15 July 2020
A study led by Turning Point and Monash University researchers, in collaboration with Ambulance Victoria, has shown that distress and pain are the key reasons people are taking opioids in higher doses than prescribed or without a prescription, referred to as extramedical prescription use.
1 July 2020
On average, it takes 66 days to form a new habit. As of July 1, Australians will have been living with COVID-19 restrictions for nearly exactly that amount of time; social distancing and ‘lockdown’ measures have been in place nationwide since late March. So, it is unsurprising that we are now accustomed to what we consider our ‘new normal’.
School-based health promotion intervention reduced stigma and encourages adolescents to seek professional help for mental health: world-first studies
10 June 2020
Researchers from Turning Point have developed a skills-based intervention - ‘MAKINGtheLINK’ - aimed at helping adolescents overcome barriers to seeking professional help for mental health and substance use problems, and supporting their peers.
North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) granted three year extension, with second facility set to open
10 June 2020
Turning Point welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement that the North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) will operate for another three years and a second injecting facility will be constructed.
Women are drinking more during the pandemic, and it’s probably got a lot to do with their mental health
5 June 2020
Dr Shalini Arunogiri, Deputy Clinical Director of Turning Point’s Treatment Services and Senior Lecturer at Monash University writes for The Conversation about the disproportionate level of stress women are experiencing due to COVID-19 compared to men, and why they are drinking more because of it.
5 June 2020
Turning Point Honorary Professor and Deputy Director of the Monash Addiction Research Centre, Suzi Nielsen, writes for The Conversation on the introduction of smaller pack sizes for prescription opioids and if these new restrictions will stop leftover medicines causing harm.
The Conversation interview with Dan Lubman: "I can't wait until 5pm": people are drinking more alcohol during COVID-19 lockdowns
5 June 2020
Being in lockdown has seen many people increase their alcohol use during COVID-19, but should we be worried that these habits will stick? Professor Dan Lubman spoke to ABC Radio’s The Conversation Hour about the need to have honest conversations and what support services are available for those dealing with addiction.
28 May 2020
This Sunday is World No Tobacco Day, an annual day of awareness to shed light on the health risks associated with tobacco.
Professor Dan Lubman receives $2.2m NHMRC leadership grant to investigate early intervention approaches for alcohol and drug addiction
20 May 2020
Professor Dan Lubman, Director of Turning Point and the Monash Addiction Research Centre, is the recipient of a five-year $2.2m NHMRC Investigator Grant to transform access to addiction treatment.
11 May 2020
At Turning Point we want to acknowledge and celebrate all of the important work that Nurses and Midwives do all year!
The Conversation Hour interview with Dan Lubman: With casinos shut, some pokies addicts are kicking the habit
5 May 2020
With venues closed as a result of COVID19, it’s the perfect time to have a conversation about our relationship with pokie machines. Professor Dan Lubman spoke on ABC radio's The Conversation Hour about what we are seeing at the moment and the conversation that needs to happen before they reopen.
30 April 2020
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Shalini Arunogiri as Deputy Clinical Director of Turning Point's Treatment Services.