Now recruiting: People with chronic pain

Many thanks to those who have volunteered to be interviewed for SSAC’s project on ‘take-home’ naloxone in Australia. We have now begun recruiting people who consume opioid medications to manage chronic pain living in New South Wales. Interviews will be conducted by Research Assistant, Dr Jeanne Ellard. If you are are interested in taking part,…

SSAC team presents research at CDP Helsinki conference

In August SSAC team members travelled to Helsinki, Finland, to take part in the biennial Contemporary Drug Problems conference, this year’s theme being ‘Making alcohol and other drug realities’. This conference was particularly well suited for the SSAC team as it seeks to offer an avenue for presenting conceptually rich and challenging alcohol and other…

Now recruiting: Performance and image enhancing drugs study

The SSAC team is excited to announce that we have begun recruitment for our project investigating experiences of performance and image enhancing drug use in Australia. Initially, we’re conducting interviews with men who consume performance and image enhancing drugs in Victoria before moving on to recruit in NSW and Qld. Interviews will be conducted by…

Apply for our PhD scholarships

Join our internationally respected team! The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for two PhD scholarships related to Australian Research Council-funded qualitative sociological research projects in the area of alcohol and other drug use. The scholarships will be awarded to support projects that address the following issues: Performance…

Now recruiting: Take-home naloxone study

The SSAC team is excited to announce that we have begun recruitment for our project investigating impediments to uptake of ‘take-home’ naloxone in Australia. Initially, we’re conducting interviews with people who consume opioids in Victoria before moving on to recruit in Sydney. Interviews will be conducted by Research Associate, Dr Adrian Farrugia, and Research Officer,…

Analysing Australian drug education

In the most recent refereed journal article to emerge from Dr Adrian Farrugia’s NDRI-based PhD research, he and his co-author Professor Suzanne Fraser argue that Australian drug education’s use of neuroscientific accounts of drug effects limits its potential to articulate harm-reducing realities and sensitivities for young people. Now in press with BioSocieties, ‘Young brains at risk:…

New study: Understanding performance and image enhancing drug injecting

A team of researchers led by SSAC’s Professor Suzanne Fraser has begun work on a new project investigating performance enhancing drug injecting among Australian men.  Entitled ‘Understanding performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) injecting to improve health and minimise hepatitis C transmission’, the project is funded by the Australian Research Council, and coordinated by research…

Lives of Substance: Project’s final report now out

Final report from SSAC’s Lives of Substance project now available. Despite decades of research, policymaking and service provision, much remains unknown about lived experiences of alcohol and other drug addiction or dependence in Australia. Little is known, for example, about the range of people currently affected by addiction issues, and how they cope and manage…

Upcoming IJDP special section: New papers

In June the International Journal of Drug Policy (IJDP) will publish a special section entitled Social Studies of Addiction Concepts, edited by Professor Suzanne Fraser, head of Curtin University’s Social Studies of Addiction Concepts (SSAC) program, and Associate Professor Helen Keane, based at ANU. The articles in this issue will be drawn from the Social…

New study: Take-home naloxone in Australia

A team of researchers led by SSAC’s Professor Suzanne Fraser will begin work this month on a new project investigating impediments to uptake of ‘take-home’ naloxone in Australia. Entitled ‘Understanding the impediments to uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone in Australia’, the project is funded by the Australian Research Council, and coordinated by research associate…