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NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Burnet Institute

Dr Amanda Roxburgh is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Fellow with the Burnet Institute. She has 20 years experience in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) research sector. She has published over 50 scientific publications and delivered over 60 national and international conference presentations. Her research has led to a greater understanding of the changing nature of opioid overdose mortality in Australia and the contribution of pharmaceutical opioids to these deaths. Her work has informed legislative change in Australia (e.g. rescheduling of codeine and regulatory changes in dispensing of Schedule 8 opioids), and she has led briefings to government (e.g. the Australian Government Department of Health, and the Pharmaceutical Board Advisory Committee) and written commissioned (by the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs – IGCD and the NSW Parliament) reports which have directly informed Australia’s National Drug Strategy.

Her current research focuses on understanding the factors driving non-fatal and fatal overdose in the context of contemporary drug markets, with the aim of informing overdose policy responses and reducing drug-related harms.


  • 2020–present
    NHMRC Research Fellow, Burnet Institute
  • 2002–2019
    Senior Research Officer, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre


  • 2019 
    National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW, PhD
  • 2007 
    University of New South Wales, Master of Clinical Psychology
  • 1998 
    University of Sydney, Master of Criminology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Investigator Grant
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Full membership of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Membership of the Clinical College of Psychologists