Dr Neil Donnelly

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Dr Neil Donnelly is a researcher with training in psychology, applied statistics, epidemiology and public health. Neil is a Senior Research Officer at the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI). His employment experience includes conducting research and program evaluation in the areas of crime and justice, public health and alcohol and other drugs. Neil initially conducted research at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney followed by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and the Needs Assessment and Health Outcomes Unit (NAHOU).

In 2000, Neil commenced as a Research Fellow in alcohol-related crime research based at BOCSAR with a conjoint appointment at NDRI. Research projects included: changes in young adults experience of responsible service of alcohol at licensed premises; the role of alcohol in injury presentations to St Vincent’s Hospital Emergency Department and associated costs; a survey conducted in one-fifth of NSW Police commands to measure what percentage of time police spend involved in both proactive and reactive alcohol-related activity, and; liquor licence concentrations in local areas and rates of assault. More recent alcohol-related research includes: the longer term effect of the lockout and last drinks laws on non-domestic assaults in Sydney, and; the relationship between alcohol-related emergency department presentations and persons proceeded against for assault.

At NDRI, Neil is a member of the National Alcohol Sales Data Project (NASDP) Advisory Committee and was previously a member of the Australian Alcohol Aetiologic Fractions for Emergency Department Presentations Advisory Committee. He also collaborated with NDRI on a project that quantifies the social and economic costs of cannabis and opioid use in Australia.

  • PhD Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
  • MPH Public Health, University of Sydney
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of New South Wales
  • Program research and evaluation
  • Alcohol- and illicit drug-related crime
  • Epidemiology of drug and alcohol use
  • NSW criminal justice system diversionary programs
  • Pharmaceutical subsidisation policy
  • Time series analysis and forecasting
  • Regression modelling

Whetton, S., Tait, R., J., Chrzanowska, A., Donnelly, N., McEntee, A., Mukhtar, A., Zahra, E., Campbell, G., Degenhardt, L., Dey, T., Halim, S., Hall, W., Makate, M., Norman, R., Peacock, A., Roche, A. and Allsop, S. (2020). Quantifying the Social Costs of Pharmaceutical Opioid Misuse and Illicit Opioid Use to Australia in 2015/16. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-6487367-0-7 [T277] Download PDF

Donnelly, N., Scott, L., Poynton, S., Weatherburn, D., Shanahan, M. and Hansen, F. (2007). Estimating the short-term cost of police time spent dealing with alcohol-related crime in NSW. Commonwealth of Australia, 25. NDLERF. ISBN: 978-0-9803794-4-0 [T178]

Donnelly, N. and Briscoe, S. (2005). Intelligence-led regulation of licensed premises. In Stockwell, T., R., Gruenewald, P., Toumbourou, J. and Loxley, W. (eds.) Preventing harmful substance use: The evidence base for policy and practice. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, West Sussex. [CH126]

Briscoe, S. and Donnelly, N. (2003). Liquor licensing enforcement activity in New South Wales. New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research and National Drug Research Institute, Sydney, New South Wales. [R160]

Briscoe, S. and Donnelly, N. (2003). Problematic licensed premises for assaults in inner Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 36, pp. 18-33. [RJ395]

Donnelly, N. (2003). Signs of intoxication and server intervention among 18-39 yr olds drinking at licensed premises in New South Wales, Australia. Addiction, 98, (8), pp. 1287-1295. [RJ415]

Weatherburn, D., Jones, C. and Donnelly, N. (2003). Prohibition and cannabis use in Australia: A survey of 18-29 year olds. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 36, pp. 77-93. [RJ413]

Donnelly, N. and Briscoe, S. (2002). Young adults' experience of responsible service practice in NSW. New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Sydney, Australia. [R135]

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