Thinking ‘dangerous’ consumption

Last week the SSAC team took part in the Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium, which was hosted this year by Monash University in Melbourne. Drawing on social, cultural and critical theory to discuss ‘dangerous’, ‘risky’ and contested consumptions, the annual colloquium runs over two days with a single stream of papers. This approach, along with mandated funding…

New performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) portal

In 2017 SSAC began work on a research project exploring the health information needs of men who inject performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs). Based on an Australian Research Council grant, the project aims to better understand who takes them, when, why and how, and to support effective, non-stigmatising resources for men who inject PIEDs. As…

SSAC’s 2018 overdose awareness panel

To mark International Overdose Awareness Day 2018, the SSAC team hosted a discussion panel focusing on overdose: myths, assumptions and relevant concerns. Broadcast on 3CR and affiliated stations around the country, the panellists were Mr Sione Crawford, Executive Officer of Harm Reduction Victoria, Dr Nico Clark, Medical Director of Richmond’s new Medically Supervised Injecting Room,…

SSAC team to present symposium at 4S Conference

This year the international Society for Social Studies of Science annual conference will be held for the first time in Sydney, Australia. Entitled ‘4S Sydney: TRANSnational STS’, the conference will foreground  science and technology studies (STS). The event is a key one for a growing number of Australian alcohol and other drug researchers whose work…

SSAC collaborates with South West Sydney Drug Health Services

In a new initiative aimed at developing a strong collaborative relationship, South West Sydney Local Health District Drug Health Services (DHS) has commissioned SSAC to conduct four research projects. The first project is a scoping study designed to identify and pursue large-scale opportunities for research collaboration, the second will examine the various kinds of stigma experienced…

Update: Now recruiting WA men who inject PIEDs

SSAC’s ARC-funded research on performance and image enhancing drug use in Australia is well underway. After a successful recruitment period in Victoria, the SSAC team is interviewing in New South Wales and Queensland, and has recently begun recruiting in Western Australia as well. Lead investigator Professor Suzanne Fraser explained that ‘steroid use among men is…

Getting grants: SSAC masterclass

In late May, SSAC team members Dr Adrian Farrugia and Professor Suzanne Fraser hosted and convened the first NDRI masterclass for 2018. Entitled ‘Designing research for competitive grant schemes’, the masterclass focussed on the skill of grant writing for competitive grants in Australia. As the prospect of applying for grants can be daunting for PhD…

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 is…