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Research Fellow, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney

Dr Courtney Breen completed her PhD in 2010 investigating alcohol related harm in rural communities as part of the Alcohol Action in Rural Communities project (AARC) with Associate Professor Anthony Shakeshaft.

Since joining NDARC as a research office in 1998, she has worked on projects investigating treatments for heroin dependence, including a clinical trial investigating methadone withdrawal using buprenorphine.

She worked on the National Evaluation of Pharmacotherapies for Opioid Dependence (NEPOD) project and on an evaluation of alternative funding for methadone services. She examined the impact of the restriction in temazepam gel capsules for her MPH treatise.

She was the National Coordinator of the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) for two years and the Ecstasy and Related Drugs (EDRS) Reporting System for the first year it was conducted nationally (2003).


  • –present
    Research Fellow, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre


  • 2010 
    University of New South Wales, PhD