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Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen (BPharmSc[Hons] PhD MPS) is the Deputy Director of the Monash Addiction Research Centre in Melbourne, and an NHMRC Career Development Fellow.

She has published over 110 scientific publications and given over 150 national and international conference presentations. Her research has led to a greater understanding of how to identify and respond to prescription and over-the-counter drug-related problems.  She has informed legislative change in Australia to reduce pharmaceutical drug harm (e.g. rescheduling of codeine and alprazolam), expanded overdose prevention with naloxone in primary care settings, and informed clinical guidelines on the use of opioid agonist treatment for prescribed opioids dependence.

Her current research focuses on understanding how to improve identification of prescribed opioid use disorder, with the aim of reducing risks relating to prescribed opioid use through evidence based treatment and prevention.


  • Addiction
  • opioid
  • prescription drug
  • dependence
  • Substance Abuse
  • Implementation science

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Research Output 2003 2019

Comparing rates and characteristics of ambulance attendances related to extramedical use of pharmaceutical opioids in Australia: A protocol for a retrospective observational study

Nielsen, S., Crossin, R., Middleton, M., Martin, C., Wilson, J., Lam, T., Scott, D., Smith, K. & Lubman, D., 1 May 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 5, 9 p., e029170.

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Open Access

What can Australia learn from the North American opioid crisis? The role of opioid regulation and other evidence-based responses

Nielsen, S. & Dietze, P. M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Drug and Alcohol Review. 38, 3, p. 223-225 3 p.

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A nationwide study of the extent and factors associated with fentanyl use in Australia

Gisev, N., Larance, B., Cama, E., Nielsen, S., Roxburgh, A., Bruno, R. & Degenhardt, L., 1 Mar 2018, In : Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 14, 3, p. 303-308 6 p.

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Attitudes in Australia on the upscheduling of over-the-counter codeine to a prescription-only medication

McCoy, J., Bruno, R. & Nielsen, S., 1 Feb 2018, In : Drug and Alcohol Review. 37, 2, p. 257-261 5 p.

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Changes for codeine

Roberts, D. M. & Nielsen, S., 1 Feb 2018, In : Australian Prescriber. 41, 1, p. 2-3 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review