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The Sydney Addiction Seminars are a post-graduate health education series now held under the auspices of Drug Health Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and the Department of Addiction Medicine, University of Sydney. They are convened by Dr Richard Hallinan and Professor Paul Haber.


Wednesday 20th September, 2017

"New directions in treatment of opioid dependence"

In the beginning there was methadone. Then there were buprenorphine tablets, later combined with naloxone and then reformulated as a film product to reduce diversion. Along the way a formulation of methadone with naloxone was trialed. A naltrexone depot injection Vivitrolīƒ’ is licensed in the USA, but not in Australia, for the prevention of relapse to opioid dependence. Various naltrexone implant and depot formulations have been used in Australia for the last 15 years, some produced by compounding pharmacies. Now two buprenorphine depot injection preparations have been developed and are undergoing clinical trials.

In this seminar Adrian Dunlop will take us through the new directions of treatment options for people dependent on opioids, including those dependent on pharmaceutical opioids. Among much more, he will tell us about recent research with buprenorphine depot injections and discuss the results of a randomized waitlist controlled trial of unsupervised buprenorphine-naloxone for the treatment of heroin dependence that was conducted in Newcastle.

Presenter: Adrian Dunlop is Area Director and Senior Staff Specialist with Drug & Alcohol Clinical Services, Hunter New England Local Health District, and Chief Addiction Medicine, NSW Ministry of Health. He is also Conjoint Associate Professor with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle and a member of the Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute.

We aim to make these seminars as interactive as possible. Please email your suggestions to for cases and questions to Richard Hallinan at

Topics for later in the year (note Dates to be confirmed):

“Hepatitis C – how far have we got, and where from here?”

Venue: Kerry Packer Education Centre Auditorium.
Webinar: We will be unable to offer webinar participation for this occasion. Instead the seminar will be videotaped and made available on the University of Sydney Discipline of Addiction Medicine website.[||University of Sydney Discipline of Addiction Medicine website]]

On the street parking is ticketed for $1.10 per hour from 6-10pm. There is limited free street parking around the area as well. The KGV car park is $5.00 per half hour up until 3 hours then a flat rate of $30.00.

6.30pm for introductions and refreshments, sessions starts at 7pm. No booking necessary, but to assist with catering please RSVP interest to or call Drug Health Services RPAH on 02 9515 6419

This seminar series attracts 2 points/hour for RACGP QA&CPD (activity number 715352). The seminars are kindly sponsored by Indivior, and Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office of NSW Health.