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NCCRED Clinical Research Seed Funding

Emerging Drugs Network of Australia

Amount awarded: $100,000.00

Principal Investigator: Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital.

Emerging Drugs Network of Australia

Amount awarded: $100,000.00

Principal Investigator: Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital.

The Emerging Drugs Network of Australia (EDNA) brings together emergency physicians, toxicologists and forensic laboratories, with assistance from existing specialist networks such as state poisons information centres, the Toxicology And Poisons Network Australasia, and the Toxicology Specialist Advisory Group. EDNA will build a national toxicosurveillance system of illicit and emerging drugs involved in emergency department presentations, including their clinical effects, treatment approaches and outcomes.

The EDNA investigator team aims to:

  1. Develop standardised testing protocols with high sensitivity to identify new and emerging Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), detect changes in patterns of use and identify highly toxic psychoactive substances;
  2. Determine clinical patterns of toxicity associated with the illicit drugs and NPS involved in ED presentations, and how these relate to outcomes, including resource implications.
  3. Support localised early warning systems (EWS) responses in each state by sharing clinical and toxicological information across key agencies to inform public health and harm reduction policy.

 

Blood analysis of intoxicated patients will be conducted by lead forensic laboratories in each state to enable precise identification of the substances causing acute toxicity. This will be linked with clinical data collected at the time of ED presentation to enable analysis of the clinical effects and outcomes associated with different illicit and emerging drugs.

National analysis and reporting structures will allow high quality Australia-wide data to be produced and to inform users, clinicians and health and government bodies regarding new and emerging drugs of concern and their clinical effects. Close collaboration between lead clinicians in each state and their local forensic laboratory will enable rapid detection and reporting of harmful illicit and emerging drugs while they are still in circulation.

An NCCRED Seed Grant in 2019 provided funding for a national research project coordinator to develop the research infrastructure, collaborations and study methodology for EDNA going forward. In 2020, the national EDNA collaboration was awarded a five-year NHMRC Ideas Grant.

Clinical Leads       

  • Prof Daniel Fatovich (WA)
  • Dr Jessamine Soderstrom (WA)
  • Dr David McCutcheon (WA)
  • A/Prof Sam Alfred (SA)
  • A/Prof Shaun Greene (VIC)
  • Prof Andrew Dawson (NSW)
  • Dr Katherine Isoardi (QLD)
  • Dr Viet Tran (TAS)

 Toxicology / Laboratory Leads

  • Dr Francois Oosthuizen (WA)
  • Peter Stockham (SA)
  • A/Prof Dimitri Gerostamoulos (VIC)
  • Catherine McDonald (NSW)
  • Natalie MacCormick (QLD)
  • Mark Stevenson (QLD)
  • Craig Gardner (TAS)

Research and Translation

  • Prof Nadine Ezard (NSW)
  • Prof Christopher Reid (WA)
  • Dr Jennifer Smith (WA)
  • Dr Sally Burrows (WA)
  • Prof Elizabeth Geelhoed (WA)

Consumer Representative

  • Paul Dessauer (WA)

2019 Fellowship

Dr Andrew Kozman was awarded a clinical research fellowship with the seed funding grant. To find out more about Dr Kozman click here

2019 Fellowship

Dr Andrew Kozman was awarded a clinical research fellowship with the seed funding grant. To find out more about Dr Kozman click here

Publications

NHMRC Funding

The EDNA project was awarded an NHMRC Ideas Grant in 2020 - Emerging Drugs Network of Australia: a coordinated toxicosurveillance system of illicit drug use in Australia to enable rapid detection and harm reduction responses via an Early Warning System - led by Professor Daniel Fatovich

The Emerging Drugs Network of Australia: A toxicosurveillance system of illicit and emerging drugs in the emergency department

Presentations

Tedx Talk, 2019

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Harm Minimisation and the power of shared data in saving lives

Tedx Talk, 2019

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Harm Minimisation and the power of shared data in saving lives

St John’s Ambulance Service, 2019

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Drugs of Abuse

St John’s Ambulance Service, 2019

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Drugs of Abuse

Toxicology and Poisons Network Australasia (TAPNA) 2019 Scientific Meeting

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Metamphetamines in the ED

Toxicology and Poisons Network Australasia (TAPNA) 2019 Scientific Meeting

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Metamphetamines in the ED

NCCRED Symposium 2019

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Emerging Drug Network of Australia

NCCRED Symposium 2019

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Emerging Drug Network of Australia

Next Step Drug and Alcohol Services 2020

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Emerging Drug Network of Australia

Next Step Drug and Alcohol Services 2020

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Emerging Drug Network of Australia

Toxicology and Poisons Network Australasia (TAPNA) 2020 Online Webinar

Dr Ben Lasscock, Royal Perth Hospital: Opioid use within the EDNA database – preliminary results

Toxicology and Poisons Network Australasia (TAPNA) 2020 Online Webinar

Dr Ben Lasscock, Royal Perth Hospital: Opioid use within the EDNA database – preliminary results

Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine (CCREM) Annual Symposium 2020

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Emerging Drug Network of Australia

Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine (CCREM) Annual Symposium 2020

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Royal Perth Hospital: Emerging Drug Network of Australia

Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine (CCREM) Annual Symposium 2020

Jennifer Smith, Royal Perth Hospital: When clinical evidence and public health strategies collide: the future of toxicosurveillance in Australia

Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine (CCREM) Annual Symposium 2020

Jennifer Smith, Royal Perth Hospital: When clinical evidence and public health strategies collide: the future of toxicosurveillance in Australia

Toxicology and Poisons Network Australasia (TAPNA) 2020 

Dr Andrew Kozman, Royal Perth Hospital: EDNA: the challenges of a vision

Toxicology and Poisons Network Australasia (TAPNA) 2020 

Dr Andrew Kozman, Royal Perth Hospital: EDNA: the challenges of a vision

Royal Perth Hospital Research Foundation Public Seminar 2020 

Daniel Fatovich, Jessamine Soderstrom, Jenny McCloskey, Royal Perth Hospital: Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: coming of age in the COVID-19 era

Royal Perth Hospital Research Foundation Public Seminar 2020 

Daniel Fatovich, Jessamine Soderstrom, Jenny McCloskey, Royal Perth Hospital: Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: coming of age in the COVID-19 era

NCCRED Symposium 2020

Dr Andrew Kozman, Royal Perth Hospital: The implementation of the Recreational Drug Intoxication Protocol

NCCRED Symposium 2020

Dr Andrew Kozman, Royal Perth Hospital: The implementation of the Recreational Drug Intoxication Protocol

Media

Perth physician to deliver TEDx talk

WA Department of Health News

NSW Health backs plan for early warning system on drugs

Sydney Morning Herald

First steps in Aust drug warning system

Australian Patients Association

Early warning system for emerging and illicit drugs could save lives

ABC Radio Perth

Big Ideas Pay Off for Western Australian Researchers

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research News

ChemCentre’s forensic toxicology specialists contribute to Emergency Medicine research

ChemCentre WA News

Emerging Drugs Network of Australia

Wikipedia

Drug checking and an early warning network in Victoria could save lives: new coroner’s report

The Conversation

Policy Changes or Departmental Submissions

Coronial inquest into musical festivals deaths in NSW

Submission to the NSW Coroner in regards to EDNA and the WA Illicit Substances Evaluation

Parliamentary Select Committee into alternate approaches to reducing illicit drug use and its effects on the community

Clinical Guideline (Policy) - Western Australia

Clinical guidelines for the management of ED patients presenting with recreational drug intoxication have been endorsed by five WA hospital sites (listed below). These Guidelines include standardised protocols for blood collection, storage and analysis to identify specific drugs causing harm.

  • Fiona Stanley Hospital (2019)
  • Royal Perth Hospital (2020)
  • Rockingham General Hospital (2020)
  • Armadale Hospital (2021)
  • Bunbury Regional Hospital (2021)