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Associate Professor Alan Clough is a Principal Research Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University, Cairns, and leads a community-based Health Promotion and Prevention Studies Group. He is an epidemiologist with a track record in designing, implementing and evaluating community-based interventions to reduce the harmful effects from substance use in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, primarily in tropical northern Australia.
Alan is primarily recognised both nationally and internationally for his contributions to research and practice in the field of substance use problems in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. He has a history of working in applied community development and advocacy including at a local government level. The research and practice that Alan has conducted has led to positive changes in rural and remote populations where substance use has been highly problematic, through projects that have sought to investigate, manage and reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, kava and petrol sniffing. He also has a strong interest in intervention research, informed by almost 20 years of living and working in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory’s (NT) ‘top end’ .
In his public health practice, Alan has acted as a Member of the NT Licensing Commission (appointed by the Minister) and has heard and determined applications for restricted area declarations supported by alcohol management plans in several NT localities, giving him a unique perspective on the regulatory environment.
Alan is a Professorial Research Fellow with the Cairns Institute.