RAMPSS has been fortunate to obtain the services of three highly-experienced addiction medicine specialists:


mcdonoughDoctor Michael McDonough MB BS, FAChAM

  • Director, Addiction Medicine & Toxicology, Western Health, Melbourne.
  • Associate Professor, Melbourne University Medical School.

Dr Michael McDonough has been working as a specialist in the Drug & Alcohol field for over twenty years and is currently employed as Director, Addiction Medicine & Toxicology at Western Health.

Dr. McDonough is a Foundation Fellow in the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (FAChAM) within the RACP and has completed postgraduate training in Clinical Toxicology.

He has research interest in the area of assessment and management of drug toxicity. In January 2010, he was appointed as Chief Adviser in Addiction Medicine to the Department of Health (Vic).


broughDoctor Rodger Brough MB BS, FACRRM, FAChAM

  • Addiction Medicine Physician, South West Healthcare
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer,  Deakin University School of Medicine, South West Healthcare

Dr Brough is a fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (RACP).  He has served as Addiction Medicine Physician at Warrnambool’s South West Healthcare for the past 22 years, and has served three years as Director of the Australian Rural Centre for Addictive Behaviours.

Dr Brough has received a number of awards, including a Rural Health Award from the Victorian Healthcare Association of Victoria Rural Health Award (2001) and Commonwealth of Australia Centenary Medal (2003).

Dr Brough’s principal interests are in the management of drug withdrawal, medical alcohol & drug education and rural alcohol & drug issues.  He actively participates in GP and undergraduate medical training.

He extended his interest in rural drug and alcohol issues in 2009, through a new centre at Deakin University (Geelong/Warrnambool) called ‘RuraLife’ – Rural and Regional Responses to Alcohol, Gambling and Substance Use.

RuraLife aims to improve the scientific knowledge and community responses to alcohol use, gambling and substance use and their respective co-morbidities in rural and regional Australia.


djackaDoctor David Jacka MB BS MPH FRACGP FAChAM

  • Addiction Medicine Specialist, Monash Health

Dr David Jacka was appointed Addiction Medicine Specialist at Monash Health in early 2013. He has worked in the area of public health for many years and in Alcohol and Illicit Drug misuse and Harm Reduction since 1993.

Between 2006 and 2012 he worked with the World Health Organization as a drug treatment specialist and advisor on HIV prevention programming for People Who Inject Drugs and other risk groups in Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.

He has assisted development of guidelines and training materials on assessment and treatment for users of illicit drugs including heroin and methamphetamine in the Asian Region and developed many bilingual materials for heroin and methamphetamine Harm Reduction, HIV Testing and Counselling and Methadone Maintenance Treatment.