Professor Paul Dietze is an epidemiologist working in the field of alcohol and other drugs. He has established new surveillance systems as well as conducted specific research projects that break new ground in the epidemiology of heroin overdose in particular. He has been involved in numerous reference groups and given numerous public presentations, lectures and seminars around alcohol and other drug use and related harms. He has also supervised a range of students from honours to PhD levels. Professor Dietze has been involved in the development and implementation of a variety of heroin overdose prevention initiatives including the Direct Response to Overdose (DROP) project. These activities culminated in Professor Dietze being awarded a Victoria Fellowship in 1999 to conduct a study tour of heroin overdose prevention initiatives in Europe. In 2001 Professor Dietze was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Lionel Murphy Foundation and he was subsequently made Secretary and Treasurer in 2006. He is also a reviewer of articles submitted for publication in Addiction, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Urban Health, Drug and Alcohol Review, the Australian Journal of Psychology and Law and Human Behaviour as well as grant applications submitted to the NH&MRC and Healthway. He has also made numerous radio and TV appearances.