7–8 June 2018, Sydney

Program and speakers

Day one

Hearing stories in the therapeutic space can teach and challenge—we must do better, by Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson (Honorary), Educator, Researcher, Writer, Patron of the We Al-li Trust

The impact of decriminalisation on integrated responses by Dr Manuel Cardoso, Deputy General-Director, General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), Lisbon, Portugal

Increasing access to and enhancing the impact of early interventions for AOD use in young people, by Professor Leanne Hides, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Lives Lived Well Professor of Alcohol, Drugs & Mental Health, University of Queensland

Day two

The facilitation of consumer participation by Regina Brindle, Consumer Participation Facilitator, Uniting Care ReGen

Building capacity to respond to methamphetamine and emerging drugs of concern by Professor Margaret Hamilton AO (Chair) and Associate Professor Nadine Ezard (Director), National Centre for Clinical Research Excellence on New and Emerging Drugs of Concern

'WEAVE' got something to say! by Katie Vellins, Youth Advocate, Weave Youth & Community Services

When a client is perpetrating domestic and family violence: what's my role? by Rodney Vlais

Access and equity for AOD treatment panel discussion

The Hon. Brad Hazzard, NSW Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research


Alice Hanna Establishing a hepatitis C treatment model through community partnerships for hepatitis C assessment and treatment in a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for women

Dr Alison Beck and A/Prof Pete Kelly SMART Recovery: emerging evidence and the innovative use of routine outcome monitoring and feedback

Bronwyn Hendry A 'win / win' situation—how meaningful consumer voice can be achieved

Carolyn Stubley Rethinking withdrawal management within therapeutic community programs

Gabriella Holmes A new inpatient youth withdrawal service: Mission Australia David Martin Place

Gerard Byrne Using technology to support the delivery services for co-occurring AOD and mental health conditions

Dr James Donnelly, Bethany Bradhurst, Jesse Taylor and Jessica Burgess Effective aftercare: lessons learnt from AOD affected young people and their allies

Dr Jamie Berry and Antoinette Sedwell ACE project—addressing cognitive impairment in the AOD sector

Josette Freeman A new approach to working with families and supporters of people with behaviours of concern

Katrina Martin Using continued professional development as a platform to promote safer prescribing of drugs of dependence by general practitioners in a regional area

Liz Pearce, Lindie Windell and Christine Watson Applying a trauma informed approach and attachment theory in therapeutic practice in a residential women and children's service

Mary Harrod Workers with lived experience: why you need them on your AOD team

Mellissa Doran Working together for improved client outcomes

Michelle Fairweather and Shelly Purvis Utilising a culturally appropriate approach to delivering therapeutic alcohol and other drug services in remote Aboriginal communities

Michelle Ridley, Frances Pidcock, Kt Harvey, Fiona Byrne and Anne Sweeney It's a wrap

Michelle Ridley Complex needs capable eLearning

Natalie Meyer Nimbin integrated services—an effective model of client-centred service delivery

Dr Natalie Peach Therapeutic approaches to the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and substance use in adults and adolescents

Norm Henderson Anomie and working within a community based cultural healing model

A/Prof Peter Kelly Using NADAComs to benchmark client progress: a practical example using The Glen Centre

Raquel Lowe and Chris Keyes The power of partnership: CESPHN and ACON working together to tackle LGBTI substance use

Dr Rebecca Gray and Susan Elvery Findings from a research based evaluation of a domestic violence survivor group trialled in alcohol and other drug settings

Rush Electra In the loop

Samuel Gonzaga and Vicky Findlay Diversional therapy in a detox setting

Siobhan Hannan LGBTI community's needs, sexual wellbeing and substance use

Dr Suzie Hudson, Tony Trimingham and Steven Childs Family inclusive practice

T Harvey Workshop: quality and safety in AOD treatment settings


Ben Steele The new drug and alcohol stream of educational courses

Daniel Herman Usability and acceptability of S-Check: a harm reduction and early intervention smartphone application to engage people who use methamphetamine and are not-in-treatment

Emily Deans Increasing the research capacity of the NGO sector

Gaby Browarczyk Reintegration after incarceration—initial outcomes of the Karralika Justice Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling Service

John Carr NSW HIV Housing Support—empowering peers in achieving positive outcomes

Katinka van de Ven Does workforce matter? Examining the relationship between workforce characteristics and treatment outcomes in the alcohol and other drug field

Rachel Sutherland Drug Trends: monitoring patterns of substance use and harms over time in Australia

Sonia Cheema Health promotions in the AOD sector

International keynote

Manuel CardosoManuel Cardoso Deputy General-Director, General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), Lisbon, Portugal.
Manuel will share the impact of decriminalisation on integrated responses and delivery of treatment services in Portugal. He will provide us with a keynote on the current state of play in Portugal and how this dramatic change in policy has shaped the way people who use drugs are treated—breaking down experiences of stigma and increasing opportunities for people to reach out for support.

Read a background for Manuel's keynote.


Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson (Honorary) Educator, Researcher, Writer, Patron of the We Al-li Trust
Emeritus Professor Atkinson will share 'lessons I have learnt in working at the coal face—despair when I realise, that in many instances, the services provided to Aboriginal clients are not up to standard'.

Professor Leanne Hides NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Lives Lived Well Professor of Alcohol, Drugs & Mental Health, University of Queensland
This session will discuss the current evidence base for, and innovations in, the treatment ofprimary and comorbid substance use disorders in young people.

Professor Margaret Hamilton AO Chair, National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs of Concern

Associate Professor Nadine Ezard Director, National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs of Concern
Professor Hamilton and Associate Professor Ezard will provide an overview of the centre and will seek your feedback on how frontline workers can inform its priorities.

Regina Brindle Consumer Participation Facilitator, UnitingCare ReGen
Regina will explore how—in addition to our personal drive, theory and practice—involving consumers as key players in your service is vital to enable systemic change.

Nicole Laupepa Manager, Rosalie House Drug Health Day Program, St Vincent de Paul NSW Specialist Drug and Alcohol Network
Nicole is a proud Gamilaraay woman. In this session she will share her story of transforming the delivery of the Rosalie House day program into the local Aboriginal community.

Rodney Vlais Consultant, Policy Advisor, Researcher and Trainer in Perpetrator Interventions and Perpetrator Intervention Systems
For an AOD practitioner, working therapeutically with a client who uses domestic and family violence can raise ethical, conceptual and practice complexities. What is, and isn't, my role? How might I incorporate the client's use of violence into case planning and interventions, while still working towards his best interests? What does it mean to keep in mind the safety of those affected by the violence? This keynote will invite practitioners and program managers to reflect on what engaging perpetrators might mean in AOD service provision contexts.

Ministerial address

The Hon. Brad Hazzard Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research

Supported by

New South Wales Health
Australian Government Department of Health

Major sponsors

Accounting for Good
Procare AUstralia