Sharon Matthews


The feasibility and utility of using coded ambulance records for a violence surveillance system: a novel pilot study

The primary aim of this study was to pilot the use of coded ambulance clinical records for violence surveillance at the population level, similarly to work done in an established surveillance system of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and mental health-related harms.

Trends in alcohol and drug-related ambulance attendances in Victoria 2013/14

New research has revealed ice-related ambulance attendances in Victoria continue to rise. Summary According to Turning Point’s latest Alcohol and Drug-Related Ambulance Attendances Report (0), regional Victoria continues to increase at a rate higher that metropolitan Melbourne. In regional Victoria, there has been a 27...

Prohibiting public drinking in an urban area: determining the impacts on police, the community and marginalised groups

With public drinking laws proliferating across urban areas over the past 15 years, this project evaluated the implementation of these laws, their effectiveness, and their impact on a range of target groups including police, residents, traders, local health and welfare workers, and potentially marginalised groups...

Drinking cultures and social occasions: alcohol harms in the context of major sporting events

This report looks at the harms associated with alcohol consumption in the context of major sporting events which were explored in terms of general patterns, gender and age patterns. A range of alcohol-related harms were considered, including acute intoxication requiring medical attention, assaults, and motor...

Drinking cultures and social occasions

This study, conducted by Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Centre and Eastern Health, provides evidence that acute intoxication increased numbers of injuries due to assaults and traffic accidents on public holidays and other major celebratory events and rises in incidents on the day before.