School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Professor Copeland awarded Peter Baume Prize

Jan Copeland receives Peter Baume Prize

Congratulations to Professor Jan Copeland (PhD) who has been awarded the Peter Baume Public Health Impact Prize from SPHCM, UNSW Australia.  This prize is given for significant international impact and career achievement in public health.

Professor Copeland is the founding Director of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) at UNSW Australia in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine.  She has worked in the addictions field for more than 25 years at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, specialising in the developing and testing of tools and brief interventions for the management of cannabis use disorder among adults and adolescents. She has more than 300 publications including a 2015 book on cannabis myths and how to assist others, incorporating a self-help guide to quit published by Allen & Unwin.  She is currently writing a clinical manual on brief marijuana interventions for Hazelden Publishers in the US. She has advised national and international governments on cannabis-related prevention and treatment. She is an Associate Editor of Drug and Alcohol Dependence among other journals and is a member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, the Australian Psychological Society and the International Cannabinoid Research Society.

Jan has received a number of awards for her contribution to drug-related treatment, public health and community education and is thrilled to receive the 2015 Peter Baume Public Health Prize.