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Clinical Research Fellowships 2019

Researching Methamphetamine use and technology-mediated psychosocial interventions

Amount awarded: $85,000.00

Principal Investigator: Dr Adam Rubenis, NCCRED Clinical Research Fellow

Researching Methamphetamine use and technology-mediated psychosocial interventions

Amount awarded: $85,000.00

Principal Investigator: Dr Adam Rubenis, NCCRED Clinical Research Fellow

Psychosocial treatment can be effective for people that use methamphetamine, however rates of engagement are often low and dropout from treatment is common. This research explores ways to increase accessibility of treatment and engagement in this group. This has included literature reviews of the use of technology-mediated psychosocial interventions in this group, and low cost strategies for increasing treatment retention. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were also conducted with 15 clinicians working in the alcohol and other drugs sector. These interviews explored retention strategies currently used by clinicians and their views on novel, low-cost retention strategies.

Findings from literature reviews and interviews with clinicians have shaped the development of a checklist of low-cost retention strategies (the Maximising Engagement and Retention Checklist). This checklist includes three categories: ‘role induction and information about recovery’, ‘collaboration and agreement between client and clinician’, and ‘ongoing engagement, reinforcement and support after termination’. The checklist was developed using an iterative process, seeking feedback from experts, clinicians and consumers and is currently undergoing pilot testing. After feasibility and acceptability testing, the checklist will be trialled in larger groups and made widely available to clinicians in the sector.

Dr Adam Rubenis, NCCRED Clinical Research Scholar 

St Vincents Hospital Sydney (SVHS) Alcohol & Drug Service (ADS)

Dr Shalini Arunogiri, Collaborator

Turning Point (Eastern Health); Monash University

Prof Amanda Baker, Collaborator

The University of Newcastle

Dr Jennifer Nation

Turning Point (Eastern Health); Monash University

Dr Elizabeth Katz

Towson University, Maryland, USA

Publications

Methamphetamine use and technology-mediated psychosocial interventions: A mini-review

Presentations

Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference 2021 (online)

Rubenis, A. J., Katz, E., Nation, J., Baker, A., & Arunogiri, S. (2021). Addressing non-attendance in addiction treatment: Easily implemented retention strategies for clinicians. 

Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference 2021 (online)

Rubenis, A. J., Katz, E., Nation, J., Baker, A., & Arunogiri, S. (2021). Addressing non-attendance in addiction treatment: Easily implemented retention strategies for clinicians. 

National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs 2020 symposium (online)

Rubenis, A. J., Baker, A., & Arunogiri, S. (2020). Collaborative development of a clinician-administered checklist to facilitate retention and therapeutic engagement in substance use treatment

National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs 2020 symposium (online)

Rubenis, A. J., Baker, A., & Arunogiri, S. (2020). Collaborative development of a clinician-administered checklist to facilitate retention and therapeutic engagement in substance use treatment

The Matilda Centre webinar

Rubenis, A. J. [Invited speaker] (2020). Low cost strategies for increasing attendance in addiction treatment.

The Matilda Centre webinar

Rubenis, A. J. [Invited speaker] (2020). Low cost strategies for increasing attendance in addiction treatment.

Cracks in the Ice webinar

Rubenis, A. J. [Invited speaker] (2021). Use of technology in psychosocial treatment for methamphetamine use.

Cracks in the Ice webinar

Rubenis, A. J. [Invited speaker] (2021). Use of technology in psychosocial treatment for methamphetamine use.