Agents of Change – Dan Lubman and Suzanne Nielsen – Changing The Way We Treat Addiction

Agents of Change – Dan Lubman and Suzanne Nielsen – Changing The Way We Treat Addiction


(upbeat music) – One in four Australians
will experience an alcohol, drug, or gambling problem
in their lifetime. Yet, there’s enormous
barriers to seeking treatment with around an 18-year
delay in help seeking. So, we decided to change it. MARC is a really exciting
initiative that brings together over a hundred world-class researchers from across Monash University. It’s really focusing on changing
the conversation that we have around addiction and thinking about how we respond in much
more evidence-based ways. So, one of the solutions to
help people overcome this shame and stigma and the
barriers to seeking help, is to offer treatments that are available when and where they need them. One solution that we’ve
worked on is using Telehealth. Working in partnership with Turning Point, we’ve been able to create
a whole suite of telephone inventions that we’ve
shown to be effective in helping people get
the treatment they need. And it’s one of many projects helping to close that 18-year gap. The Monash Addiction Research
Centre does a broad range of problems looking to reduce the impact of addiction on the community. The work that I do looks to
reduce opioid related harm. And that includes
prescription pain medicine and also opioids like heroine. In Australia, in the last 10
years, the number of people dying from opioid related
deaths has doubled. So, those deaths are due to both prescription pain
medicines, but also heroine. Within the peninsula region,
we’re looking to test novel ideas locally that
we can scale up nationally. We’re working with community
pharmacies to be able to screen for people who are at
risk for opioid overdose. We’re also studying how we
can reduce the barriers to accessing Naloxone, an
overdose reversal medicine. So that family members in the community can better respond to opioid overdose.

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