The MISUSE consortium presents as an important opportunity to maximise the value of four long-running prospective cohort studies across Australia and New Zealand. The MISUSE consortium aims to further understanding of low prevalence illicit substance use behaviours by exploring the natural history, antecedents, and consequences of use across adolescence and young adulthood, extending to both earlier and later parts of the life course.


Consortium name Monitoring Illicit Substance USE Consortium
Abbreviation MISUSE
Current principal investigator/s Dr Christopher Greenwood
Project Members Dr Christopher Greenwood, Dr Primrose Letcher, Ms Esther Laurance, Prof Joseph Boden, A/Prof James Foulds, Dr Elizabeth Spry, Dr Jessica Kerr, Prof John Toumbourou, A/Prof Jessica Heerde, Ms Catherine Nolan, A/Prof Yvonne Bonomo, A/Prof Delyse Hutchinson, Prof Tim Slade, Prof Craig A Olsson
Project Contact

Dr Christopher Greenwood

Postal address 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood VIC 3125
Primary Institution Deakin University
Collaborating Institution/s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), the University of Melbourne, University of Otago.
Major funding sources  NA
Study website NA
Protocol paper Greenwood, C. J., Letcher, P., Laurance, E., Boden, J. M., Foulds, J., Spry, E. A., Kerr, J. A., Toumbourou, J. W., Heerde, J., Nolan, C., Bonomo, Y., Hutchinson, D. M., Slade, T., & Olsson, C. A. (2023). The Monitoring Illicit Substance USE (MISUSE) Consortium: A Study Protocol for Investigating Low Prevalence Substance Use Behaviours in Population Cohort Studies, JAACAP Open [submitted]
Year commenced 2021
Australian cohorts Australian Temperament Project (ATP), Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study (VAHCS), International Youth Development Study (IYDS)
International cohorts Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS)
Ethics approvals or requirements? The MISUSE consortium has been approved by the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC reference number 84060).