Dr Matthew Dunn

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology, University of Wollongong, 2000
Graduate Certificate in Population Health, University of Newcastle, 2006
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2006
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2014

Biography

Dr Dunn attended the University of Wollongong from 1997-2000 where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology. Having completed a Certificate III in Fitness, and combined with his interests in physical activity and sport, he undertook a PhD at the University of Sydney (2002-2006), where his dissertation looked at the influence of drug use, exercise, and sexual orientation on body image concerns in men. He taught undergraduate psychology at the University of Sydney and at ACU during this time.

In 2005 he commenced as a research officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of NSW, working on a project investigating trends in substance use and harm. In 2008 he became an Associate Lecturer when he led a world-first project investigating illicit substance use issues among elite athletes. He became a Lecturer in 2009.

In 2011 he commenced at Deakin University as a Lecturer in Health Sciences, and became a Senior Lecturer in Public Health in 2012. During this time he has taught into the undergraduate and postgraduate health courses, and is also course leader for the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion. He sits on various committees and working groups, such as the Faculty of Health Faculty Board, and has been a member of the School of Health and Social Development Teaching and Learning Committee and Advisory Board.

Dr Dunn retains a strong research profile. His research interests are broadly focused on substance use and harm, and specifically include performance and image enhancing drugs, emerging/novel psychoactive substance use, and monitoring trends in substance use and harm. He currently holds an ARC Discovery Grant, awarded in 2012, investigating the non-medical use of prescription substances among university students. Dr Dunn has supervised seven Honours students and 16 Masters students.

Outside of his normal role, Dr Dunn is engaged with a range of organisations and professional societies. Dr Dunn sits on the Geelong Drug Action Plan Committee; is a member and the Victorian Representative for the Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD); a member of the Public Health Association Australia (PHAA); a member of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA); a member of Male Health Victoria; and a member of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). He has provided peer-review for 27 national and international journals and served as an external grant reviewer for Category 1 grants.

Dr Dunn has postgraduate qualifications in population health, higher education, and alcohol/tobacco/other drug studies. He has presented at a number of national and international conferences and made multiple media appearances. He has received citations for excellence in teaching and research.

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Research interests

Dr Dunn has a diverse range of research interests, including:

  • The use of performance- and image-enhancing drugs, including anabolic-androgenic steroids
  • The use of novel/emerging psychoactive substances, such as synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic stimulants
  • Monitoring illicit drug markets
  • Reducing problematic substance use
  • Issues pertaining to illicit drug and alcohol use among elite athletes
  • Harms related to substance use
  • Exercise, sport and physical activity

Affiliations

Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD)

Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)

Public Health Association Australia (PHAA)

International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH)

Male Health Victoria

Teaching interests

Dr Dunn teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, and has been awarded citations for teaching excellence. He has been or is chair for such undergraduate units as HSH111 Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion and HSH302 Politics, Policy and Health and such postgraduate units as HSH725 Research Literacy for Health Practice and HSH712 Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Studies. He teaches into a range of other units, including HSH212 Professional Practice. He has provided guest lectures for units based on his expertise in substance use and harm research, such as HSH313 Contemporary Health Issues, HSH739 International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning, HSH701 Principles and Practices in Public Health, and HSO206 Occupation Across The Lifespan.

Dr Dunn has a strong interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and is interested in the student transition into university, constructive alignment, and blended learning.

Knowledge areas

Dr Dunn specialises in researching substance use and harm, specifically monitoring trends in use and harm, as well as researching the use and harms associated with performance and image enhancing drugs, emerging/novel psychoactive drugs, and ecstasy and related drugs. His areas of interest with regards to the scholarship of teaching and learning include constructive alignment, enhancing student support, and blended learning.

Conferences

Nhlanhla, M. & Dunn, M. (November, 2015). The role of the workplace in workers seeking treatment for alcohol and other drug use: The workers’ perspective. Perth: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD).

Dunn, M., Henshaw, R. & McKay, F. (October, 2015). Exploring the decision to use performance and image enhancing drugs. Gold Coast: Australian Psychological Society.

Dunn, M. & McKay, F. (February 2015). The challenges that performance and image enhancing drug use has for the alcohol and other drug sector. Melbourne: Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association.

McKay, F.H. & Dunn, M. (February 2015). Food security among asylum seekers in Melbourne. India: 14th World Congress on Public Health.

Dunn, M., Henshaw, R. & McKay, F. (November 2014). Understanding health service use and needs of performance and image enhancing drug users in regional Queensland. Adelaide: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD).

Busutill, E. & Dunn, M. (November 2014). Supplement use among male university students. Adelaide: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD).

Dunn, M. (October 2014). Understanding athlete wellbeing: the views of national sporting and player associations. Canberra: Combined Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, National Physical Activity Conference and National Sports Injury Prevention Conference.

Dunn, M., McKay, F.H. & Miller, P. (September 2014). Paracetamol presentations to an Australian regional hospital emergency department. Perth: Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). 

Cheng, C., Dunn, M. & McKay, F. (September, 2014). Health literacy and the Internet: A study on the readability of Australian online health information. Alice Springs: 22nd National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference & 18th Chronic Diseases Network Conference.

Incerti, L., Dunn, M. & Henderson-Wilson, C. (November, 2013). Does a person’s problematic substance use impact upon their sibling relationships? Brisbane: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD).
Note: Was awarded the Early Career Poster Prize for the conference

Dunn, M., Bruno, R. & Roxburgh, A. (November 2013). Understanding emerging psychoactive substance use in Australia. Brisbane: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD).

McKay, F. & Dunn, M. (November 2013). Evaluating a school- based drug and alcohol program: The WARP experience. Brisbane: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD).

Dunn, M., Cooper, A. & Farrell, M. (November 2013). Performance and image enhancing drug users: The forgotten injectors?  Brisbane: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD).

Dunn, M., McKay, F. & McKenzie, H. (September 2013). Education where you are – literally. Using technology to blur located and cloud learning. Melbourne: Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia Teaching and Learning Forum.

Dunn, M., McKay, F.H. & Iversen, J. (September 2013). Do steroid users pose unique challenges for needle and syringe program (NSP) staff? Melbourne: Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA).

Media appearances

Dr Dunn has made numerous media appearances, including print, radio, and television. His most recent television appearance was on the Channel 10 program The Project, discussing steroid use among teenage boys.

Awards

Matthew Dunn, Fiona McKay, Amy Cooper, Sarah Slykerman, Elizabeth Sheehan & Erin Hoare (2014). Deakin University School of Health and Social Development Award for Excellence in Teaching for HSH111 Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion.

Matthew Dunn. (2013). Deakin University School of Health and Social Development Special Commendation for Excellence in Research.

Matthew Dunn, Fiona McKay, Amy Cooper, Erin Hill & Elizabeth Sheehan (2013). Deakin University School of Health and Social Development Special Commendation for Excellence in Teaching for HSH111 Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion.

Fiona McKay, Berni Murphy, Andrea Neale, Patricia Ritchie & Matthew Dunn. (2013). Deakin University School of Health and Social Development Special Commendation for Excellence in Teaching for HSH212 Professional Practice 2.

Teresa Capetola, Rebecca Stockdale, Trish Ritchie, Diane Kelly, Matthew Dunn & Norma Barrett. 2012 Deakin University School of Health and Social Development Special Commendation for Excellence in Teaching for HSH302 Politics, Policy and Health.

Matthew Dunn. 2010 University of New South Wales Faculty of Medicine Dean's Rising Star Award - Significant Contributions to Research

Matthew Dunn. 2009. Highly Commended for Ian Webster Research Achievement Award. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW.

Projects

Dr Dunn regularly peer-reviews submitted to national and international journals. He has provided comment on a range of issues related to illicit drug use and performance and image enhancing drug use to the print, radio and television media. He has provided consultancy and training on substance use to a range of government and non-government agencies, including the NSW Department of Education, the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON), Swimming Australia, Prince of Wales Hospital, and the National Rugby League. Dr Dunn has helped coordinate a range of alcohol and illicit drug awareness seminars for Swimming Australia.

Publications

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2016

Co-ingestion of energy drinks with alcohol and other substances among a sample of people who regularly use ecstasy

Ms Amy Peacock, Natasha Sindicich, Dr Matthew Dunn, Elizabeth Whittaker, Gavin Entwistle, Lucinda Burns, Raimondo Bruno

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 352-358, Drug and alcohol review, London, Eng., C1

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Do performance and image enhancing drug users in regional Queensland experience difficulty accessing health services?

Dr Matthew Dunn, Richard Henshaw, Dr Fiona Mckay

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 377-382, Drug and alcohol review, London, Eng., C1

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The role of food banks in addressing food insecurity: a systematic review

C Bazerghi, Dr Fiona Mckay, Dr Matthew Dunn

(2016), Vol. 41, pp. 732-740, Journal of community health, Berlin, Germany, C1

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2015

Challenges in the family: problematic substance use and sibling relationships

Miss Lisa Incerti, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson, Dr Matthew Dunn

(2015), Vol. 96, pp. 29-38, Family matters, Melbourne, Australia, C1

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Student reflections in a first year public health and health promotion unit

Dr Fiona Mckay, Dr Matthew Dunn

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 242-253, Reflective practice : international and multidisciplinary perspectives, London, Eng., C1

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Food security among asylum seekers in Melbourne

Dr Fiona Mckay, Dr Matthew Dunn

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 344-349, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, London, Eng, C1

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Health literacy and the Internet: a study on the readability of Australian online health information

Ms Christina Cheng, Dr Matthew Dunn

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 309-314, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, North Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Evaluating a school-based alcohol program: the WARP experience

Dr Fiona Mckay, Dr Matthew Dunn

(2015), Vol. 53, pp. 216-226, International journal of health promotion and education, Oxford, Eng., C1

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2014

Steroid users and the unique challenge they pose to needle and syringe program workers

Dr Matthew Dunn, Dr Fiona Mckay, Jenny Iversen

(2014), Vol. 33, pp. 71-77, Drug and alcohol review, Chichester, England, C1

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Benzodiazepine presentations at an Australian regional hospital emergency department

Stephanie Fidelis, Dr Matthew Dunn, Prof Peter Miller

(2014), Vol. 33, pp. 26-27, Drug & Alcohol Review, Chichester, England, C1-1

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The importance of understanding motives for prescription substance use and misuse in sport

Dr Matthew Dunn

(2014), Vol. 3, pp. 102-104, Performance enhancement and health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2013

Patterns of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use and related harm in city, regional and remote areas of Australia

Amanda Roxburgh, Prof Peter Miller, Dr Matthew Dunn

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 488-491, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Substance use to enhance academic performance among Australian university students

Jason Mazanov, Dr Matthew Dunn, James Connor, Mei-Lee Fielding

(2013), Vol. 2, pp. 110-118, Performance enhancement and health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2012

Elite athletes’ estimates of the prevalence of illicit drug use : evidence for the false consensus effect

Dr Matthew Dunn, Johanna O. Thomas, Dr Wendy Swift, Lucinda Burns

(2012), Vol. 31, pp. 27-32, Drug and alcohol review, Oxford, England, C1-1

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A risk profile of elite Australian athletes who use illicit drugs

Dr Matthew Dunn, Johanna O. Thomas

(2012), Vol. 37, pp. 144-147, Addictive behaviors, Oxford, England, C1

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Pills and pints : risky drinking and alcohol-related harms among regular ecstasy users in Australia

Stuart Kinner, Jessica George, Jennifer Johnston, Dr Matthew Dunn, Prof Louisa Degenhardt

(2012), Vol. 31, pp. 273-280, Drug and alcohol review, West Sussex, England, C1

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Emerging psychoactive substance use among regular ecstasy users in Australia

Raimondo Bruno, Allison J. Matthews, Dr Matthew Dunn, Rosa Alati, Fairlie Mcilwraith, Sophie Hickey, Lucy Burns, Natasha Sindicich

(2012), Vol. 124, pp. 19-25, Drug and alcohol dependence, County Clare, Ireland, C1

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2011

Staff perspectives of drug use issues among sex-on-premises attendees

Dr Matthew Dunn

(2011), Vol. 18, pp. 140-144, Drugs : education, prevention and policy, London, U. K., C1-1

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Effectiveness of and challenges faced by surveillance systems

Dr Matthew Dunn, Raimondo Bruno, Lucinda Burns, Amanda Roxburgh

(2011), Vol. 3, pp. 635-641, Drug testing and analysis, West Sussex, U. K., C1-1

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Recreational substance use among elite Australian athletes

Dr Matthew Dunn, Johanna O. Thomas, Dr Wendy Swift, Lucinda Burns

(2011), Vol. 30, pp. 63-68, Drug and alcohol review, Oxford, U. K., C1-1

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The epidemiology of anabolic-androgenic steroid use among Australian secondary school students

Dr Matthew Dunn, A/Prof Victoria White

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 10-14, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Chatswood, N. S. W., C1-1

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Illicit drug knowledge and information-seeking behaviours among elite athletes

Johanna O. Thomas, Dr Matthew Dunn, Dr Wendy Swift, Lucinda Burns

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 278-282, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Chatswood, N. S. W., C1-1

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2010

Drug testing in sport : The attitudes and experiences of elite athletes

Dr Matthew Dunn, Johanna O. Thomas, Dr Wendy Swift, Lucinda Burns, Prof Richard Mattick

(2010), Vol. 21, pp. 330-332, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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The non-medical use of steroids in Australia: results from a general population survey

Dr Matthew Dunn

(2010), Vol. 34, pp. 531-532, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

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Contextualising psychological distress among regular ecstasy users : the importance of sociodemographic factors and patterns of drug use

Jessica George, Stuart Kinner, Raimondo Bruno, Prof Louisa Degenhardt, Dr Matthew Dunn

(2010), Vol. 29, pp. 243-249, Drug and alcohol review, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Elite athletes' perceptions of the effects of illicit drugs use on athletic performance

Johanna O. Thomas, Dr Matthew Dunn, Dr Wendy Swift, Lucinda Burns

(2010), Vol. 20, pp. 189-192, Clinical journal of sport medicine, New York, N.Y., C1-1

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Sexual and injecting risk behaviours among regular ecstasy users

Dr Matthew Dunn, Carolyn Day, Raimondo Bruno, Prof Louisa Degenhardt, Gabrielle Campbell

(2010), Vol. 35, pp. 157-160, Addictive behaviors, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Transition to and from injecting drug use among regular ecstasy users

Dr Matthew Dunn, Prof Louisa Degenhardt, Raimondo Bruno

(2010), Vol. 35, pp. 909-912, Addictive behaviors, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Comparing probability and non-probability sampling methods in ecstasy research : implications for the internet as a research tool

Prof Peter Miller, Jennifer Johnston, Dr Matthew Dunn, Craig Fry, Prof Louisa Degenhardt

(2010), Vol. 45, pp. 437-450, Substance use and misuse, New York, N.Y., C1

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2009

Predicting future anabolic-androgenic steroid use intentions with current substance use : findings from an internet-based survey.

Dr Matthew Dunn, Jason Mazanov, Gomathi Sitharthan

(2009), Vol. 19, pp. 222-227, Clinical journal of sports medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

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The substance use profiles of a sample of obligatory and non-obligatory exercisers

Dr Matthew Dunn

(2009), Vol. 33, pp. 495-495, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

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The use of drug detection dogs in Sydney, Australia

Dr Matthew Dunn, Prof Louisa Degenhardt

(2009), Vol. 28, pp. 658-662, Drug and alcohol review, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Factors associated with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs among an Australian sample of regular ecstasy users

Allison J. Matthews, Raimondo Bruno, Jennifer Johnston, Emma Black, Prof Louisa Degenhardt, Dr Matthew Dunn

(2009), Vol. 100, pp. 24-31, Drug and alcohol dependence, Shannon, Ireland, C1-1

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GHB in Sydney, Australia, 2000–2006 : a case study of the EDRS as a strategic early warning system

Dr Matthew Dunn, Libby Topp, Prof Louisa Degenhardt

(2009), Vol. 20, pp. 413-417, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Can the Severity of Dependence Scale be usefully applied for 'ecstasy'?

Raimondo Bruno, Allison J. Matthews, Libby Topp, Prof Louisa Degenhardt, Rapson Gomez, Dr Matthew Dunn

(2009), Vol. 60, pp. 137-147, Neuropsychobiology, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

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The epidemiology of ecstasy use and harms in New South Wales, Australia

Prof Louisa Degenhardt, Amanda Roxburgh, Dr Matthew Dunn, Gabrielle Campbell, Raimondo Bruno, Stuart Kinner, Jessica George, Brendan Quinn, Nancy White, Libby Topp

(2009), Vol. 60, pp. 176-187, Neuropsychobiology, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

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2006

A survey of regular ecstasy users’ knowledge and practices around determining pill content and purity : implications for policy and practice

Jennifer Johnston, Monica J. Barratt, Craig Fry, Stuart Kinner, Dr Mark Stoove, Prof Louisa Degenhardt, Jessica George, Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, Dr Matthew Dunn, Raimondo Bruno

(2006), Vol. 17, pp. 464-472, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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