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Department of Health

Australian Government Department of Health

Cracks in the Ice is made possible through funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
University of Sydney

The Matilda Centre, The University of Sydney

The Matilda Centre at The University of Sydney is a world-class synergy of leading prevention, treatment, epidemiology and translational research programs to reduce substance use and mental disorders. It brings together researchers working independently across disorder silos to share skills, synergise data, harness new technologies and trial innovative programs for co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.


The Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Illness and Substance Use Centre of Research Excellence (PREMISE) was funded in 2018 by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. It brings together leading prevention and early intervention research and translation programs in mental health and addiction across five Australian universities (The University of Sydney, UNSW Sydney, The University of Melbourne, The University of Newcastle, and Deakin University).

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW (NDARC)

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is a leading Australian research institution that is internationally recognised as a Research Centre of Excellence. The Centre was established at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 1986 and is funded by the Australian government as part of its National Drug Strategy.

National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University (NDRI)

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) generates and disseminates high quality research that contributes to preventing drug related harm in Australia and internationally.
Positive Choices

Positive Choices

Positive Choices is an online portal providing school communities with access to accurate, up-to-date drug education resources and prevention programs. Positive Choices was developed by the same research team behind Cracks in the Ice.
Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Alcohol and Drug Foundation

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is one of Australia's leading bodies committed to preventing alcohol and other drug problems in communities around the nation.

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction is an internationally recognised research centre that works as a catalyst for change in the alcohol and other drugs field.


TheMHS Learning Network Inc. is an organisation that seeks to improve mental health and wellbeing in Australia and New Zealand through events that create opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas. In February 2016, TheMHS Summer Forum was called "Cracks in the Ice? Illicit Drugs and the Mental Health Impact on our Communities". The discussions at this Forum informed the conceptualisation and development of this website.
Turning Point

Turning Point

Turning Point strives to promote and maximise the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities living with and affected by alcohol and other drug-related harms.
Page last updated: Thursday, 20 December 2018