Issue 7 - 6 August 2013 enews home

New professor focuses on alcohol, drug harm prevention


Professor Richard Midford is CDU‘s Professor of Health in Education

An academic whose research focuses on the development of alcohol and other drug harm prevention programs is the new Professor of Health in Education at Charles Darwin University.

Professor Richard Midford, previously with Edith Cowan University, has a wealth of experience in working in partnership with local communities, prevention of alcohol and other drug harm in workplace settings and in the development of effective school drug education.

His role is a jointly funded position, representing a significant partnership between CDU and the Menzies School of Health Research.

Professor Midford holds an adjunct appointment at the National Drug Research Institute and continues to collaborate with this institute on a number projects, including a Cochrane Collaboration review of alcohol and drug prevention in the workplace. Prior to joining CDU, he also maintained a private clinical practice for a number of years with Perth Psychological Services where he was a director.

He has worked as a consultant to a number of industry groups, government departments, and international organisations including the WHO, and has 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.

Professor Midford will work closely with colleagues, particularly in the School of Education in the Faculty of Law, Educations, Business and Arts, and more broadly across CDU and the Centre for Child Development and Education to enhance research capacity in the areas that link health and education.