HDR Confirmation Presentation: Simone Henriksen - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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HDR Confirmation Presentation: Simone Henriksen

We would like to invite you to attend the Confirmation Presentation of Simone Henriksen, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the School of Law and Criminology.

Thesis Title: Raising the Bar on Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia

When: Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 1pm - 2pm

Where: Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 934 8987 4562) or SD I.2.03

Bio: Simone Henriksen is a legal scholar and pharmacist. She hold's a bachelor's degree in law and in pharmacy. Simone has over 30 years of experience in community pharmacy. Her main research interests are in governance and regulatory theory, particularly in the health sector.

Abstract: Substance misuse poses a significant social and economic burden upon Australian society. The health effects of substance misuse are significant and include mental health conditions, physical injury and reduced life expectancy. Alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services are essential to reduce the costs associated with substance misuse. However, several recent government inquiries have raised issues regarding the safety and quality of AOD treatment in Australia. Concerns include poor access to appropriate treatment in a timely manner, limited availability of addiction medicine specialists, substandard post treatment support and exploitive pricing practices. This research examines the current governance structure of the AOD treatment sector in Australia. The research will consider whether the current regulatory processes are adequate to protect patients from harm, and if not, what are the possible alternatives. This study provides an original contribution to the research on the AOD treatment sector and aims to inform the sector by identifying any regulatory deficits and canvassing potential solutions for reform.