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Debbie is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, and the Strategic Lead of Population Health Research at Turning Point.

She is a multidisciplinary researcher with work experience across academia, NGOs and government. Her background as a nurse and public health injury prevention professional has provided an understanding of public health approaches to child protection and family violence. Debbie worked for National Centre for Health Information Training (NCHIRT) and managed the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU) which has given her a unique understanding of administrative data use, data linkage, coded health data and their applications to research. Debbie also has experience in project evaluation, including evaluations of the Impact of the Australian Government Northern Territory Intervention on Aboriginal children and families, and the Victorian State Government Cradle to Kinder Program implementation while working at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS). She is an active member of the Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) and chairs the AIPN Sub-committee on Intentional Injury. Her research interests focus on public health approaches to the intersection of child protection, family violence, mental ill health, and alcohol and drugs.

External positions

Chair Subcommittee on Intentional Injury, Australian Injury Prevention Network

Jan 2018 → …


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

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 1986 2019

Comparing rates and characteristics of ambulance attendances related to extramedical use of pharmaceutical opioids in Australia: A protocol for a retrospective observational study

Nielsen, S., Crossin, R., Middleton, M., Martin, C., Wilson, J., Lam, T., Scott, D., Smith, K. & Lubman, D., 1 May 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 5, 9 p., e029170.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Monitoring emerging prescription-drug related harms: a comment on Cairns et al. (2018)

Arunogiri, S., Crossin, R., Scott, D. & Lubman, D., Mar 2019, In : Addiction. 114, 3, p. 571-572 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

Pregabalin misuse-related ambulance attendances in Victoria, 2012-2017: characteristics of patients and attendances

Crossin, R., Scott, D., Arunogiri, S., Smith, K., Dietze, P. M. & Lubman, D. I., 1 Feb 2019, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 210, 2, p. 75-79 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Re-Visioning Public Health Approaches for Protecting Children

Lonne, B. (ed.), Scott, D. A. (ed.), Higgins, D. (ed.) & Herrenkohl, T. (ed.), Apr 2019, Switzerland: Springer. (Child Maltreatment - Contemporary Issues in Research and Policy; vol. 9)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Acute harms associated with inhalant misuse: Co-morbidities and trends relative to age and gender among ambulance attendees

Crossin, R., Scott, D., Witt, K. G., Duncan, J. R., Smith, K. & Lubman, D. I., 1 Sep 2018, In : Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 190, p. 46-53 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


The Frank Murphy Travelling Scholarship

Debbie Scott (Recipient), Dec 2017

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Activities 2008 2017


Debbie Scott (Examiner)
Sep 2017

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination

PhD Thesis

Debbie Scott (Examiner)
Apr 2017

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination

WHO VIP Mentorship program mentor

Debbie Scott (Fellow)
1 Sep 201730 Sep 2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementExpert/ advisor

Australasian Injury Prevention Network (External organisation)

Debbie Scott (Member)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of industry collaboration/ network

13th Annual Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference

Debbie Scott (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference