ADRIA Webinars

Webinar Recordings 2023

Dr Paul Kellner from the Monash Sustainable Development Institute joins us for a workshop on writing grant applications.

Dr Paul Kellner from the Monash Sustainable Development Institute discusses how to establish research partnerships. This webinar is part of the Alcohol and Drug Research Innovation Agenda (ADRIA).

Webinar Recordings 2022

Dr Stefan Gruenert, Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen and Kirsty Morgan, and Victoria Manning are undertaking research funded by ADRIA. The presenters will provide a brief summary and update on their ADRIA-funded projects, reflect on how they approach the application process (and grant-writing in general), and provide advice and reflections for those considering applying to the upcoming round.

This is the first in a series of 2022 ADRIA webinars focused on research skills. The series is intended to support those interested in applying for an ADRIA grant.

Assc Prof Kate Seear – Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society, Latrobe University
Sione Crawford – Harm Reduction Victoria
Stephanie Tzanetis – Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)

Attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • The importance and value of including affected communities and research (for the project, the researchers and the communities in question);
  • What being inclusive actually looks like;
  • The difference between technical and meaningful inclusion;
  • The importance of planning for inclusion;
  • Inclusion as an ongoing process;
  • Resources, strategies and methods for achieving and maintaining meaningful inclusion of affected communities in your research.

Learn the key skills and strategies of grant writing with a particular focus on research.

This webinar will cover:

  • reading grant guidelines critically;
  • “pitching” your project strategically;
  • fatal mistakes to avoid;
  • and many others to give your application the greatest chance of success.

Dr Kellner specialises in working outside of academia. This webinar is tailored for those without a background in research and will focus on useful and practicable skills.

Webinar Recordings 2021


Workshop Goal: This module seeks to help you progress your level of knowledge in utilising evidence to facilitate evidence-based practice, and to improve patient/client outcomes.

Description: The module discusses the concept of ‘evidence-based practice’, which is the process of ‘integrating the best available research evidence with clinical expertise and the patient’s unique values and circumstances’. This may include identifying, searching, retrieving, and appraising information from a range of diverse resources, and applying this into practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, you will have an understanding of:

  • How to clearly define a research question or topic that you would like to address in your workplace
  • Accessing health science databases to review research literature
  • Critically appraising the literature
  • Using research literature to inform evidence-based practice


Workshop Goal: To give staff working in AOD clinical settings an understanding of the key concepts and principles of clinical research and the benefits of introducing research into the clinical setting.

Description: An overview of the basic concepts of clinical research, focusing on the main areas of why and how clinical research is carried out, the importance of ethics in research, and an outline of the five main clinical study designs.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, you will have an understanding of:

  • The basic concepts of clinical research e.g. what it is, how it differs from standard care and why it is undertaken
  • Five of the most commonly used study designs
  • Asking focussed questions / formulate a clinical question
  • Ethics in research and why informed consent is necessary

Length: 4 hours

Workshop Goal: To give participants involved in research and trials a thorough understanding of all aspects of Good Clinical Practice and how it applies to everyday trial management .

Description: The workshop contains five sessions of guidance, education, activities and interactive learning that cover all components of Good Clinical Practice relevant to staff working on research and clinical trials that involve humans . The course will be specifically focused on clinical research within the Alcohol and other Drug sector.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this workshop you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the interwoven laws, frameworks and guidelines which govern the set up and conduct of clinical research
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different individuals and organisations in clinical research
  • Understand the regulatory applications required before clinical research can be started in Australia
  • Identify a range of essential documents and the purpose of maintaining a trial master file
  • Understand the process of receiving informed consent (and equivalent processes where appropriate) and the roles and responsibilities of those involved in this process
  • Demonstrate the ability to correctly and accurately complete case report forms and other relevant documentation and understand the process for data query resolution
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the correct reporting requirements that ensure patient safety
  • Know where to go for further advice and support and how to keep updated.

Participants who complete the post-training quiz with a score of 80% or above will be awarded Transcelerate-accredited Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certification, valid for 3 years.

If you missed this webinar and would like to register your interest for GCP training contact NCCRED here.

Professor Alison Ritter, AO is an internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the University of New South Wales. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow leading a multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy. Her research work has focussed on many aspects of drug policy, including research on drug laws (decriminalisation models, threshold quantities), drug treatment (funding systems, unmet demand for treatment, treatment planning), models and methods of democratic participation in drug policy; and research focussed on policy process.

Professor Ritter worked as a clinical psychologist in the alcohol and drug treatment sector prior to commencing full-time research. She has contributed significant policy and practice developments across alcohol and drug policy over many years. She is past President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, and Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Drug Policy.  Professor Ritter has an extensive research grant track record and has published widely in the field.

Alison will be providing an overview of common ethical issues encountered in AOD-focused research.