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Dr Tina Lam is a Research Fellow at the Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC). She specialises in conducting policy and practice relevant alcohol and other drug research that will improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

Dr Lam is chief investigator and national coordinator for the Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System (YAARS). YAARS is run through the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University (WA) in collaboration with Turning Point (Monash University; VIC), the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (University of NSW), the University of Tasmania, Flinders University (SA), ACT Health, Charles Darwin University (NT), and the University of Queensland. YAARS was conducted in 2013 (n=958), 2016 (n=727), and 2016-17 (n=3,465) to examine patterns, influences and trends around risky adolescent alcohol consumption. YAARS was cited three times in the consultation draft of the National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026

Dr Lam also examines trends in heroin and pharmaceutical opioid related harms in Australia. She was the state coordinator for the Patient Pathways project which examined treatment pathways and related outcomes of 800 clients seeking alcohol and other drug treatment at 20 services across VIC and WA. The evidence from this longitudinal study has been used to help shape strategy and decision-making around funding, service expansion and system innovation.

Dr Lam was also a state coordinator for the Patron offending and Intoxication in Night Time Entertainment Districts (‘POINTED’) project, which focused on alcohol-related violence and yielded the largest sample of people attending licensed venues ever interviewed (n=6804).

Tina's PhD explored alcohol and other drug use at school leavers' celebrations ('Schoolies'). The project was recognised with a McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth award for providing the first quantity-specific estimations of alcohol use at the event, and its real-life impact on the planning of the celebrations.

Dr Lam contributes to the policy debate at all three levels of government and is regularly quoted on alcohol-related issues in the media.

She is an active contributor to programs aimed at supporting diversity and building equality such as the Science in Australia Gender Equity Athena Swan national program.

External positions

Adjunct Research Fellow, National Drug Research Institute

31 Aug 201831 Aug 2020

Research area keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Drug use
  • Addiction
  • Risky alcohol use
  • Public health
  • Alcohol policy
  • Young people
  • Drug dependence
  • Drug Addiction
  • Drug treatment
  • Health policy

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Projects 2019 2021

Research Output 2012 2019

A cross-national comparison of the Twitter feeds of popular alcohol brands in India and Australia

Gupta, H., Lam, T., Pettigrew, S. & Tait, R. J., 4 Mar 2019, In : Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. 26, 2, p. 148-156 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

Alcohol marketing on YouTube: Exploratory analysis of content adaptation to enhance user engagement in different national contexts

Gupta, H., Lam, T., Pettigrew, S. & Tait, R. J., 16 Jan 2018, In : BMC Public Health. 18, 1, 10 p., 141.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Comparing levels of blood alcohol concentration and indicators of impairment in nightlife patrons

Droste, N., Miller, P., Kaestle, C. E., Curtis, A., Hyder, S., Coomber, K., Pennay, A., Chikritzhs, T., Lam, T. & Gilmore, W., 1 Apr 2018, In : Drug and Alcohol Review. 37, Suppl 1, p. S348-S356 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Correlates of verbal and physical aggression among patrons of licensed venues in Australia

Hyder, S., Coomber, K., Pennay, A., Droste, N., Curtis, A., Mayshak, R., Lam, T., Gilmore, W., Chikritzhs, T. & Miller, P. G., 1 Jan 2018, In : Drug and Alcohol Review. 37, 1, p. 6-13 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Press / Media

Dr Lam's past media stories (July 2018 & earlier)

Tina Lam


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment