Projects

Understanding performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) injecting to improve health and minimise hepatitis C transmission

This ARC-funded project will investigate the social practices associated with men’s use of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) in Australia, to better understand who takes them, when, why and how, and to create new knowledge on the health information needs of men who inject PIEDs…

Understanding the impediments to uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone in Australia

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…

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…

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

This study is funded by an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship. It 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…

Experiences of addiction, treatment and recovery: An online resource – project completed

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

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

This project collected and examined all substance use and dependence screening and diagnostic instruments currently being used in two countries: Canada and Australia. The analysis focused 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 – project completed

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…

Understanding and preventing hepatitis C transmission within sexual partnerships – project completed

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

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