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The Australian National University

Honorary Associate Professor Maggie Brady, Visiting Fellow

PhD,The Australian National University
MA, The Australian National University
BEd,University of South Australia

Maggie Brady is an experienced social anthropologist and has undertaken long-term fieldwork on health and land issues in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. She researched the diet and lifestyle of Aboriginal people for the Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia (1985). She has worked primarily on alcohol misuse and other substance abuse such as petrol sniffing since the late 1970s, written for both academic and community audiences, and provided advice to international agencies such as the World Health Organization and the Pan-American Health Organization. In 1998 Maggie published the first edition of a book of community development strategies for managing alcohol problems - The Grog Book - winning an Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing. A revised edition was published in 2005, as well as a South African version, Tackling Alcohol Problems. Maggie is a University Medal winner, receiving the JG Crawford Prize for her PhD thesis in 2000, which was subsequently published by the University of NSW Press.  Her interests include health and alcohol policies for indigenous peoples in Australia and internationally, the role of primary health care in alcohol interventions and Indigenous social enterprises and the liquor industry.

Recent Publications

Three of Dr Brady’s most popular resources have recently been reprinted by the Department of Health. They are:

The Grog Book. Strengthening Indigenous Community Action on Alcohol (reference AGi 42)
Giving Away the Grog. Aboriginal accounts of drinking and not drinking
(reference AGi 07)
Talking about alcohol with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. A Brief Intervention Flip Chart.  (Reference AGi 25).
All are available (free) from or Phone 1300 131 616

Failing to 'carry the people along', commentary in Drug and Alcohol Review, 2015.
DOI: 10.1111/dar.12298

'Alcohol fermentation among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Societies, (3rd ed), 2014.

'Lessons from history of beer canteens and licensed clubs in Indigenous Australian communities, CAEPR Discussion Paper no 290/2014, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University.

Book Review, Drinking Smoke: the tobacco syndemic in Oceania, by Mac Marshall for Oceania, 2014.

'Law reforming layers and Aboriginal social controls: The case of the Western Australian Aboriginal Communities Act', Australian Indigenous Law Review 17 (1): pp. 38-46, 2013.

'Drug substances introduced by the Macassans: the mystery of the tobacco pipe', M. Clarke and S.K. May (eds) Macassan History and Heritage. Journeys, Encounters and Influences, Canberra, ANU E-Press, pp 141-157, 2013.

Further publication details

Details are included in the attached publication list

Career Highlights

ARC QEII Fellow, CAEPR, Australian National University (2008 - 2014)

Fellow, CAEPR, Australian National University (2001- 2008).

Visiting Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Senior Project Officer, Human Rights Commission, Canberra (1985 -1986)

Anthropologist, Northern Land Council, Darwin (1983 - 1985)

Coordinator, Western Desert Project, School of Medicine, Flinders University of South Australia (1980 -1982)

Dr Maggie Brady
(02) 6125 4796

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