Dr Mofi

Dr Mofi Islam


College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Public Health

Health Sciences Building 2; Room 524; Kingsbury Drive , Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD (Public Health and Community Medicine) - UNSW; MPhil - BUET; MSc (Medicine) - Sydney University



Membership of professional associations

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA); Fellow of Life Course Centre (LCC); International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA); The Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network; Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association; Offender Health Research Network

Area of study

Ageing and aged care
Health Policy
Public Health

Brief profile

Before joining La Trobe University, Mofi Islam was a Research Fellow/Lecturer at the Research School of Population Health in the Australian National University. Prior to that he was a Research and Education officer in the University of Sydney. As part of his PhD research he investigated clients’ characteristics, service utilisation and incremental cost of targeted primary healthcare for injecting drug users. Dr Islam worked in the policy interface in a number of ministries.

Dr Islam conducted high volume of research around drug and alcohol use and associated primary health care. He is a Deputy Editor of Drug and Alcohol Review Journal, and a member in several community organisations.

Research interests


- Applicaiton in social and health sciences

Healthy Ageing

- Chronic diseases, clusters and their implications

Indigenous health

- Drug and alcohol use and misuse and associated health care

Public health policy

- Health care for the vulnerable groups of the community

Teaching units

Coordinator of PHE5POL - Public Health Policy

Coordinator of PHE1SDH - Social Determinants of Health

PHE2AHR - Applied Health Research


Evaluation of Health Services, Programs and Facilities; Health Policy Analysis, Health Services Research

Recent publications

  1. Islam MM, Oni H, Lee K, Hayman N ... ... ... Conigrave K (in press). Standardised alcohol screening in primary health care services targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
  2. Khan MN & Islam MM (2017). Effect of exclusive breastfeeding on selected adverse health and nutritional outcomes: a nationally representative study. BMC Public Health. 17:889.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4913-4
  3. Khan MN, Zhang C, Islam MM, Islam RM, Rahman MM (2017). Household air pollution from cooking and risk of adverse health and birth outcomes in Bangladesh: a nationwide population-based study. Environmental Health, 16:57. doi 10.1186/s12940-017-0272-y
  4. Khan MN, Islam MM, Shariff AA, Alam MM, Rahman MM (2017). Socio-demographic predictors and average annual rates of caesarean section in Bangladesh between 2004 and 2014. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0177579. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177579
  5. Islam MM et al (2016). Prescription opioid analgesics for pain management in Australia: twenty years of dispensing, Internal Medicine Journal. 46(8):955-63; doi: 10.1111/imj.12966
  6. Jowsey T Dennis S, Yen L, Islam MM, Parkinson A, Dawda P (2016). Time to manage: patient strategies for coping with an absence of care coordination and continuity, Sociology of Health Illness. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12404
  7. Islam MM, Nielsen S, McRae IS et al (2016). Prescribing and dispensing of benzodiazepines: implications for addiction and misuse. Academic Press, UK (BOOK CHAPTER)
  8. Islam MM, and Haber PS (2015). Benzodiazepines (Chapter 27). In. Addiction Medicine. Principles and Practice. Edited by Haber P, Day C, and Farrell M, IP Communications (BOOK CHAPTER).
  9. Dawda P, McRae I, Yen L, Islam MM, Bagheri N, Jowsey T, Banfield M, Parkinson A (2015). Does it matter who organises your health care? International Journal of Integrated Care, 15, URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-114827
  10. Mazumder S, McRae I, Islam MM (2015). How can Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis inform a response to prescription opioid misuse? A discussion in the context of existing literature. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 8(2): 104-110.
  11. Carpenter A, Islam MM, Yen L, McRae I (2015). Affordability of out-of-pocket healthcare expenses among older Australians. Health Policy,119(7):907-14
  12. Islam MM et al (2015). Time spent on health related activities by the senior Australians with chronic diseases: what is the role of multimorbidity and comorbidity? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39 (3): 277-83
  13. Islam MM et al. (2015). Real-time prescription drug monitoring program in Australia: we should be ready. Drug and Alcohol Review. 34, 3, 344–345
  14. Islam MM et al (2014). Out-of-pocket expenditure by Australian seniors with chronic disease: the effect of specific diseases and morbidity clusters. BMC Public Health 14:1008
  15. Islam MM et al (2014). Multimorbidity and comorbidity of chronic diseases among the senior Australians: prevalence and patterns. PLoS One. 8;9(1):e83783
  16. Islam MM et al. (2014). Twenty-year trends in benzodiazepine dispensing in the Australian population. Internal Medicine Journal, 44(1):57-64
  17. Islam MM et al (2014). An inevitable wave of prescription drug monitoring programs in the context of prescription opioids: pros, cons and tensions, BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology 15:46
  18. Islam MM et al. (2013). General health of opioid substitution therapy clients. Internal Medicine Journal, 43(12):1335-8
  19. Islam MM et al. (2013). Sexually transmitted infections, sexual risk behaviours and perceived barriers to safe sex among drug users Australian New Zealand J of Public Health, 37(4) 311-315
  20. Islam MM et al. (2013). Healthcare utilisation and disclosure of injecting drug use among clients of Australia’s needle and syringe programs, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(2):148-154.
  21. Topp L., Islam MM & Day C. (2013). Relative efficacy of cash versus vouchers in engaging people who inject drugs in survey-based research, Journal of Medical Ethics, 39(4):253-256.
  22. Islam MM et al. (2013). Self-perceived problem alcohol use among opioid substitution treatment clients, Addictive Behaviors, 38(4), 2018-2021.
  23. Islam MM et al. (2013). The cost of providing primary healthcare services from a needle and syringe program: a case study. Drug and Alcohol Review, 32(3):312-319.
  24. Islam MM et al. (2013). Are primary health care centres that target injecting drug users attracting and serving the clients they are designed for? A case study from Sydney, Australia. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24(4), 326-332
  25. Islam MM et al. (2013). Defining a service for people who use drugs as low-threshold: what should be the criteria? International Journal of Drug Policy, 24(3):220-222 (EDITORIAL)
  26. Islam MM et al. (2013). Missed opportunities for hepatitis C testing and other opportunistic health care. American Journal of Public Health, 103(12):e6
  27. Islam MM et al. (2012). Opioid substitution therapy clients’ preferences for targeted versus general primary healthcare outlets. Drug and Alcohol Review, 32(2), 211-214.
  28. Islam MM et al. (2012). Linkage into specialist hepatitis C treatment services of injecting drug users attending a needle syringe program-based primary healthcare centre. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 43(4), 440-445.
  29. Islam MM et al. (2012). The reliability of sensitive information provided by injecting drug users in a clinical setting: clinician-administered versus audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI). AIDS Care, 24(12), 1496-1503.
  30. Islam MM et al. (2012). Opportunistic and continuing healthcare for injecting drug users from a nurse-run needle syringe program-based primary healthcare clinic. Drug and Alcohol Review, 31,114-115.
  31. Islam MM et al. (2012). The accessibility, acceptability, health impact and cost implications of primary healthcare outlets that target injecting drug users: A narrative synthesis of literature. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23(2), 94-102.
  32. Islam MM et al. (2012). Primary healthcare outlets that target injecting drug users: Opportunity to make services accessible and acceptable to the target group. (Response to commentaries on literature review, article 21 above) International Journal of Drug Policy, 23(2), 109-110.
  33. Day CA, Islam MM, White A, Reid S, Hayes S & Haber PS.(2011). Development of a nurse-led primary healthcare service for injecting drug users in inner-city Sydney, Australian Journal of Primary Health, 17, 10-15.
  34. Islam MM et al. (2011). A primary healthcare clinic in a needle syringe program may contribute to HIV prevention by early detection of incident HIV in an injecting drug user. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35 (3), 294-295.
  35. Islam MM et al. (2010). HIV Awareness of Outgoing female migrant workers of Bangladesh: A pilot study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 12(6):940-946.
  36. Islam MM et al. (2010). Harm reduction healthcare: from an alternative to the mainstream platform? (Commentary) International Journal of Drug Policy, 21(2), 131-133.
  37. Islam MM. (2010). Needle syringe programme based primary healthcare: Advantages and disadvantages (Commentary), Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 1(2): 100-103.
  38. Islam MM et al. (2009). Staff perception of syringe dispensing machines in Australia: a pilot study. Substance Use and Misuse, 44(4), 490-501.
  39. Islam MM et al. (2008). Client satisfaction and risk behaviours of the users of syringe dispensing machines: a pilot study. Drug and Alcohol Review, 27(1), 13-19.
  40. Islam MM et al. (2008). HIV and sexual risk behaviours among recognized high-risk groups in Bangladesh: need for a comprehensive prevention programme. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 12(4), 363-370.
  41. Islam MM et al. (2007). Syringe vending machines as a form of needle syringe program: Advantages and Disadvantages. Journal of Substance Use, 12(3), 203-212.
  42. Islam MM et al. (2007). Increasing prevalence of HIV, and persistent high-risk behaviours among drug users in Bangladesh: need for comprehensive harm reduction programme. Drug and Alcohol Review, 26(4), 445-454.
  43. Islam MM et al. (2007). The effectiveness and safety of syringe vending machines as a component of needle syringe programmes in community settings. Int Journal of Drug Policy, 19 (6), 436-441.
  44. Islam MM et al. (2007). Assessing the role of syringe dispensing machine and mobile van outlets in reaching hard-to-reach and high-risk group of injecting drug users (IDUs): a review. Harm Reduction Journal, 4 (14)

Research projects

  • Comprehensive primary health care for Indigenous offenders from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services: An opportunity to reduce the gap
  • Evaluation of Timely Diagnosis and Management of Dementia in General Practice
  • The relationship between multi-morbidity, disease clusters and care coordination
  • Time spent away from work by the Australian GPs: amount and changes over time
  • Opportunities for continuing medical education and professional development among general practitioners in Australia: A longitudinal study
  • Identifying cut-off scores for the short versions of AUDIT in screening for unhealthy alcohol consumption among opioid substitution therapy clients
  • Knowledge of safe injecting practice and reasons for stopping others from sharing used injecting equipment: An audit in low-threshold primary healthcare center