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Amy Pennay

La Trobe University - Melbourne Campus, La Trobe University

Dr Pennay is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Health Sciences from the the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology. This PhD utilised ethnographic methods to understand the social, cultural and economic contexts of alcohol and party drug use in the night-time economy. In 2014 she commenced an NHMRC funded Early Career Fellowship to explore young people's drinking practices. She is particularly interested in the social contexts and cultural practices associated with alcohol and other drug use, as well as policy responses.

Media Articles: 3

Don't believe the hype, teens are drinking less than they used to

Ask your friends and colleagues about young Australians and alcohol and I bet they’ll say something about a generation out of control or a binge-drinking epidemic. The media regularly brings the [worst...

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Sex, drugs and alcohol: what really goes on at schoolies?

After finishing year 12, more than 50,000 young Australians attend schoolies celebrations, with most ending up on the Gold Coast. Other schoolies (or "leavers", as they're known in Western Australia) head to the Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay, Victor Harbor (South Australia), Dunsborough and Rottnest Island (WA), and Lorne and Torquay (Victoria). Schoolies marks the end of secondary school and new beginnings. For many young people it's their first opportunity for a holiday with friends without supervision, and takes place as...

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Alcohol and energy drinks: too early to make bleary-eyed policy calls

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for a ban on the sale of pre-packaged alcoholic energy drinks based on recent research, echoing a similar call for bottle shops to stop selling pre-packaged alcoholic energy drinks late last year. There's been little response from federal or state governments, with the only policy shift coming from the Western Australian government, which has banned the sale of alcohol and energy...

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Government Grants: 17

Concluding January 1, 2019

An examination of the factors shaping recent developments in youth drinking

Concluding October 1, 2018

The ‘Sports Bar Project’: The intersection of gambling and drinking culture in Victoria

Concluding July 1, 2018

Evaluation of pilot program to address sexual harassment and assault in live music venues

Concluding March 1, 2018

Reducing Risky Drinking in the Night-Time Economy

Concluding July 1, 2015

Evaluation of the Australian Secondary Students Alcohol and Drug Survey (ASSAD)

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Academic Publications: 64

January 1, 2018

Health service use by same-sex attracted Australian women regarding alcohol and mental health

January 1, 2018

Improving alcohol and mental health treatment for lesbian, bisexual and queer women: Identity matters

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