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Ramez Bathish is a research officer employed at the Monash Eastern Health Clinical School, based at Turning Point in the Treatment and Systems team.

Ramez holds a BA (Hons) from Victoria Univeristy and conducted his honours research at the Burnet Institute Centre for Population Health in 2012. His thesis presented a grouned account of street drinking in Melbourne's western suburbs, reframing the practice as both a strategy of social inclusion and a strategy of resistance to sociospatial marginalisation.

Ramez has a background in community development, drug harm reduction and community health with more than ten years' experience working in the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) sector in Melbourne, working in both clinical and non-clinical settings with people who inject drugs and other marginalised populations.

Ramez's recent work includes research into the efficacy of e-cigarrettes for smoking cessation amongst AOD users and research into the role of identity and social relationships in shaping outcomes following residential AOD treatment. Ramez is currently working on an NHMRC funded clinical trial examining the efficacy of N-acetlycysteine in treating methamphetamine addiction.

Research interests

Ramez's research interests include the sociology of AOD use, addiction, AOD treatment, drug harm reduction and qualitative research.

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Research Output 2016 2019

A study protocol for the N-ICE trial: A randomised double-blind placebo-controlled study of the safety and efficacy of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) as a pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine ("ice") dependence

McKetin, R., Dean, O. M., Turner, A., Kelly, P. J., Quinn, B., Lubman, D. I., Dietze, P., Carter, G., Higgs, P., Baker, A. L., Sinclair, B., Reid, D., Manning, V., Te Pas, N., Liang, W., Thomas, T., Bathish, R., Kent, M., Raftery, D., Arunogiri, S. & 3 othersCordaro, F., Hill, H. & Berk, M., 4 Jun 2019, In : Trials. 20, 1, 325.

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Open Access

Electronic nicotine devices to aid smoking cessation by alcohol- and drug-dependent clients: Protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial

Guillaumier, A., Manning, V., Wynne, O., Gartner, C., Borland, R., Baker, A. L., Segan, C. J., Skelton, E., Moore, L., Bathish, R., Lubman, D. I. & Bonevski, B., 2 Aug 2018, In : Trials. 19, 1, 11 p., 415.

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Open Access

Social group membership before treatment for substance dependence predicts early identification and engagement with treatment communities

Haslam, C., Best, D., A. Dingle, G., Staiger, P. K., Savic, M., Bathish, R., Mackenzie, J., Beckwith, M., Kelly, A. J. & Lubman, D. I., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Addiction Research & Theory. 10 p.

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Social Identity Mapping in Addiction Recovery (SIM-AR): extension and application of a visual method

Beckwith, M., Best, D., Savic, M., Haslam, C., Bathish, R., Dingle, G., Mackenzie, J., Staiger, P. K. & Lubman, D. I., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Addiction Research & Theory. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review