Image: Burnet Institute Program Director, Behaviours and Health Risks, Professor Paul Dietze
Burnet Institute Program Director, Behaviours and Health Risks, Professor Paul Dietze has been invited to deliver the prestigious James Rankin Oration at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference, APSAD 2017, in Melbourne.
Professor Dietze will address the failure to solve the problem of opioid overdose in Australia and highlight areas for future research and intervention needed to reduce this key drug-related harm.
“Since the measurement of opioid overdose in Australia, we have been well aware of the nature and extent of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdose,” Professor Dietze said.
“We have information on the people who experience these overdoses, where they occur and the types of opioids involved.
“We have also developed and trialled interventions ranging from consumer education and specialist drug treatments through to supervised injecting facilities, all with evidence that they can reduce overdose risk.
“Yet despite all of this work, opioid overdose continues and is now reaching levels last seen in the heroin glut of the late 1990s.”
Professor Dietze is one of the leading researchers in the alcohol and other drug sector in Australia with an extensive history of significant and innovative research into the impact of alcohol and other drugs in the community.
He has played a pivotal role in work examining drug overdose and responses over more than two decades, including the development of World Health Organization guidelines for the community management of opioid overdose in 2014.