A/PROF Craig Fry

A/PROF Craig Fry


  • Illicit drug use epidemiology and surveillance, methods development for public health research and prevention initiatives, and applied health ethics. (Public health, Applied ethics, Research methods, Substance use)



  • A/Prof Fry is an NHMRC Public Health Fellow at the Centre for Children’s Bioethics (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) and Principal Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (University of Melbourne). Craig has an academic and practice background in psychology, public health and applied ethics and has worked in a variety of settings including community/NGOs, university, prison, and policy. He is a co-Editor of Health Promotion Journal of Australia , and Editorial Board member, International Journal of Drug Policy and Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics .

    Craig’s expertise spans questionnaire and survey design, health research interview, public health methods development, applied ethics and empirical bioethics. He publishes widely and supervises students across these areas.

    Supervision topics :
    • Ethical challenges in research on illicit and stigmatised behaviour and vulnerable groups
    • Public health ethics
    • Addiction and moral identity
    • Ethical and policy implications of E-health methods in public health research and practice
    • Drug policy ethics
    • Illicit drug epidemiology and surveillance 

    Key publications :
    • Fry C, Fox S, Rumbold G (1999). Establishing safe injecting rooms in Australia: Attitudes of injecting drug users. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health , 23: 501-04.
    • Fry C, Dwyer R (2001). For love or money? An exploratory study of why injecting drug users participate in research. Addiction , 96: 1319-25.
    • Fry CL, Lintzeris N (2003) Psychometric properties of the Blood-Borne Virus Transmission Risk Assessment Questionnaire. Addiction, 98: 171-78.
    • Fry CL, Hall W (2004). Ethical challenges in drug epidemiology: Issues, principles and guidelines .   


Member of

  • Neuroethics Society. Member and Convenor (Addiction Neuroethics Working Group) 2008 -
  • Australian Health Promotion Association. Member 2007 - 2009
  • Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia. Member and Chair (Ethical Issues Working Group) 2001 - 2009
  • Australian and New Zealand Institute of Health, Law & Ethics. Member 2001 - 2006
  • Australian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs. Member 2003 - 2005
  • Monash University Centre for Human Bioethics. Member 2002 - 2003
  • Public Health Association of Australia. Member and Convenor (Special Interest Group - Public Health Research Ethics) 1997 - 2003


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Current Funding
    2010: Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society, University of Melbourne. Seed Project. Fry C, Arnold M, Pearce C, Spriggs M. The ethics and governance of broadband enabled individual electronic health records. 

    2010-12: ARC Discovery Project (DP1094144). Kennett J, Fry C, Matthews S. Addiction, moral identity and moral agency: Integrating theoretical and empirical approaches.

    2008-12: NHMRC Australian Public Health Training Fellowship (519556). Fry C. Local public health ethics: Theoretical and applied tools for community-based health research governance and ethics.

    2008-10: NHMRC Project Grant (452803). Dietze P, Munir V, Johnston J, Smit D, Fry C, Degenhardt L. The risk factors for ecstasy and related drug overdose: A case-crossover study.


Education and training

  • DrPH, La Trobe University 2008
  • BSc(Hons), Monash University 1992

Awards and honors

  • Travel Grant, USA Greenwall Foundation, University of Pennsylvania USA, 2008
  • 2006 Travelling Fellowship (Canada, USA, Portugal, Norway), Victorian Premiers Drug Prevention Council, 2006
  • Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics, Australian Museum / Australian Catholic University, 2003
  • Postgraduate Workforce Development Research Scholarship, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, 2002
  • High Commendation for public health research contributing to policy, Victorian Department of Human Services, Victorian Public Health Awards for Excellence and Innovation, 2000
  • Conference Scholarship, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2000