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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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Projects 2018 2022

Research Output 2003 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

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

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (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

Drug sourcing and motivations among a sample of people involved in the supply of pharmaceutical drugs in Australia

Hulme, S., Hughes, C. E. & Nielsen, S., Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Drug Policy. 66, p. 38-47 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

How prepared are pharmacists to provide over-the-counter naloxone? The role of previous education and new training opportunities

Lai Joyce Chun, K., Olsen, A., Taing, M. W., Clavarino, A., Hollingworth, S., Dwyer, R., Middleton, M. & Nielsen, S., Aug 2019, In : Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 15, 8, p. 1014-1020 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review