Dr Matthew Dunn

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Qualifications

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

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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.