News & Events
MARC IN THE NEWS
Dr Susan Baidawi
Prof Antonio Verdejo-Garcia
A/Prof Adrian Carter
Prof Kim Cornish Dr Sonja Kassenboehmer
MARC IN THE NEWS
Dr Brian Vandenberg
Prof Simon Bell
Dr Tina Lam
A/Prof Suzanne Nielsen
Each month we will focus on a different researcher or research group within MARC.
This month we focus on MARC members in the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS).
CMUS is located within the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences based at the Parkville campus. CMUS conducts multidisciplinary research to optimise the safe and effective use of medicines. This includes research in the community, hospital and residential aged-care settings and their interfaces. CMUS is well-positioned given Health Minister Greg Hunt’s recent announcement that medication safety will become Australia’s next national health priority area.
Professor Simon Bell is Director of CMUS and an NHMRC Dementia Leadership Fellow. His research interests primarily relate to investigating and optimising medicines use among older people, particularly psychotropic and analgesic medicines. He has an interest in analyses of administrative pharmacy data. Simon leads the Optimising Geriatric Pharmacotherapy through Pharmacoepidemiology Network (OPPEN) and co-founded the Neurodegenerative Diseases Global Epidemiology Network (NeuroGEN), a new 9-country big data collaboration to generate high-quality evidence to improve medication safety.
Dr Johnson George is a Senior Lecturer at CMUS. He conducts multidisciplinary health services research with a focus on chronic respiratory conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He has an interest in smoking cessation services. Johnson led the high profile Review of Airway Dysfunction and Interdisciplinary Community-based care of Adult Long-term Smokers (RADICALS) Randomised Controlled Trial and is currently leading the varenicline and nicotine replacement therapy for smokers admitted to hospitals (VANISH) trial.
Dr Jenni Ilomaki is a Research Fellow with expertise in pharmacoepidemiology. She leads a dynamic and expanding research group focused on analyses of the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) data. She collaborates with a range of government and non-government organisations in Australia and internationally. Jenni is the Chair of the Pharmacoepidemiology Special Interest Group of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT). She is also an international convenor of NeuroGEN and Science Lead, Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC). Jenni is an Executive Editor of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Professor Michael Dooley is Director of Pharmacy at Alfred Health and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at CMUS. His career has focused on the acute healthcare sector and has spanned special clinical roles in oncology through to senior leadership positions within health services. Michael’s research interests include innovative models of clinical pharmacy practice and strategies to improve medication safety in the acute care setting.
Inaugural MARC 2019 Symposium
We were delighted to host the inaugural MARC Symposium on Thursday 22 August. We heard from over 30 speakers from 5 Faculties and 15 Departments across Monash. It was a fantastic event highlighting the diverse range of research currently being conducted at the University by academics, and the truly collaborative spirit of our researchers. Here is some the feedback we received:
“Congratulations on running one of the most thought provoking and truly impactful and interdisciplinary symposia that it has been my pleasure to attend.”
“It was a fantastic event - really blown away not just by the breadth but also by the quality of the work that is being conducted across the university.”
“Congratulations on such a really well organised and run day. I’m a big fan of short punchy presentations and so the format was great.”
Best Poster Award – Dr Pallavi Prathavadi for her poster presentation titled 'The opioid prescribing practices of Australian GP’s'
Best Early to Mid-Career Research Rapid Communication Presentation Award – Dr John Gardner for his talk titled 'Psychedelic-assisted therapies: Cultural barriers to responsible research'
Thank you so much everyone who attended – the strength of MARC is in bringing new ways of thinking together and the symposium demonstrated the enormous potential we have to leverage.
Results of MARC Interdisciplinary Research Support Funding Scheme: 2019
Collaborative Seed Funding Project Grant Awardees
Professor Dan Lubman and Dr Nadine Andrew
Dr Simon Bell and Dr Nadine Andrew – 'Generating evidence for action: The incidence, prevalence and trajectories of benzodiazepine use in Australia 2013-2019’
Dr Debbie Scott and Dr Ben Beck – ‘Linking Victorian State Trauma Registry and Ambo Data to explore the relationships between trauma, alcohol and drug use, self-harm and mental health’
Prof Antonio Verdejo-Garcia – ‘Goal Management Training for Methamphetamine Addiction.’
Post-doctoral Seed Funding Grant Awardees
Dr Ting Xia – ‘Opioid prescriptions among Victorian workers’ compensation claimants: Prescription patterns and risk factors with longer-term opioid prescribing’
Dr Dhanya Nambir – 'One size does not fit all: Targeting factors that influence overdose and other drug-related harms in high risk regions of Melbourne'
Dr Rowan Ogeil – ‘Hot spots of alcohol-related harm in adolescent risky drinkers: How can they be used to understand harms and inform policy?’
Dr Shalini Arunogiri – 'Sex hormones, mood and alcohol use in women: Towards a novel treatment target’
PhD Top-up Scholarships Awardees
Michael Curtis – ‘Understanding the impact of opioid substitution therapy programs on drug use, health service utilization, morbidity and mortality among young people who inject drugs following release from prison’
Dr Pallavi Prathivadi – ‘Improving opioid prescribing in Australian general practice’
Recent funding awarded
Turning Point researchers have published findings of the first ever study of approach bias modification for people with methamphetamine use disorder. Research suggests that up to 80% of people relapse after methamphetamine withdrawal treatment, thus new approaches to improving treatment outcomes are urgently needed. One technique proven effective for people with alcohol use disorders is Approach Bias Modification (ABM), a computerised training task which aims to reduce automatic (subconscious) responding to alcohol cues that lead to craving and subsequent consumption.
The team: Dr Victoria Manning, Dr Joshua Garfield and Mr Hugh Piercy
A/Prof Vic Manning and her team received funding from Eastern Health Foundation to examine the feasibility, acceptability and outcomes of ABM delivered during inpatient methamphetamine withdrawal. 47 inpatients recruited from 3 withdrawal units in Melbourne underwent four consecutive days of training. Using a joystick they were trained to push away (avoid) images of methamphetamine and pull towards them (approach) images of fruit and vegetables and completed follow-ups assessing treatment outcomes two-weeks and three months post-discharge. Acceptability of the training was high, with 75-78% agreeing that it improved their attention and was interesting, and only 4 withdraw due to the methamphetamine images triggering craving. Encouragingly 61% reported no methamphetamine use during the first two weeks following discharge and 54% reported abstinence at the 3-month follow-up which is substantially higher than the 18% observed in a large multi-site treatment outcomes study.
The findings, currently in press with the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment suggest ABM could be beneficial for people seeking treatment for methamphetamine use. The team have been funded by the National Centre for Clinical Research in Emerging Drugs to conduct a RCT to test the efficacy of this low-cost, easily-administered intervention that could help prevent relapse.
Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) 2019 Symposium
This one-day symposium will bring together world leading addiction researchers from across Monash. The program will feature invited speakers, oral presentations, and a combined poster session and networking event. We will announce the successful MARC Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Grants and PhD top-ups during the event.
The symposium will be focusing on three major themes:
1) Changing the way we think about harms
2) Technology and action
3) Preparing for the future
Registrations are now closed.
MARC 2019 SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM, 22 AUGUST
Start at 8.45am
9.15 – 9.50 AM
WELCOME & SETTING THE SCENE
Prof Dan LUBMAN – What is MARC & Responding to the rapidly changing landscape
CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT HARMS | CHAIR: FELICITY TOPP
Dr Jennifer SCHUMANN “Emerging substances and emerging harms”
Dr Sonja KASSENBOEHMER – “Economic conditions and opioid deaths”
A/Prof Suzanne NIELSEN – “Changing our understanding of opioid harms”
A/Prof Charles LIVINGSTONE- “Reconsidering the impacts of gambling harm”
Dr Debbie SCOTT – “The intersection of family Violence with Alcohol and Other Drugs”
Pallavi PRATHAVADI – “The opioid prescribing practices of Australian GPs”
Michael CURTIS – “Retention on opioid substitution therapy following prison release: Understanding trajectories to reduce harms”
Wai Chung TSE – “Changes in Australian community naloxone supply following naloxone rescheduling ”
Penny HILL – “Predictors of fatal and non-fatal overdose”
Maggie JOHNSON – “Measuring influence: an analysis of Australian gambling industry political donations and policy decisions”
Isabelle VOLPE – “Using SMS nudges to reduce Did Not Attend rates in outpatient AOD treatment services”
11 – 11.20 AM
RAPID COMMUNICATIONS | CHAIR: ARON SHLONSKY
Dr Susan BAIDAWI – “Crossover kids: Relationships between childhood maltreatment, substance abuse, and youth offending”
Dr Tina LAM – “Young people and alcohol overview: Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System”
Dr Cameron ROSE – “New ways of communicating science”
Dr Rowan OGEIL – “The Impact of sleep- and wake- promoting drugs on sleep, psychological distress, and performance indices”
Dr Adeel RAZI – “Computational neuroscience imaging psychedelic action I the brain”
Dr Jasmin GRIGG – “The impact of legislation on acute synthetic cannabinoid harms resulting in ambulance attendance”
Dr Ting XIA – “Drivers health & Compensation data”
A/Prof Nicole BLACK – “The effects of proximity to gambling venues on gambling and gambling-related harms”
Dr Olatz LOPEZ-FERNANDEZ- “Examining new process addictions through technologies: from internet addiction to gaming disorder”
Dr John GARDNER – “Psychedelic-assisted therapies: Cultural barriers to responsible research”
Dr Bernadette WARD – “General Practice providers perceptions of access to health care for consumers who use methamphetamines”
12.30 – 1.30 PM
1.30 – 2.30PM
DATA AND TECHNOLOGY | CHAIR: DAVID COPOLOV
Dr Christine GROVE – “Introducing Ash - AI bot speaking with adolescents about mental health”
A/Prof Victoria MANNING – “Approach bias modification during AOD treatment: feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness for relapse prevention”
Prof Murat YUCEL – “Gamble, drink, consume, repeat: How to cycle your way out”
Harnessing data – Monash data opportunities
Prof Alex COLLIE – “Using insurance claims data to understand medicine use in the injured and ill”
Dr Jane Hayman – “The Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit Datasets”
Dr Debbie Scott – “Coded ambulance data- a world first to understanding pre-hospital harms”
Dr Ben Beck – “Alcohol and other drugs in trauma”
2.30 – 3.30PM
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE - NEW CHALLENGES AND NEW SOLUTIONS | CHAIR: MICHAEL WEST
A/Prof Philip MENDES – “Competing public representations of the Melbourne Supervised Injecting Room: What are the key philosophical perspectives presented in parliamentary and media debates?”
Prof Paul DIETZE – “Overdose prevention”
Dr Shalini ARUNOGIRI– “Changing face of pharmacotherapy”
Dr Michael SAVIC – “Online care delivery”
Prof Antonio VERDEJO-GARCIA – “Harnessing synergies between neuroscience and addiction treatment”
3.30 – 4 PM
PANEL: Karen McConalogue, David Copolov, Michael West, Sam Biondo
4 – 5 PM
POSTER SESSION AND AWARDS
5 – 6 PM
NETWORKING AND REFRESHMENTS
Winter Research Scholarship Program student – Wai Chung Tse
Over the last month we have had the pleasure of hosting our first Winter Research Scholarship student Wai Chung Tse. Wai Chung has been working on his project “Changes in Australian Naloxone Supply and Dispensing Following Naloxone Rescheduling”.
The scholarship program was a five week long research intensive with Professor Suzanne Nielsen to investigate the effects of naloxone rescheduling from prescription only to over the counter medication. This project analysed whether there were any changes in supply following this rescheduling and describe supply trends in relation to Australia's naloxone policies.
OPPORTUNITIES WITH MARC
MARC Interdisciplinary Research Support Funding Scheme
The MARC Interdisciplinary Research Support Funding Scheme is a fantastic new opportunity to promote and facilitate innovative and collaborative addiction-related research.
There are three types of funding on offer:
(1) Collaborative Seed Funding Project Grants
(2) Post-Doctoral Seed Project Grants
(3) PhD Top-up Scholarships
Applications close: 28th June 2019. See the MARC website for more information.
MARC in the News
Devastated families join forces on cowards punch campaign - Dr Jennifer Schumann and Associate Professor Dimitri Gerostamolous
Drug decriminalisation: time is right for action on UN commitment - Professor Kate Seear
News prescription monitoring system reveals thousands of Victorians are at risk of harm -Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen
Alcohol ads in sport fuel drinking culture-Professor Kerry O’Brien
Psychedelics to treat mental illness? Australian researchers are giving it a go - Dr Martin Williams
A critical examination of welfare state constructions of income support recipients and addiction - Associate Professor Philip Mendes
Prescription monitoring is here, but we need to tread carefully to avoid unintended harms - Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen
Risky drinking among men: alcohol's role in social Interaction - Associate Professor Steven Roberts
The acid test: Here's what LSD is doing to your brain - Dr Adeel Razi
Read full journal article here.
Monash Paramedics and Monash Addiction Research Centre featured on ABC’s 7.30 Report
CAPTION: Filming for the 7.30 report with Prof Suzanne Nielsen of the Monash Addiction Research Centre, Prof Brett Williams of the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, and Paramedic students Natasha, Taylor, Lorna & Victoria.
Researchers from the Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) A/Prof Suzanne Nielsen and Melissa Middleton conducted a study on changes in prescribing trends for codeine and other commonly prescribed opioids following the up-scheduling of the codeine to prescription only medication. The analyses showed that despite concerns, substitution of over-the-counter codeine with higher strength prescribed codeine was not observed at a population level, nor did a shift to other prescribed opioids appear to occur. The results were presented at the International Medicine in Addiction Conference Melbourne in March 2019, and attracted media interest.
This story was also presented by ABC’s the 7.30 Report. This was filmed in Building H on the Peninsula Campus with paramedic students from the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice.
You can read more about the story here.
Welcome Krista Crawford
MARC has welcomed our new executive assistant Krista Crawford. Krista completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Deakin University (Melbourne) and Bishops University (Quebec, Canada). She also has completed a graduate diploma of Zoology and has worked as a research assistant in the fields of Neuropsychology and Social Epidemiology. Krista has been working in Research Administration for the past 5 years.
MARC Masters of Social Work students
Congratulations to our inaugural Monash Addiction Research Centre Masters of Social work students who have completed their research placement!
Ms Yanjin (Kate) Chen and Mr Yanbin (Henry) Wang conducted a scoping review on opioid overdose prevention in the emergency department, and were supervised by Dr Tina Lam (MARC), A/Prof Lisa Kuhn (Department of Nursing and Midwifery), A/Prof Suzi Nielsen (MARC), and Ms Renate Hoffmann (Social Work Department).
MARC’s Grant Writing Intensive
MARC’s inaugural Grant Writing Intensive (GWI) ran on December 3 & 4, 2018. This 1.5 day workshop provided overviews of how various funding schemes were structured, and was an opportunity to receive peer-review feedback on individual proposals.
Nine MARC early to mid-career researchers participated from Turning Point, the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, and General Practice. The intensive was facilitated by Professor Alison Ritter, internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the University of New South Wales who has had consistent success with winning Australian Competitive Grants.
MARC will look to run another GWI prior to the NHMRC ‘Ideas Grants’ submissions in 2019.
Welcome Melissa Middleton
MARC has welcomed our new biostatistician Melissa Middleton. Melissa recently completed her Masters in Biostatistics and has an interest in suicide prevention, addiction and improving the quality of life for disadvantaged young people.
Suzi Nielsen’s NHMRC grant success
MARC’s Deputy Director Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen has received almost half a million dollars toward her implementation research to treat and prevent opioid-related harms.
There are a lack of studies that test the implementation of strategies to reduce opioid prescribing and related mortality. Suzi's research aims to address this gap through the investigation of scalable interventions designed for use in pharmacy and primary care settings.
MARC & CREIDU Opioid Overdose Symposium
The Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) and the Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use (CREIDU) co-hosted a symposium on September 12, 2018. There was a full house at the first official MARC event, a symposium focusing on opioid overdose in Victoria. The event had an interactive format and exciting mix of speakers, and brought together researchers, affected communities, policy makers and practitioners to present on local Victorian developments in opioid overdose prevention and response.
The opening address was given by Professor Dan Lubman, Director of the MARC, and A/Professor Suzanne Nielsen (Deputy Director of MARC) presented on overdose prevention in mainstream healthcare settings.
Other presentations considered overdose prevention from many angles including discussions of peer-led prevention by Sione Crawford from Harm Reduction Victoria, and the new Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) was discussed by Sarah Hiley, Team Leader at the North Richmond MSIR. The event highlighted success in innovating new ways to reduce harm, and the importance of partnerships with community in addressing lives lost to overdose.
(L-R) Tina Lam, Dan Lubman, Suzanne Nielsen
and Louisa Picco. Photo courtesy of Burnet Institute.
(L-R) Paul Dietze, Stephen McNally and Suzanne Nielsen.
Photo courtesy of Burnet Institute.
The speaker presentations are now available.
Click on the links below, or you can also view and download presentations from creidu.edu.au/resources
Dr Deb Scott, Turning Point
Ms Sarah Hiley, Melbourne Medically Supervised Injecting Room
Mr Sione Crawford, Harm Reduction Victoria
Dr Renae Fomiatti, National Drug Research Institute
Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen, Monash Addiction Research Centre
Dr Stephen McNally, Penington Institute
If you have any questions about CREIDU or the Symposium please email firstname.lastname@example.org
MARC is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Tina Lam, our first research fellow. Dr Lam’s work has a strong focus on alcohol and drug use among youth and she is passionate about research that can help shape policy and practice to improve the health of all Australians.