Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre

The Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) was established in 1996 as a co-operative venture between Queensland Health and The University of Queensland (UQ).

QADREC is a leader in alcohol and drug research and training, and contributes to the world’s best practice in the field.

The centre aims for internationally-recognised excellence in teaching and research, particularly to the understanding of factors with the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies (ATODs) can be undertaken as part of the School’s postgraduate programs and courses.


QADREC works collaboratively with peak bodies in the Alcohol and Drug field.

Research organisation partnerships

Community organisation partnerships

Major research projects

QADREC conducts a targeted research program focusing on alcohol and drug use problems from a public health perspective. Research supports evidence-based reduction strategies, strategies for the prevention and treatment of drug-related harm, and harm reduction initiatives.

Education and training

QADREC delivers a range of educational and training opportunities to provide students, professionals, and the general public with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively respond to drug and alcohol harm.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies (ATODs)

Drug use has an increasingly significant impact on public health. However, little formal training is available for those responding to substance use and misuse. The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies (ATODs) program meets this need by equipping those working in the field with the knowledge and skills they need to make a real difference. The studies will suit those new to the field of the addiction and treatment of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and experienced practitioners who want to formalise their understanding of addiction-related health practices or to review their current work practices.

Industry training

QADREC provides training opportunities to specialist alcohol and drug workers and the broader health, social care and criminal justice workforces.

Staff present the latest research findings at conferences throughout the year, including the annual Winter School Conference presented by Lives Lived Well and the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Annual Scientific Alcohol and Drug Conference.

QADREC also runs the Indigenous risk impact screen (IRIS) and brief intervention (BI). The IRIS and BI program provides a culturally secure and validated screening instrument and brief intervention designed to meet the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland and across Australia. IRIS is a two-factor validated and culturally appropriate screen that measures alcohol and other drug use and associated mental health issues in Indigenous populations from 18 years onwards. The IRIS was developed in response to recommendations from both national and state reports that identified alcohol and other drug issues as the cause and symptom of health and environmental factors affecting the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

PhD applications

QADREC welcomes potential candidates for Doctoral studies in the alcohol and other drugs area. A number of PhD candidates are involved in ongoing teaching and research with QADREC staff.

Current PhD supervisors

Other teaching

As a major authority on the latest alcohol and drug research, QADREC participates in the coordination of undergraduate subjects throughout the year. This aims to contribute to the education of high quality university graduates, some who will become leaders in the drug and alcohol field in the future.

The QADREC seminar series is an initiative for practitioners, policy makers, and educators to meet and discuss alcohol or drug findings in the field. Guest speakers are invited to talk about major findings throughout the year.



Academic staff

Honorary staff

Research staff

Administration officers

PhD students

  • Ellen Leslie