Professor Richard Midford

Professor of health in education


PhD, University of Western Australia, 2002; Master of Psychology (Clinical), University of Tasmania, 1981; Bachelor of Psychology, University of Western Australia, 1978; Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Australia, 1987.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Principal Supervisor for PhD


Darwin Bldg Red 9, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus


Richard Midford is professor of health in education, in a jointly funded position, representing a significant partnership between Charles Darwin University and the Menzies School of Health Research.

He also holds an adjunct appointment at the National Drug Research Institute and collaborates with this institute on a number projects, including a Cochrane Collaboration review of alcohol and drug prevention in the workplace. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Addiction and Prevention.

Professor Midford previously worked at Edith Cowan University in Perth and has undertaken research on the prevention of alcohol harm in communities, prevention of alcohol and other drug harm in workplace settings and in the development of effective school drug education.

Working as a consultant to a number of industry groups, government departments, and international organisations, including WHO, Prof Midford has also sat on numerous boards and committees.

He has published widely, is an internationally recognised researcher and scholar in his field and holds several Australian Research Council grants. Prof Midford will be working closely with colleagues in the School of Education at Charles Darwin University and the Centre for Child Development and Education at Menzies to enhance research capacity in the areas that link health and education.


  • Cochrane systematic review – workplace interventions for alcohol and other drug problems
  • School drug education for junior high school students in Victoria - assessing the Impact of a statewide, evidence based intervention
  • Do perceptions of morality of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use influence uptake in high school?
  1. Midford, R. (2010). Drug prevention programmes for young people: where have we been and where should we be going? Addiction, 105(10), 1688-1695.
  2. Midford, R. (2007). Is Australia 'fair dinkum' about drug education in schools? Drug and Alcohol Review, 26(4), 421-427.
  3. Midford, R. & Munro, G. (eds.) (2006). Drug education in schools: Searching for the silver bullet. Melbourne: IP Communications.
  4. Loxley, W., Gray, D., Wilkinson, C., Chikritzhs, T., Midford, R. & Moore, D. (2005). Alcohol policy and harm reduction in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 24(6), 559-568.
  5. Midford, R. (2005). Australia and alcohol: Living down the legend.  Addiction, 100(7), 891-896.
  6. McBride, N., Farringdon, F., Midford, R., Meuleners, L. & Phillips, M. (2004). Harm minimization in school drug education: final results of the School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP). Addiction, 99(3), 278-291.
  7. Midford, R., Munro, G., McBride, N., Snow, P. & Ladzinski, U. (2002). Principles That Underpin Effective School-Based Drug Education. Journal of Drug Education, 32(4), 363-386.
  8. Midford, R. (2000). Does drug education work? Drug and Alcohol Review, 19(4), 441-446.
  9. Boots, K. & Midford, R. (1999). ‘Pick a Skipper’: An evaluation of a designated driver program to prevent alcohol related injury in a regional Australian city. Health Promotion International, 14(4), 337-345.
  10. McBride, N. & Midford R. (1999). Encouraging schools to promote health: Impact of the Western Australian School Health Project (1992-1995). Journal of School Health, 69(6), 220-226.