Anna Olsen is Associate Professor in the Social Foundations of Medicine at the ANU School of Medicine and Psychology.

She is an experienced qualitative researcher in the field of public health. Employing empirical data and theory to practice and policy, Anna facilitates effective collaborative efforts between researchers, communities and government. Her interdisciplinary program of research includes: pill testing; opioid overdose prevention; drug use and motherhood; domestic and family violence; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing; and ethical practice in social research.

Anna teaches and supervises post-graduate students across anthropology, medicine, public health and psychology. She is also a journal editor and active member of ethics and government committees.

Fields of expertise



Canberra pill testing clinic changing drug behaviours

More than half of the drugs tested at CanTEST, Australia’s first and only pill testing service, were not…

17 July 2023


ANU to evaluate Australia’s first drug testing facility

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) will evaluate Australia’s first drug testing facility, which launched in Canberra today. …

19 July 2022

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