7–8 June 2018, Sydney

Program and speakers

Keep up-to-date with the latest evidence based research and practice. This conference will cover essential content for frontline staff and managers in the AOD sector; sectors working with clients with AOD issues; researchers with an interest in community responses to AOD; policy makers and funders; and clients, consumers and carers. An exciting two days are in store!

Download the draft program

The keynote speakers have been announced. Click on the tab above.

We're currently developing content for the conference—this page will be continually updated.

Panel discussion: Access and equity for AOD treatment

Manuel Cardoso joins our expert panel to explore how we can break down the barriers our clients experience to access and engage in supportive treatment. Are clients being turned away for the very reasons they seek help? Where does human rights fit into this discussion? What can we do as a sector to ensure equity for our clients?

Key themes

  • Innovative therapies and emerging trends for treatment
  • Approaches for co-occurring mental health and AOD issues
  • Empowering consumers
  • Youth focused innovations
  • Working with Aboriginal clients
  • Criminal justice approaches

NADA members may be eligible to receive a travel subsidy to attend the conference. Download the travel subsidy guidelines and the application form.

Ministerial welcome

Dr Kerry Chant PSM Chief Health Officer, Deputy Secretary Population and Public Health, NSW Ministry of Health

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.


Jacqui Gibson-Roos Consumer Advocate
Jacqui has gained meaningful insight into how consumers can contribute to culture change in health systems. She will reflect on why the consumers' experience should be central to AOD treatment.

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 of primary and comorbid substance use disorders in young people.

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