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Guiding Principles of the
National Addiction Centre

HISTORY

In 1995 a request for "expressions of interest" to establish and run a clinically focused national centre was advertised by ALAC to which four groups responded, including a Christchurch School of Medicine group. The Christchurch group was selected to work up a formal proposal, which was subsequently accepted and a contract was signed with ALAC in June 1996. In September of that year an official launch of the National Centre for Treatment Development (Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction) (NCTD) (now the National Addiction Centre) occurred at the "Perspectives for Change" conference in Christchurch, but the official opening was not held until July 1997, by which time there were seven staff appointed. Since that time a number of additional academic, research and administrative staff have joined the team. The National Addiction Centre is venued within the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch.


VISION STATEMENT

"A university-based centre dedicated to improving treatment and prevention of addiction and related problems for people in Aotearoa New Zealand."


GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Guiding all the activities of the NAC are three core values:
  1. The NAC is committed to working in accord with the letter and spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of modern New Zealand society.
  2. The NAC is focused on the people in Aotearoa New Zealand who have addiction and co-existing disorders related problems and their families/whanau.
  3. The NAC is dedicated to assembling scientific evidence as the basis for improving treatment for people with these problems.


The clinical research and training programmes are focused on the ultimate goal of improving the care and treatment available to people with addiction and co-existing disorders related problems in New Zealand. The emphasis is on generating and disseminating information that is relevant, practical and applicable to individuals with addiction and co-existing disorders related problems and their families.
There is a dedication to developing and promoting evidence-based practice. There is a commitment to assembling the best scientific information available in the addiction and co-existing disorders treatment area as the starting point for promoting it in New Zealand. The emphasis is on proven effectiveness. There is also an aim to contribute to a clinical culture within New Zealand addiction and co-existing disorders treatment units that is responsive to research and treatment development. The NAC aims to demystify the term "research" by demonstrating the relevance of clinical research to everyday clinical practice and the benefits to people with addiction and co-existing disorders related problems that result from good quality work.
The NAC is committed to working in accord with the letter and the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of modern New Zealand society. Establishing strong Mäori/non-Mäori partnerships is viewed as critical to the NAC's usefulness to Mäori. The Centre is especially interested in research in the area of culture as it relates to treatment outcome, in particular for Mäori in New Zealand.

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Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Telephone: +64-3-364-0480
Fax: +64-3-364-1225

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Last updated: May 2013