registered Nurse lead her to Clinical Research, where she has worked at every level of Clinical Research in various therapeutic areas including Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurology, HIV Medicine and pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine use disorder.

Most recently, Krista’s research has focused on adults living with HIV in Australia. As part of her PhD studies, she implemented a national cohort study across 17 sites; building on existing research relationships and extending this to increase capacity by involving less research-experienced clinical sites. In collaboration with people living with HIV, social scientists, and clinicians; she developed a longitudinal study to determine clinical outcomes of people taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV.

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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 Médecins Sans Frontières;

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 Médecins Sans Frontières; coordinating malaria relief and a measles vaccination campaign in the DRC, and managing a Tuberculosis Hospital in PNG. An interest in Health Systems Strengthening lead to involvement in the CareTrack Kids study with the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, and a position as HIV Clinical Trials Coordinator at St Vincents Hospital, Sydney. She is completing an MSc in Public Health and is the Knowledge Translation Lead at NCCRED.

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Dr Sandi Mitchell

Research Fellow

Dr Sandi Mitchell has worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of urban, rural and remote clinical and community settings throughout Canada and Australia focusing on Vulnerable Populations and Indigenous Peoples. She has extensive

Dr Sandi Mitchell has worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of urban, rural and remote clinical and community settings throughout Canada and Australia focusing on Vulnerable Populations and Indigenous Peoples. She has extensive experience in Education, developing training programs for interdisciplinary healthcare providers while employed at the British Columbia Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC) and on-line courses for the British Columbia Institute of technology (BCIT).  She completed her PhD at the University of Sydney, which focused on women living with hepatitis C and their journey to care. She has recently joined NCCRED as a Research Fellow.

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Jemma Hallen

Executive Assistant

Jemma Hallen is the Executive Assistant to the Director and is in charge of all administrative duties for the Centre. She has over 10 years experience as a medical administrator. She previously worked at the Centre for Minimally

Jemma Hallen is the Executive Assistant to the Director and is in charge of all administrative duties for the Centre. She has over 10 years experience as a medical administrator. She previously worked at the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery. Jemma also manages all communication aspects for the Centre including running the website, sending out the newsletters and running the social media pages.

If you have any media or communication enquiries please contact Jemma

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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 is where the oldest human

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 is where the oldest human remains on the Australian continent were discovered.

Duran has qualifications in Aboriginal Health, Counselling, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Counselling. He has experience Counselling Aboriginal and Non Indigenous people in Drug and Alcohol services. He has experience working with Aboriginal specific and non-specific Youth services.

Duran’s dream is to continue to help Aboriginal people to break the cycle of addiction and provide support to help his people to overcome or better manage ongoing Mental Health issues.

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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 and managed community-based

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 and managed community-based and residential alcohol and drug services both in Australia and overseas with a focus on methamphetamines. Currently the Clinical Director at NADA (Network of Alcohol and Drugs Agencies), Suzie has worked on resources to improve AOD treatment for women and their children, Family Inclusive Practice, AOD treatment for LGBTI communities and Methamphetamine use. In addition, she provides private consultancy, training workshops designed to enhance the capacity of the AOD treatment sector and maintains a private counselling and clinical supervision practice. Suzie has a PhD in public health and community medicine and a passion for engaging with social change.

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Board Members

Prof Margaret Hamilton AO

Independent Chair of the Board

Biography

Prof Michael Farrell – NDARC

Consortium Member

Biography

Prof Simon Lenton – NDRI

Consortium Member

Biography

Prof Ann Roche – NCETA

Consortium Member

Biography

A/Prof Anthony Schembri AM – SVH

Consortium Member

Biography

Prof Adrian Dunlop – HNELHD

Board Member

Biography

Prof Nick Lintzeris – DACRIN

Board Member

Biography

Annalee Stearne – NDRI

Board Member

Biography

Robert Stirling – NADA

Board Member

Biography

Melanie Walker – AIVL

Board Member

Biography

NCCRED Clinical Research Network

NCCRED is establishing a national Clinical Research Network. Within the Clinical Research Network will be two working groups: The Methamphetamine and Emerging Drugs Clinical Research Network Working Group and the soon to be finalised Clinical Reference Group. The two groups will guide the work of NCCRED, as well as a wider stakeholder network. NCCRED will work with these groups to define priorities from a clinical and service perspective. This will ensure that the work of the Centre will be focused by and relevant to the needs and contexts of clinicians.

NCCRED Methamphetamine and Emerging Drugs Clinical Research Network Working Group 

The Working Group (WG) has been established to guide the clinical research strategy and capacity building work of NCCRED. The WG is a core group of Australian clinical researchers working on developing sound evidence about clinical responses to those using methamphetamine and emerging drugs. The purpose of the WG is to mobilise a national research network and contribute to the evolving research strategy and capacity development activities of NCCRED, including advice and support for the seed funding, mentorship, and fellowships program of NCCRED.

Members of the WG are:

  •    Prof Robert Ali (Chair)
  •    Dr Michael Christmass, Next Step (WA)
  •    Dr Michael Doyle, CRE in Indigenous Health and Alcohol (NSW)
  •    Carrie Fowlie, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ACT)
  •    Dr Shaun Greene, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (Vic)
  •    Prof Paul Haber, Sydney Local Health District (NSW)
  •    Michelle Hall, Hunter New England Local Health District (NSW)
  •    Dr Jeremy Hayllar, Metro North Hospital and Health Service (Qld)
  •    Dr Willy Liaw, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) (SA)
  •    Prof Dan Lubman, Turning Point (Vic)
  •    Jo Lunn, WHOS (NSW)
  •    Jack Nagle, independent consumer member (Vic)

Clinical Reference Group 

The Clinical Reference Group (CRG) will bring together a core group of Australian clinicians providing treatment and early intervention services for people with substance use disorders related to methamphetamine and other emerging drugs of concern. This will ideally include a range of clinicians from a spectrum of services, locations, and affected populations and will include consumer and supporter/carer representation. The CRG will steward and support the development of NCCRED’s Workforce Development Strategy; including needs analysis, training and education resources, supervision, support and mentoring opportunities, advising, reviewing and disseminating NCCRED’s clinical materials.

If you would like to know more about the NCCRED Clinical Research Network

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