Reference Group

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre is guided, in its work, by a Reference Group which provides expertise and advice on providing the evidence base to support the workforce and community members in addressing harms from alcohol and other drug (AOD) use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Reference Group is made up of representatives from the national AOD research centres (NCETA, NDRI, NDARC) [i] , peak alcohol and other drug bodies, and senior managers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services. Representatives on the Reference Group are from states and territories across Australia and reflect the variety of input needed to ensure a robust national coverage of the field.

The Reference Group provides invaluable guidance to the Knowledge Centre on the evolving requirements of the workforce. The benefits of this engagement provide a pathway for effective knowledge exchange in supporting translation of research into policy and practice and ensuring that resources and information are timely, relevant and accessible to a broad audience.

[i] the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

Reference group members

Dr Annalee Stearne
Operations Manager, Australian Alliance for Indigenous Genomics
Telethon Kids Institute
Perth, Western Australia

Daniel Morrison
Chief Executive Officer
Wungening Aboriginal Corporation
Perth, Western Australia

Eddie Fewings
Engagement and Sector Development Lead
Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (QNADA)
Brisbane, Queensland

Associate Professor Noel Hayman
Clinical Director and Medical Practitioner
Inala Indigenous Health Service
Brisbane, Queensland

Scott Wilson
Chief Executive Officer
Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council of South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia
Co-Deputy Director
Centre for Research Excellence Indigenous Health and Alcohol

Professor Simon Lenton
National Drug Research Institute
Perth, Western Australia

Professor Anthony Shakeshaft
UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Toowong, Queensland

Collaborating partner representatives

Professor Jacqueline Bowden
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University
Adelaide, South Australia

Dr Jocelyn Jones
Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader
National Drug Research Institute
Perth, Western Australia

Dr Sara Farnbach
Post-Doc Research Fellow
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales

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