An updated version of the 2nd edition of the Addiction Medicine handbook was recently published in August 2019 and is available now for purchase. There are new sections on the management of codeine dependence and on the treatment of hepatitis C infections for which there are now treatments which are effective for all genotypes. In addition, the opportunity has been taken to update and refine material throughout the book. Find out more
Since its launch, the textbook Addiction Medicine has made some appearances in the media. It was recently quoted in a Sydney Morning Herald article (Ref: SMH article "Stuck in War on Drugs" July 17, 2019) as a "globally cited" resource on addictive disorders by one of its authors, Dr Jonathan Brett. It also made a cameo appearance on channel nine's "A Current Affair" show last December 2018 where John Saunders was interviewed for a segment called "The Curse of Fortnite" on gaming disorders.
Addiction Medicine has also been displayed at many professional and scientific conferences in Europe, US and the Asia Pacific region.
At the Drug and Alcohol Nurses Association (DANA) conference in August 2019, copies of Addiction Medicine were offered as prizes to the delegates.
Above is a photograph showing the "Addiction Medicine" display stand at the conference registration table with Colleen Blums, the Events Manager of DANA.
In 2018, St. John of God Health Care established the Professor John Saunders Scholarship Award. This is to be awarded on an annual basis to a member of staff at St. John of God Richmond Hospital on a competitive basis. The scholarship provides financial support to undertake a graduate certificate or masters course in addiction studies, specifically through the University of Adelaide. The inaugural recipient, Stephanie Thompson, is about to embark on her course work while continuing her position as a registered nurse at Richmond Hospital.
A one-day conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 8 May 2018 on “ICD-11 – Disorders due to Substance Use for Addictive Behaviours”. The conference was jointly hosted by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation Centre for Alcohol Studies, the Department of Society and Health at Mahidol University, and the Institute of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Chang Mai University. John Saunders was the guest of honour and gave the opening address on the “Clinical and public health policy implications of ICD-11 substance use and addictive disorders”.
The photograph shows John Saunders with university staff and his hosts in Thailand including Professor Sawitri Assanangkornchai, Dr. Phunnapa Kittirattanapaiboon and Dr. Darunee Phukao.