Dealing with Alcohol-related problems and the Night Time Economy (DANTE) is a comprehensive investigation into some innovative policing and community-based interventions focused on licensed premises in Geelong and Newcastle (i.e. ID scanners, the Geelong Liquor Accord, safe taxi rank, night time buses and the Geelong two-way radio network).

Our Plain Language Statement for ethics can be read here.

See full DANTE report here.

National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF)


Victoria Police

University of Newcastle

Hunter New England Health

Project Partners

Prof Peter Miller, Deakin University, Waterfront campus, Geelong

Associate Professor Darren Palmer, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus, Geelong

Inspector William Mathers, Victoria Police, Geelong

Associate Professor John Wiggers, University of Newcastle

Florentine de Groot, Deakin University, Waterfront campus, Geelong

Anders Sonderlund, Deakin University, Waterfront campus, Geelong

Nic Droste, Deakin University, Waterfront campus, Geelong

Kerri Coomber, Deakin University, Waterfront campus, Geelong

Karen Gillham, Hunter New England Health, Newcastle

Jennifer Tindall, Hunter New England Health, Newcastle

Daniel Groombridge, Hunter New England Health, Newcastle

Amy Richardson, Hunter New England Health, Newcastle

Research Team


National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) conducts and disseminates high quality research that contributes to the primary prevention of harmful drug use and the reduction of drug related harm in Australia.

NDRI, which was formed in 1986, plays a key role in national harm prevention strategies through research designed to establish the preventive potential of legislative, economic, regulatory and educational interventions.

NDRI is located at Curtin University of Technology's Health Research Campus in the western Perth suburb of Shenton Park and receives core funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.


Healthy Nightlife Toolbox

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox (HNT) is an international initiative that focuses on the reduction of harm from alcohol and drug use among young people.


Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre

Turning Point strives to promote and maximise the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities living with and affected by alcohol and other drug-related harms.


Online 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling service

CounsellingOnline is a service where you can communicate with a professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern, using text-interaction.

This service is free for anyone seeking help with their own drug use or the drug use of a family member, relative or friend. Counselling Online is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across Australia.


Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University

The Centre for Public Health is a vibrant research and teaching community working in partnership to deliver health at local, regional, national and international level. They specialise in applied research and educational programmes addressing health issues at all levels from policy development to service delivery. The Centre is firmly committed to a multi-disciplinary approach to Public Health and works not only with health services but also with local authorities, judicial bodies, environmental services and community groups.