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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.

Research area keywords

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

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Research Output

Comparing rates and characteristics of ambulance attendances related to extramedical use of pharmaceutical opioids in Victoria, Australia from 2013 to 2018

Nielsen, S., Crossin, R., Middleton, M., Lam, T., Wilson, J., Scott, D., Martin, C., Smith, K. & Lubman, D., Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Addiction. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Opioid agonist treatment in the time of fentanyl: What can we learn from emerging evidence?

Arunogiri, S. & Nielsen, S., 9 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Drug and Alcohol Review. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Cannabinoids for the treatment of spasticity

Nielsen, S., Murnion, B., Campbell, G., Young, H. & Hall, W., 1 Jun 2019, In : Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 61, 6, p. 631-638 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Concerns and help-seeking among patients using opioids for management of chronic noncancer pain

Larance, B., Campbell, G., Moore, T., Nielsen, S., Bruno, R., Lintzeris, N., Cohen, M., Hall, W., Mattick, R., O'Donnell, C. & Degenhardt, L., Apr 2019, In : Pain Medicine (United States). 20, 4, p. 758-769 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)