2014 Winner of the Clinician Award for The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD Awards) for Excellence in Science Research and Practice,
Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop is a rare example of an individual with both medical and academic (doctorate) degrees. He has been instrumental in Australian drug policy for over two decades, holding leadership roles in both clinical and professional roles. Some highlights of his career, particularly pertinent for this award include:
- Chief Addiction Medicine Specialist, Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office (MHDAO), NSW Ministry of Health (holding responsibility for AoD policy at the state level)
- Receiving the 2010 Clinical Leader of the Year award for the HNE District Staff Achievement Awards for medical leadership, and commitment to patients from disadvantaged groups and for supporting his service to maximise a ‘client-centred’ focus
- Development of national clinical guidelines for opioid dependence and in particular multiple guidelines relating to the use of pharmacotherapies during pregnancy
- Receipt of a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to conduct research internationally in relation to addiction and pregnancy treatments
- Leadership roles in APSAD, and the Australian Chapter of Addiction Medicine
He has provided inspirational leadership to a generation of clinicians, clinical staff and researchers and contributed significantly to the wellbeing of countless numbers of individuals affected by substance use.