About Cracks in the Ice

Cracks in the Ice is an online toolkit providing trusted, evidence-based, and up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (ice) for the Australian community.

In April 2015, the Commonwealth Government established a National Ice Taskforce to provide advice to Government on the impacts of ice (crystal methamphetamine) in Australia and actions needed to address this growing problem. The Final Report of this Taskforce stated that “The first priority must be supporting families, workers and communities to better respond to people affected by ice.” (Commonwealth of Australia, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Final Report of the National Ice Taskforce, 2015).

As part of a co-ordinated response to this need the Australian Government Department of Health funded development of Cracks in the Ice, an online toolkit to provide evidence-based information about ice (crystal methamphetamine) for the Australian community.

Who is behind Cracks in the Ice?

All factsheets and information contained on this website were developed following expert review by researchers at the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW and the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University.

Cracks in the Ice was informed by input from community members across Australia, and was developed in collaboration with researchers from:

We would like to thank the individuals who so generously shared their experiences with us and allowed us to use their stories on this site. We would also like to acknowledge the many community members from around the country who provided their input and feedback during the development of this resource. Here are some of the things they had to say about Cracks in the Ice:

  • "I think it is great, as it's important for people to feel like they are not alone."
  • "It ties in with a non-judgemental approach to those who may be using, or intending to use, without alienating them."
  • "It’s easy to navigate for people who could be distressed and rushing to help a friend or family member."

For a full summary of results from the online consultation surveys we conducted with the Australian community, please click here.

External Collaborators:

Mr Jack Nagle
Presenter, Media Commentator and Recovery Advocate, Real Drug Talk.

After playing basketball at a high level and being an incredibly fit and healthy young man; addiction took over Jack's life, taking his health, integrity and spirit out from underneath him, robbing his parents of a son and his brother of a role model.

From these experiences, Jack is extremely passionate about using the destruction of his past as his greatest asset to give hope of freedom to people suffering with addiction, educating the community with the sometimes confronting but shattering reality of addiction.

Netfront is a digital agency based in Sydney's inner west, offering custom web design, web development, graphic design and online services. With extensive experience working with non-profit organisations, Netfront is proud to support and be part of research and development work in health and education.
Gilimbaa is an Indigenous creative agency, born out of a passion to work with Indigenous art and story-telling and the elements it can bring to contemporary design and communication.

Photo Credits

We would like to acknowledge the photographers who generously donated their images to Unsplash for use by the public. We used images from the following photographers on Cracks in the Ice:

Alexander Lam

Priscilla Du Preez

Vinicius Amano

Benjamin Combs

Felix Russell-Saw

Timothy Muza

Stock photos were also purchased from iStock by Getty Images, Fotolia and CanStock Photo.

Last updated: Monday, 4 December 2017