Program and speakers

To view the keynote speakers, click the 'speakers' tab above.

This page will be continually updated. More announcements and speakers to come.

NADA Conference 2020 will attract delegates from across NSW, the broader Australian alcohol and other drug treatment sector and other health and human services. Showcasing interventions designed to improve outcomes for clients, this event will inform with new ideas, engage with the evidence base and provide networking opportunities.

Conference themes

The conference themes include, but are not limited to:

  • access and equity
  • stigma and attitudes
  • AOD and the media
  • treatment responses
  • working systemically with treatment issues
  • prevention and early intervention approaches
  • telephone, online/virtual technology approaches
  • consumer engagement through peer work
  • harm reduction interventions
  • outcomes and experiences of care
  • health and wellbeing of the workforce
  • service connections, partnerships and collaborations
  • collaborative practice across sectors
  • diversity
  • engaging culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • working with women
  • working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • youth focused interventions
  • working with children and families
  • working with people of diverse sexualities and genders.

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Travel and accommodation subsidy

NADA members may be eligible to receive a travel and accommodation subsidy to attend the conference. Download the travel and accommodation subsidy guidelines [PDF].

Apply online for a subsidy

Registrations are now open

Keynote speakers

Paul Barry

Paul Barry
Paul Barry is a graduate of politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University. He is one of Australia's most respected journalists. Paul's films for ABC TV's Four Corners won every major award in the field and he is the author of several best sellers. He is the presenter of ABC TV's Media Watch, Australia's leading forum for media analysis and critique. Media Watch exposes conflicts of interest, journalistic deceit, misrepresentation, manipulation and plagiarism.

Paul's keynote will explore AOD, stigma and the media and he will facilitate a panel discussion about practical ways for working with the media.

Stephen Bright

Dr Stephen Bright
Dr Bright has worked as a psychologist in the AOD and mental health sectors for the past 20 years and he's currently senior lecturer of addiction at Edith Cowan University. Stephen has published papers on psychotherapy, psychometrics, brief interventions, drug policy, emerging drug trends, AOD use among older adults, psychedelics and AOD in the media. He is responsible for the development of AOD Media Watch.

Stephen will be part of the panel about AOD and the media, providing his insights into this important topic. He will also be presenting on psychedelics and how they relate to AOD treatment and support.

Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish
Jenny Valentish is a journalist and author of Woman of Substances: A journey into addiction and treatment which blends research and memoir, and was long-listed for a Walkley Book Award. Jenny is a board director of SMART Recovery Australia, an ambassador for Monash University's BrainPark, a core member of AOD Media Watch and a consultant for several other AOD organisations. Jenny regularly writes about drug use and treatment for The Age, Guardian and the ABC.

In her keynote, Jenny will share her experiences of drug treatment and discuss how services can safely help clients express their stories. Jenny will also be part of the panel about AOD and the media.

Karen Urbanoski

Dr Karen Urbanoski
Dr Urbanoski is a scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and Assistant Professor in Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. She holds the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Substance Use, Addictions and Health Services Research. Her research focuses on substance use related conditions, and the roles played by health and social service systems in recovery.

Karen's presentation will discuss pathways to AOD treatment and ways services can enhance access among the population in need.

Flic Ryan

Felicity (Flic) Ryan
Flic is a Wadi Wadi woman. She is an accredited trainer specialising in cultural awareness and competency, Aboriginal health and employment, and child protection training.

Delving into her experience of providing over a decade of cultural awareness and competency training to NADA members, Flic will discuss the gains she has witnessed, and where there is still work to be done.

Daryl Chow

Daryl Chow
Daryl Chow, MA, Ph.D. (Psych) is a practicing psychologist and trainer. He is a senior associate of the International Center for Clinical Excellence (ICCE) working closely with Scott Miller. Daryl is the author of The First Kiss: Undoing the intake model and igniting first sessions in psychotherapy, and a co-author with Scott Miller and Mark Hubble, of a highly anticipated book, Better Results: Using deliberate practice to improve therapeutic effectiveness.

Daryl's keynote will explore why people disengage from treatment so early and ways to increase engagement with clients' right from the first session to reduce dropout rates and achieve better outcomes.


Supported by

New South Wales Health
Australian Government Department of Health