Quantifying the risk of harms from opioids using linked data

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Escalating opioid use/misuse and harms is a global health problem. There is limited population-level evidence about the drivers of long-term prescribed opioid use, dependence, overdose and other harms. The PhD candidate will contribute to a broader program of work (POPPY II) that addresses these gaps. POPPY II is a retrospective cohort of ~2 million people prescribed opioids in NSW, linked to health service utilisation (primary care, hospitalisations, emergency department presentations) and mortality. Using best-practice pharmacoepidemiological methods, the candidate will undertake a range of studies to quantify the risk of harm associated with prescription opioids to inform national and global responses.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

• Masters or Honours in public health, pharmaco/epidemiology, bio/statistics or a related field.
• Strong skills in quantitative analysis, with experience using linked administrative data highly regarded.
• Track record of publication of peer-reviewed scientific articles.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Supervisory team
Louisa
Degenhardt

Medicine
Other
Natasa
Gisev

Medicine
Other
Sallie
Pearson

Medicine
Other
l.degenhardt@unsw.edu.au