Linda Gowing

Associate Professor Linda Gowing

Associate Professor

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


I am a Principal Research Officer with Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia, and an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Pharmacology.

I have been working in the area of evidence-based practice in the treatment of addiction since 1998. I have substantial experience in the preparation of systematic reviews, including Cochrane reviews, and evidence-based guidelines. I am the primary author of five Cochrane reviews, four on approaches to the management of opioid withdrawal, and one on substitution treatment of opioid dependence for prevention of HIV. I have also been a mentor for researchers in Thailand, China, USA and Australia, helping them to become familiar with the systematic review process and undertake their own Cochrane reviews on the treatment of alcohol and other drug use.

The dissemination of the findings of systematic reviews in a form that promotes adoption of the findings is another area of interest that has resulted in monographs on the effectiveness of interventions for illicit drug use and pharmacotherapies for relapse prevention treatment of alcohol dependence as well as journal articles on the management of opioid withdrawal. Most recently I was involved in revision of the national policy and guidelines on medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence in Australia.

I am also involved in teaching in the area of addiction, including through the International Program on Addiction Studies, and a Massive Online Open Course on Managing Addiction that was hosted on EdX in 2015.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2013 Affiliate Graduate Faculty Member Virginia Commonwealth University
    2003 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    1998 - 2008 Lecturer, Level B Flinders University
    1998 - 2004 Honorary Visiting Fellow University of New South Wales
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2012 - 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia Masters in Biostatistics
    1987 Australian National University Australia PhD
    1982 Massey University New Zealand Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours
  • Research Interests

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  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2012 - 2018 Board Member Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group Cochrane United Kingdom
    2005 - ongoing Associate Editor Addiction
    2001 - 2012 Associate Editor Cochrane Collaboration Drugs and Alcohol Group
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83138055
  • Email: linda.gowing@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo South, floor 3
  • Room: S3 10.18
  • Org Unit: Medical Sciences

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