Epidemiology of illegal drug use in Australia 1988


This conference provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about indicators of illegal drug use in Australia. Drug data producers and consumers from all parts of the country discuss the current state of knowledge about illegal drug use.

Proceedings of the First National Drug Indicators Conference, Canberra, 10-12 May 1988


  • Welcome to First National Drug Indicators Conference

    Duncan Chappell
  • Opening address

    The Hon. Neal Blewett

Illegal drug use in Australia: a national overview

  • Indicators of drug use in Australia: an overview of the national data

    Stephen Mugford
  • The role and preliminary findings of research conducted for the Drug Offensive Heroin Prevention Campaign

    Tom Carroll
  • Indicators of illicit drugs in NSW

    Carolyn Muir
  • Statistical indicators of drug use and abuse in Victoria

    John Ross
  • An overview of indicators of illicit drug use in Queensland

    Mel Steur and John McMillan
  • Illegal drug abuse indicators report: Western Australia 1988

    Linda Hayward
  • Indicators of illegal drug use: South Australia

    Craig Faulkner, Trevor Burns and Jill Bungey
  • Illegal drug use - the Tasmanian experience

    Ross E.J. Maher
  • Indicators of drug abuse in the ACT: data from government treatment agencies

    Rosemary Jardine

Research project data bases

  • Heroin distribution in New South Wales

    Ian Dobinson and Patrizia Poletti
  • Cocaine use in upper income groups in Australia: an approach

    D.J. Newell and A. Stevenson
  • The Western Australian Illicit Drug Charges Statistical Collection

    D.I. Smith, P. Somerford and A. Harrison-Stewart
  • Alcohol and drug use patterns of prisoners in Perth

    David Indermaur and Kathy Upton
  • Popular attitudes to drugs and the role of the media

    Ian McAllister and Rhonda Moore

Discussion point

  • The significance of recreational drug users: the example of the cocaine study

    Stephen Mugford

National data bases

  • National drug data bases: the National Drug Abuse Information Centre

    David McDonald
  • Australian Customs Service: Intelligence Drug Database

    Don McDowell

ACT Drug Indicators Project

  • The importance of drug use indicators research

    Grant Wardlaw
  • Agency data: the first six months of results, October 1987 to March 1988

    Adele Stevens
  • User interviews

    Heather Deane


  • Conference participants