Gender and the WHO Global Alcohol Action Plan

In late August, DruGS team members David Moore and Suzanne Fraser made a submission, along with colleagues Helen Keane, kylie valentine and Kate Seear, to the World Health Organization’s web-based consultation on its ‘Global Alcohol Action Plan 2022-2030’. The submission addressed a specific aspect of the Plan – namely its treatment of gender – and…

Telehealth for hepatitis C treatment during COVID-19

On World Hepatitis Day, the DruGS team reflects on preliminary findings from a research project exploring how telehealth has shaped hepatitis treatment during the COVID crisis. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, this qualitative interview-based project aims to understand the benefits, limitations and effects of the use of telehealth for hepatitis C treatment during…

World Hepatitis Day 2021 #HepCantWait

Marked annually on July 28, World Hepatitis Day is one of the World Health Organization’s seven global public health days. In an effort to convey the urgency of the current global goal to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030, the theme of this year’s World Hepatitis Day is Hep Can’t Wait. As the event’s website puts…

Overdose response resources proving popular

One of the outcomes of the DruGS team’s Australian Research Council-funded project on overdose prevention and take-home naloxone is a collection of Overdoselifesavers.org resources, including keyrings with backing cards explaining how to respond to an opioid overdose, and USB drives containing the project’s report and recommendations for future overdose policy and practice. Over the last month or…

Presentation at the South Western Sydney Partnership event

Since 2019 members of the DruGS team have been very busy conducting a series of qualitative projects with South Western Sydney Local Health District Drug Health Services. These projects cover a range of important issues including: stigma in alcohol and other drug service delivery, improving youth outreach and heavy drinking and alcohol-related health issues. Recently,…

Costs of oversimplifying intoxication: Forthcoming handbook chapter

In an invited chapter for the forthcoming Handbook on Intoxicants and Intoxication, DruGS program members David Moore, Duane Duncan and Emily Lenton compare the treatment of intoxication in Australian alcohol policy documents with the accounts generated during in-depth interviews with Australian alcohol policy stakeholders, in particular their reflections on the complex relationship between intoxication and…

Overdose response resources available free: order now

One of the outcomes of the DruGS team’s Australian Research Council-funded project on overdose prevention and take-home naloxone is a collection of Overdoselifesavers.org resources. These are now being distributed for free to services and individuals. As project coordinator Dr Adrian Farrugia explained at the project report launch earlier this year, the team has produced keyrings with…