Human Sciences Perspectives Workshop
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A Day on Drugs: What's the problem and how to reduce it.
How can we reduce drug and alcohol dependence, improve mental health and aid the transition of users back into society? This workshop is designed to bring together diverse researchers in the field of addiction to work towards better treatment outcomes for substance abusers.
This event will:
- consider addiction processes from different perspectives to provide a multi-disciplinary understanding of addiction
- reassess current therapies and their therapeutic efficacies
- help to determine pathways for translating research and to learn how industries can broaden this reach to impact our population.
Imagine a person who neglects their family, their work and has no place in society. Their health is failing – they're anxious, psychotic, aggressive and live only for their next hit of methamphetamine or "ice". They don't care about anything else.
Australia is one of the highest users of methamphetamine in the world (United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 2012 Illicit drug report), and our rates of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use are at a staggering level, with 86%, 40% and 35% of Australians aged 14 years or over using these substances, respectively (2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).
Drug abuse and addiction are serious mental health disorders that carry substantial socioeconomic burden, further exacerbated by limited treatment options. Recent estimates show that drug and alcohol abuse cost Australians over $50 billion dollars annually. This workshop brings together real world experience and diverse research perspectives to address this significant problem.
External guest speakers
- Professor Barbara Sorg (Ingermann) - Washington State University, Vancouver
- Lisa Matthews, Director Jarrah House
- Moragh Blyth, Marketing Executive, IBM - Linkedin profile
- Dr Briony Larance, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
Session 1: What we know about addiction
|9:00 – 9:30||Coffee and registration|
|9:30 – 9:35||Acknowledgement of Country & Welcome|
Prof Mike Jones, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Human Sciences
|9:35 - 9:45||Introduction|
A/Prof Jen Cornish, Psychology
|9:45 – 10:00||
Addiction: What's the problem? |
Lisa Matthews, Director Jarrah House
|10:00 - 10:25||Pharmaceutical opioid use in Australia: Use, misuse and unintended consequences|
Dr Briony Larance, NDARC, UNSW
|10:25 – 10:50||
Understanding the phenomenon of addiction|
Ms Anke Snoek, Philosophy
|10:50 – 11:50||
Using preclinical models to understand addiction and disorders|
Prof Barbara Sorg, Co-chair, WSU Translational Addiction Research Centre
|11:50 – 1:20||Poster session and lunch|
Session 2: Treatment and Implementation
|1:20 – 1:45||
Pharmacotherapies for addiction|
Dr Sarah Baracz, Psychology
|1:45 – 2:10||
Using learning theory to inform addiction treatment|
Dr Melissa Norberg, Psychology
|2:10 – 2:35||
Disseminating and implementing addiction research|
Dr Erica Crome, Psychology
|2:35 – 2:45||Discussion & key actions|
|2:45 – 3:15||Afternoon tea|
Session 3: Building industry relationships
|3:15 – 4:00||
Understanding industry for translation of research|
Ms Moragh Blyth, Marketing Executive, IBM (this session is open to all interested researchers – beyond the scope of addiction)
|4:00 – 4:15||
Discussion, key actions and close|
A/Prof Jen Cornish
Entry is free and open to the public. Registration closes on Wednesday, 16 September 2015
For further information, please email Jen Cornish.