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Turning Point is Australia’s leading addiction treatment, education and research centre providing evidence-based solutions since 1994.

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News and events

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Heroin-related overdose deaths

9 August 2018

Professor Dan Lubman, Director, Turning Point, provided commentary on the record level of heroin-related overdose deaths that occurred in 2017: 
'We encourage policy makers to build on the success of the medically supervised injecting service in North Richmond and consider where the need continues to present in other parts of the state. What we know is there are a range of solutions that have been proven through research to make a difference and the next step is to implement them in an integrated, informed way delivered by a highly-skilled workforce.'

Dan Lubman on ABC Radio Melbourne, hosted by Rafael Epstein, 8 August 2018. Listen to the interview with Dan Lubman starting at 2 hrs 5 mins.

Read more at the ABC.


Talking Point: Successes and challenges in reducing the harms of substance use: lessons learned from the Canadian experience

This seminar on 16 August will provide an overview of substance use trends in Canada over the last 10 years.

Have you left the Australian Defence Force in the past five years?

We're looking for ex-serving ADF personnel to participate in pioneering research on transition to civilian life.

Webinar and seminar videos

You can now view our archive of 2018 Connect & Learn webinar videos and 3 years of Talking Point seminar videos.

Why do young people use alcohol?

The presentation provides an overview of the theoretical foundations of contemporary drinking motive research.

Identify and respond to domestic and family violence in the alcohol and other drug sector

This presentation provides viewers with the essential skills and knowledge to identify family violence.

Information for clients

Read about the services and support we provide, do a self-assessment at DirectLine, and learn how to help someone else.


This article explains practical activities you can do on your own to improve your wellbeing.

Many GPs and mental health professionals believe that these strategies and lifestyle choices are helpful in improving wellbeing.

Read more

Research, policy and analysis

Read more of our research reports and policy articles.

Alcohol and drug wastewater testing

This report provides results from the August 2016 wastewater testing completed in metropolitan Melbourne and several regional Victoria sites. It contains interesting findings for several drugs of concern at the population level.

Service planning

In 2017 Turning Point was asked by Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to review service planning across the state and recommend packages of care and a population-based planning model that focused on five major streams of activity.

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Alcohol and drug withdrawal guidelines

Turning Point has just released the 3rd edition of the Alcohol and Other Drug withdrawal guidelines – a resource developed to support clinicians in the delivery of evidence-based withdrawal care.

Read more and download the guidelines

Turning Point would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the Traditional Custodians of this Land. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend that respect to other Indigenous Australians.