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…

SSAC team to present symposium at 4S Conference

This year the international Society for Social Studies of Science annual conference will be held for the first time in Sydney, Australia. Entitled ‘4S Sydney: TRANSnational STS’, the conference will foreground  science and technology studies (STS). The event is a key one for a growing number of Australian alcohol and other drug researchers whose work…

Now recruiting: Take-home naloxone study

Many thanks to those who have volunteered to be interviewed for SSAC’s project on ‘take-home’ naloxone in Australia. We have now begun conducting interviews with people who consume opioids in Sydney. Interviews will be conducted by research officer, Dr Jeanne Ellard. If you are interested in taking part the study, please contact research associate Adrian…

SSAC team presents research at CDP Helsinki conference

In August SSAC team members travelled to Helsinki, Finland, to take part in the biennial Contemporary Drug Problems conference, this year’s theme being ‘Making alcohol and other drug realities’. This conference was particularly well suited to the SSAC team as it offers an avenue for presenting conceptually rich and challenging alcohol and other drug 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…

Listening to young people

Having just completed data collection, SSAC PhD candidate Liz Normand is looking forward to tackling the next phase of her project: data analysis. A qualitative study supervised by Dr Robyn Dwyer and Professor Suzanne Fraser, the project’s key research questions are:  How do marginalised young people in contact with alcohol and other drug (AOD) services understand their AOD…

Responding to steroid injecting: New report

Australia is at risk of increases in HIV and hepatitis C transmission, Australian experts believe, as rates of illicit steroid injecting go up. A newly released report documents concern among alcohol and other drug workers and policy makers that Australia does not know enough about the practice and may fail to prevent new blood-borne virus epidemics…

SSAC launches its new website and logo

Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Associate Professor Suzanne Fraser, leader of the Social Studies of Addiction Concepts (SSAC) program at Australia’s National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) today launched the program’s new logo and website. Speaking from NDRI’s office in Melbourne, Australia, Fraser explained that the SSAC program was designed as a new global initiative to connect addiction…