Ann is Professor and Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction at Flinders University. Previously she was the Director of the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) at the University of Queensland for five years. She has over twenty five years experience in the field of public health and has worked as a researcher, educator, and policy analyst in various public health areas and has held academic posts at the University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland. For the past 15 years her interests and professional activities have focused exclusively on alcohol and drug issues. She has published extensively in alcohol and drug and related public health areas, including over 100 papers and reports including several book chapters. In addition, she has worked as a temporary consultant to the World Health Organization, undertaken numerous consultancies for government and non-government bodies and has acted as an adviser on a wide range of committees in the alcohol and drug field.
She has developed numerous educational programs and resource materials, including a course in Addiction Studies delivered in distance education mode and offering eight separate alcohol and drug-related subjects, the Queensland Needle Availability Training package, which contains an award winning video, a training program on Smoking and Indigenous Australians, a National Needle Availability Training Package and a comprehensive program designed for frontline workers dealing with alcohol and drug issues.