Addiction Medicine is a new cross-disciplinary branch of medicine that draws strongly upon psychological medicine, internal medicine, public health, pharmacology and relevant basic sciences.
Addiction Medicine has recently been recognised through the development of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine as an interest group within the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Clinical training in this field for medical practitioners is now available and Addiction Medicine is undergoing accreditation as a speciality through the Australian Medical Council.
The Discipline of Addiction Medicine is represented by teaching and research staff on campus and in each of the Clinical Schools and the Research Institutes of the University of Sydney. Each clinical school is developing its own network of teachers and researchers, and these are affiliated with a wide range of schools and disciplines, including Psychological Medicine, Medicine, Public Health, Pathology and Pharmacology. The University has been very productive in research in this field. Thus Addiction Medicine represents the contribution of the elements which reflect the many facets of addiction medicine including diagnosis, investigation, prevention and treatment.
In keeping with the rapid expanding knowledge base in addiction, the research and clinical practice of members of the discipline is both diverse and constantly changing.