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. The articles in this issue will be drawn from the Social and Legal Studies of Addiction Concepts symposium, which…

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…

Lives of Substance launched by Kate Holden & Jenny Kelsall

Newly launched, SSAC’s Livesofsubstance.org website has two aims: to support people who consider themselves to have an alcohol or other drug addiction, dependence or habit, and to inform the public by sharing personal stories of these experiences. Why this website now? The media has long been filled with stories of drug use and addiction, but these stories often…

Law, drugs and viral hepatitis: opportunities for advocacy and reform

SSAC Adjunct and ARC DECRA Fellow Dr Kate Seear was an invited keynote speaker at the 10th Australasian Viral Hepatitis conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland, on 30th September 2016. The conference is the leading multidisciplinary conference on viral hepatitis in Australasia. It brings together researchers, peer advocates and practitioners from across the region to discuss developments in…

Authenticity and capacity in mandated treatment

What are mandated medico-legal interventions and how can they affect people diagnosed as alcohol or other drug dependent? SSAC adjunct Dr Kate Seear addressed these questions recently in a presentation that formed part of a group of events on mandated medico-legal interventions in Australia. The events were part of a program of work being undertaken by…

Program out now for October symposium: Thinking ‘addiction’

Program now available for this event. Since it began in 2013 SSAC has conducted research on a wide range of topics including Australian, Canadian and Swedish alcohol and other drug policy, personal experiences of addiction in Australia, addiction concepts on Twitter, legal interpretations of addiction, the Victorian drug court, compulsory drug treatment in China, and young people in…