AOD Hotspots Project


Project Details

The AOD Hotspots Project is a multisectoral partnership project aimed at reducing drug related harms. It encompasses two priority projects.

The Night Time Economy project investigates how a strength-based approach can be used to reduce harm through improving social connectedness. The AOD Hotspots Team is producing a tool kit designed to empower local governments to activate the night.

The Changing Trends project partners with 6 metropolitan local governments to give stakeholders an understanding of what the major drug related issues are. It seeks to identify changing drug patterns in each local government area.


Dr Nick Thomson, Field Director
Marnie Marin, Project Manager
Mason Littlejohn, Research Assistant
Jenae Carpenter, Research Assistant


Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice and Regulation, Victoria Police, YSAS, Cohealth, Brimbank City Council, Port Phillip City Council, Melbourne City Councli, Yarra City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Stonnington City Council

Research Group

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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