DAAD funds collaborative research between Dr Aysel Sultan (STS department) and Dr Tristan Duncan (Monash University) on addressing gender-specific needs in drug service settings

Women are disproportionately affected by a variety of drug use-related harms and remain under-represented in addiction treatment and drug support services. In response to these challenges, state of the art research and policy debates have emphasized the urgent need to incorporate gender-specific needs into the design and delivery of drug services.

Building on this imperative, the DAAD project seeks to shed much needed light on the factors influencing the development and implementation of ‘gender-responsive’ drug services. To this end, Dr Aysel Sultan from the STS department at TUM will spend 1 month at the Eastern Health Clinical School of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia which will be followed by an exchange visit from Dr Tristan Duncan to the STS department at the Technical University of Munich. The fellows will collaboratively design and undertake a qualitative study on how drug services incorporate gender and gender-responsiveness into service delivery. The case study of the project is a German drug consumption room ragazza e.V. located in the city of Hamburg. As one of two ‘women-only’ drug consumption rooms services globally (second one being in Vancouver), the site provides a unique and heretofore unexamined example of gender-responsive policy in practice. The case study will be complemented with visits to drug consumption rooms in Melbourne and Berlin, conversations with local experts in each country and examination of local policy briefs.



Aysel Sultan

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