A Centre for Research Excellence: Building Indigenous research capacity to find solutions to alcohol problems

  • Research program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Expected end date: May 2023
  • Completion date: June 2023
  • Funded by: NHMRC
  • Lead organisation: University of Sydney

The aim of this project is to build the capacity of Indigenous Australians to themselves reduce the harm caused by alcohol in their communities. Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and administratively based at the University of Sydney, the project draws on the diverse range of skills among the investigators and the Indigenous research trainees, to combine cultural, community, health service, research and policy expertise. It considers the broad range of ways to treat and prevent Indigenous alcohol harms, that may occur in settings as diverse as Aboriginal community-controlled health services, residential rehabilitation centres, communities and even prisons and links efforts and expertise across these settings. Strong existing community partnerships and involvement of Indigenous investigators, who are themselves researchers, clinicians or represent Aboriginal agencies, ensures that the activities of the CRE are culturally appropriate and relevant. Every step of the research process will contribute to building skills and support networks for the participating Indigenous alcohol researchers, communities and health professionals.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
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Dr Annalee Stearne
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1630
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Project staff

Alcohol policy and strategies


  • Chief Investigator: Katherine Conigrave, University of Sydney
  • Chief Investigator: Scott Wilson, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA)
  • Chief Investigator: Anthony Shakeshaft, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Noel Hayman, Inala Indigenous Health Service
  • Chief Investigator: Paul Haber, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Chief Investigator: Rowena Ivers, University of Wollongong
  • Chief Investigator: Christopher Doran, Central Queensland University
  • Chief Investigator: Anton Clifford, University of Queensland
  • Co-investigator: Angela Dawson, University of Technology Sydney
  • Co-investigator: Jimmy Perry, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA)
  • Co-investigator: Kristie Harrison, University of Sydney
  • Co-investigator: Leanne Lawrence,
  • Co-investigator: Michael Doyle, University of Sydney
  • Co-investigator: Monique McEwan,
  • Co-investigator: Steve Ella, NSW Health
  • Co-investigator: Timothy Dobbins, University of New South Wales

This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

Lee, K., S., Wilson, S., Stearne, A., Hayman, N., Conigrave, J., Doyle, M., F., Bullen, L., Weatherall, T., James, D., B., Reynolds, T., Perry, J. and Conigrave, K. (2023). Walking side-by-side: supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to lead the way in alcohol research. Drug and Alcohol Review, 42, (2), pp. 241-247. doi:10.1111/dar.13523 [RJ1835] View web page

Welch, S., Moles, R., Viardot, A., Deweerd, P., Scott, D. and Lee, K., S. (2023). Connecting the Dots of Care: A pilot study linking Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples with diabetes care in hospital, using hospital pharmacists. Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy, 12. doi:10.1016/j.rcsop.2023.100351 [RJ2123] View web page