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Professor of Substance Misuse Studies, Menzies School of Health Research, Menzies School of Health Research

Dr Peter d'Abbs is Professor of Substance Misuse Studies, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Australia. He also holds adjunct positions with the School of Population Health, University of Melbourne and at James Cook University, Queensland. He is a sociologist with a research background in alcohol and other drug policy issues and in program evaluation, much of it conducted in northern Australia. Recent and current projects include a review of interventions into volatile substance misuse (co-authored with Dr Sarah MacLean), recently revised and expanded and published as National Drug Strategy Monograph No. 65, and a national evaluation of the rollout of Opal low aromatic fuel in communities affected by petrol sniffing. He has also conducted evaluations of alcohol management plans and other initiatives to reduce alcohol problems in Tennant Creek, Katherine, Groote Eylandt and Gove Peninsula, all in the Northern Territory, and in Derby (WA) and Mt Isa (Qld.). Between 2001 and 2010 he was a Director of the Alcohol Education & Rehabilitation Foundation (AERF – subsequently renamed Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education). In 2007 he was placed on the Honour Roll of the National Drug and Alcohol Awards for his research into substance misuse in remote and regional settings.


  • 2009–present
    Professor, Substance Misuse Studies, Menzies School of Health Research


  • 1983 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 1977 
    University of Exeter, MA (Sociology)
  • 1971 
    University of Melbourne, BA (Hons)

Research Areas

  • Studies In Human Society (16)
  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)