Ms Nyssa Ferguson

Nyssa Ferguson

Nyssa Ferguson is a PhD candidate based in the DruGS Program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. Her research examines the provision of take-home naloxone and overdose prevention training in Victoria.

Nyssa has a background in Public Health and previously worked as a research assistant at Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Centre in the Treatment and Systems team. She has extensive qualitative research experience, having worked on a number of projects including an examination of consumer experiences of help seeking and treatment for alcohol and other drug and mental health issues in emergency services.

Expertise and interests:

Injecting drug use

Harm minimisation

Drug treatment and service provision


BSocSc (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)

MPH (University of Melbourne)

Current projects:

Understanding the impediments to uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone in Australia


Ferguson, N. Savic., M., Manning, V., & Lubman, D. (2017). #WaysToRelax: developing an online alcohol-related health promotion animation for people aged 55 years and over. Public Health Research & Practice, 27, (2) e2721718.

Savic, M., Ferguson, N., Manning, V., Bathish, R. & Lubman, D. (2017). What constitutes a ‘problem?’ Producing ‘alcohol problems’ through online counselling encounters. International Journal of Drug Policy, 46, pp. 79-89.