Emma Muhlack

Dr Emma Muhlack

Associate Lecturer

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

I am a Lecturer (teaching specialist) in the School of Public Health, with research interests in:
- the sociology of recreational drug and alcohol use
- public health ethics & medical bioethics
- health communication

My primary teaching areas are in health communication, academic literacy, and health ethics.

I am interested in qualitative and ethical drug and alcohol studies, particularly as relates to the social significance of alcohol and drug consumption, the ethics of public policy, and student learning & wellbeing. 

If you're interested in working with me on a Summer Scholarship project, I have two Systematic Review projects available:

  • How do illicit drug users find information about safe drug use?
  • How do recreational drug users incorporate their drug use into their identity?

My PhD project examined low-risk drinkers and whether it’s ethically justifiable to intervene in their alcohol consumption in connection with the ARC Linkage Project "Public and ethical responses to mandated alcohol warning labels about increased long-term risk of cancer" (LP120200175). My supervisors were Associate Professor Jaklin Eliott, Dr Drew Carter, and Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer.


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2021 Associate Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2018 Marker The University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2018 Tutor The University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2020 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2012 Deakin University Australia M Comm (PR)
    2007 The University of Adelaide Australia BA (Hons) (First Class, Phil)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2022 PUAFER008 Confine small emergencies in a facility Chubb Training Group -
    2013 HLTGA311A Apply First Aid APL Group Australia
  • Research Interests

Current Projects:

  • 2024: Chief Investigator, A mixed-methods exploration of student and staff understandings of reasonable adjustments to teaching and assessment (Adelaide Education Academy Learning and Teaching Advancement Grant)

Past Projects:

  • 2015-2019: Recipient Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2015-2018: Recipient Marta Dusseldorp Cancer Council Research Scholarship

Course Co-Coordinator: HTLH SC 2012 Hacking Health (2022-ongoing). This course teaches Knowledge Translation practices.

In addition to my co-coordination of HLTH SC 2012, I lecture, teach and mark into a number of other courses across generalist public health, sociology of health, health systems, health ethics, research methods, health communication, and academic literacies. 


  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - 2019 Member Health Sciences HSW Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Australiasian Professional Society for Alcohol and other Drugs Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Public Health Association Australia Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) -
  • Position: Associate Lecturer
  • Phone: 83131329
  • Email: emma.muhlack@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Rundle Mall Plaza, floor 4
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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