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Improving Outcomes – Interventions, Networks and Pharmacotherapies

2021 NCCRED Symposium – Improving Outcomes: Interventions, Networks & Pharmacotherapies

The 2021 NCCRED Symposium broight into focus three key areas of concern and innovation related to emerging drugs – Interventions, Networks & Pharmacotherapies. The symposium hosted leading national clinical researchers in the AoD field including presentations from recipients of NCCRED’s Round 3 Seed Funding Grants and the current work of the Centre. Areas of exploration in the 2021 symposia included:

  • Interventions to assist early treatment and improved outcomes for methamphetamine dependence
  • Pharmacotherapy trials for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence
  • Developments in drug alerts and national communication networks

NCCRED’s 2021 symposium, in line with the Centre’s aims, is a vital opportunity for the AoD sector to advance its collective response to emerging drugs:

  • Collaborate to build and expand research networks and capacity
  • Generate the best evidence-based knowledge
  • Translate the latest research into best clinical practice

2021 Symposium Program

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International Guest Speaker – Dr. Madhukar Trivedi

Dr. Madhukar Trivedi

Madhukar Trivedi, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry, Chief of the Division of Mood Disorders, and founding Director of the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center,
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Session 1: PHARMACOTHERAPY – treatment of methamphetamine dependence

Session 1 Presenters:

Mr Liam Acheson

PhD Candidate, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW, Research Officer, Alcohol and Drug Service, SVHS

Pharmacological treatment for methamphetamine withdrawal: a systematic review and meta-analysis Skip to:

3min 8sec

The future of pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine use disorder in Australia – the pilot studies and future work, Skip to: 9min 52sec

Dr Krista Siefried

Clinical Research Lead & Deputy Director, NCCRED, Senior Research Associate, NDARC, UNSW and SVHS Centre for Applied Medical Research (SVHS AMR) and Alcohol and Drug Service

The OLAM Trial
A/Prof Rebecca McKetin

Associate Professor, NDARC, UNSW

The TINA Trial
Dr Jonathan Brett

Clinical Pharmacology Unit, SVHS, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW

The Psi-MA Trial
A/Prof Gillinder Bedi

Orygen, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne

The MASKOT Trial & The CALM Trial

 


Session 2: NETWORKS – communication & information sharing

Session 2 Presenters:

Dr Monica Barratt

Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University

& Ms Rita Brien

Research & Education Officer | Workforce Development, Turning Point (Eastern Health Clinical School), Eastern Health Statewide Services

Co-design of clinical alerts as part of a drug early warning network in Victoria, Australia

 

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1min 7sec

 

A/Prof. Suzanne Nielsen

Deputy Director, Monash Addiction Research Centre, NHMRC CDF Fellow, Eastern Health Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University

Early findings from novel methods of surveillance for novel synthetic opioids and other psychoactive substances within  Supervised Injecting Facilities Skip to:

9min 57sec

 

Ms Penny Hill

Prompt Response Network Lead, Emerging Drugs Research Fellow, NCCRED

Towards an Australian Prompt Response Network for Emerging Drugs Skip to:

19min 41sec


Session 3: INTERVENTIONS – treatment & harm-reduction

Session 3 Presenters:

A/Prof. Peter Kelly

Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Psychology, Director, Centre for Health Psychology Practice and Research  (CHPPR), School of Psychology, University of Wollongong

 

SMART Family and Friends: feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an intervention for family members impacted by  methamphetamine Skip to:

1min 49sec

Prof. Antonio Verdejo-Garcia

Deputy Lead, Addiction and Mental Health Program, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University

Goal Management Training for People with Methamphetamine Use Disorder in Residential Treatment Skip to:

12min 0sec

Dr Alison Beck

Trial Coordinator, Clinical Psychologist, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong

Methamphetamine and mutual support: An update on findings from a mixed methods exploration of SMART Recovery  participants’ characteristics and opportunities for enhanced referral pathways

 

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23min 30sec

Ms Florence Bascombe

Knowledge Translation Lead, NCCRED

Feasibility and efficacy of the S-check app to change help seeking behaviour of people who use methamphetamine Skip to:

38 min 29sec


Innovations in therapeutic practice

NCCRED’s second national symposium on November 20, was a vital opportunity for the AoD sector to advance its collective response to emerging drugs.

The symposium focused on innovations in the therapeutic practice for methamphetamine disorder.

The symposium included presentations from recipients of NCCRED’s Round 2 Seed Funding Program, NCCRED Clinical Research Fellows, and NCCRED research team members, all sharing the most up-to-date aspects of their work and research around emerging drug use.

Check out our full program below or catch up with all presentation recordings.

2020 Symposium Program

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Session 1 – Methamphetamine use disorder: pharmacotherapies

Session 1 Presenters:

David Goodman

Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, USA

CTN-0110 (MURB): A Randomized, placebo-controlled trial of monthly injectable buprenorphine for methamphetamine use disorder with occurring opioid use. Skip to:

6min 20sec

Edward Mullen

NCCRED Research Fellow,

Consultant Psychiatrist, Hype and Substance Use Research Group and Early Intervention Clinic

An Open-Label Pilot Study of Subanaesthetic Ketamine for Stimulant Use Disorder – Methamphetamine Type in Youth Skip to:

25min 20sec

Liam Acheson

PhD Candidate, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), University of New South Wales,

Research Officer, Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent’s Health Sydney

Lisdexamfetamine for the management of acute methamphetamine withdrawal: Protocol for an open-label safety and feasibility study Skip to:

38min

Robert Ali

Chair, NCCRED Methamphetamine and Emerging Drugs Clinical Research Network Working Group,

Clinical Associate Professor in the Discipline of Pharmacology at the University of Adelaide

Discussant Skip to:

51min 20 sec


Session 2 – Methamphetamine use disorder: psychosocial interventions

Session 2 Presenters:

Alison Beck

Trial Coordinator, Clinical Psychologist, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong

Methamphetamine and mutual support: A mixed methods exploration of SMART Recovery participants’ characteristics and opportunities for enhanced referral pathways Skip to:

2min 30 sec

Victoria Manning 

Head of Research and Workforce Development, Turning Point, Eastern Health,

Associate Professor of Addiction Studies, Monash University

The methamphetamine approach-avoidance training (MAAT) trial: A randomised controlled trial of personalised approach bias modification for methamphetamine use  Skip to: 

12 min 50 sec

Adam Rubenis 

NCCRED Research Fellow,

Psychologist, Statewide Clinical Services, Turning Point (Eastern Health)

Collaborative development of a clinician-administered checklist to facilitate retention and therapeutic engagement in substance use treatment Skip to: 

25 min 45 sec

Rachel Reilly

Senior Research Fellow, Novel Interventions to Address Methamphetamine Use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (NIMAC), Infection and Immunity Aboriginal Health, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

An acceptability and feasibility study of the We Can Do This online therapeutic program in primary care and residential rehabilitation settings Skip to:

34 min 40 sec

Annalee Stearne

Chair, NCCRED Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Working Group, & NCCRED Board member 

Research Associate/ PhD Candidate, National Drug Research Institute

Discussant  Skip to:

45 min 55 sec


Session 3 – Methamphetamine use disorder: using data for improved outcomes

Session 3 Presenters:

Emma Black

Senior Project Officer, Drug and Alcohol Services, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, The Langton Centre

Developing a clinical data laboratory for methamphetamine use in NSW: The MAData project Skip to:

1 min 25 sec

Llewellyn Mills

Honorary Research Fellow, Central Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine
The University of Sydney & South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, The Langton Centre

Impact of Amphetamine Type Stimulant Use on Clinical Outcomes in OTP Clients Skip to:

12 min 30 sec

Krista Siefried

Deputy Director & Clinical Research Lead, National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED)

Clinical outcomes and measures used in randomised controlled trials examining pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine dependence Skip to:

28 min 05 sec

Robert Stirling

NCCRED Board member

Chief Executive Officer, Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies

Discussant Skip to:

39 min 05 sec


Session 4 – Emerging drugs of concern: signal detection for prompt response

Session 4 Presenters:

Peter Stockham

Principal Forensic Scientist, Toxicology, Forensic Science SA

Conclusion of the South Australian Drug Early Warning System – Emergency Department Admission Blood Psychoactive Testing (EDABPT) Study Skip to:

1 min 15 sec

Jennifer Smith

Research Project Officer, Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital

“Brevity of data will take precedence”: evolution of a national minimum dataset of illicit and emerging drugs in the emergency department Skip to:

10 min 10 sec

Andrew Kozman

NCCRED Research Fellow,

Emergency Consultant, Fiona Stanley Hospital

The implementation of the Recreational Drug Intoxication Protocol  Skip to:

22 min 50 sec

Rachel Sutherland

Research Fellow, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Feasibility, consumer acceptability and behavioural outcomes associated with take-home fentanyl test strips Skip to:

32 min 05 sec

Jack Nagle

Founder of Realdrugtalk,

Member NCCRED Methamphetamine and Emerging Drugs Clinical Research Network Working Group

Discussant Skip to:

41 min 35 sec

Collaborate, Generate, Translate: Research meets clinical practice in methamphetamine and emerging drugs

In line with NCCRED’s aims, the symposium was designed to:

  • Collaborate to build research networks and capacity
  • Generate evidence-based knowledge
  • Translate research into best clinical practice

We gathered vastly experienced clinicians and researchers from some of the major drug and alcohol centres around the country. The program included presentations from Round 1 NCCRED Clinical Research Seed Funding Grant recipients, NCCRED Clinical Research Capacity Building Grant recipients, the NCCRED team and affiliates. They shared the most up-to-date aspects of their work and research around emerging drug use, including:

  • Drug monitoring and response networks around Australia
  • Treatment outcomes and methods
  • Future research priorities

Check out the program:

Program


2019 Presentations

  1. Dr Krista Siefried, Clinical Research Lead, National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED): A rapid clinical research priority assessment for substance use disorders due to methamphetamine and emerging drugs of concern in Australia
  2. Dr Emma Partridge, Forensic Scientist, Forensic Science SA: Results of the South Australian Drug Early Warning System – Emergency Department Admission Blood Psychoactive Testing (EDABPT) Study
  3. Dr Chris Tremonti, Advanced Trainee in Addiction and Pharmacology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital: A randomised double-blind placebo-controlled study of Lisdexamfetamine for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence (LiMA) – RPAH experience of participant recruitment and retention
  4. Emma Black, Senior Project Officer, Drug and Alcohol Services, The Langton Centre: Characteristics and treatment outcomes of the drug treatment population in New South Wales – focus on amphetamine type stimulants (ATS)
  5. Dr Sandra Mitchell, Prompt Response Research Fellow, National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED): Towards a prompt response network for Australia: rapid health communication about events related to emerging drugs of concern
  6. Roger Nicholas, Senior Researcher, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University: The National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs: Clinical Research Workforce Development Strategy
  7. Dr Craig Rodgers, Senior staff specialist, Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney: Sentinel surveillance for emerging illicitly manufactured fentanyl use in an inner-city opioid agonist treatment service
  8. Dr Briony Larance, Senior Research Fellow, University of Wollongong & Sarah Adams, Clinical Psychologist, Illawarra Drug and Alcohol Services: Drawing on regional data analytics and stakeholder consultation to improve responses to methamphetamine-related harm in a New South Wales Local Health District
  9. Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Clinical Toxicologist, Emergency Physician, Royal Perth Hospital: Emerging Drug Network of Australia
  10. Liam Acheson, Research Officer, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney: Optimising Care for People Who Inject Drugs: A retrospective medical record review of staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia treatment