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Debbie is an Associate Professor and the Strategic Lead of The National Addiction and Mental Health Surveillance Unit at Turning Point. She is a public health researcher with a nursing background. Debbie has worked on a number of projects with WHO, UNICEF and ISPCAN on data issues.  She is an active member of the Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN). She currently sits on the Executive Committee and chairs their Sub-committee on Alcohol and Drug in Injury.

Debbie's research interests focus on the use of surveillance systems and data to improve the understanding of and interventions for harms associated with alcohol and drugs - particularly those associated with intentional injury (suicide and self harm, family violence, child maltreatment). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Chair Subcommittee on alcohol and other drugs in injury, Australian Injury Prevention Network

Jul 2020 → …

Research area keywords

  • Intentional injury prevention
  • Family violence
  • Alcohol and drug
  • Injury surveillance
  • Child safety and well-being
  • Public health


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