Researcher biography

Project title

An ecological study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereafter referred to as Aboriginal) Drug User Networks in a regional setting in Northern New South Wales. 

Concept: To undertakes an ecological study of Aboriginal people who use illicit and licit drugs in a regional setting. The study will have a particular focus on people who inject drugs (PWID), their drug user networks, patterns of use and injection behaviours. The study will explore barriers and enablers to safe injecting patterns and if this group practice riskier injectin behaviour compared to non-Indigenous PWID's. The study will also explore how Aboriginal PWID access and utilise health care services. 

The study will aim to recruit 12-20 participants aged 15 years and above. The study area will focus on Aboriginal community in Northern New South Wales. 

Specific Objectives:

1. A descriptive analysis of Aboriginal people who use (inject) drugs in Northern New South Wales. 

2. What are the demographic characteristics of Aboriginal people who use (inject) drugs in Northern New South Wales. 

3. How do Aboriginal PWED interact within their drug user networks. 

4. What drives patterns of drug use, types of drugs used and injecting behaviours in relation to transmission of blood borne viruses and explore barriers and enablers to safe injecting habits. The study will also explore people initiation into injecting and the sites and geographical location this occured. &

5. How Aboriginal PWED's utilise health services. 

Supervision

Prof James Ward, Prof Linda Selvey