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Dr Adrian Farrugia Research Fellow, Aust Res Ctr Sex Hlth&Soc

Adrian is a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. Adrian’s research focuses on understandings of addiction and health, young people’s drug consumption, drug education and other health interventions. Adrian’s current research is on the impediments to the uptake of take-home naloxone in Australia. This qualitative project collects the stories of people who consume opioids and health professionals to understand the meanings of take-home naloxone and shed light on impediments to scale-up.

Adrian’s current research on take-home naloxone continues his focus on health promotion developed during his PhD research which analysed how young people, their drug consumption and their social lives are constituted in Australian classroom drug education and social marketing. Adrian has published on young men’s drug consumption and friendship, young men’s understandings of health promotion information, gender and drug education, neuroscientific accounts of youth and addiction and, most recently, take-home naloxone.

Funded research

• Seear, Fraser, valentine, Farrugia, Edwards, Jeffcote. Addressing hepatitis C-related legal, policy and practice discrimination in a post-cure world: $560,286.
• Fraser, Farrugia, Moore, Edwards. South West Sydney Drug Health Services grant. Assertive youth outreach in SWSLHD: Program and participant aims, priorities and outcomes, 2018-19: $50,000
• Fraser, Farrugia, Edwards and Hocking. South West Sydney Drug Health Services grant. Lived experiences of stigma and discrimination among SWSLHD drug health service users: a qualitative study, 2018: $50,000


Adrian welcomes supervision opportunities in the sociology of alcohol and other drug consumption, youth drug consumption, drug education and health promotion, masculinity and gender and social approaches to health and illness more broadly. His theoretical interests include post-structural and post-human approaches to subjectivity, materiality and the body. Adrian has particular interest in the use of Deleuze and Guattari, Latour and Actor Network Theory and Science and Technology Studies (STS) in qualitative research.