John Fitzgerald is an expert in Alcohol and Drug Policy. He is an associate professor at the University of Melbourne. He was previously acting CEO of VicHealth and a board director at Victoria's Northern Hospital. He has a PhD in pharmacology (on the drug ecstasy) and a second PhD in English on the discourse and language used to understand psychoactive substances. His research ranges across the policing of illicit drugs, the lived experience and cultural significance of psychoactive substance use, ranging across hallucinogenics, to stimulants, injectable opiates and alcohol. He is currently completing a book on drugs and pain.