Alcohol Working Committee

Terms of reference

The Alcohol Working Committee will oversee and provide expertise to the revision of the Australian Guidelines for Reducing the Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol 2009. The responsibilities of the Alcohol Working Committee are outlined in the terms of reference:

  • Consider the process for development of the 2009 Guidelines and identify priority areas for review.
  • Guide the development of an evaluation of the evidence, including modelling, on the health effects of drinking alcohol, focusing on studies/data published since 2007.
  • Consider the outcomes of the evidence evaluation, and use these findings to inform the update of NHMRC’s Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol 2009.
  • Consider comments received during consultation on the draft revised guidelines.
  • Update the revised draft with consideration to comments received from public consultation and expert review.

Alcohol Working Committee members

Professor Kate Conigrave (Chair)
Senior Staff Specialist and Professor of Addiction Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney

Relevant experience:
Clinical and public health research; addiction medicine

Professor Emily Banks (Deputy Chair)
Researcher in chronic disease epidemiology at the Australian National University

Relevant experience:
Epidemiology; women’s health; pharmaco-epidemiology; healthy ageing

Professor Tanya Chikritzhs
Professor at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Relevant experience:
Epidemiology; biostatistics; alcohol research policy

Dr Rebecca Armstrong
Director of Public Health Insight, the University of Melbourne, and Joint Co-ordinating Editor, Cochrane Public Health

Relevant experience:
Methodologist; public health; systematic review; knowledge translation

Dr Michael Livingston
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University

Relevant experience:
Research and epidemiology of alcohol use and alcohol related disorders; biostatistics; modelling

Professor Dan Lubman
Director, Turning Point at Eastern Health, and Professor of Addiction Studies and Services at Monash University

Relevant experience:
Clinical research; mental health; addiction studies and services

Dr Colleen O’Leary
Research Associate at Curtin University, and Coordinator, Standards Monitoring at Western Australian Office of the Chief Psychiatrist

Relevant experience:
Research policy; pregnancy and child health research policy; foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Professor Alison Ritter
Director at Drug Policy Modelling Program, and Deputy Director, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

Relevant experience:
Drug policy research

Professor Robert Ali
Director, Community Based Treatment Drug and Alcohol Service SA and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre

Relevant experience:
Clinical public health; addiction medicine

Professor Peter D’Abbs
Academic, Menzies School of Health Research

Relevant experience:
Research policy; sociology; substance misuse

Dr Mark Harris
Professor of General Practice, Scientia Professor, and Executive Director at the Centre for Primary Health and Equity, the University of New South Wales

Relevant experience:

Primary health care; health services research

Ms Anne McKenzie AM
Head, Consumer and Community Health Research Network, the University of Western Australia

Relevant experience:
Consumer advocate

Mr Scott Wilson
Director of Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council, South Australia

Relevant experience:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative

Ms Nicole Hewlett
Project manager, Menzies School of Health Research

Relevant experience:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder