Michael Curtis

PhD Student and Research Assistant


Michael completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at Monash University in 2011 and worked in adult intensive case management, homelessness, and youth out-of-home care. Michael joined Burnet Institute as a research assistant in 2014, working primarily on alcohol and other drug and justice-related cohort studies.

Michael commenced as a PhD Student in the Justice Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs groups in 2019 under the supervision of Professors Mark Stoové and Paul Dietze. His research is investigating how the use of opioid substitution therapy during incarceration and post-release influences substance use, health and mortality outcomes among people who inject drugs.


  • 2012: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work (Hon) – Monash University, Victoria, Australia


  • 2019: Monash Addiction Research Centre PhD top-up scholarship
  • 2012: Peter Boss Prize – Highest final year aggregate mark for Bachelor of Social Work (Hon) program

Projects (10)

Current (7)

  • Blood-borne virus and STI self-testing❗Student Projects Available

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

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

  • IDRS: Illicit Drug Reporting System

  • Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Snapshot Study

  • Sexual health and STIs among people who use drugs❗Student Projects Available

  • SuperMIX: The Melbourne Injecting Drug User Cohort Study

Past (1)

  • PATH Cohort Study

Publications (21)

2023 (2)

2022 (8)

2021 (5)

2019 (2)

2018 (3)

2016 (1)

News Articles (2)

2021 (1)

2018 (1)