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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

Current Postgrad student

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Dr Nicola Thomson



Nicola competed her PhD at NDRI in April 2015. Her research explored the cultural meanings and social contexts of methamphetamine use and how these relate to methamphetamine treatment and health service utilisation. This research was part of a wider NHMRC funded project that employed ethnographic, epidemiological and integrative methods to investigate methamphetamine use. Prior to undertaking her PhD, Nicola was employed at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and managed a number of treatment outcome studies for heroin, alcohol and cannabis use. She is now employed at The Penington Institute.


  • BA (Hons) Sociology, Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University

Research Interests

  • Drug treatment and service provision, illicit drug use, harm reduction


Lamy, F., Quinn, B., Dwyer, R., Thomson, N., Moore, D. and Dietze, P. (2016). TreatMethHarm: An agent-based simulation of how people who use methamphetamine access treatment. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 19, (2). DOI: 10.18564/jasss.3069 [RJ1099] Paper

Thomson, N. (2015). Making methamphetamine: Enacting a drug and its consumers in scientific accounts, personal narratives and service provision. Curtin University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Ph.D. [TH] Paper Abstract

Thomson, N. and Moore, D. (2014). Methamphetamine ‘facts’: The production of a ‘destructive’ drug in Australian scientific texts. Addiction Research & Theory, 22, (6), pp. 451-462. DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2014.892931 [RJ919] Paper

Dwyer, R., Pennay, A., Green, R., Siokou, C., Barratt, M.J., Thomson, N. and Moore, D. (2012). The social contexts and cultural meanings of amphetamine-type stimulant use and their implications for policy and practice. In Allsop, S. and Lee, N. (eds.) Perspectives on Amphetamine-Type Stimulants. I.P. Communications, Melbourne. pp. 56-68. ISBN: 978-0-9808649-9-1 [CH171] Abstract