Australian Centre for Addiction Research // ACAR
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About ACAR

What is ACAR?

The Australian Centre for Addiction Research (ACAR) is an interdisciplinary network of scientists, clinicians, academic professionals and officials engaged in promoting applied research aimed at prevention and clinical management of addictive behaviours. We are committed to conducting innovative research, and applying the knowledge and policies to improve the health status of the community.

Our Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Expertise to Optimise Outcomes
  • Developing & Implementing Innovative Clinical Research
  • Evaluating & Disseminating Innovative Clinical Research
  • Training Health Professionals
  • Promoting Community Involvement
  • Developing Clinical & Practice Guidelines
  • Promoting Best Practice models of care in Health & Other Settings
  • Promoting Consumer Participation

What ACAR Offers

  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Development & Implementation of Clinical Programs
  • Service Evaluation
  • Consultation & Training


Our Mission

ACAR is dedicated to promoting the science and practice of preventing and treating addictive behaviours.

The Aims & Objectives of ACAR

  • To advance the knowledge of brain and behaviour relationship in understanding mental health and addictive behaviours.
  • To assist clinical investigators in identifying decisive research opportunities, and to facilitate the research process by providing a forum for interdisciplinary discussions among clinical and basic scientists.
  • To promote clinical research that focuses on applied issues related to the nature of mental health / addictive behaviours, the prevention and treatment of these disorders and other coexisting psychiatric and medical disorders. In particular, ACAR will focus on research activities on the diagnosis and heterogeneity of mental health / addictive behaviours, controlled clinical trials, and clinical services evaluation.
  • To provide consultation and advisory services to the Government, private, and non-government organisations.
  • To provide specialist training programs in the prevention and management of mental health / addictive behaviours.