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Did you know that methadone take away doses are currently being reviewed in Victoria

The Victorian Coroners are suggesting that Victoria adopt the Tasmanian methadone take away dose policy which is a maximum of two, non consecutive take away doses per week.  This will have a significant impact upon people's quality of life.  It will also impact upon employers, the families and partners of people who rely upon a methadone treatment program.

Methadone is one of the best evidenced tools for reducing opioid related deaths and it's continued accessibility is vital to ensuring the health and safety of opioid dependent people and the general community.

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Clinician Corner - Drug and Alcohol Review Update

Text message reminders improve patient attendance according to a review of the evidence conducted by Joanna Milward and colleagues, now available on Drug and Alcohol Review’s Early View.

Patients who miss their appointments are at risk of poorer outcomes. Missed appointments are costly for services and can result in valuable resources being wasted.

Forgetfulness is one of the most common explanations for missed appointments. Text message appointment reminders are a cost-effective intervention that has been shown to dramatically improve attendance in health-care settings. Text message reminders are often generic but they can be personalised, for example, by including the person’s name. Reminders need to be sent within a week prior to the appointment, with most reminders being sent 1, 2 or 3 days in advance.

The effectiveness of using text message reminders has not been explored in substance use services. However, surveys suggest that the majority of clients have mobile phones and are receptive to communicating via text messages. One potential barrier to communicating via text is the frequency with which some clients change their mobile phone number.

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

A reminder that APSAD members can view the Drug and Alcohol Review online, dating back to the very first issue, simply by logging into the Member's area on the APSAD Website.

Milward J, Lynskey M, Strang J. Solving the problem of non-attendance in substance abuse services. Drug Alcohol Rev 2014 [Epub ahead of print].




Call for Mentors

APSAD has recently formed an Early Career Researchers (ECR) Committee, which is focused on linking ECRs with senior researchers, and providing networking opportunities. The ECR group is open to APSAD members and currently to non-members.

APSAD is looking for mid or senior-career researchers to join our informal network, and share their experiences and insights with ECRs. Mentoring can be as formal or informal as the mentor and mentee desire. Just by having a sounding board when questions arise; a friendly ear to talk about career options can be invaluable to ECRs starting out in their careers.
To find out more about APSAD and the ECR network, please visit the APSAD website and view our LinkedIn group and join the discussion
Download the form to register your interest in mentoring. Mentors will be listed on the APSAD Website with a link to their biography.

APSAD Conference inaugural ECR Breakfast
We are excited to announce that our first ECR networking event will take place this year at the APSAD Conference. To view the details for this please visit the Conference Website or Click here to register
For further information please contact the APSAD Office Ph: (02) 9252 2281 E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact our ECR committee representatives via email Suzanne Nielsen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Christina Marel This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Position Vacant Health Services Planner | VIC

Health Services Planner (Alcohol and Other Drugs)

Odyssey House Victoria (OHV) and Uniting Care ReGen (ReGen) have been contracted by the Victorian Department of Health to operate a range of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment services across the north and west metropolitan areas of Melbourne. These services will operate in partnership with a range of other community service organisations to best meet the needs of vulnerable people and families needing support.

We are seeking a Health Services Planner to ensure a consistent, comprehensive and integrated catchment-wide response to alcohol and other drug issues is achieved and targeted to those most in need. Through consultations, data analysis, and relationships with a range of stakeholders including Service Users, General Practice, Mental Health, Child and Family services, and local government, this position’s key purpose is to develop local strategies to improve the coordination of, and access to, AOD services. It will also help to develop new responses to unmet and priority needs within the community.

This newly created position is a great opportunity for a highly experienced and motivated planning professional to make a difference to local communities.

The successful applicant will have excellent stakeholder relationship skills, technical skills in planning, relevant tertiary qualifications and experience in a similar or related role.  Extensive and current knowledge and understanding of state-wide directions in AOD services reform, policy, planning, funding and delivery will be essential.

A salary in the range of $70,000 to $85,000 plus superannuation and a fully maintained vehicle is negotiable depending on qualifications, skills and experience.  Attractive salary packaging is also available.  To attract the right candidate, we will also consider flexible and part time work options, together with an attractive remuneration package.

The position description and link to apply is located at

Applications close at COB, Monday 22nd September, and need to address the key selection criteria in a cover letter addressed to the Executive Manager, Odyssey Institute & Community Services.

All applications will be dealt with in strict confidence. For further information, please contact Neos Zavrou on 9420 7651.


Rural Medicine Conference 2014

Medicine for the Rural Curious 

An event devoted to the practice of internal medicine in rural Australia 

24 - 26 October 2014 | Dubbo NSW 


EARLY BIRD price ends 20 SEPTEMBER 2014
To register contact RACP NSW/ACT State Office on
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or +612 9256 9645
For program information visit


EARLY BIRD price ends 20 SEPTEMBER 2014To register contact RACP NSW/ACT State Office This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or +612 9256 9645For program information visit



Drug and Alcohol Review Update

Drug and Alcohol Review a new virtual issue is available on ‘Managing methamphetamine dependence: interventions and beyond’. This virtual issue brings together papers on pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy and community-based interventions for methamphetamine use.

Click here to view on the Wiley Online Library 



Recovery and Relapse in Co-Occurring Disorders

South Pacific Private, Northern Sydney Medicare Local, Sydney North Shore and Beaches Medicare Local and the RACGP would like to invite you to join us at an exclusive event taking place on the 14th August 2014.

Guest Speaker Dr. David Mee-Lee 

Thursday 14 August 6:30pm - 9pm

Star Room, Level 6, Imax Theatre Complex, Darling Harbour

Please visit their website for further details and to register. 



Nominations are now open for the 2014 APSAD Awards

The APSAD Awards are given out every year and presented at the APSAD Conference. The 2014 APSAD Awards will be presented at the 34th APSAD Conference Gala Dinner in Adelaide on the 11 November.

We have revamped the APSAD Awards and we are pleased to announce the inclusion of a new Clinician Award for any individual providing direct delivery of clinical services, or operating in a strategic managerial position directly relating to service provision, see the Information Pack for more information and the nomination process.

For further information visit the APSAD Awards page 


2013 apsad awards winners

2013 APSAD Award winners

2012 award winners

2012 APSAD Award winners


2011 APSAD Award winners 


Position Vacant for Visiting Medical Officer - Drug and Alcohol | Northern NSW

This position is to provide and support the development of Drug and Alcohol services to patients of Drug and Alcohol Services across a number of geographical locations within the LHD. Support and facilitate a culture of learning and best practice consistent with the teaching role of Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Services.


Contact Person Corinne Maynard
Contact Number 0266207600
Contact Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Closing Date 04/08/2014


Click here to view the full advertisment 



Registration NOW open for the APSAD Early Career Researchers Breakfast

APSAD is delighted to announce a new event to this year’s conference program for Early Career Researchers (ECR)!
Call-out to Early Career Researchers to join us at the APSAD Conference for an ECR breakfast event. This is a great opportunity to mingle with seniors in the field as well as your own peers at the '2014 APSAD ECR Breakfast'.

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