Dr Olsen is a Senior Lecturer at the Research School of Population Health, ANU. She leads a number of public health research projects, teaches and supervises post-graduate students in public health, psychology, medicine and anthropology. Focussed on social science and public health research Dr Olsen has published in the fields of illicit drug use, women’s health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and inequalities of health. Her theoretical background lies in the anthropology of health and illness, qualitative research methods and mixed methods. Her current research includes: drug overdose prevention; drug use and motherhood; domestic and family violence; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health; and ethical practice in social research. Dr Olsen was the recipient of a NHMRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2010 and has been awarded a number of grants and consultancies in her specialised field. She values collaborative approaches to research and has extensive experience working with government and community on evaluation and research projects. Dr Olsen teaches qualitative research methods and has experience designing curriculum, developing higher education skills among teachers and convening programs.
- Dietze, P, Draper, B, Olsen PhD, A et al 2018, 'Does training people to administer take-home naloxone increase their knowledge? Evidence from Australian programs', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 472-479pp.
- Dwyer, R, Olsen PhD, A, Fowlie, C et al 2018, 'An overview of take-home naloxone programs in Australia', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 440-449.
- Jones, R, Thurber, K, Chapman, J et al 2018, 'Study protocol: Our Cultures Count, the Mayi Kuwayu Study, a national longitudinal study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing', BMJ Open, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 1-7.
- Olsen PhD, A, Dwyer, R & Lenton, S 2018, 'Take-home naloxone in Australia and beyond', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 437-439pp.
- Thurber, K, Olsen PhD, A, Guthrie, J et al 2018, ''Telling our story. Creating our own history': Caregivers' reasons for participating in an Australian longitudinal study of Indigenous children, International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 17, no. 143, pp. 15pp.
- Dietze, P, Stare, M, Cogger, S et al 2017, 'Knowledge of naloxone and take-home naloxone programs among a sample of people who inject drugs in Australia: Variations across capital cities', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 457-463.
- Olsen PhD, A, McDonald, D, Lenton, S et al 2017, 'Assessing causality in drug policy analyses: How useful are the Bradford Hill criteria in analysing take-home naloxone programs?', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. -, no. -, pp. 1-3pp.
- Mooney-Somers, J & Olsen PhD, A 2016, 'Ethical review and qualitative research competence: Guidance for reviewers and applicants', Research Ethics, vol. Online, pp. 1-11pp.
- Olsen PhD, A & Lovett, R 2016, Existing knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities: State of knowledge paper.
- Olsen A & Lovett R. (2016). Existing knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities: Key findings and future directions. Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety: Sydney, New South Wales.
- Tran, T, Olsen PhD, A, Viennet, E et al 2015, 'Social sustainability of Mesocyclops biological control for dengue in South Vietnam', Acta Tropica, vol. 141, no. Pt A, pp. 54-59.
- Scott, R, Foster, R, Oliver, L et al 2015, 'Sexual risk and healthcare seeking behaviour in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in North Queensland', Sexual Health, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 194-199pp.
- Rahman, K, Samarawickrema, I, Harley, D et al 2015, 'Performance of Kala-Azar Surveillance in Gaffargaon Subdistrict of Mymensingh, Bangladesh', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 1-9.
- Dietze, P, Cogger, S, Malandkar, D et al 2015, Knowledge of naloxone and take-home naloxone programs among a sample of people who inject drugs in Australia. Drug Trends Bulletin, Sydney
- Duvnjak, A, Morrison, E, Madden, A et al 2015, No One Likes Using the Dirties: A Study into the Re-use of Injecting Equipment in Australia AIVL, Canberra
- Ferguson, C, Higgs, P & Olsen, A 2015, 'External Jugular venipuncture and other innovative approaches to phlebotomy among people who inject drugs', Nursing and Health Sciences, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 539-541.
- Lenton, S, Dietze, P, Olsen A et al 2014, 'Working together: Expanding the availability of naloxone for peer administration to prevent opioid overdose deaths in the Australian Capital Territory and beyond', Drug and Alcohol Review.
- Olsen A 2014, 'Punishing parents: Child removal in the context of drug use', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 27-30.
- Olsen, A, Higgs, P & Maher, L 2015, 'A review of qualitative research in Drug and Alcohol Review', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 34, pp. 474-476.
- Olsen, A, McDonald, D, Lenton, S et al 2015, Independent evaluation of the 'Implementing Expanded Naloxone Availability in the ACT (I-ENAACT)' Program, 2011-2014 Burnet, Melbourne
- Fox, S & Olsen, A 2014, Education capital: Our evidence base defining parental engagement ARACY Canberra
- Olsen A & Mooney-Somers, J 2014, 'Is there a problem with the status quo? Debating the need for standalone ethical guidelines for research with people who use alcohol and other drugs', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 33, no. 6, pp. 337-342.
- Olsen A, Banwell, C & Madden, A 2014, 'Contraception, punishment and women who use drugs', BMC Women's Health, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 5/1-8.
- Olsen A, Wallace, J & Maher, L 2014, 'Responding to Australia's National Hepatitis B Strategy 2010-13: gaps in knowledge and practice in relation to Indigenous Australians', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 134-142.
- Rahman, K, Olsen A, Harley, D et al 2014, 'Kala-azar in pregnancy in Mymensingh, Bangladesh: a social autopsy', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 8, no. 5.
- Olsen A & Banwell, C 2013, 'Context and environment: The value of considering lay epidemiology', in Cathy Banwell, Stanley Ulijaszek and Jane Dixon (ed.), When Culture Impacts Health: Global Lessons for Effective Health Research, Elsevier, USA, pp. 85-93.
- Olsen A, Banwell C, Dance P. (2013) Reinforced biographies among women living with hepatitis C. Qualitative Health Research. 23(4): 531 - 540.
- Olsen A, Banwell C. Context and environment: The value of considering lay epidemiology (in press) In Banwell C, Ulijaszek S, Dixon J. (eds). When culture impacts health: Global lessons from Asia and Australasia for effective health. Philadelphia: Elsevier.
- Olsen A, Temple-Smith M, Banwell C. (in press) Consideration of gender in diagnosis and management of blood-borne viruses: the case of hepatitis C. Australian Journal of Primary Health.
- Mooney-Somers, J, Olsen PhD, A, Erick, W et al 2012, 'Young Indigenous Australians' Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention Practices: A Community-based Participatory Research Project', Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 519-532.
- Mooney-Somers J, Olsen A, Erick W, Scott R, Akee A, Maher L. (on behalf of the Indigenous Resiliency Project). (2012). Young Indigenous Australianâ??s sexually transmitted infection prevention practices: A Community-based Participatory Research project. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology 22(6): 519â??532.
- Olsen, A, Banwell, C, Dance, P et al 2012, 'Positive health beliefs and behaviours in the midst of difficult lives: Women who inject drugs', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 312-318.
- Mooney-Somers, J, Olsen PhD, A, Erick, W et al 2011, 'Learning from the past: young Indigenous people's accounts of blood-borne viral and sexually transmitted infections as resilience narratives', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 173-186.
- Mooney-Somers J, Olsen A, Erick W, Scott R, Akee A, Kaldor J & Maher L. (on behalf of the Indigenous Resiliency Project). (2011) Learning from the past: young Indigenous peopleâ??s accounts of blood-borne viral and sexually transmitted infections as resilience narratives. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 13(2): 173 - 186.
- Reeder L, Ekersley R & Olsen A. (2010). The Australian Youth Forum asks the next big question: Report to the Minister for Early Childhood, Education, Childcare and Youth. Australia21: Canberra, ACT.
- Olsen A. (2007). Sexual and reproductive health â??choiceâ??: Women living with contraception. International Journal of Public Health. 52(4): 195-196
- Olsen A. (2005) Women and Hepatitis C: What about Sexual and Reproductive Health? Journal of Health Issues. 84: 7-8
- Banwell, C, Dance, P, Olsen, A et al 2009, 'It Fucks Your Insides Up: The Effects of Australian Urban Women's Opoid Use on Their Sexual and Reproductive Functioning', Women's Health & Urban Life, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 14-27.
- Olsen, A 2009, 'Consuming e: Ecstasy use and contemporary social life', Contemporary Drug Problems, vol. 36, no. 1/2, pp. 175-191.
- Olsen, A, Banwell, C & Dance, P 2009, 'Internal or Infernal Devices: Experiences of Contraception Among Australian Women Living With Hepatitis C', Health Care for Women International, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 456-474.
- Olsen, A, Dixon, J, Banwell, C et al 2009, 'Weighing it up: the missing social inequalities dimension in Australian obesity policy discourse', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 167-171.