Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Dan I Lubman

Email: danl@turningpoint.org.au
BSc(Hons), MBChB, PhD, FRANZCP, FAChAM, is Director and Professor of Addiction Studies, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Eastern Health and Monash University, 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...

Cannabis and mental health Management in primary care

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia. Regular use has been associated with increased risk for a range of harms, including the development and exacerbation of mental disorders.

Combining energy drinks and alcohol A recipe for trouble?

Combining energy drinks (such as ‘Red Bull®’) with alcohol is becoming increasingly popular, particularly among young people. However, as yet, limited research has been conducted...

Just one more level: Identifying and addressing internet gaming disorder within primary care

Australian gamersVideo gaming is a common leisure activity – 65% of Australians regularly play and 93% of households own at least one gaming device.1 Although many studies have focused on...

Managing borderline personality disorder and substance use An integrated approach

Although substance use is a common feature of borderline personality disorder, regular use is associated with greater levels of psychosocial impairment, psychopathology, self harm and suicidal...

Motivational interviewing techniques Facilitating behaviour change in the general practice setting

The Stages of Change model and motivational interviewingProchaska and DiClemente2 proposed readiness for change as a vital mediator of behavioural change. Their transtheoretical model of behaviour...

Obstacles to alcohol and drug care Are Medicare Locals the answer?

The coordinating role of MLs suggests it is important to configure these organisations so that a wide range of health needs, including alcohol and drug problems, are detected and addressed within...

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...

Problem gambling Aetiology, identification and management

While over 70% of Australians buy a lottery ticket or place a bet every year,2 problems related to electronic gaming machines are typically the most common issue for those presenting for treatment....

Risky drinking among young Australians Causes, effects and implications for GPs

Rates of risky drinking among young Australians have increased substantially over the past 2 decades, resulting in significant community concern.

Substance misuse Management in the older population

The proportion of Australians aged over 65 years is increasing. Although screening and treatment for alcohol and drug issues has traditionally focused on those aged less than 65 years, there is...

The recovery paradigm A model of hope and change for alcohol and drug addiction

AFP OngoingRecovery confers benefits to affected individuals, their families and local communities, and to society as a whole. This article draws on the successes achieved by the adoption of a...


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