Forum on performance and image enhancing drug use in Australia

  Consumption of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) is increasing in Australia and elsewhere, raising questions about health knowledge and needs for those involved. The SSAC team is currently conducting research on the meanings and practices associated with the injecting of PIEDs by men in Australia, and preferred ways of accessing information and advice…

PhD Scholarship: Drugs and the body

PhD Scholarship: Call for expressions of interest   The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for a PhD scholarship. Based within the SSAC program, the scholarship will be awarded to support a qualitative project focusing on, but not limited to, the following issues: Drugs and…

Update on take-home naloxone study

Recruitment and interviewing for SSAC’s ARC-funded research on uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone in Victoria and New South Wales are almost complete. After a successful recruitment period in Victoria, the SSAC team begun recruiting in NSW towards the end of 2017. The interviews with people who consume opioids and health professionals working in relevant…

Fit for purpose

In concert with the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS, La Trobe University), SSAC will convene a symposium on performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) in Melbourne on February 16, 2018.  Prof. Suzanne Fraser, Assoc Prof. Kate Seear and Dr Aaron Hart will all contribute to the day’s proceedings. Our anticipated audiences include: needle and…

Concepts of addiction in Australia, Canada and Sweden: Research findings

In 2013 SSAC program leader Professor Suzanne Fraser began a program of research funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship. Initially focused on concepts of addiction in Australian and Canadian policy making and service provision, the program quickly grew to include a Swedish arm, and expanded, with the aid of additional funding support…

Performance and image enhancing drug research shifts to Qld and NSW, still recruiting gay Victorians

The SSAC research project Understanding performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) injecting to improve health and minimise hepatitis C transmission is now shifting focus in its recruiting of research participants. So far, researchers working on the study have interviewed 17 PIED consuming men in Victoria. These men have been recruited from metropolitan needle and syringe programs, online forums…

SSAC team presents research to Victorian Law Reform Commission

SSAC team members Dr Kate Seear and Professor Suzanne Fraser were recently invited to present their research findings to a major review of crime compensation laws currently being undertaken by the Victorian Law Reform Commission. The Commission is conducting a comprehensive review into Victoria’s Victims of Crime Assistance Act, which is the state’s major legislative mechanism…

Now recruiting: Take-home naloxone study

Many thanks to those who have volunteered to be interviewed for SSAC’s project on ‘take-home’ naloxone in Australia. We have now begun conducting interviews with people who consume opioids in Sydney. Interviews will be conducted by research officer, Dr Jeanne Ellard. If you are interested in taking part the study, please contact research associate Adrian…

Now recruiting: Health professionals

Many thanks to those who have volunteered to be interviewed for SSAC’s project on ‘take-home’ naloxone in Australia. We have now begun interviewing health professionals in New South Wales about their experiences with and knowledge of opioids, overdose and take-home naloxone. We would like to interview: Pharmacotherapy prescribers Pain management specialists General practitioners Pharmacists Participation…

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,…