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17 November 2020
People who regularly use alcohol or other drugs may develop drug dependence, resulting in significant withdrawal symptoms when drug use is reduced or stopped. Admission to a detoxification (‘detox’) unit for a supervised withdrawal is often recommended, to safely and more comfortably manage these withdrawal symptoms in a supported environment.
prof dan lubman on talklink podcast
16 November 2020
If you’re like most people, the word “addiction” might conjure up an image of a shady person clutching a paper bag filled with cheap red wine. But according to the National Survey of Mental Health, one in five Australians have a problem with drugs, alcohol or gambling at some point in their lives.
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16 November 2020
Orygen and Turning Point are developing policy advice for the Commonwealth Department of Health to enhance integrated service experiences for young people. We appreciate your time in competing this survey to inform our understanding and guide policy development in this area.
Addicted Australia Episode 1
10 November 2020
The Addicted Australia documentary series takes cameras into the lives of ten Australians and their families, to show real stories of addiction. Each of the ten participants have enrolled into a unique and bespoke treatment program, developed by Turning Point, to access holistic care and support, recover and get on with their lives.
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10 November 2020
Tonight is the premiere of Addicted Australia, a four-part SBS documentary series not to be missed!
swipe brain training
5 November 2020
A recent study has shown that it may be possible to dampen the workings of the subconscious brain to prevent alcohol relapse, the results leading to a world-first trial of a personalised smartphone app called “SWiPE”.
Dr Daniel Pham
19 October 2020
Turning Point senior addiction psychiatry registrar, Dr Daniel Pham, is the recipient of a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Beverley Raphael New Investigator Grant.
Dr Michael Savic
14 October 2020
Congratulations to Dr Michael Savic who is the recipient of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Initiative grant. The ARC Special Research Initiative is designed to support excellent research into Australian society, history and culture; and build Australian research capacity by supporting researchers of the highest international standing.
14 October 2020
COVID-19 has seen an increase in the use of telehealth and online counselling for the delivery of mental health and addiction treatment. But would people talk to a chatbot – an artificially intelligent, computer program that aims to simulate human conversation – if they had concerns about their substance use?
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9 October 2020
Today is World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness of mental health issues and the importance of mental health help and support.
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29 September 2020
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have launched the National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring Project that includes new national data from state and territory ambulance services attained through Turning Point and Monash University’s National Ambulance Surveillance System (NASS).
14 September 2020
An Australian study conducted by Turning Point, Monash University and the National Drug Research Institute has found that people who stop smoking are more likely to have successful outcomes, including reductions in substance use and substance dependence, when seeking treatment for addiction.