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APSAD Conference Call for Abstract is OPEN


APSAD is calling for abstracts for the following presentations types; Oral |Poster | Workshop | Symposium | and our new presentation"Food for Thought" (brief Oral Presentation). 
The call for Abstracts closes on Friday 29 May for further information please visit the APSAD Conference website 


Position Vacant - Clinical Services Manager here at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre

This is an incredible opportunity for senior nurse managers with initiative and enthusiasm to work at a cutting edge harm reduction service. Anyone working in a local health district or for NSW Health can transfer entitlements across.

Applications closes on 8 March 

For further information download the Position Description 


Survey for service providers working with adolescents with co-occurring PTSD and substance use

Researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales are currently undertaking a research project examining the perspectives of service providers on working with adolescents with co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use. Little is known about the perspectives of service providers in Australia in treating adolescents with these co-occurring problems. They hope that this survey will assist in improving the experiences of service providers working in this very important area.

Please see the attached advertisement for more information. To complete the survey please click on the hyperlink below or copy and paste it into a new browser window:

Download for further information 



Clinician Corner January 2015 Update

A recent study by Tung et al raises concerns about a local increase in the incidence of infective endocarditis among people who inject drugs. 

Tung et al. examined recorded cases of endocarditis from a regional hospital in Australia between 2003-2006 and 2009-2013. They found that although the overall incidence of infective endocarditis decreased in the population, the incidence of infective endocarditis related to injecting drug use increased from 0.5 to 0.8 cases per 100,000 person years.

This trend stands in contrast to overall declines in injecting drug use and related cases of infective endocarditis both in Australia and elsewhere. It may reflect a local increase in the injection of drugs or it may reflect an increase in the risk of infective endocarditis among people who inject drugs.

Factors that can increase the risk of infective endocarditis include the injection of talc and other insoluble agents that are contained in pharmaceutical preparations, vasospasm and skin lesions that can occur with stimulant use, and the use of saliva as a drug dilatant. These risk factors may have be exacerbated by a local shift away from injecting heroin to injecting other drugs, such as pharmaceutical opioids, performance enhancing drugs and methamphetamine.

This recent local trend highlights the need to be vigilant for signs of infective endocarditis among people who inject drugs, and to continue to educate people who inject drugs about ways to reduce the risks for infective endocarditis (e.g., using filters, alcohol swabs and sterile dilatants), even in the context of overall declines in injecting drug use and related cases of infective endocarditis.

To read more visit the full paper on Early View.
A complimentary PDF of the article is available to APSAD members by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tung MKY, Light M, Giri R, Lane S, Appelbe A, Harvey C, Athan E. Evolving epidemiology of injecting drug use-associated infective endocarditis: A regional centre experience. Drug and Alcohol Review 2014

Position Vacant

Staff Specialist/Senior Staff Specialist  Head of Department Drug Health for 5 years (extendable) - Closing Date is the 6 February 

An exciting opportunity exists for the right candidate to provide clinical and medical leadership to Drug Health Services within South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD).This position will provide leadership for clinical addiction medicine services, leadership in public health initiatives, guide evidenced based practice and develop partnerships with other healthcare providers to enhance service delivery to the population of  SWSLHD.

The Medical Director will work in partnership with the General Manager Drug Health, Senior Managers and staff to ensure a unified approach to the clinical governance, leadership and direction of Drug Health Services.
Click Here for further information  |  Download Position Description


Keynote Presentation now on YouTube

Keynote presentations from the 2014 APSAD Conference are now available to view on our YouTube channel!

This is a great resource if you missed the opportunity of attending the conference.

Presentations include:

  • Sarah Larney - Harm production and harm reduction in prisons and post release.
  • Glenys Dore - Involuntary Drug and Alcohol Treatment New South Wales Style.
  • Simon Adamson -  Controlled Drinking the Science and the Art.
  • Judith Prochaska - Tobacco Use Treatment Updates for Behavioural Health Populations
  • Kathleen Brady - Stress and Addictions Neurobiologic Interface
Additional keynote presentations from the 2014 Conference will be added to our YouTube channel within the coming weeks.
Don't forgot APSAD Member's can log into the "Member's Area" on our website to view the presentation slides for concurrent sessions from previous APSAD Conferences.


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2015 NAAPA Alcohol Policy Election Forum

The NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) invites you to the 2015 NAAPA Alcohol Policy Election Forum on 5 March 2015

On Saturday 28 March 2015, New South Wales (NSW) will head to the polls for the State Election. If elected, do you know what your local MP intends to do to address alcohol harms?

NAAPA, an alliance of health, community, law enforcement, emergency services and research organisations, is holding an Election Forum to allow representatives of NSW political parties to put forward their plans to reduce alcohol harms in NSW. Join members of NAAPA at the Election Forum to hear from your political representatives and raise important questions about alcohol policy.This event is open to members of the public, if you are interested please register at .

 More information about the event, including a full program of speakers, will be released shortly

Event details


Australian National Council on Drugs to be renamed

Australian National Council on Drugs will be renamed as the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs (ANACAD) which recognises the advisory Council’s focus on alcohol as well as drugs.
“ANACAD’s key role will be to provide advice to the Government on a range of national drug and alcohol issues, including advice on emerging issues and new substances, to ensure the Government is well placed to respond.
Read the Media Release for further details


APSAD Naloxone Webinar presented by Nicholas Lintzeris


This webinar will give you the information, the confidence and the tools to start prescribing now.
Background to extended distribution of naloxone including historical, international and national context, as well as legal/prescribing issues. 
Naloxone is a well-known and long used medication to reverse effects of opiates in the event of overdose. Yet Australia lags in making this life saving drug more widely available. While scheduling change may be one longer term option, we must not let this further delay extended availability.


About our presenter
A/Prof Nicholas Lintzeris is the Director Drug & Alcohol Services, SESLHD (Sydney, Australia) and Chief Addiction Medicine Specialist for NSW Health. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine, was awarded his PhD in 2002 from the Australian National University, and completed a NHMRC Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry and South London Maudsley NHS Trust (2002-6).
Nicholas Lintzeris has worked in the field of Addiction Medicine for over 20 years in Melbourne, Sydney and London in clinical, research and policy roles. A key focus has been the treatment of opioid dependence, contributing to National Clinical Guidelines, systematic reviews and leading several randomised controlled trials of opioid pharmacotherapies, including methadone, buprenorphine, diamorphine and LAAM.
Since returning to Australia in 2006, a particular focus of his work has been the development of treatment and policy responses to the misuse of pharmaceutical opioids, an increasing problem in Australia over this time.
He has published over 80 peer review journal papers and book chapters, and is a chief investigator in several longitudinal cohort studies of pharmaceutical opioid users.

Click on the link to view the webinar Naloxone - why YOU should be prescribing before Christmas


New e-Learning module on hepatitis C available

The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) has launched an eLearning resource titled Diagnosing and Managing HCV in Drug and Alcohol practice”.

The resource comprises a series of 3 smaller modules each built around a case scenario typically found in the drug and alcohol setting. The first case introduces testing and diagnosis, the second case involves assessing the need for treatment whilst managing comorbidities and the third case focuses on identifying advanced liver disease, treatment pathways, monitoring and treatment outcomes. A number of Fellows of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine have contributed to the development of these modules.

The eLearning can be accessed in the link: and is also accessible through the RACP’s MyResources gateway.

Please click on “access as a guest” to launch the 3 modules


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