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AIMS To develop a standard measure of blood-borne virus transmission risk behaviour, and examine the underlying psychometric properties. DESIGN The Blood-borne Virus Transmission Risk Assessment Questionnaire (BBV-TRAQ) was developed over three consecutive phases of the original BBV-TRAQ study in adherence to classical scale development procedures,(More)
This paper examines population trends in morphine prescriptions in Australia, and contrasts them with findings from annual surveys with regular injecting drug users (IDU). Data on morphine prescriptions from 1995 to 2003 were obtained from the Drug Monitoring System (DRUMS) run by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Data collected(More)
AIMS To examine injecting drug user (IDU) motivations as research participants. DESIGN Convenience sampling facilitated by recruitment notices distributed through needle and syringe programmes (NSPs), and snowballing within peer networks. SETTING NSPs in six suburbs throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area. PARTICIPANTS One hundred and fifty-four(More)
Kate Dolan PhD, Senior Lecturer, Jo Kimber BSc(Psych)Hons, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales; Craig Fry BSc(Hons), Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Melbourne; John Fitzgerald PhD, Department of Criminology, Melbourne University; David McDonald MA, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, the(More)
Online social networking sites offer a novel setting for the delivery of health promotion interventions due to their potential to reach a large population and the possibility for two-way engagement. However, few have attempted to host interventions on these sites, or to use the range of interactive functions available to enhance the delivery of(More)
THE PAYMENT OF RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS raises ethical and empirical questions that have special importance in addictions research involving drugdependent participants. Despite a now large literature on human subjects payment, what is still needed is practical guidance for investigators and ethics committees. This paper reviews the literature on: current(More)
AIM To develop and evaluate a brief intervention for reducing risk behaviours associated with HCV transmission in injecting drug users (IDU). DESIGN Randomized controlled trial of an individually tailored brief behavioural intervention (BBI) (experimental) versus a standardized educational intervention (control). SETTING Specialist drug treatment(More)
Improved understanding of incentives and barriers to drug user research participation may improve study recruitment, retention and outcomes and enhance the ethical acceptability of illicit drug research. In Melbourne, Australia during 2001-2004, 507 injecting drug users were recruited from Needle and Syringe Programs and asked to nominate the 'best' and(More)
BACKGROUND The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of drug-related morbidity and mortality, with incidence data implicating a wide range of HCV transmission risk practices. The Blood-Borne Virus Transmission Risk Assessment Questionnaire (BBV-TRAQ) is a content valid instrument that comprehensively assesses HCV risk practices. This study examines the(More)