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released: 10 Apr 2008 author: AIHW

The Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative (IDDI) provides a nationally consistent framework through which police and courts may refer eligible drug offenders towards appropriate assessment, education or drug treatment. This report presents an evaluation of the effectiveness of the IDDI in rural and remote Australia, drawing on quantitative and qualitative evidence to explore the extent to which the stated objectives of the IDDI have been achieved in rural and remote locations.

ISSN 1442-7230; ISBN 978 1 74024 760 3; Cat. no. PHE 96; 240pp.; OUT OF PRINT

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (78KB PDF)
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Executive summary
      • Project objectives
      • Project method
      • Key findings
  • Sections (497KB PDF)
    1. Introduction
      1. Project objectives
      2. Background and context
      3. Report outline
    2. Project method
      1. Evaluation type
      2. Project methodology
      3. Defining effectiveness
      4. Defining rural and remote
      5. Study limitations
    3. Drug diversion in rural and remote areas-identifying key issues
      1. Drug diversion-overview and key issues
      2. Characteristics of rural and remote populations in Australia
      3. Challenges for police, courts and service providers in rural and remote areas
    4. 4 The IDDI landscape in Australia
      1. IDDI-funded diversion programs in Australia
      2. IDDI-funded diversion programs in rural and remote Australia
    5. IDDI inputs in rural and remote Australia
      1. Input indicators
      2. IDDI inputs in rural and remote areas
    6. IDDI outputs in rural and remote Australia
      1. Police diversion programs
      2. Court diversion programs
    7. IDDI outcomes in rural and remote Australia
      1. Client outcomes
      2. Program outcomes
    8. Views from the field
      1. Introduction
      2. Factors influencing the effectiveness of IDDI programs in rural and remote Australia overall
      3. Factors influencing the effectiveness of police diversion programs
      4. Factors influencing the effectiveness of court diversion programs
      5. Factors influencing the effectiveness of assessment, education and treatment services provided under the IDDI
    9. Key findings and issues for consideration
      1. Evidence of effectiveness in terms of IDDI objectives
      2. Key findings about the effectiveness of the IDDI in rural and remote Australia
      3. Issues for consideration
  • End matter (301KB PDF)
    • Appendix 1 Field work materials sent to all interview participants
    • Appendix 2 IDDI program summaries
    • Appendix 3 Data tables
    • Appendix 4 IDDI input tables
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2008. The effectiveness of the Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative in rural and remote Australia. Drug statistics series no. 19. Cat. no. PHE 96. Canberra: AIHW.