ARCSHS Oration: Social problems and facts in a sceptical world

  A recent public event introduced SSAC’s Suzanne Fraser as the new Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS). Professor Fraser opened the event with a lecture, and this was followed by a panel discussion with four distinguished Australian social scientists, Associate Professor Helen Keane (ANU), Emeritus Professor Gary Dowsett…

Final report: Injecting performance and image-enhancing drugs

The SSAC team’s newly published report finds men who inject PIEDs have limited knowledge about hepatitis C transmission. Many nominate GPs as their preferred source of information about PIED use and related issues, and are keen to learn as much as they can to look after their health. You can find a copy of the…

Lived experiences of drinking

New in our program of research is a project exploring experiences of people who continue to drink heavily while living with significant alcohol-related health problems. This South Western Sydney Local Health District-funded project will investigate how people who experience health difficulties associated with alcohol consumption give meaning to their consumption, manage health conditions and view,…

Lived experiences of stigma and discrimination 

In recently conducted research, investigators have found that consumers of drug treatment and other health services in South Western Sydney experience stigma in a range of forms, and would benefit from more welcoming and supportive service.   SSAC team members Professor Suzanne Fraser and Dr Adrian Farrugia are busy finalising the project report for this…

Responding to Crisis

Along with participants from the US, Mexico, Canada and other parts of the world, SSAC program leader Suzanne Fraser and SSAC adjunct Kate Seear participated in May in an historic roundtable event, held in Vancouver by the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. Entitled “Responding to Crisis: A Public Health and Human Rights Approach to the Legal…

CST Reading Group discusses ‘complex events’

Led by SSAC’s Renae Fomiatti and NDRI research associate Duane Duncan, the NDRI Melbourne Contemporary Social Theory (CST) group explores new resources for researching drugs. January’s reading group meeting looked at Kane Race ‘Complex events: Drug effects and emergent causality’. This piece was chosen as it offers an opportunity to expand thinking about key ideas…

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,…