Understanding the impediments to uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone in Australia: Report launch and findings from a large qualitative study

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Overdose Lifesavers logo, combining an orange shape suggestive of a speech bubble or quotation mark with white cutouts suggestive of a marine-life-preserver-ring You are invited to this public research report launch and seminar, livestreamed on Zoom Webinar, as part of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) Research and Practice Seminar Series.

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Wednesday 17 February 2021 04:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr Renae Fomiatti
Presented by:
Dr Adrian Farrugia; Professor Suzanne Fraser; Jane Dicka; Professor Paul Dietze; Nyssa Ferguson
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Launch; Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training; Public

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The term ‘take-home naloxone’ refers to a variety of life-saving initiatives in which a medication (naloxone) is made available to non-medically trained people for administration to others experiencing an opioid overdose. Despite a range of efforts to expand these initiatives over the last eight years, the uptake of take-home naloxone in Australia remains inconsistent. This seminar will launch the final report of an Australian Research Council-funded qualitative study investigating impediments to the uptake of take-home naloxone in Australia. Between 2017-2019, interviews were conducted with people who consume opioids in NSW and Victoria, some of whom had experience of using take-home naloxone, as well as relevant health professionals. These interviews gathered insights on perspectives on and experiences of naloxone, and broader issues shaping the uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone in Australia. The report emphasises that, while participants across all groups viewed take-home naloxone as necessary and effective, it needs to be supported by broader social, institutional and legal shifts. In addition, initiatives are urgently needed to de-stigmatise opioid overdose.

The seminar will present key findings from the project and recommendations for policy and practice, and introduce another major public output: Overdoselifesavers.org – Australia’s first dedicated website presenting personal stories of opioid overdose and the use of take-home naloxone to save lives.

The project summary report is now available for download.

This event will be of interest to researchers and professionals working in policy, health and consumer advocacy, as well as opioid consumers and individuals with lived experience of overdose and related issues.

About the presenters

Dr Adrian Farrugia is a Research Fellow in the Drugs, Gender and Sexuality program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. His research specialisations include understandings of addiction and health, opioid overdose and take-home naloxone, and youth drug consumption and drug education.

Professor Suzanne Fraser is Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales. Her research focuses on alcohol and other drug consumption, the body, gender, health and the self.

Jane Dicka is Drug Overdose Peer Educator, Harm Reduction Victoria, Victoria, Australia. She is an expert advisory panel member and consumer representative on this project.

Professor Paul Dietze is Director of the Program of Behaviours and Heath Risks at the Burnet Institute and Head of the National Drug Research Institute’s Melbourne office. His research focuses on patterns of alcohol and other drug use and related harms, including opioid overdose and responses.

Nyssa Ferguson is a PhD candidate at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. Her research examines the provision of take-home naloxone and overdose prevention training in Victoria.

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La Trobe University



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