Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Matthew Frei

MBBS, FAChAM, Clinical Director, Turning Point & Eastern Alcohol and Drug Services, Eastern Health, Melbourne, Victoria

Alcohol: prevention, policy and primary care responses

Alcohol is widely available in Australia and the number of licensed restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, nightclubs and bottle shops increases every year. Over the past 20 years, there has been a...

Benzodiazepines Their role in aggression and why GPs should prescribe with caution

Benzodiazepines are widely prescribed in Australia, despite concerns about their potential for abuse and dependence. Paradoxical reactions, disinhibition and amnesia are all associated with...

Opioid dependence Management in general practice

Addiction to opioids, or opioid dependence, encompasses the biopsychosocial dysfunction seen in illicit heroin injectors, as well as aberrant behaviours in patients prescribed opioids for...

Managing opioid dependence in pregnancy A general practice perspective

Case study illustrating principles of managementSV, a single woman, 20 years of age, presented to her OST prescriber, requesting to cease Suboxone (buprenorphine–naloxone) after discovering she was...

Party drugs Use and harm reduction

Party drug use, the intermittent use of stimulants, ecstasy and so-called ‘designer drugs’ at dance parties or ‘raves’, is now part of the culture of many young Australians.


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