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Registration now open for NDARC seminars in November

28 October 2019
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NDARC
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NDARC regularly hosts free seminars on a range of topics in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector and related fields.

Presenters include both NDARC staff and national and international guests of the Centre. Members of the AOD and research community are welcome to attend these seminars.

Registration is now open for upcoming presentations in November:

Paying tribute to a champion of health: The Brett Tindall Memorial Lecture 2019

25 October 2019
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The Kirby Institute (Please do not publish without approval prior)
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The Kirby Institute was delighted to host Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer of NSW, for the 8th Annual Brett Tindall Memorial Lecture on Wednesday night.

The lecture is given annually in memory of the late Dr Brett Tindall, who was an HIV researcher and worked at the Kirby Institute in its early days (then known as the National Centre for HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, or NCHECR). He died of AIDS in 1994.

The Lancet: 20th century views and responses to drug use are no longer fit for purpose

24 October 2019
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Jacob Webb
Lancet Series on Drug Use
  • Report authors warn that the effects of cannabis legalisation will probably not be seen for another decade, problems resulting from stimulants are growing globally, and current responses to emerging substances may no longer be fit for purpose with rapid changes in drug supply and demand.
  • To meet the growing challenges that drug use poses to future global health, policies and actions must be based on science, and not on moral judgements.

Widespread use of anti-acid drugs continues despite long-term health risks, education campaigns

23 October 2019
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Caroline Tang
Educational initiatives alone were insufficient in curbing overuse of proton pump inhibitor drugs on a national level.

A new UNSW study has found that national initiatives were unsuccessful in reducing prolonged use of anti-acid medicines, and more targeted interventions are needed.

Education campaigns to curb Australians’ widespread use of popular anti-acid medicines – linked to long-term health risks – have been insufficient, a new UNSW study published today in BMJ Quality & Safety has found.

New Drug Trends report finds nearly half of people who regularly consume ecstasy have tested their drugs

16 October 2019
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Jacob Webb
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The Drug Trends program at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney, has surveyed people who regularly use illicit drugs about drug checking (often referred to as pill testing) the contents of their illicit drugs, and their illicit drug use at Australian music festivals.

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