Striking the balance
We need to look at the issue from a patient perspective. What can we be doing to support patients and safely manage their pain with opioids post-surgery.
Regulating opioid supply
New rules aim to curb opioid-related deaths in Australia. These changes are a step in the right direction, but we need to tread carefully to avoid unintended consequences.
Avoiding a deadly double
Maintaining or expanding addiction services is vital if we’re to avert a syndemic of opioid overdoses and COVID-19.
Treating opioid dependence
Treatments for opioid dependence, such as methadone and buprenorphine, are effective. But some people who stand to benefit are missing out.
Missing the point
The recent controversy embroiling the Richmond injecting room is overshadowing its positive community impact.
Opioids – where to from here?
Opioids are among the most powerful analgesics available to medicine, but they have huge capacity to cause harm. In trying to solve one problem, is a bigger one being created?
Bracing for the opioid tsunami
The drug epidemic that's claimed thousands of lives in the US is swiftly becoming a threat to the health of many Australians.
A communication change for the better
Governments around the world are turning to behavioural science to find better ways to persuade people to act.
Low back pain: we're treating it all wrong
Unnecessary treatments, tests and advice to rest are making the problem worse worldwide, when in reality sufferers should simply remain active.
Prisoners of healthcare
A power imbalance is leading to many patients negotiating with doctors and medical staff as if they are being held hostage.
Mind over matter - the dictates of pain
When it comes to understanding – and remedying – chronic physical pain, the answers could indeed be ‘all in the mind’.
Professor, Addiction Studies and Services; Director, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
Associate Professor, Law Research Services
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia, Monash Sustainable Development Institute
Professor, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Director, Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Hospital, and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
PhD Candidate at the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacist, Austin Hospital; PhD Candidate, Monash Centre for Medicine Use and Safety
Professor, Department of Marketing
Deputy Director, Monash Addiction Research Centre
Professor, Centre for Medicine Use & Safety