associate professor debbie scott

Associate Professor Debbie Scott

Strategic Lead, National Addiction and Mental Health Surveillance Unit, Turning Point and Associate Professor, Monash University


Debbie is the Strategic Lead for the National Addiction and Mental Health Surveillance Unit at Turning Point. She is a public health researcher with a nursing background and applies that perspective to the use of data to inform the development of policy and prevention strategies. Her research focuses on surveillance methodologies and the use of surveillance data to improve the understanding of the role of alcohol and other drugs in intentional injury, (for example - family violence, child maltreatment and suicide and self-harm) thereby reducing harms associated with their intersections. Debbie has collaborated with The World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) on data quality issues and surveillance methodologies. Debbie is a member of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) Executive.

Research interests

  • Surveillance methodologies and data quality
  • Alcohol and drug related harms
  • Intentional injury (family violence, child maltreatment and suicide/self-harm)
  • The role of alcohol and drug in family violence and child maltreatment

Contact details

You can contact Debbie at [email protected]

More information

You can follow Debbie’s research at Monash University or via Researchgate