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Dr Michael Savic is a Research Fellow in Addiction Studies at the Eastern Health Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and coordinates several units in the Masters of Addictive Behaviours. Michael’s research on alcohol and other drug use, addiction, substance use treatment is multidisciplinary in nature and draws on, and converses with, areas such as medical anthropology, sociology, science and technology studies, criminology, public health, digital health, health services research and implementation science among others. Michael uses qualitative and mixed methods in order to produce policy and practice relevant research. He maintains close links with Turning Point, where he worked as a Research Fellow prior to commencing at Monash. He has published over 40 publications including peer-reviewed articles, reports and book chapters. Michael is also member of the International Editorial Board for Drugs, Education, Prevention and Policy, and is a peer-reviewer for numerous academic journals.  


Research Interests

  • Critical perspectives on alcohol and drug use, addiction, treatment and recovery
  • Role of clinical tools, practices and interventions in shaping how alcohol and drug ‘problems’ (and the people who access treatment) are framed
  • Experiences of illness, care and treatment
  • Stigma and alcohol and drug use
  • Online technologies for treatment and peer support
  • Gender, culture and alcohol and other drug use
  • Alcohol and drug policy
  • Qualitative research

Michael welcomes enquires from potential collaborators or students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds who have interests in these or related areas. 

Research area keywords

  • Addiction
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Mental Health
  • Digital Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • Medical anthropology
  • Social Theory
  • Science and Technology Studies

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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 2013 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Advancing Medicine Ethically: Important Considerations for Innovative Practice

Haines, S., Savic, M. & Carter, A., 3 Jun 2019, In : American Journal of Bioethics. 19, 6, p. 38-40 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Exploring men's risky drinking cultures

Roberts, S., Ralph, B. L., Elliott, K. B., Robards, B. J., Savic, M., Lindsay, J. M., O'Brien, K. S. & Lubman, D., 2019, Melbourne Victoria Australia: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. 39 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Going Online: The Affordances of Online Counseling for Families Affected by Alcohol and Other Drug Issues

Dilkes-Frayne, E., Savic, M., Carter, A., Kokanović, R. & Lubman, D. I., 1 Dec 2019, In : Qualitative Health Research. 29, 14, p. 2010-2022 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

‘Holding on’ and ‘letting go’: a thematic analysis of Australian parent’s styles of coping with their adult child’s methamphetamine use

Maltman, K., Savic, M., Manning, V., Dilkes-Frayne, E., Carter, A. & Lubman, D. I., 31 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Addiction Research & Theory. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

“I was worried if I don’t have a broken leg they might not take it seriously”: Experiences of men accessing ambulance services for mental health and/or alcohol and other drug problems

Ferguson, N., Savic, M., McCann, T. V., Emond, K., Sandral, E., Smith, K., Roberts, L., Bosley, E. & Lubman, D. I., Jun 2019, In : Health Expectations. 22, 3, p. 565-574 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access