I am the project manager for WOW, the Way Out West project about consumer experiences of service integration and referrals, which was commissioned by the Queensland Mental Health Commission. My background includes freelance editing, coordinating research projects about illicit drug use, managing service-delivery programs in a range of health areas, providing professional development for general practitioners, and lecturing and tutoring on health-related subjects. 

Research Interests:

  • Optimising mental health
  • Knowledge translation
  • Publications

    Betts, K. S., Chan, G., McIlwraith, F., Dietze, P., Whittaker, E., Burns, L.& Alati, R. (2016). Differences in polysubstance use patterns and drug-related outcomes between people who inject drugs receiving and not receiving opioid substitution therapies. Addiction, 111, 7: 121-1223.

    Betts, K. S., McIlwraith, F., Dietze, P., Whittaker, E., Burns, L., Cogger, S. & Alati, R. (2015). Can differences in the type, nature or amount of polysubstance use explain the increased risk of non-fatal overdose amony psychologically distressed people who inject drugs? Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 154: 76-84.

    Mcilwraith, F., Betts, K. S., Jenkinson, R., Hickey, S., Burns, L. & Alati, R. (2014). Is low BMI associated with specific drug use among injecting drug users? Substance Use and Misuse, 49, 4: 374-382.

    Horyniak, D., Dietze, P., Degenhardt, L., Higgs, P., McIlwraith, F., Alati, R., Bruno, R., Lenton, S. & Burns, L. (2013). The relationship between age and risky injecting behaviours among a sample of Australian people who inject drugs. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132, 3: 541-546.

    Hickey, S., McIlwraith, F., Bruno, R., Matthews, A. & Alati, R. (2012). Drug detection dogs in Australia: more bark than bite? Drug and Alcohol Review, 31, 6: 778-783.

    Bruno, R., Matthews, A. J., Dunn, M., Alati, R., McIlwraith, F., Hickey, S., Burns, L. & Sindicich, N. (2012). Emerging psychoactive substance use among regular ecstasy users in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 124, 1-2: 19-25.

    McIlwraith, F., Kinner, S. A. & Najman, J.M. (2011). AOD treatment agencies: does religious affiliation influence service delivery? Drug and Alcohol Review, 30, 6: 664-670

Staff Details


Project Manager

  • BA
  • M SocSc
  • PhD