The Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) brings together world-leading expertise from across Monash University and the sector to provide solutions to the challenges of addiction.
Based at the Monash Peninsula campus in Frankston, MARC draws on the multidisciplinary strengths and capabilities of researchers across the University to develop and test novel, scalable prevention and treatment approaches. Our expertise leverages experts in basic and social science, clinical and epidemiological research, to develop new knowledge to shape government policy and evidence-based approaches.
In our quest to find new solutions, we collaborate with leaders at the intersection of health, medicine, nursing, arts, law, IT, design, and public policy. We partner with health organisations across Victoria, including Turning Point, a national addiction treatment, research and education centre. Together we are able to leverage the enormous existing expertise from across Monash and multiple sectors.
MARC currently has over 120 academic members across 8 faculties (28 departments) and 2 institutes, making it one of the largest addiction centres in the world. The centre is led by Professor Dan Lubman and Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen.
Our mission is to provide national thought leadership, education, and research excellence to develop, deliver and evaluate effective policy and practice approaches for addiction. We work in partnership to achieve this by:
- Using data for impact
We generate and leverage multiple unique datasets, and provide timely and accessible insights to drive policy and practice change.
- Transforming practice
We work to transform practice through co-designing, trialling and implementing novel evidence-based approaches. We work with community partners in the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula, those with lived experience of addiction, and other key stakeholders to develop local solutions that can be scaled nationally.
- Changing the conversation
We directly address stigma and community perceptions of addiction by bringing together multiple perspectives, including lived experience, through thought leadership, expert commentary and evidence dissemination.
- Enabling the workforce
We build the expertise of individuals working in addiction and other frontline workforces, and the capacity of the treatment sector more broadly. We achieve this through development and delivery of short courses, embedded addiction curricula and work-integrated learning opportunities. We work with government partners to deliver effective reforms in addiction and mental health care.