Caroline Clark joined Victoria University in November 2014. Prior to that, she worked in the alcohol and other drugs field for over 20 years, in community development, research and workforce education.

She has a Masters degree in applied social research, and a Graduate Diploma in health care history. Her doctoral research investigated the early history of treatment for alcohol problems in Victoria. It explored the interaction of medical theories and practices with the social, cultural, political and economic contexts, and focussed on the light this sheds on how we understand current health theories and practices in this field.

At VU's Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities, Caroline researches current drug use issues in Melbourne’s west. Her other interests include human research ethics, medical and public health history (in particular drugs history) and Australian social history.

Areas of expertise

  • Alcohol and other drugs policy
  • History of alcohol and other drug use and treatment
  • Medical and public health history
  • The alcohol and other drugs treatment system

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 7053


Journal articles

Clark, C. (2012), Contrasting medical models of alcohol problems in Victoria around 1900. Addiction, 107(10), 1756-1764.

Conference presentations

Clark, C. and Roberts, B. (2012), A critical approach to alcohol and other drugs pedagogy: R on an interdisciplinary graduate program, presented at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Conference, Melbourne.

Clark, C. (2011), Alcoholism in nineteenth-century Melbourne: Who and what were treated? (plenary session) presented at the 1st Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Prato, Italy.

Professional memberships

  • International Alcohol and Drugs History Society
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine

Industry experience

At Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Caroline coordinated and taught in the Graduate Program in Alcohol and Other Drug Studies from 2006 to 2013. She has developed evidence-based training materials, guidelines for workers and information resources for a variety of professional audiences at Turning Point and at Nexus Dual Diagnosis Service at St Vincent’s Hospital.