Steven Bothwell


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Steven combines strong academic research skills with consulting experience to solve unique problems in health and to deliver high-quality outcomes for clients.
His evidence-based thinking helps him to develop practical solutions for NGOs and governments. He is passionate about improving lives and ensuring that everyone has access to the services they need to support their health and wellbeing. Steven enjoys working in a collaborative environment and is most energised when brainstorming with colleagues.

Influential work

  • Worked with a health promotion organisation to develop and deliver a framework to guide health promotion activities
  • Worked with Primary Health Networks to identify and map investments in alcohol-and-other-drug (AOD) treatment service systems through quantitative analysis of funding and consultation with funders and service providers and users
  • Supported the 2020-21 evaluation of the Australian Government National Ice Action Strategy, evaluating documentation and data relating to 30 activities and formulating recommendations to support investment
  • Consulted with service providers in regional Victoria and led co-design of a new communications strategy between primary care, Victoria’s centralised intake service and the alcohol-and-other-drug sector
  • Carried out research for a pharmaceutical company to investigate the social, practical, and economic outcomes associated with a novel opioid pharmacotherapy agent in a local healthcare system and prison system.

Outside of Nous

Steven holds an Adjunct Associate Lecturer position at the University of Newcastle and contributes to scientific discussion through his articles in The Conversation. He previously worked as a consultant at 360Edge, a specialist health consultancy in the AOD sector, where he developed a strong skillset in research translation.

Steven completed his PhD in the minimum time of three years; it explored intracranial pressure elevation and cerebrospinal fluid change after ischaemic stroke. This included publishing seven peer-reviewed articles in peer-reviewed journals. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours in neuroscience from the University of Dundee, Scotland).

In his spare time...

Steven stays active by heading to the gym and going for coastal or bush walks. He also enjoys heading to the beach and hosting his friends for dinner and drinks.