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    The effects of screening brief intervention referral to treatment (SBIRT) training on health professional trainees’ regard, attitudes, and beliefs towards patients who use substances.   Published in: Substance Abuse By: Lukowitsky et al., 2021   WHAT WAS THE STUDY ABOUT? This study evaluated the attitudes and beliefs of healthcare trainees towards people who […]


    Risk factors for new-onset bipolar disorder in a community cohort: A five-year follow up study. Published in: Psychiatry Research By: de Lima Bach et al., 2021   WHAT WAS THE STUDY ABOUT? The aim of this study was to assess sociodemographic and clinical risk factors for new-onset Bipolar Disorder (BD) among a community […]


Validation of the Alcohol Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) in acute psychiatric inpatients   Published in: Adicciones (Addictions) By: López-Lascano, López-Pelayo, Barcells-Oliveró, Segura, and Gual Solé. 2021   WHAT WAS THE STUDY ABOUT? The aim of this study was to validate the use of ASSIST amongst a cohort of psychiatric inpatients in a […]


      Associations of cannabis use frequency and cannabis use disorder with receiving a substance use screen and healthcare professional discussion of substance use.   Published in: The American Journal on Addictions By: Moore, DiNitto, & Choi. 2021   WHAT WAS THE STUDY ABOUT? The aim of this study was to assess the relationship […]


MANAGING RESISTANCE: RESPONDING TO CLIENTS WHO DON’T WANT TO CHANGE   Do you come across clients who don’t feel the need to change their substance use, despite experiencing health, social, financial or legal harms? Are you unsure of what to say, or frustrated with their ‘yes……but…’ type of responses? ould you like to learn how […]


New heroin treatment option yielding positive results among patients at Melbourne injecting rooms (ABC).   Recently, there was an article posted on the ABC regarding a trial of long-acting injectable buprenorphine in a clinic in Richmond, Victoria, as part of a push to improve outcomes for medication-assisted treatment of opioid dependence. The article is written […]


  Drug-using nursing mothers and breastfeeding outcome: a cohort-study. Published in: Saúde Mental, Alchool e Drogas (Portuguese translation: Mental health, alcohol and drugs). By: Ribeiro, S, & Fernandes, R. 2021   WHAT WAS THE STUDY ABOUT? The aim of this study was to assess the association between substance use and the duration of exclusive breastfeeding among […]


Did you know that NHMRC have updated their low-risk drinking guidelines? The new guidelines released in December 2020 recommend no more than 4 standard drinks on any one occasion, and no more than 10 standard drinks per week. The guidelines also recommend zero alcohol consumption for both children under the age of 18, and for […]

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  As you are well aware, COVID-19 continues to present serious threats to the health and well-being of all Australians. In light of the decision by the Victorian Government to initiate lock down protocol, it is now more important than ever that we, as clinicians and health practitioners, continue in our efforts to deliver effective […]


  Recently, Associate Professor Robert Ali appeared on the Real Drug Talk podcast with Jack Nagle, to chat about addiction, and the state of drug policy in Australia. As you know, Robert was the Clinical Director at Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) for 30 years, and so his views are widely respected in […]