Events

Upcoming DruGS events

Information about our 2022 events will be posted shortly.

Past events

2021: Online final report launch: Telehealth for hepatitis C treatment report launch and findings from a national qualitative study. 11 November, Melbourne. Report.

2021: Online final report launch: Understanding the impediments to uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone in Australia: Findings and recommendations from a national qualitative project. 17 February, Melbourne. Click here for a recording of the event.

2021: Online panel discussion: International Overdose Awareness Day 2021. 31 August, La Trobe University, ARCSHS. Click here for a recording of the event.

2020: Final report launch: The future of enhancement: Drugs, gender and sexuality. 25 February, Melbourne.

2020: Panel discussion: Change makers – homicide by overdose: Criminal law in a drug crisis. 10 March, Monash University, Monash Law Chambers, Melbourne. Click here for more information about the event.

2019: Conference workshop: Understanding the impediments to uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone in Australia: Findings and recommendations from a national qualitative project. 10-13 November, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs conference, Hobart.

2019: Take-home naloxone workshop at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) conference. Tuesday 12 November, Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania. Click here for more information about the workshop.

2019: Collaborative forum: The future of enhancement: Drugs, gender and sexuality. Friday 25th October, La Trobe University City Campus, 360 Collins Street, teaching room 2, Level 2, Melbourne, Victoria. Click here for more information about the day.

2018: Expert research panel: International Overdose Awareness Day 2018. 11 October, 3CR Community Radio. Click here for the recorded panel.

2018: Collaborative forum: Improving social and health outcomes for people who inject PIEDs. SSAC Program, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society and Monash Law School. Friday February 16, Monash Law School, Melbourne city.

SSAC Program Symposium, Lives of Substance: Experiences of Addiction, Dependence or Drug Habit in Australia. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs, National Conference, Darling Harbour, Sydney. Monday, October 31 2016.

SSAC’s Lives of Substance website launch. Friday October 7, 2016, Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne. Program.

SSAC and Monash University Law Faculty research symposium: Social and legal concepts of addiction. Friday October 7, 2016, Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne. Program.

Inaugural SSAC research engagement event. Friday July 18, 2014, Multicultural Hub, Melbourne. Report.

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DruGS presentations and public appearances

Fraser, S. (2021). Critique and creativity: Social research and policy, and the ‘challenge…to what is’. ASHM Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS + Sexual Health Conferences, Online, September 6-9.

Fomiatti, R. (2021). Post-crisis entanglements in the time of direct-acting antiretroviral treatment for hepatitis C. The Australian Sociological Association Conference: Hope and Empathy, Online, 28-29 October.

Shaw, F. (2021). ‘Proper distance’ in the age of social distancing: Hepatitis C treatment, telehealth, and questions of care and responsibility. 2021 Digital Intimacies Symposium, Online.

Ferguson, N. (2021). Remaking the reputation of naloxone: Affording new possibilities through take-home naloxone training. NADA Conference: Enhancing connections, Sydney, Australia, April.

Fomiatti, R. (2021). Experiences of heavy drinking and serious health issues: An online resource. South Western Sydney Drug & Alcohol Partnership Event. Sydney, Australia, June.

Farrugia, A. (2021). Hepatitis C cure as a gathering: Attending to the social and material relations of hepatitis C cure. The Australian Sociological Association Conference: Hope and Empathy, Online, 28-29 October.

Ferguson, N. (2021). Take-home naloxone training in Victoria: Affordances of hope and empathy. TASA symposium: Hope and empathy in uncertain times, Melbourne, Australia, October.

Ferguson, N. (2021). Take-home naloxone initiatives and the constitution of overdose response publics. AusSTS 2021: Situated Practice Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, June.

Farrugia, A. (2021). The centre or the periphery? Social relationships and hepatitis C treatment in the elimination era. 12th Viral Hepatitis Conference, Online, 30 May – 1 June.

Farrugia, A. (2021). Waiting to live free of hep C: Personal experiences of cure in the elimination era. World Hepatitis Day 2021, Online, 28 July.

Fomiatti, R. (2020). Youth outreach in Australia: An overview of the literature review process. Workshop and training seminar delivered to Drug Health Services, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Online, October.

Ferguson, N. (2019). Consumer preferences for naloxone technologies: Emerging ‘affordances’ in the context of take-home naloxone training in Victoria. 17th Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium, Sydney, Australia, November.

Nourse, G. (2019) Reconceptualising the relationship between PIEDs and masculinity. AusSTS Interdisciplinary Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, July.

Fomiatti, R. (2019). Tackling stigma to improve outcomes for people who consume drugs. South Western Sydney Drug & Alcohol Partnership Event, Sydney, Australia, November.

Farrugia, A. (2019). Conflict and communication: Managing the multiple affordances of take-home naloxone administration events in Australia. 2019 City Health Australia Asia-Pacific Conference, Melbourne, Australia, October 3-4.

Fraser, S. (2019). Is another relationship possible? Connoisseurship and the doctor-patient relationship for men who consume performance and image-enhancing drugs. Rethinking ‘Change’: New Theories, New Topics, New Questions, New Methods. Fifth Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Prato, Italy, September.

Nourse, G. (2019) Performance and image-enhancing drugs as agents of ‘change’? Reconceptualising drugs, masculinities and effects as co-emergent. Rethinking ‘Change’: New Theories, New Topics, New Questions, New Methods.Fifth Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Prato, Italy, September.

Fomiatti, R. (2019). The politics of the ‘threshold’ in healthcare for men who inject performance and image-enhancing drugs: An analysis of health professional accounts of harm reduction practice. Rethinking ‘Change’: New Theories, New Topics, New Questions, New Methods. Fifth Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Prato, Italy, September.

Farrugia, A. (2019). A situation of constant change: Analysing take-home naloxone affordances as they emerge in Australia. Rethinking ‘Change’: New Theories, New Topics, New Questions, New Methods. Fifth Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Prato, Italy, September 4-6.

Fomiatti, R. (2019). Hepatitis C prevention needs among men who inject performance and image-enhancing drugs. Public Health Association of Australia Conference, Melbourne, Australia, June.

Latham, J. (2019). Drug practices in makeover culture: Self-transformation and performance and image-enhancing drugs. Victorian Substance Use Research Forum, Melbourne, Australia, April.

Fomiatti, R. (2018). Addiction stigma and the production of impediments to take-home naloxone. Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use (CREIDU)/MARC Symposium. ‘Preventing and Responding to Opioid Overdose in Victoria: Developments and Opportunities’, Melbourne, Australia, September.

Fomiatti, R. (2018). Blood-borne virus prevention and blood awareness among men who inject performance and image-enhancing drugs. 2018 NDRI Annual Symposium: Alcohol and Other Drug Research, Policy and Practice, Melbourne, Australia, November.

Fomiatti, R. (2018). Making testosterone matter in motivations for steroid injecting. Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, August-September.

Farrugia, A. (2018). Conflict and communication: Managing the multiple affordances of take-home naloxone administration events in Australia. National Drug Research Institute Annual Symposium, Melbourne, Australia, November 22.

Farrugia, A, Fraser, S., Dwyer, R., Fomiatti, R., Neale, J., Dietze, P. & Strang, J. (2018). Take-home naloxone and the politics of care. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, November 4-7.

Farrugia, A. & Fraser, S. (2018). Take-home naloxone and the politics of care. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Jose, USA, November 14-18.

Farrugia, A. (2018). Take-home naloxone and the ontopolitics of care. Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, August 29 – September 1.

Fomiatti, R. (2018). Making testosterone matter in motivations for steroid injecting. Beyond Body Image: Masculinities, Practices and Performativities. Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University, Australia, December.

Hart, A. (2018). Fit for Purpose: The legal, medical and social barriers and enablers to PIED injecting. Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, SSAC Curtin University and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Lenton, E. (2018). Blood-borne virus prevention and blood awareness among men who inject performance and image-enhancing drugs. 2018 Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Adelaide, Australia, August.

Hart, A. (2017). Understanding performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) injecting to improve health and minimise hepatitis C transmission, NDRI 30th Anniversary.

Farrugia, A. (2017). Take-home naloxone and the politics of care. 15th Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium, Canberra, Australia, December 5.

Farrugia, A. & Malins, P. (2017). Effective or ethical? Analysing the ontological politics of effective drug education. Fourth Contemporary Drug Problems Conference: Making Alcohol and Other Drug Realities, Helsinki, Finland, August 23-25.

Hart, A. (2017). Understanding performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) injecting to improve health and minimise hepatitis C transmission. Blood-borne Virus Workforce Network Meeting: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Australia.

Chang, J. (2016). Constituting addiction in China’s drug policy: A case study of compulsory drug detention. SSAC and Monash University Law Faculty Research Symposium: Social and Legal Concepts of Addiction, Melbourne, Australia, Friday October 7.

Dwyer, R. (2016). Enacting addiction in screening and diagnostic tools. SSAC and Monash University Law Faculty Research Symposium: Social and Legal Concepts of Addiction, Melbourne, Australia, Friday October 7.

Fraser, S. (2016). Thinking addiction: Critique and composition. SSAC and Monash University Law Faculty Research Symposium: Social and Legal Concepts of Addiction, Melbourne, Australia, Friday October 7.

Fraser, S. (2016). Beyond disease: Responding to accounts of ‘addiction’-related stigma and discrimination. Symposium: Lives of Substance: Experiences of Addiction, Dependence or Drug Habit in Australia. 2016 APSAD Alcohol and Drug Scientific Conference, Sydney, Australia, Monday October 31.

Moore, D. (2016). Consumer accounts of ‘addiction’, health and well-being: Implications for policy and practice. Symposium: Lives of Substance: Experiences of Addiction, Dependence or Drug Habit in Australia, 2016 APSAD Alcohol and Drug Scientific Conference, Sydney, Australia, Monday October 31.

Pienaar, K. (2016). Telling stories, making selves: A critical analysis of addiction biographies. SSAC and Monash University Law Faculty research symposium: Social and legal concepts of addiction, Melbourne, Australia, Friday October 7.

Pienaar, K. (2016). Telling stories, making selves: A critical analysis of ‘addiction’ biographies. Symposium: Lives of Substance: Experiences of Addiction, Dependence or Drug Habit in Australia. 2016 APSAD Alcohol and Drug Scientific Conference, Sydney, Australia, Monday October 31.

Sarmiento, E. (2016). How an Australian drug court frames addiction: A Victorian case study. SSAC and Monash University Law Faculty research symposium: Social and legal concepts of addiction, Melbourne, Australia, Friday October 7.

Farrugia, A. (2016). Weaving the meshwork: Drug education beyond people and drugs. Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Sydney, Australia, December 14-17 .

Seear, K. (2016). Addiction veridiction and the emerging role of lawyers as addiction ‘quasi-experts’. SSAC and Monash University Law Faculty research symposium: Social and legal concepts of addiction, Melbourne, Australia, Friday October 7.

Chang, J. (2015). Constituting ‘addiction’ in China’s drug policy. 24th International Harm Reduction Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 18-21.

Dwyer, R. (2015). Addiction screening and diagnostic tools: Refuting and unmasking claims to legitimacy. Encountering Alcohol and Other Drugs. Third Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 16-18.

Fraser, S. (2015). Articulating ‘addiction’ in alcohol and other drug policy: A multiverse of habits. Ninth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), Ghent, Belgium, May 20-22.

Fraser, S. (2015). Analysing addiction in a world made of habits. Swedish Alcohol and Drug Research Network within the Social Sciences (SONAD) Conference, Stockholm University, Sweden, May 11-12.

Fraser, S. (2015). Emergent publics of alcohol and other drug policy making. Encountering Alcohol and Other Drugs. Third Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 16-18.

Pienaar, K. (2015). New narratives, new selves: Complicating addiction in online alcohol and other drug (AOD) resources.  Victorian Substance Use Research Forum, Turning Point, Melbourne, Australia, Friday April 24.

Farrugia, A. (2015). Assembling realities, assembling capacities: Young people and drug consumption in Australian drug education. 13th Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium, Melbourne, Australia, December 9.

Pienaar, K. (2015). A new online resource on personal experiences of alcohol and other drug (AOD) addiction in Australia. Talking Point Seminar, Turning Point, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday June 24.

Pienaar, K. (2015). Beyond the volition/compulsion binary: A diffractive reading of personal accounts fo alcohol and other drug addiction. Encountering Alcohol and Other Drugs: Third Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 16-18.

Farrugia, A. & Dilkes-Frayne, E. (2015). The event of choice: Towards a situational understanding of decision-making in youth drug education. Encountering Alcohol and Other Drugs: Third Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 16-18.

Sarmiento, E. (2015). How do drug treatment courts understand addiction in Australia? A Victorian case study. 8th Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) International Criminal Justice Conference, Melbourne, Australia, October 21-23.

Fraser, S. (2014). Addiction diagnosis, policy, law and treatment as ‘technologies for the social’. New social studies of addiction colloquium, ISSA, Vancouver, Wednesday June 11.

Seear, K. (2014). The role of legal reasoning in the production of addiction as a ‘complex’ object. New social studies of addiction colloquium, ISSA, Vancouver, Wednesday June 11.

Farrugia, A. (2014). ‘It’s just sort of like you know, you can’t just give your best mate a massive hug every day’: Young men, affect and MDMA. The Australian Sociological Association Conference: Challenging Identities, Institutions and Communities, Adelaide, Australia, 24-27 November.

Farrugia, A. (2014). Young men, MDMA and drug education. The Sociology of Youth Thematic Group of The Australian Sociological Association Postgraduate Workshop, Adelaide, Australia, 24-27 November.

Seear, K. (2013). Analysis of a case: How Australian law performs drugs and drug addiction through pathological gambling. Victorian Substance Use Research Forum, Turning Point, Melbourne, Australia, Friday November 15.

Fraser, S. (2013).Making publics: Studying neuroscientific discourses of addiction. Neuroethics Down-Under. Neuroscience, ethics and public policy in Australia — Stimulating connections, University of Queensland, Australia, Friday October 4.

Fraser, S. (2013). Comparing concepts of addiction across national contexts: A multiverse of habits, Complexity: Researching alcohol and other drugs in a multiple world. Second Contemporary Drug Problems Conference Complexity: Researching Alcohol and Other Drugs in a Multiple World, Aarhus University, Denmark, August 21-23.

Farrugia, A. (2013). Distress to psychosis: Assembling the dominant narratives of young people’s drug use in Australian harm reduction drug education. Second Contemporary Drug Problems Conference Complexity: Researching Alcohol and Other Drugs in a Multiple World, Aarhus, Denmark, August 21-23.

Seear, K. (2013). Regulating addictions: Complexity and multiplicity across legal realms. Complexity: Researching alcohol and other drugs in a multiple world. Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Aarhus University, Denmark, August 21-23.

Seear, K. (2013). Framing questions, performing truths: Bringing together critical approaches to the study of alcohol, drugs and doping in sport. What do we really know about doping? International Network for Humanistic Doping Research Conference, Aarhus University, Denmark, August 15-16.

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