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Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) data collection services in Western Australia

The Australian Institute of Criminology’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia ( DUMA ) program seeks to measure drug use among people recently apprehended by police. DUMA currently collects quarterly drug use information from police detainees. The collection is the only ongoing survey of offenders and it examines the relationship between drugs and crime, monitors local drug markets and drug use patterns by detainees across time. Each DUMA collection also contains an addendum to readily respond to trends and issues within the Australian community.

DUMA seeks to aid in community planning, monitoring and resource allocation, and represents an important source of data for state and federal policymakers. Data collected through DUMA sites provides a research and evaluation tool for local analysts, policymakers and practitioners.

In Western Australia, ECU has been contracted by the AIC to collect the data since 2002. The DUMA data is collected by the ECU Forensic Interview Team which consists of a professional interviewers who have been trained to interview in courts, prisons, detention centres and other community samples. The WA DUMA data is regularly cited by the Police Commission in statistical reports and throughout Perth’s media. ECU continues to work with the AIC to develop the DUMA information and assist in its dissemination in WA.

Funding agency

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)

Project duration

January 2002 - December 2019

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