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…

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…

PhD scholarships: call for expressions of interest

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for two PhD scholarships related to new ARC-funded sociological research projects in the area of alcohol and other drug use. The research projects are qualitative in method, and address the following issues: Performance and image-enhancing drug (PIED) use: interview-based, observational and…

ARC funding to support important new SSAC projects

New funding from the Australian Research Council will allow the SSAC team to launch two new major Australian alcohol and other drug research projects in 2017. Totalling almost $1million, the funding will support research on the use of performance and image enhancing drugs in Australia, and the uptake of naloxone, a lifesaving medication that reverses…

Challenging addiction concepts: watch the symposium

SSAC’s Social and Legal Studies of Addiction Concepts research symposium (held on Friday October 7th) reported on the many research projects currently underway in the program. The symposium was hosted by Associate Professor Helen Keane, who is based at the Australian National University, and was divided into three sessions: presentations by program research students, presentations by program staff…