Analysing and comparing concepts of addiction for improved social and health outcomes in Australia

Australian federal and state governments spend billions of dollars per year responding to alcohol and other drug consumption and addiction. In doing so, they operationalise a wide range of prevention, education and treatment measures, all of which are the subject of intense public scrutiny and controversy…

Experiences of addiction, treatment and recovery: An online resource for members of the public, health professionals and policy makers

This project is the first of its kind in Australia and around the world. It will collect and analyse the personal accounts of people who describe themselves as having an addiction, and present these (anonymised) accounts in textual, audio and re-enacted video form on a publicly accessible web site. The aim of the study is…

Making addiction in screening and diagnostic tools used in AOD and other health settings

This project will collect and examine all substance use and dependence screening and diagnostic instruments currently being used in two countries: Canada and Australia. The analysis will focus on the relationships between the instruments, their specific items and core concepts in ‘addictions’ theory and how they are situated in current practice…

Concepts of addiction and social inclusion in Swedish and Australian drug policy

In many areas of social policy, Sweden and Australia sit at opposite ends of the welfare state spectrum (valentine 2011). Sweden’s approach is relatively open, non-stigmatising and inclusive while Australia’s is relatively narrow and restrictive. It would seem logical that their respective drug policies follow similar lines, but instead…

Young people and alcohol-related violence: Improving gender sensitivity in research and policy – a pilot study

Research suggests that Australian youth are consuming alcohol at increasingly dangerous levels, and that this is leading to a rise in alcohol-related violence (ARV) among young people. Researchers concerned about these apparent trends have proposed a number of possible policy responses…

Drugs and addiction in sport: A qualitative pilot study

This qualitative pilot study explores some of the central issues associated with the debate about the merits of illicit drug and out-of-competition testing (OOCT) of professional sportspersons in Australia, through a focus on the Australian Football League (AFL). Testing for illicit drug use, including OOCT, raises a number of questions around the privacy and responsibility of athletes, the merits and limitations of punitive approaches to drug use, and the utility of different concepts for addiction medicine within sport…

Regulating Addictions: A pilot study exploring the role of the law in the identification and management of addictions

This pilot study explores the role of the law in the identification and management of addictions. Although the role of the criminal law in the regulation of drugs and addiction is well-known, addiction and drug use figure in a range of other legal realms, and these areas are sometimes overlooked…

Understanding and preventing hepatitis C transmission within sexual partnerships

This interview-based study is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. It explores understandings and practices of hepatitis C transmission prevention among people who inject drugs together within sexual partnerships…

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