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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

Current Postgrad student

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Dr Rachael Green



Rachael graduated with a PhD in Health Sciences from the National Drug Research Institute (Curtin University) in 2013. Her research was an ethnographic study investigating identity management practices among young adults from Perth who use amphetamine-type stimulant drugs. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Curtin University) and a Bachelor of Arts (Class A Hons, University of Western Australia).

Now based in Melbourne, Rachael has taken up research roles in community based organisations and university settings including the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), Turning Point Eastern Health and RMIT University and has developed considerable experience in the development and implementation of mixed methods research studies, service and program evaluation, health systems and policy analysis. Her area of particular interest is in service provision and program delivery to disadvantaged population groups.


  • PhD, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
  • Post Grad Dip (Health Sciences), Curtin University
  • BA (Hons) Anthropology, University of Western Australia

Research Interests

  • Health and young people
  • Illicit drug use
  • Medical anthropology
  • Harm reduction


Green, R. (2016). ‘‘I wonder what age you grow out of it?’’: Negotiation of recreational drug use and the transition to adulthood among an Australian ethnographic sample. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy. DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2015.1128883 [RJ1194] Paper

Green, R. (2013). An ethnographic study of recreational drug use and identity management among a network of electronic dance music enthusiasts in Perth, Western Australia. Curtin University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Ph.D. [TH]

Green, R. and Moore, D. (2013). ‘Meth circles’ and ‘pipe pirates’: Crystal methamphetamine smoking and identity management among a social network of young adults. Substance Use and Misuse, 48, (9), pp. 691-701. DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2013.782046 [RJ883] Paper

Green, R., Mitchell, P.B. and Bruun, A. (2013). Bonds and bridges: perspectives of service-engaged young people on the value of relationships in addressing alcohol and other drug issues. Journal of Youth Studies, 16, (4), pp. 421-440. DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2012.718433 [RJ896] Paper

Mclean, S.J., Kutin, J., Best, D., Bruun, A. and Green, R. (2013). Risk profiles for early adolescents who regularly use alcohol and other drugs compared with older youth. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. pp. 1-11. [O]

Bruun, A., Ennis, D., Wansborough, H., Green, R. and Mitchell, P.B. (2012). A guide to assisting young people experiencing ATS related problems. In Allsop, S. and Lee, N. (eds.) Understanding and responding to Amphetamine Type Stimulants. IP Communications, Melbourne. [CH196]

Dray, A., Perez, P., Moore, D., Dietze, P., Bammer, G., Jenkinson, R., Siokou, C., Green, R., Hudson, S. and Maher, L. (2012). Are drug detection dogs and mass-media campaigns likely to be effective policy responses to psychostimulant use and related harm? Results from an agent-based simulation model. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23, (2), pp. 148-153. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2011.05.018 [RJ718] Paper

Dwyer, R., Pennay, A., Green, R., Siokou, C., Barratt, M.J., Thomson, N. and Moore, D. (2012). The social contexts and cultural meanings of amphetamine-type stimulant use and their implications for policy and practice. In Allsop, S. and Lee, N. (eds.) Perspectives on Amphetamine-Type Stimulants. I.P. Communications, Melbourne. pp. 56-68. ISBN: 978-0-9808649-9-1 [CH171] Abstract

Perez, P., Dray, A., Moore, D., Dietze, P., Bammer, G., Jenkinson, R., Siokou, C., Green, R., Hudson, S. and Maher, L. (2012). SimAmph: An agent-based simulation model for exploring the use of psychostimulants and related harm among young Australians. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23, (1), pp. 62-71. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2011.05.017 [RJ717] Paper

Green, R. and Moore, D. (2009). 'Kiddie drugs' and controlled pleasure: Recreational use of dexamphetamine in a social network of young Australians. International Journal of Drug Policy, 20, (5), pp. 402-408. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2008.12.002 [RJ627] Paper

Moore, D., Dray, A., Green, R., Hudson, S., Jenkinson, R., Siokou, C., Perez, P., Bammer, G., Maher, L. and Dietze, P. (2009). Extending drug ethno-epidemiology using agent-based modelling. Addiction, 104, (12), pp. 1991-1997. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02709.x [RJ644] Paper