Sarah Clifford

PhD student


Master of Public Health, Charles Darwin University, 2018; Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia, 2017


Royal Darwin Hospital


Sarah’s work focuses on the relationship between alcohol use and harms, and how policies can impact these outcomes. She has a background in health promotion. Her PhD examines the impact of the 2017-18 NT alcohol reforms – specifically the Banned Drinker Register, Minimum Unit Price, and Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors - on domestic, family, and sexual violence.  Sarah is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship and a Menzies School of Health Research top-up scholarship.

  • Baseline in the Grass: advancing harm reduction at festival in the NT
  • LEarning from Alcohol Policy Reforms in the Northern Territory (LEARNT)
  1. Clifford, S., Smith, J.A., Livingston, M., Wright, C.J.C., Griffiths, K.E. & Miller, P.G. (2021). A historical overview of legislated alcohol policy in the Northern Territory of Australia: 1979–2021. BMC Public Health, 21, 1921. 
  2. Wright, C.J.C., Clifford, S., Miller, M., D’Abbs, P., Giorgi, C., Crane, M. & Smith, J.A. (2021). While Woolworths reaps the rewards, the Northern Territory community will be left to clean up the mess. Health Promotion of Journal of Australia, 32, 158-162.
  3. Adamson, E., Smith, J., Clifford, S., Wallace, T. (2021). Understanding the secondary supply of alcohol as a wicked policy problem: The unique case of the Banned Drinker Register in the Northern Territory. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 80(2), 283-299.
  4. Delima, J.F., Dingwall, K.M., Clifford, S., Cairney, S., Smith, J.A., Bowden, S.C. (2020). Unintended benefits of a Randomised Control Trial: A demonstration of the impact of coordinated continual professional development in a remote hospital setting. Australian Journal of Rural Health 28(6), 626-628.
  5. Adamson, E., Smith, J., Clifford. S., & Wallace, T. (2020). Industry views about the Banned Drinker Register in the Northern Territory: Early lessons from a qualitative evaluation. Drug and Alcohol Review, 40(2), 210-219.
  6. Merlino, A., Clifford, S. & Smith, J. (2020). Alcohol and gender: new frontiers for health policy and practice in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 40(2), 258-262.
  7. Clifford, S., Smith, J., Adamson, E. & Wallace, T. (2020). Do alcohol price control measures adequately consider the health of very remote Australians?: Minimum Unit Price in the NT. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 44(4), 260-261.
  8. Clifford, S., Smith, J. & Christie, B (2020). “You see the very sharp edge of the problems of prejudice in town”: Youth service providers perceptions of a regional community Facebook group. Social Media and Society, 6(1).
  9. Clifford, S., Griffiths, K. & Smith, J.A. (2020). The impact of an alcohol floor price on critical care admissions in Central Australia [Letter to the editor]. Medical Journal of Australia, 212(8).
  10. Stephens, D., Clifford, S., Mellor, R., Van De Ven, K., Ritter, A., [...] & Christie, B. (2019). Demand Study for Alcohol Treatment Services in the Northern Territory. Darwin, Menzies School of Health Research.