Professor Peter d'Abbs

Professor of substance misuse studies

Qualifications:

PhD, University of Melbourne, 1983; Master of Arts, University of Exeter, 1977; Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, 1971; Diploma in Modern Languages (Chinese), University of New England, 2008.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Principal Supervisor for PhD

Location:

Brisbane

Biography:

Professor Peter d'Abbs heads substance misuse studies at the Menzies School of Health Research, and 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.

In recent years he has 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). He has co-authored a review of interventions into volatile substance misuse, and is currently engaged in a national evaluation of the rollout of low aromatic fuel in communities affected by petrol sniffing.

From 2001 to 2010 he was a director of the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation (AERF – subsequently renamed Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education), and 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.

  1.  d'Abbs, P., & Chenhall, R. D. (2013). Spirituality and religion in responses to substance misuse among Indigenous Australians. Substance Use & Misuse, 48, 1-16. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.800746
  2.  d'Abbs, P. (2012). Problematizing alcohol through the eyes of the other: Alcohol policy and Aboriginal drinking in the Northern Territory, Australia. Contemporary Drug Problems, 39(3), 371-396.
  3.  MacLean, S., & d'Abbs, P. (2011). Five challenges for volatile substance misuse policy and intervention in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 30, 223-227. doi: DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00232.x
  4.  d'Abbs, P., & MacLean, S. (2011). Petrol Sniffing Interventions Among Australian Indigenous Communities Through Product Substitution: From Skunk Juice to Opal. Substance Use & Misuse, 46, 99-106.
  5.  d'Abbs, P., & MacLean, S. (2008). Volatile Substance Misuse: A Review of Interventions. National Drug Strategy Monograph Series No.65. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
  6.  d'Abbs, P., MacLean, S., & Brady, M. (2008). From platitudes to policies: The evolving response to volatile substance misuse in Australia. In D. Moore & P. Dietze (Eds.), Drugs and Public Health: Australian Perspectives on Policy and Practice (pp. 39-48). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  7.  d'Abbs, P. (2004). Alignment of the policy planets: behind the implementation of the Northern Territory (Australia) Living With Alcohol programme. [Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't]. Drug and Alcohol Review, 23(1), 55-66. doi: 10.1080/09595230410001645556
  8.  d'Abbs, P., & Brady, M. (2004). Other people, other drugs: the policy response to Indigenous petrol sniffing among Indigenous Australians. Drug and Alcohol Review, 23(3), 253-260.
  9.  d'Abbs, P., & Togni, S. (2000). Liquor licensing and community action in regional and remote Australia: a review of recent initiatives. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 24(1), 45-53.
  10. d'Abbs, P. (1998). Out of sight, out of mind? Licensed clubs in remote Aboriginal communities. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 22(6), 679-684.
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  1. Koori Mail | Liquor permit schemes in the spotlight

    Koori Mail | Liquor permit schemes in the spotlight

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    LIQUOR permit schemes in the Northern Territory can be made easier to implement and more accountable to local communities, an NT Government commissioned report has found.

  2. Report urges simpler liquor permit management in communities

    Report urges simpler liquor permit management in communities

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    Liquor permit schemes in the Northern Territory (NT) can be made easier to implement and more accountable to local communities, a NT Government-commissioned report has found.

  3. Petrol sniffing stunts the growth of children

    Petrol sniffing stunts the growth of children

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    “Petrol sniffing makes you shorter, and there’s no way to catch up even after you stop sniffing” says Professor Andrew Lawrence at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

  4. Research: petrol sniffing on decline

    Research: petrol sniffing on decline

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    Petrol sniffing rates in Indigenous communities have declined since the introduction of low aromatic unleaded fuel (LAF), a study by Menzies School of Health Research has revealed.

  5. Sharp decreases in petrol sniffing rates

    Sharp decreases in petrol sniffing rates

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    NEW research has found that petrol sniffing in Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory has declined by 30 per cent since 2011.

  6. Petrol sniffing on the decline in Indigenous communities

    Petrol sniffing on the decline in Indigenous communities

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    Petrol sniffing rates in Indigenous communities have declined since the introduction of low aromatic unleaded fuel (LAF), a study by Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has found. The results of this study were released today by Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

  7. Barkly fuel ban to stem sniffing

    Barkly fuel ban to stem sniffing

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    REGULAR unleaded petrol could be outlawed in Tennant Creek as early as January, in a bid to completely stamp out petrol sniffing in the Barkly.

  8. Queensland mayor slams Commonwealth move to ban regular unleaded fuel on Palm Island

    Queensland mayor slams Commonwealth move to ban regular unleaded fuel on Palm Island

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    A north Queensland mayor has slammed the Federal Government's decision to ban the sale of regular unleaded petrol in his community.

  9. Report reveals decline in petrol sniffing

    Report reveals decline in petrol sniffing

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    The report has shown that in 15 Aboriginal communities where available data enables comparisons to be made, there was more than an 80 per cent decline in the number petrol sniffers from 2005-07 to 2011-12.

  10. Menzies research reveals marked decline in petrol sniffing

    Menzies research reveals marked decline in petrol sniffing

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    A Menzies report has revealed a significant decline in the prevalence of petrol sniffing in a number of Aboriginal communities across Australia.

  11. SBS World News: Do banned drinkers' registers work?

    SBS World News: Do banned drinkers' registers work?

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    The Federal and NT governments have been duelling with conflicting claims over whether an alcohol control measure was working and should be reinstated, or whether it was right to be axed.

  12. The Conversation: New singers, old songs: alcohol bans in Aboriginal communities

    The Conversation: New singers, old songs: alcohol bans in Aboriginal communities

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    The newly elected conservative governments in Queensland and the Northern Territory have opened the way to relaxing laws restricting access to alcohol in Aboriginal communities.

  13. The Conversation: Unfair and unbalanced: misreporting the petrol sniffing ‘scourge’

    The Conversation: Unfair and unbalanced: misreporting the petrol sniffing ‘scourge’

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    Once again, petrol sniffing in Indigenous communities is in the headlines. And once again, sadly, the restraint that newspapers normally exercise in reporting drug issues among non-Indigenous Australians has been thrown aside.