- Public Health Law, Research and Policy
- 2016 to present - Professorial Research Fellow, Cairns Institute (Cairns)
- 2016 to 2017 - Chair, NHMRC Career Development Award Panel (Cairns)
- 2010 to 2016 - Research Fellow, The Cairns Institute (Cairns Qld)
- 2006 to 2016 - Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services, James Cook University (Cairns Qld)
- 2015 - Member, NHMRC Career Development Award Panel (Cairns)
- 2011 to 2014 - Associate Professor, Sansom Institute, Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia (Honorary) (South Australia)
- 2012 to 2013 - Chair - Early Career Fellowship Review Panel, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
- 2011 to 2013 - Chair - Early Career Fellowship Review Panel, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
- 2012 - Member - Grant Review Panel 6A - Project Grants, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
- 2012 - Invited participant - Alcohol Data Workshop, NHMRC Prevention and Community Health Committee
- 2012 - Program Grants Review Panel - Additional Expert, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
- 2012 - Member, Health Research Council of New Zeland, Public Health Science Assessing Committee
- 2007 to 2010 - Principal Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research (Honorary)
- 2006 to 2009 - Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney (Honorary) (Sydney NSW)
- 2005 to 2008 - National Healht and Medical Research Council - Postdoctoral Fellow, James Cook University
- 2007 - Member - Grant Review Panel - NHMRC_GRP5A, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
- 2005 to 2007 - Senior Lecturer, School of Population, University of Queensland (Honorary) (Queensland)
- Research Disciplines
Professor Alan Clough is an Epidemiologist with a track record over the last two decades in designing, implementing and evaluating community-based interventions to reduce the disastrous effects of substance misuse in remote Indigenous communities, primarily in tropical northern Australia. Research in remote community populations is widely recognised as being amongst the most difficult. Alan has a strong track record of doing research which translates into policy and regulation.
In an unusual career path, he has worked at the community level managing alcohol issues in restricted areas in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. In his public health practice he 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 researcher's perspective on the regulatory environment.
Alan is principally recognised in Australia and internationally for his work in the difficult and often neglected area of substance misuse in remote community populations. As well as a rapidly-expanding research career, his CV describes a background in applied community development and advocacy including at the Local Government level. This experience underpins his long commitment to making positive changes at the population level. Much of his research and practice is intervention research. It has led to positive change in situations where substance misuse has been highly problematic, e.g. reducing cannabis use, reducing petrol sniffing, kava abuse, managing alcohol and investigating ways to reduce the harms from alcohol abuse, smoking cannabis and tobacco in rural and remote populations. In public health generally there is a dearth of intervention research which seeks to document change in populations and which fosters change while the research is occurring.
- 2011 - Finalist, Queensland Reconciliation Awards, Queensland Police Service and James Cook University for ‘Weed-it-Out’ project.
- 2011 - Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award, Partnered Project, Queensland Police Service ‘Weed-it-Out’ and James Cook University ‘Cape York Cannabis Project’. 2011
- 2010 - Research Fellow - Cairns Insitute - James Cook University
- 2013 to 2016 - Career Development Award Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council
- 2006 to 2008 - Early Career Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.
- Journal Articles
- Clough A, Margolis S, Miller A, Shakeshaft A, Doran C, McDermott R, Sanson-Fisher R, Ypinazar V, Martin D, Robertson J, Fitts M, Bird K, Honorato B, Towle S and West C (2017) Alcohol management plans in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australian communities in Queensland: community residents have experienced favourable impacts but also suffered unfavourable ones. BMC Public Health, 17 (55). pp. 1-14
- Robertson J, Fitts M and Clough A (2017) Unintended impacts of alcohol restrictions on alcohol and other drug use in Indigenous communities in Queensland (Australia). International Journal of Drug Policy, 41. pp. 34-40
- Bird K, Fitts M and Clough A (2016) Alcohol management plans in Indigenous communities in Queensland (Australia) may have unintended implications for the care of children. Health & Justice, 4 (8). pp. 1-7
- Clough A, Margolis S, Miller A, Shakeshaft A, Doran C, McDermott R, Sanson-Fisher R, Towle S, Martin D, Ypinazar V, Robertson J, Fitts M, Bird K, Honorato B and West C (2016) Alcohol control policies in Indigenous communities: a qualitative study of the perceptions of their effectiveness among service providers, stakeholders and community leaders in Queensland (Australia). International Journal of Drug Policy, 36. pp. 67-75
- Fitts M, Palk G, Lennon A and Clough A (in press) The characteristics of young Indigenous drink drivers in Queensland, Australia. Traffic Injury Prevention,
- Gould G, Stevenson L, Cadet-James Y and Clough A (in press) Cultural challenges when developing anti-tobacco messages for Indigenous Australians. Health Promotion International,
- Gould G, Watt K, West R, Cadet-James Y and Clough A (2016) Can smoking initiation contexts predict how adult Aboriginal smokers assess their smoking risks? A cross-sectional study using the 'Smoking Risk Assessment Target'. BMJ Open, 6 (7).
- Gould G, Cadet-James Y and Clough A (2016) Getting over the shock: taking action on Indigenous maternal smoking. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 22 (4). pp. 276-282
- Honorato B, Caltabiano N and Clough A (2016) From trauma to incarceration: exploring the trajectory in a qualitative study in male prison inmates from north Queensland, Australia. Health & Justice, 4 (3). pp. 1-10
- Stevens B, Watt K, Brimbecombe J, Clough A, Judd J and Lindsay D (2016) The role of seasonality on the diet and household food security of pregnant women living in rural Bangladesh: a cross-sectional study. Public Health Nutrition, 20 (1). pp. 121-129
- Stevens B, Clough A, Brimbecombe J, Watt K and Judd J (2016) The use of a modified version of Photovoice to identify maternal dietary consumption enablers and barriers in northern Bangladesh. International Journal of Food, Nutrition and Public Health, 8 (1). pp. 1-19
- Usher K, Woods C, Lynch P, Pointing S, Budden L, Barker R, Catchpoole J and Clough A (in press) Is population flow an unintended consequence of alcohol management plans? Journal of Clinical Nursing, pp. 1-10
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 124+ research outputs authored by Prof Alan Clough from 1995 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Australian Research Council - Linkage - Projects
An assessment of late night alcohol restrictions in Queensland
- Indicative Funding
- $56,740 over 4 years (administered by Deakin University), in partnership with Australian Rechabite Foundation ($40,000 over 4 yrs)
- Alcohol-related harm is a major social order issue which requires evidence-based policy. This project capitalises on a unique window of policy adoption within Queensland to investigate the introduction of 2am cease of alcohol service for licensed venues across the entire state, assessing its impact, identifying modifiable elements and developing policy advice. Using the most sophisticated models to date, including outlet density, enforement, demographic variables and other variables, we build on our team's extensive work to build unique datasets including archival data, foot-traffic counting, key stakeholder and patron interviews to evaluate impact and identify poolicy lessons for other jurisdictions in Australia and internatioally.
- Peter Miller, Kerri Coomber, Alan Clough, Jason Ferris, Tanya Chikritzhs, Kypros Kypri, Belinda Lloyd, Michael Livingstone and Jake Najman in collaboration with Michael Thorn, Meredythe Crane, Brian O'Neill and Sharon Matthews (Deakin University, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education, The University of Queensland, Curtin University of Technology, The University of Newcastle, Monash University, La Trobe University, Lives Lived Well Ltd and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre)
- Alcohol; alcohol restrictions
Heart Foundation - Vanguard
The 'Top End' Smoke-free Spaces Project
- Indicative Funding
- $65,900 over 2 years
- This feasibility study of an intervention t reduce SHSe in homes will be conducted in one Arnhem Land community in the Northern Territory. To achieve its two objectives will require six months from project initiation. The study will use both qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Alan Clough and Jan Robertson in collaboration with Vince Mithen and Joy Bhulkanawuy Dhamarrandji (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Aboriginal Resource and Development Sevices)
- Intervention Evaluation; Environmental tobacco smoke; Remote Indigenous communities
Health and Family Planning Bureau of Foshan City, China - Grant
Mental Health Among Medical Professionals in Foshan City, China
- Indicative Funding
- $11,000 (administered by Australia China Culture & Education Exchange Centre)
- This project aims to investigate mental health among medical professionals in Foshan City, China. The mental health of physicians is now recognised as a serious issue in China after a number of high profile incidences in which doctors have been attacked by patients. Of course, being a high stress occupation, mental health issues caused by professional stress and burnout have always been present among medical professionals. This study seeks to use a mix-methods approach to explore such issues.
- Wendy Li, Alan Clough, Edward Helmes, Beryl Buckby, G Xie, Xinyi Huang and Peng Li in collaboration with K Jackson (College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, The Third Peoples Hospital of Foshan City, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University and Guangzhou University)
- Mental Health; Anxiety; Stress; Depression; Job Satisfaction; China; Medical Professionals
NHMRC - Project Grant
The transition from hospital to home: A longitudinal study of Indigenous traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Indicative Funding
- $857,768 over 3 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians suffer much higher rates of head injury than the mainstream Australian population. Despite this, there have been no systematic studies of traumatic brain injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in northern Australia, this longitudinal study will document the occurrence, predictors and outcomes of key sentinel events that occur during the six month transition period from hospital to home following traumatic brain injury. The study will focus on the Northern Territory's Top End, and north Queensland. Over three years, approximately 200 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians with traumatic brain injury will be recruited, with assessments of health, wellbeing and key sentinel events made at three time points in the 6 months following injury. This study will provide the first evidence regarding the key events influencing outcomes following traumatic brain injury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and will provide evidence regarding what supports are needed during this time.
- India Bohanna, John Gilroy, Alan Clough, Jennifer Fleming, Paul Maruff and A Esterman (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of Melbourne and University of South Australia)
- Traumatic Brain Injury; Rehabilitation; Indigenous Health
NHMRC - Project Grant
Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs) in Remote Indigenous Communities: Their Impacts on Injury, Violence, Health and Social Indicators and Their Cost-Effectiveness In Cape York, Far North
- Indicative Funding
- $626,395 over 3 years
- The study will describe long-term impacts on important health, economic and social outcomes of complex interventions restricting the supply of alcohol in the Cape York region of far north Queensland. The study will assess impacts of past policy shifts, program changes and local responses to the Queensland Government's Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs) implemented from 2002-03. It will provide an evaluation framework and evidence base to inform communities and governments if future policy and program adjustments are proposed in these and similar Indigenous communities elsewhere in Australia.
- Alan Clough in collaboration with Stephen Margolis, Reinhold Muller, Christopher Doran, Adrian Miller and Anthony Shakeshaft (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, The University of Queensland, Southern Cross University and The University of New South Wales)
- Alcohol; Alcohol Management Plans; Aboriginal & Torres Strait Is People; Social Indicators; Evaluation
NHMRC - Career Development Fellowship
Reducing harms from substance misuse in remote indigenous communities requires interventions delivered as promised with measurable impacts?
- Indicative Funding
- $439,920 over 4 years
- The aims of the CDF scheme will allow me to achieve my objectives in that i) I am a mid-career researcher becoming independent and self-directed, ii) my research builds on Australia?s public health research capacity, iii) my work program focuses on building and disseminating evidence for health policies that is iv) directly translated into practice and which v) engages with key components of the substance misuse prevention and treatment sector.
- Alan Clough (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
- Substance Abuse; Prevention; Mental Health; Methodology; community intervention; Social Determinants of Health; addiction prevention; Injury Prevention
Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute - Centres of Research Excellence in Primary Health Care Research
Centre of Research Excellence Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- Indicative Funding
- $999,384 over 3 years (administered by University of South Australia)
- The research team will undertake collaborative research in rural and remote communities of SA and QLD which will contribute directly to the prevention of chronic disease at various stages along the care continuum. They will investigate community and health service based strategies such as obesity prevention, nutrition improvement to prevent the onset of chronic diseases such as diabetes, renal and cardio vascular disease in health adults and children. The collaboration brings together researchers and institutions around three research streams: 1. Nutrition and Physical Activity in chronic disease prevention: let by Professor Kerin O'Dea; 2. Mental Health and Substance Misuse in chronic disease prevention: Led by A/Professor Alan Clough; 3. Clinical Systems improvement in Primary Care: led by Professor Robyn McDermott.
- Robyn McDermott, Kathryn Panaretto, Alan Clough, Leonie Segal, Kerrin O'Dea and Kim Usher in collaboration with John Setchell, David Schrimgeour, Sabina Knight, Mark Wenitong, Ashim Sinha, Jane Giles and Katina D'Onise (Division of Tropical Health & Medicine, Queensland Aboriginal and Torrres Strait Islander Health Forum, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, University of South Australia, College of Healthcare Sciences, Royal Flying Doctors Service, Aboriginal Health Council, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Cairns & Hinterland Health Service District and SA Department of Health)
- chronic disease prevention; Nutrition; Primary health care; Health economics; Indigenous; Rural; remote
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.
- Reducing Assaults in the Cairns Night Time Economy Using Realist Evaluation: A Focus on Closed Circut Television (CCTV). (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Chronic Hepatitis B: Raising Awareness and Enabling Health-Protective Action in the North Queensland Among Community Focusing on GP Involvement and Antenatal Care (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Psychologists' Engagement with Clients Regarding Alcohol Use: Understanding the Role of Personal Consumption, Knowledge and Attitudes. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- The Role of Traditional Food and Lifestyle Interventions in Reducing Modifiable Chronic Disease Risk Factors in Australian Indigenous Communities. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- From hospital to home: understanding the lived experience of traumatic brain injury in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and the implications for transition support (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Evidence-to-Action to Reduce Impacts of Criminalisation in Communities with Alcohol Management Plans (AMPS): Effective Policies and Programs need Sound Evidence for Considered Decisions (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Exploring Protective Factors for Violent Offending and Incarceration of Indigenous Adults in Far North Queensland. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Implementing Large Scale, Community-Level Intervention Studies in Remote Indigenous Communities: A Realist Evaluation of the 'Cape York Cannabis Project'. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Patient Safety: Risk Management of Paramedic Initiated Non-Transport Cases. (Masters, Primary Advisor)
- Impact of a physical activity program on 'walking and moving about' for individuals with Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) living in the Top End of Australia (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Maternal Nutrition and Its Role in the Development of the Child in Bangladesh (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Improving the Prevention, Diagnosis and Management of Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease in Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander Populations (2015, PhD, Associate Advisor)
- The health worker smoking study: Indigenous health workers' personal use of tobacco and its impact on their ability to provide smoking cessation interventions (2015, Masters, Primary Advisor)
- A grounded theory of program transfer: how an Aboriginal empowerment initiative became "bigger than a program" (2013, PhD, Associate Advisor)
- Making salient messages for Indigenous tobacco control (2015, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Bouncers, brutes and brawn: are bouncers being discriminated against in news reports? a critical discourse analysis (2015, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
Note: Map points are indicative of the countries or states that institutions are associated with.
- 5+ collaborations
- 4 collaborations
- 3 collaborations
- 2 collaborations
- 1 collaboration
- Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)