Injecting Drug Use

Injecting drug use is associated with numerous health and social harms and accounts for the vast majority of hepatitis C infectious and fatal drug overdoses, making it an important global public health issue.

Much of the burden of viral hepatitis is in developing countries among people who inject drugs.

Injecting drug use is an important factor for transmission of viral hepatitis with the viruses more efficiently spread through unsafe drug injection than HIV.

Research and Public Health Focus

  • Continue to follow a cohort of people who inject drugs with or at risk of hepatitis C using a social network approach
  • In Myanmar, harm reduction, needle and syringe services, overdose prevention and management
  • Outreach services to friends and family of people who inject drugs.

Centre for Research Excellence in Injecting Drug Use (CREIDU)

  • Generated new evidence about ways to improve the health and social burden of injecting drug use in Australia and developed tools for translating research into policy and practice.
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Current Projects

  • ACCESS: The Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance of Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • Attitudes to drug use among East African migrants in Melbourne’s western suburbs

  • Breaking the cycle: supporting people with drug use histories to avoid reincarceration

  • CREIDU: Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use

  • EC Partnership: Eliminate Hepatitis C Partnership

  • Eliminate Hepatitis C Australia Partnership: EC Australia

  • Feasibility study for a potential medically supervised injecting centre/drug consumption service for the ACT

  • HCV Elimination Modelling

  • Hepatitis C and injecting networks

  • Hepatitis C: Community Testing and Treatment (CT2)

  • Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Snapshot Study

  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock'n'Roll (Big Day Out Study)

  • SuperMIX: The Melbourne Injecting Drug User Cohort Study

  • The B-VAX Project: Hep B vaccinations for people who inject drugs

  • The International Collaboration on Hepatitis C Elimination in HIV Cohorts (InCHEHC)

  • The PharmEC REACH study

  • The QuickStart Study

Past Projects

  • EC Australia: The vital missing link to eliminating hepatitis C

  • PATH Cohort Study