NDRI launches its new Melbourne base

October 2020

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University in Perth is delighted to announce the opening of its new Melbourne office - a collaboration with the internationally-renowned Burnet Institute, which formalises a longstanding relationship between the two research centres.

NDRI Melbourne will be based at the Burnet Institute’s premises on Commercial Road in central Melbourne, and will serve to advance NDRI’s research presence and impact in Victoria and the eastern states of Australia.

Professor Paul Dietze, Director of Burnet’s Behaviours and Health Risks Program, has been appointed as Professor and Head of NDRI Melbourne, on a half-time basis with his existing Burnet position.  Professor Dietze is one of Australia’s leading alcohol and other drug researchers, with more than 20 years’ experience and an outstanding track record of conducting research with policy and practice impact, both nationally and internationally.

NDRI Director, Professor Simon Lenton, said that NDRI, with the support of the NDRI Advisory Board, Curtin University, and the Commonwealth Department of Health, had commenced plans to shape and establish a new Melbourne base last year, and all were in strong support of the new collaboration.

“The establishment of the new NDRI Melbourne office formalises a long history of partnership and collaboration between researchers at NDRI and Burnet Institute, and opens up a wealth of new opportunities for us to contribute to alcohol and other drug research, research translation, and capacity building,” said Professor Lenton.

Professor Dietze said he was excited to join NDRI, one of the largest centres of alcohol and other drug research expertise in Australia, and was eager to lead NDRI Melbourne and develop its program of research.

“This is an amazing opportunity to build on the strengths of NDRI and Burnet Institute to conduct high quality research that is valued by policy makers, practitioners and communities in Australia and internationally,” said Professor Dietze.

NDRI Melbourne is currently recruiting for the role of Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor. Applications for this position close on Thursday 29th October 2020. Full details of this job vacancy are available on the Curtin University website here. Further appointments to NDRI Melbourne to follow, including a PhD candidate for an NDRI Melbourne PhD scholarship.