Turning Point director awarded top honour

Professor Dan Lubman

Professor Dan Lubman

Turning Point Director and Professor of Addiction Studies and Services at Monash University, Professor Dan Lubman, has been awarded the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Senior Research Award.

Established in 1978, the award recognises excellence in research in psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand. It is awarded annually to the Fellow who, in the opinion of the Selection Panel, has made the most significant contribution to psychiatric research in Australia and New Zealand over the preceding five years.

Professor Lubman accepted the award at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Annual Congress in Hong Kong in May, where he gave a keynote address.

“I am honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious award” said Professor Lubman

“The award recognises the research we now have demonstrating that we can make a real difference to the lives of those suffering with addiction, as well as their families.

“We have seen considerable investment in the mental health field over recent years, including public campaigns that address stigma and promote help-seeking, and it is now time to invest similarly in the addiction area. We have strong evidence that treatment works, but now we need to invest in a platform to ensure that all Australians affected by addiction receive the best possible healthcare when and where they need it.”

Professor Lubman’s research is wide-ranging and includes investigating the impact of alcohol and drug use on brain function, the relationship between substance use and mental disorder, as well as the development of targeted intervention programs within school, primary care, mental health and drug treatment settings.