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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 9th December, 2015

"Harm Reduction in the 20 teens.".

Harm reducation is one of the pillars of the Australian National Drug Strategy, and its successes in HIV prevention are renowned internationally. Most clinicians working in the field of Alcohol and Other Drugs will be aware of the importance of opioid pharmacotherapy and Needle Syringe Programmes in reducing harm. But are we clear in our thinking about other areas of harm reduction? Are we applying harm reduction prinicples logically, consistently and effectively? Where stnads harm reduction for alcohol and tobacco related harms? For stimulant and cannabis users? Where do GPs and community pharmacists fit into all this?

From a patient who had been injecting Subutex: "You sent me to a community pharmacy that would dispense Suboxone - while I was there a never ending trail of people came in and asked for 25 gage butterflies and 20 mil barrels...."

In this seminar Dr Robert Graham will bring us up to date on teh most recent international thinking on harm reducation and using case studies and Q&A will examine how prinicples and experience can translate into clinical practice.

Dr Robert Graham is a Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine. He is a Staff Specialist in Addiction Medicine at Blacktown Hospital in Western Sydney Local Health District.

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

Venue: Scott Skirving Theatre, RPAH, Camperdown

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 sessions and refreshments are again supported this year by Reckitt Benckiser, makers of buprenorphine and buprenorphine/naloxone