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National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

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Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin

Associate Professor and Program Leader

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08 9266 1602
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rebecca.mcketin@curtin.edu.au

Introduction

Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin is a Curtin Research Fellow at the National Drug Research Institute. Much of Rebecca’s research has focussed on methamphetamine (‘ice’ or ‘crystal meth’), for which she has received a NSW/ACT Young Tall Poppy Science Award.

Her major achievements include developing methods to estimate the number of people dependent on methamphetamine use in Australia, establishing a world-first longitudinal treatment outcomes study for methamphetamine use (the Methamphetamine Treatment Evaluation Study), quantifying the risk of mental health problems associated with the use of the drug, and developing an online intervention for people who use methamphetamine (Breaking the Ice).

She is currently investigator on NHMRC funded research to develop novel responses to methamphetamine use in Aboriginal communities, to trial two new medications for methamphetamine dependence (N-acetylcysteine and lisdexamfetamine), and a longitudinal cohort study examining the relationship between mental health and mid-life outcomes.

Rebecca's research has attracted high-profile media coverage both in Australia and internationally (e.g. Sky News, 60 minutes, 7:30 report, Catalyst), and has been used in parliamentary enquiries and the National Ice Taskforce. She has also worked as an epidemiologist for the United Nations, consulting to them on the development of drug monitoring systems in Asia and Africa. She is currently Drug and Alcohol Review’s Regional Editor for Asia, an Assistant Editor for Addiction, and a member of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

Qualifications

  • PhD Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
  • BSc(Psychol) Hons Psychology, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales

Research Interests

  • Illicit drug use
  • Stimulants
  • Methamphetamine
  • Epidemiology
  • Evaluation
  • Treatment
  • Mental health and comorbidity
  • Psychosis

Current projects

  • The N-ICE trial: A randomised controlled trial of the safety and efficacy of N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) as a pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine ('ice') dependence Details
  • Research into methamphetamine use in the ACT Details
  • Randomised double-blind placebo-controlled study of lisdexamfetamine for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence Details
  • Novel interventions to address methamphetamines in Aboriginal communities, including a randomised trial of a web based therapeutic tool used to treat dependence in clinical settings Details
  • Responding to the methamphetamine epidemic in Australia: Recruit and establish the SuperUnMET cohort Details
  • Mental health and the PATH to Midlife Details

Publications

Islam, M., McCrae, I., Mazumdar, S., Taplin, S. and McKetin, R. Prescription opioid analgesics for pain management in Australia: twenty years of dispensing. Internal Medicine Journal. [In Press] [RJ1242]

McKetin, R. Why methamphetamine-related deaths need more attention. Addiction. [In Press] [RJ1357]

Degenhardt, L., Sara, G., McKetin, R., Roxburgh, A., Dobbins, T., Farrell, M., Burns, L. and Hall, W. (2017). Crystalline methamphetamine use and methamphetamine-related harms in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36, (2), pp. 160-170. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12426 [RJ1231] Paper

Kelly, P., Robinson, L., Baker, A., Deane, F., McKetin, R., Hudson, S. and Keane, C. (2017). Polysubstance use in treatment seekers who inject amphetamine: Drug use profiles, injecting practices and quality of life. Addictive Behaviors, 71, pp. 25-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.02.006 [RJ1311] Paper

McKetin, R. and Allsop, S. (2017). When the evidence is not enough: commentary on Härtel-Petri and colleagues. Pharmacopsychiatry, 50, (3), pp. 105-106. DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-102184 [RJ1272] Paper

McKetin, R., Baker, A., Dawe, S., Voce, A. and Lubman, D. (2017). Differences in the symptom profile of methamphetamine-related psychosis and primary psychotic disorders. Psychiatry Research, 251, pp. 349–354. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2017.02.028 [RJ1310] Paper

McKetin, R., Dean, O., Baker, A., Carter, G., Turner, A., Kelly, P. and Berk, M. (2017). A potential role for N-acetylcysteine in the management of methamphetamine dependence. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36, (2), pp. 153–159. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12414 [RJ1236] Paper

McKetin, R., Degenhardt, L., Shanahan, M., Baker, A.L., Lee, N. and Lubman, D. (2017). Health service utilisation attributable to methamphetamine use in Australia: Patterns, predictors and national impact. Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12518 [RJ1296] Paper

McKetin, R., Kothe, A., Baker, A., Lee, N., Ross, J. and Lubman, D. (2017). Predicting abstinence from methamphetamine use after residential rehabilitation: Findings from the Methamphetamine Treatment Evaluation Study (MATES). Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12528 [RJ1289] Paper

McKetin, R., Voce, A. and Burns, R.A. (2017). Research into Methamphetamine Use in the Australian Capital Territory. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. [R313] Paper

Room, R., Dietze, P. and McKetin, R. (2017). Gearing up at the Review. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36, (4), pp. 441. [RJ1356]

Whetton, S., Shanahan, M., Cartwright, K., Duraisingam, V., Ferrante, A., Gray, D., Kaye, S., Kostadinov, V., McKetin, R., Pidd, K., Roche, A., Tait, R.J. and Allsop, S. (2017). The Social Costs of Methamphetamine in Australia 2013/14. In Tait, R.J. (ed.). National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9942806-0-2 [T246] Paper

Degenhardt, L., Larney, S., Chan, G., Dobbins, T., Weier, M., Roxburgh, A., Hall, W. and McKetin, R. (2016). Estimating the number of regular and dependent methamphetamine users in Australia, 2002-2014. Medical Journal of Australia, 204, (4), pp. 153. DOI: 10.5694/mja15.00671 [RJ1239] Paper

McKetin, R. (2016). Will the Australian Government’s response to its “National Ice Taskforce” deliver more treatment as promised? Drug and Alcohol Review, 53, (3), pp. 247-249. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12423 [RJ1235] Paper

McKetin, R., Dawe, S., Burns, R.A., Hides, L., Kavanah, D., Teesson, M., Young, R.M., Voce, A. and Saunders, J.B. (2016). The profile of psychiatric symptoms exacerbated by methamphetamine use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 161, pp. 104-109. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.01.018 [RJ1223] Paper

McKetin, R., Degenhardt, L. and Hall, W. (2016). Estimating the number of regular and dependent methamphetamine users in Australia, 2002–2014: Response to Dietze and colleagues. Medical Journal of Australia, 205, (9), pp. 426. DOI: 10.5694/mja16.01043 [RJ1271] Paper

McKetin, R., Gardner, J., Baker, A., Dawe, S., Ali, R.L., Voce, A., Leach, L. and Lubman, D. (2016). Correlates of transient versus persistent psychotic symptoms among dependent methamphetamine users. Psychiatry Research, 238, pp. 166-171. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.02.038 [RJ1237] Paper

McKetin, R., Parasu, P., Cherbuin, N., Eramudugolla, R. and Anstey, K.J. (2016). A longitudinal examination of the relationship between cannabis use and cognitive function in mid-life adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 169, pp. 134-140. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.10.022 [RJ1270] Paper

Tait, R.J., McKetin, R., Kay-Lambkin, F.J., Carron-Arthur, B., Bennett, A., Bennett, K., Christensen, H. and Griffiths, K.M. (2015). Six-month outcomes of a web-based intervention for users of amphetamine-type stimulants: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17, (4), pp. e105. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.3778 [RJ1032] Paper

Tait, R.J., McKetin, R., Kay-Lambkin, F.J., Carron-Arthur, B., Bennett, A., Bennett, K., Christensen, H. and Griffiths, K.M. (2014). A web-based intervention for users of amphetamine-type stimulants: 3-month outcomes of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental Health, 1, (1), pp. e1-e12. DOI: 10.2196/mental.3278 [RJ1018] Paper

Non-NDRI Publications

Wakabayashi, M., Berecki-Gisolf, J., Banwell, C., Kelly, M., Yiengprugsawan, V., McKetin, R., Seubsman, S., Iso, H. and Sleigh, A. Non-fatal injury in Thailand from 2005 to 2013: incidence trends and links to alcohol in Thai Cohort Study. Journal of Epidemiology. [In Press] [RJ]

Wakabayashi, M., McKetin, R., Banwell, C., Yiengprugsawan, V., Kelly, M., Seubsman, S., Iso, H., Sleigh, A. and The Thai Cohort Team, ,. Alcohol consumption patterns in Thailand and their relationship with non-communicable disease. Wakabayashi M, McKetin R, Banwell C, Yiengprugsawan V, Kelly M, Seubsman S, Hiroyasu I, Sleigh A, and the Thai Cohort Study Team. BMC Public Health. [In Press] [RJ]

McKetin, R., Coen, A. and Sharlene, K. (2015). A comprehensive review of the effects of mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 151, pp. 15-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.01.047 [RJ] Paper

Tait, R.J., McKetin, R., Kay-Lambkin, F.J., Bennett, K., Tam, A., Bennett, A., Geddes, J., Garrick, A., Christensen, H. and Griffiths, K.M. (2012). Breakingtheice: A protocol for a randomised controlled trial of an internet-based intervention addressing amphetamine-type stimulant use. BMC Psychiatry, 12, pp. e67. DOI: 10.1186/1471-244X-12-67 [RJ] Paper