Cracks in the Ice is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, website link opens in a new window, and was developed by the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney, website link opens in a new window, (formerly known as the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of New South Wales).
Cracks in the Ice was informed by input from over 500 members of the Australian community and was developed in collaboration with researchers from:
We would like to acknowledge the many community members and health professionals from around the country who provided their input and feedback during the development of Cracks in the Ice and thank those who so generously shared their personal experiences with us and allowed us to use their stories on the website.
Find out more about the development of Cracks in the Ice.
We would also like to thank our external collaborators for their input into the development of Cracks in the Ice.
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.
Jenny is a journalist and author who has a keen interest in alcohol and other drug treatment and information dissemination. Jenny has a graduate certificate in Alcohol and Other Drugs from Turning Point/Monash University and recently published Woman of Substances, a book which investigates the female experience of drug use and draws on her own lived experience of alcohol and other drugs.
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