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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 opioid overdose and take-home naloxone, experiences of hepatitis C treatment, and young people’s drug consumption and drug education. Adrian’s research on the impediments to the uptake of take-home naloxone in Australia led to the development of Overdoselifesavers.org, Australia’s first dedicated website presenting personal stories of opioid overdose and the use of take-home naloxone to save lives.

Adrian is currently researching the uptake and experiences of hepatitis C treatment in Australia. This qualitative project collects the stories of people affected by hepatitis C to understand the meanings of treatment and identify impediments to uptake in an era focussed on elimination.

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, experiences of stigma in health and 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 and Science and Technology Studies (STS) or ‘new materialisms’ in qualitative research.