Behaviours and Health Risks

Focuses on the promotion of improved health and wellbeing by reducing harms related to risky behaviours.

Alcohol consumption among young people is a major focus of this program, as are injecting drug use, methamphetamine use, and sexual and reproductive health.

Through the Behaviours and Health Risks program Burnet is committing to making a major contribution:

  • To promote improved health and wellbeing by reducing harms related to alcohol and other drugs and sexual and mental health
  • To reducing risky behaviours related to alcohol consumption, with a particular focus on young people
  • To reducing risky behaviours related to drug use, with a focus on injecting drug use and methamphetamine use
  • To reducing risky behaviours related to sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on young people and key populations
  • To reducing risky behaviours related to emerging behavioural issues arising from work in other programs
  • To increase the capacity of health professionals, researchers, policy makers and the general community through education and training to achieve a reduction in harms related to alcohol and drugs in Australia and globally.

Contact Details

Professor Paul Dietze

Program Director, Behaviours and Health Risks





  • ACCESS: The Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance of Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • Breaking the cycle: supporting people with drug use histories to avoid reincarceration

  • Coping with COVID-19: Young people’s health and wellbeing in Australia

  • COVID-19 Quarantine Study

  • CREIDU: Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use

  • EDRS: Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System

  • Engaging men to improve family health and prevent gender-based violence

  • Evaluation of the Multicultural Drug and Alcohol Service

  • EVE-M

  • Exploring alcohol and other drug use among migrant communities in Victoria

  • Feasibility study for a potential medically supervised injecting centre/drug consumption service for the ACT

  • HCV Elimination Modelling

  • Hepatitis C brief reports

  • IDRS: Illicit Drug Reporting System

  • Integrated Multi-Sectoral Approach (IMSA) To Improve The Sexual And Reproductive Health Of Adolescents In Magway, Myanmar

  • Mucosal injury from sexual contact (MISC)

  • Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Snapshot Study

  • New media and technology in health promotion practice

  • Pornography and Young People

  • Project Geldom

  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock'n'Roll (Big Day Out Study)

  • SHARP: Sexual Health And Risk Prevention Study

  • SimDrink: Using simulation modelling to perform alcohol policy experiments

  • SRH survey of Chinese-speaking international students

  • SuperMIX: The Melbourne Injecting Drug User Cohort Study

  • The Optimise Study: Optimising Isolation, Quarantine and Distancing for COVID-19

  • TRYP: Transitions and Risk in Young People project

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