Lucy Burns: Drug use by older Australians
Andrea Schmidt
Asghar Zaidi

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In cooperation with ÖPIA
Monday, 9 May 2011. The seminar starts at 11:00.

Seminar Room at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Berggasse 17, 1090 Vienna

Contact: Andrea Schmidt or Asghar Zaidi

Speaker: Dr. Lucy Burns, Senior Lecturer, National drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, Australia

Highlights of the Seminar
Childbirth rates soared following the end of the Second World War and the “baby boomer” generation was born. This generation experienced great advances in technology and culture and an enhanced political awareness leading to the rise of the hippy culture and alternative lifestyles. Part of the alternative lifestyle was an increasing experimentation with the use of mind altering substances; alcohol, cannabis, LSD and heroin in particular. Ongoing advances in medical science have meant that the baby boomer generation in many affluent countries is living longer than preceding cohorts. In 2011 we are therefore seeing a high number of people with substance use disorders who are now 60 and older. Given the issues that come with ageing, together with those that occur as a result of chronic drug use, this group has and will continue to have a substantial impact on public health in Australia.

This presentation
(1) described the characteristics of older Australians who use substances, focussing on two particularly vulnerable groups; people who inject drugs and those who are homeless, and
(2) outlined the treatment needs and approaches for these groups.

International Seminar Series:
The seminar was part of the series of International Seminars that are organised by the European Centre. More information about our other International Seminars