Professor Suzanne Fraser, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Dr Robyn Dwyer, La Trobe University/National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Professor Paul Dietze, Burnet Institute
Dr Joanne Neale, King’s College, London
Professor John Strang, King’s College, London
Take-home naloxone is available in Australia both on prescription and over the counter, yet distribution to people at risk of overdose or connected with those at risk is weak. Programs providing take-home naloxone to opioid consumers exist in some Australian cities, but uptake remains minimal. The reasons for this are not well understood. This qualitative project will collect the stories of people who consume opioids, prescribers and pharmacists to better understand the issues surrounding take-home naloxone. It will then produce a high quality online resource presenting rigorously collected and analysed personal stories of opioid overdose and naloxone administration, organised thematically and narratively in a range of formats. The aim is to inform those affected by overdose, professionals and the wider Australian community about take-home naloxone, to improve understanding of the issues relating to take-home naloxone, its distribution and use, and in doing so save lives.
Jane Dicka, Harm Reduction Victoria
Elizabeth Carrigan, Australian Pain Management Association
Amy Herbert, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
Tanya Merinda, New South Wales Ministry of Health
Angelo Pricolo, Pharmacy Guild of Australia
Dr Marianna Jauncey, Medically Supervised Injecting Centre
Trevor King, Uniting Care ReGen
Professor Adrian Dunlop, Hunter New England Area Health
Interviews with people who have experience consuming opioids are currently underway in Victoria.
Recruitment and interviews with health professionals relevant to take-home naloxone in Victoria will begin shortly.
Recruitment and interviewing in NSW will commence late 2017.