Dr Lucy Burns is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer at NDARC. Her primary role is to evaluate various aspects of drug use in pregnancy. Lucy is employed on an NH&MRC capacity building in research grant that aims to synthesize currently available data and information to inform policy and practice in the area of drugs in pregnancy. The initial focus of this project is to link large scale data sets including the Inpatients Statistics Collection, the Midwives Data Collection and the Methadone Data Collection to examine maternal and neonatal outcomes for pregnant heroin dependent women. Lucy's PhD examined the epidemiology of comorbidity between alcohol use disorders, anxiety and depression in Australia and the impact of this type of comorbidity on treatment outcomes. Prior to joining NDARC, Lucy worked in a range of public health areas including drug and alcohol, nursing, criminology and public health. Some of Lucy's research interests include public health, epidemiology of drug and alcohol disorders, drugs in pregnancy, drug and alcohol treatment, and health policy.
Biography Updated on 31 March 2010