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…

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…