Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Centre for Addiction Research - background

Research on addictive consumptions has a long history in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. Its ongoing work in diverse areas such as psychopharmacology, general practice, psychiatry, public health, Māori health, psychological medicine and clinical pharmacology has earned it a highly regarded national and international track record.

In 2003, an Addiction Research Network was established to foster greater collaboration across the Faculty. Its aim was to undertake high quality research on substance misuse and other addictive behaviours and disseminate these findings to help inform New Zealand evidence-based policy and best practice in this field.

The Addiction Research Network comprised researchers with a broad spectrum of specialised skills including clinical trials, population surveys, cost effectiveness valuations, educational and training evaluations, service development and evaluation, and biomedical research. It produced research that informed government policy and enhanced professional practice in alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and gambling.

In recognition of the Network’s achievements and realising the potential for harnessing the breadth of expertise across the University into an interdisciplinary programme of addiction research, a Centre for Addiction Research was established in August 2012.

The Centre will build on the work of the Addiction Research Network. It currently comprises researchers from the Schools of Population Health, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medical Sciences and Medicine. It incorporates the Centre for Gambling Studies (established in 2001) and works closely with the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI).

The Centre will also pursue opportunities to work with researchers with expertise beyond the medical and health sciences, in fields that also seek to understand the impact that dangerous consumptions have on the individual and society, including psychology, anthropology, sociology, law and business.