NCETA's staff come from a range of health and human service backgrounds, including public health, psychology, sociology, education, medicine, nursing, information management, administration and pharmacy. This page provides further details about individual staff members, including contact details and information on their current projects.
- Professor Ann Roche - Director
- Dr Ken Pidd - Deputy Director
- Mr Allan Trifonoff - Deputy Director- Programs
- Ms Jacqui Cameron
- Ms Vinita Duraisingam
- Ms Jane Fischer
- Ms Victoria Kostadinov
- Dr Alice McEntee
- Mr Roger Nicholas
Ann is Professor and Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction at Flinders University. Previously she was the Director of the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) at the University of Queensland for five years. She has over twenty five years experience in the field of public health and has worked as a researcher, educator, and policy analyst in various public health areas and has held academic posts at the University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland. For the past 15 years her interests and professional activities have focused exclusively on alcohol and drug issues. She has published extensively in alcohol and drug and related public health areas, including over 100 papers and reports including several book chapters. In addition, she has worked as a temporary consultant to the World Health Organization, undertaken numerous consultancies for government and non-government bodies and has acted as an adviser on a wide range of committees in the alcohol and drug field.
She has developed numerous educational programs and resource materials, including a course in Addiction Studies delivered in distance education mode and offering eight separate alcohol and drug-related subjects, the Queensland Needle Availability Training package, which contains an award winning video, a training program on Smoking and Indigenous Australians, a National Needle Availability Training Package and a comprehensive program designed for frontline workers dealing with alcohol and drug issues.
Ph: 08 8201 7575
Mobile: 0421 140 983
Ken has been associated with NCETA since 1999. He holds a PhD in psychology which addressed the area of work-related alcohol and other drug (AOD) use of adolescent apprentices and has an ongoing research interest in this area. Ken has produced numerous publications concerning the workplace and AOD use and provides consultancy and advice on this issue to government and non-government organisations, unions, employer groups, and individual employers. His other research and practice interests include training quality and training transfer, and workforce recruitment and retention.
Prior to working with NCETA he worked for a number of years in the construction and mining industries in roles which included an occupational health and safety officer, trainer, and manager of a AOD safety and rehabilitation program for the South Australian Construction Industry.
Ken is the South Australian representative and chair of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australiaâ€™s Workplace/Industrial Occupational Health and Safety Reference Group and represents NCETA on several other committees including the Construction Industry Drug and Alcohol Program Management Committee
Mobile: 0422 684 475
Deputy Director- Programs
Allan commenced at NCETA in January 2008 where he is responsible for identifying, developing and implementing a range of alcohol and other drug related projects and associated activities that have a law enforcement focus.
Allan has over 15 years experience working in the alcohol and other drugs field both in the health and law enforcement sectors. Prior to working at NCETA, Allan was most recently employed in the Drug and Alcohol Policy Section at South Australia Police for seven and half years. During that time, Allan provided ongoing policy advice and support to senior executive members and was also involved in and contributed to the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) data collection program and the Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative in South Australia. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Community Nursing Service at the Adelaide City Watch House.
Allan holds a Bachelor of Arts, an Associate Diploma in Social Work and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies.
Ph: 08 8201 7511
Mobile: 0432 244 861
Stacey joined NCETA in November 2005. Her role is to the day-to-day management of the financial affairs of NCETA. In this capacity, Stacey maintains records of expenditure and produces the financial reports and budgets for all NCETA projects.
Prior to working at NCETA, Stacey worked as an Administration Manager in various medium size businesses in the building and manufacturing industries. She has had 15 years experience of working in administration and accounts.
Stacey is currently studying a Bachelor of Business at Flinders University.
Ph: 08 8201 7578
Tania joined NCETA as administrative assistant in March 2007. Her role is to undertake project administration duties and provide research assistance to the Centre's Director as required. During her time at NCETA, Tania has contributed to the development of various reports including Drug Testing in Schools, The Role of Schools in Alcohol Education, Stories of Resilience: Indigenous Wellbeing project and undertaken a national review of liquor licensing legislation. She is also responsible for developing the annual reports and maintaining NCETA's website.
Ph: 08 8201 7543
Senior Research Fellow
Jacqui Cameron is a social worker, bringing over 12 years’ research experience in health and clinical evaluations with particular expertise in alcohol, drugs and mental health research. She is a Research Fellow within the Mental Health Research Program at the Department of General Practice where she leads the process evaluation of two large-scale trials in the primary care. She holds current Research Fellow appointments at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University and the Mental Health Research Program, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne.
Jacqui has particular expertise in leading systematic reviews having completed two NHMRC systematic reviews, and published ten systematic reviews in the peer review literature. She is a Member Editorial Advisory Board of Advances in Dual Diagnosis and reviewer for a number of peer review journals and has over twenty peer review publications. She was lead author on Take Note! A practical guide to writing case notes, which she wrote and delivered as a training package to the Alcohol and Drug sector nationally. She has extensive experience in training and workshop facilitation in clinical settings.
Jacqui recently completed a Diploma in Project Management at the Australian Institute of Management. Her research interests include mental health in primary care and workplace health focusing on alcohol and drug use in the workplace.
Vinita first began working at NCETA as a placement student in March 2004 and was subsequently employed as a Research Assistant in August 2004. During this period, she was mainly involved with the evaluation of the Police Drug Diversion Initiative Assessor training.
She is now a registered psychologist and a project manager at NCETA. Utilising her background in organisational psychology and business management, she continues to collaborate on various projects that relate to workforce training and development within the AOD field.
Vinita holds a Master in Organisational Psychology from the University of South Australia. Her previous work experience has been in the areas of journalism, public relations, marketing and research.
Mobile: 0431 839 209
Jane is a Senior Research Officer with NCETA. Her research interests are quality of life, gender and translational research.
Jane has worked in the alcohol and drug research field for over a decade. Jane was the Researcher/Program Manager of the Centre for Drug and Alcohol Studies, ‘Biala’ Alcohol and Drug Service, Queensland Health. She was also a lecturer, in the Pharmacy Australia Centre for Excellence (PACE), School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland. Jane’s experience also includes seven years as a Research Officer, Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre, the University of Queensland.
Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master’s Degree in Social Planning Development and is currently undertaking her PhD in the Quality of Life of Substance Users in the Community. Jane has been principal investigator on a number of research projects which have examined issues such as young people at risk, Indigenous alcohol diversion programs, and barriers to the uptake of alcohol and other drug treatment. In addition she was principal investigator on the Queensland EDRS and IDRS.
Ph: 08 8201 7692
Victoria joined NCETA in 2013 as a Research Officer. She holds a Masters Degree in Organisational Psychology and Human Factors from the University of Adelaide, and was awarded the College of Organisational Psychologists' Award for Top Graduating Student in 2012.
Victoria’s primary research interests lie in the social determinants of alcohol and drug use, and particularly the role of the workplace. Her work at NCETA involves assisting in the development, planning, implementation and delivery of research projects.
Key projects which Victoria has been involved in include a Review of the Social Determinants of Inequities in Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms, and the National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase (NADK).
Ph: 8201 7576
Alice has worked previously for Flinders University in the School of Social and Policy Studies and has also been employed at the University of South Australia and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Alice has recently submitted her PhD thesis titled “The association between healthy literacy, nutritional and physical activity knowledge, dietary and physical activity behaviour, and body mass index.” Alice will be assisting with secondary data analysis to further NCETA's work on the National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase and workplace drug and alcohol use.
Ph: 08 8201 7538
Roger Nicholas is currently employed as Senior Researcher at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA).
Roger was previously employed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund as its Senior Researcher, a role he has held for almost three years. This role involves providing strategic advice to the NDLERF Board of Management and the provision of in-house research services to the Board. He has authored numerous publications in this role. Most recently he undertook a large environmental scan on the behalf of the Board, which documented the range of alcohol and other drug problems impacting on policing at present and into the future. Prominent among these was emerging problems with pharmaceutical drug misuse.
Prior to this, for almost ten years, he was the Senior Alcohol and other Drug Research and Policy Officer at the Australasian Centre for Policing Research. In this role, he was responsible for the administration of the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Drugs Committee of the Conference of Commissioners of Police of Australasia and the South West Pacific Region. The latter role involved the development of many discussion papers on a range of alcohol and other drug issues impacting on policing. One such paper concerned the impacts on policing of the diversion of pharmaceutical drugs.
Mr Nicholas has had previous careers in alcohol and other drug treatment provision; in education and in policy development for six years at the South Australian Drug and Alcohol Services Council (now DASSA).
Ph: 08 8201 7545
Keith Evans is an Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide. Keith has extensive knowledge of the establishment, oversight and operation of alcohol and drug information services. As Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand 1984-1994, Keith was engaged in the early development of the Alcohol and Drug Association of New Zealand. In addition to this, Keith was Director of Queensland Health’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Services from 1994-2001. During this time, he oversaw the professional development of the service. From 2004-2010 as Executive Director of Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA), Keith had overall responsibility for the delivery of the Alcohol and Drug Services for South Australia.