FOUNDER OF NCeNTA

PROFESSOR JON CURRIE MBBS FRACP FAChAM

Professor Currie is currently a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD), the principal advisory body to the Prime Minister and the Federal Government on drug and alcohol policy. He has previously been director of Addiction Medicine services for Western Sydney Area Health Service and St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, and was a member of both the Health and the Research Committees within the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Professor Currie has been Chair of the Victorian Drug and Alcohol Prevention Council and of the expert Working Committee that produced the current NHMRC Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol.

Professor Jon Currie

Professor Jon Currie has now commenced private consultative practice in Addiction Medicine as Director of the newly established National Center for the Neurobiological Treatment of Addiction (NCeNTA).

NCeNTA provides a new concept in the treatment of addiction that uses state-of-the-art knowledge of brain science to provide highly sophisticated and cutting edge neuroscience-based medical and neurological treatment programs for addiction problems including alcohol, illicit drugs (e.g. cannabis, amphetamines), prescription medications (e.g. benzodiazepines, opioids), gambling and behavioural addictions. NCeNTA also offers particular expertise in the collaborative management with other specialists of complex pain and addiction problems and obesity.

NCeNTA’s neuroscience-based treatment programs have a predominantly medical focus, and are individualised for each patient’s particular problems and needs. They are provided on an ambulatory (outpatient) and/or brief hospital inpatient basis depending on both clinical need and patient preference, which may obviously change over time. Many people using medical treatment programs do not require hospital admission, but a brief inpatient hospital stay may be helpful for some patients, particularly during the early stages of treatment.

NCeNTA treatment programs also recognise that addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder that requires treatment to be ongoing and long term for successful outcomes. Wherever possible, specialist addiction treatment is co-ordinated with, and integrated into the care provided by each patient’s individual general practitioner or referring specialist.

OUR MISSION

To improve the quality of life for patients and families affected by alcohol, drug or behavioural dependencies by using current and emerging knowledge in the neurosciences to develop and provide new, state-of-the-art medical treatment programs.

OUR SPECIALISTS

The NCeNTA clinical team includes senior Addiction Medicine specialist doctors, and specialist addiction nurses and counsellors who are experts in the use of neuroscience based medical treatment programs for addiction.

OUR PROGRAMS

All our neuroscience-based treatment programs have a predominantly medical focus, and are individualised for each patient’s particular problems and needs. They are provided on either an ambulatory (outpatient) or brief hospital inpatient basis depending on both clinical need and patient preference, which may obviously change over time. Many people using medical treatment programs do not require hospital admission, but a brief inpatient hospital stay may be helpful for some patients particularly during the early stages of treatment.

All our treatment programs recognise that addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder that requires treatment to be ongoing and long term for successful outcomes. Wherever possible, specialist addiction treatment is co-ordinated with, and integrated into the care provided by each patient’s individual general practitioner.

NCeNTA treatment programs are particularly effective for patients with complex or recurrent addiction problems that have been resistant to previous attempts at conventional treatment.