Dr Jane Fischer

Research Fellow

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Mark Oliphant Building (4.10)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Jane Fischer has held academic and government appointments in public health, primarily in alcohol & other drugs related positions, for over 15 years in Brisbane (Queensland) and Adelaide (South Australia).

Jane currently holds dual positions at Flinders University. Since 2012 she has held an appointment with the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), College of Medicine and Public Health, as a Research Fellow. Since 2016 Jane has also held appointments with the College of Psychology, Education and Social Work in teaching/topic coordination and more recently as a Research Fellow

Prior to her Flinders University appointments, Jane was Program Manager, Centre of Alcohol and Drug Studies (CDAS), Queensland Health. At CDAS she was responsible for managing and conducting state-wide AOD-related translational research and evaluation projects influencing service and client health-care outcomes.

Earlier in her career Jane was a Research Officer at the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC), The University of Queensland. At QADREC Jane was primarily responsible for coordinating and managing the Queensland component of the Illicit Drug Reporting System and the Ecstasy and Related Drugs System.


2015 Doctorate of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

  • Thesis: Beyond Pleasure: a study into the quality of life of drug users

2006 Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Brisbane, Queensland

1996 Master of Social Planning and Development, The University of Queensland

  • Thesis: The Politicisation of Cannabis in Queensland

1992 Bachelor of Arts (Double Major: Cultural anthropology; Major: Government), The University of Queensland

Teaching interests
  • Social work undergraduate and postgraduate education and training in alcohol and other drug and quality of life.
  • Online learning
  • Workforce Development
Topic coordinator
SOAD3016 Understanding Addictions
SOAD8011 Understanding Addictions
Topic lecturer
SOAD3016 Understanding Addictions
SOAD8011 Understanding Addictions
Supervisory interests
Alcohol and other drugs
Quality of life
Vulnerable groups
Workforce development and workplace learning
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Workforce development (1)