How does the PRN work?
We developed the components of the PRN through a co-design and mapping process with key stakeholders involved in delivering public health drug alerts in Australia. Through this process we were able to identify opportunities to support existing and emerging networks without duplicating their activities.
There are three streams of work to support the network:
The Know is the Australian emerging drug information and resource hub. It publishes information about emerging drugs and drug trends of concern across Australia, including compiling all state and territory alerts and notices to create a national overview of emerging drugs.
A national community network
We support a broad community of people who are involved with regional and national networks to share information, insights, and opportunities. This community is enabled through:
- an online professional community platform, The Know Community for broader stakeholders who opt in from each jurisdiction or organisation/network
- quarterly online stakeholder update meetings of the broader PRN Stakeholder Group and the Jurisdictional Representatives Group.
The National Signal Register
The National Signal Register is a digital platform built to provide a national dashboard of incidents using de-identified data from contributing jurisdictional agencies (e.g., local health, toxicological and police agencies).
Local agencies can access information in the register to inform decision making regarding drug alerts and responses to emerging drugs and trends in drug use.