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Ms Jane Akhurst


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Dr Akhurst is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. Her research interests primarily relate to the epidemiology of alcohol and other drug use and harms, with a focus on pharmaceutical opioids. Since 2015, she has worked across a range of projects examining injecting drug use, the effects of opioid use on cognition, opioid agonist treatment, and drug-related morbidity and mortality. Her PhD explored the relationships between pharmaceutical opioid use and cognitive harms in people with chronic pain (for example, problems with memory and experience of injuries). 

University role: 
Postdoctoral Fellow

Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) - University of Tasmania

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) - University of Tasmania

public health
pharmaceutical opioids
illicit drug use
alcohol use
Teaching & Supervision
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