The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs



For more conference photos from 2007 onwards visit APSAD's Flickr page



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EMCR conference networking event

2019 APSAD Conference Photos



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APSAD Auckland Conference - Welcome Ceremony

2018 APSAD Conference Photos


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Conference conveners

Rebecca Jenkinson and Matthew Dunn 

2017 APSAD Conference 


Lisa Ferguson & Craig Rodgers APSAD Conference dinner

APSAD Clinician Award Winner Lisa Ferguson

with Craig Rodgers 

2016 APSAD Conference 


Award senior scientist 

APSAD Senior Scientist Award winner Steve Allsop with President Rose Neild

2015 APSAD Conference 


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Michael Livingston & Jason Ferris

2015 APSAD Conference 



APSAD 2014 Conference (L-R) Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier: Leesa Vlahos M.P, Governor of South Australia: His Excellency Hieu Van Le, APSAD President Rose Neild



2014 APSAD Award winners with president Rose Neild (L-R)  Jimmy Perry, Maree Teesson, Sarah Larney, Rose Neild and Adrian Dunlop



APSAD 2013 Conference: APSAD Award Winners with President Rose Neild (L-R) Matthew Gullo, Paul Haber, Rose Neid and Steve Ella 



APSAD 2013 Conference: Keynote Poster Tour with Steffanie Strathdee




APSAD Conference Award Winners 2012


APSAD Conference 2012


APSAD 2012 Conference: APSAD Award Winners (L-R) Adrian Carter, Alison Ritter and Annalee Stearne


APSAD 2012 Conference - Melbourne 





APSAD 2011 Conference: APSAD Award Winners (L-R) Suzi Neilson and David Kavanagh with APSAD's President Amanda Baker (Centre)   APSAD 2010 Conference: Drug and Alcohol Review Cocktail Party  






APSAD 2011 Conference: EUROPAD Sessions   APSAD 2009 Conference: APSAD Award Winners with APSAD's President Adrian Dunlop  




APSAD 2008 Conference - Drug and Alcohol Review Cocktail Party   APSAD 2009 Conference Dinner  

Current Conference

Invitation to APSAD Canberra 2024

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It is our great pleasure to invite you to APSAD 2024 on Ngunnawal Country (Canberra).

We are proud to be hosting you in Australia’s most progressive jurisdiction, and look forward to providing an exciting, dynamic and informative program with the theme of Inclusion…Innovation…Progress.

The theme reflects the move towards greater Inclusion of multiple and varied voices in alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues, including greater participation by people with lived and/or living experience of alcohol and other drugs in the processes of program development and delivery; research and evaluation; and policy reform. Similarly, it reflects the broad range of professional and practical expertise in our sector across a variety of settings.

APSAD 24 will celebrate Innovation in the ATOD field. It is fitting that the conference is being held in Canberra where a range of drug reforms have occurred, including: take home naloxone trial; festival pill testing and fixed site drug checking; and decriminalisation of personal possession of small quantities of commonly used illicit drugs. Such innovation is, however, not particular to Canberra, and we invite you—from across the Oceania region and beyond—to showcase your unique and varied contributions in ATOD practice, research and policy.

Finally, while we may not always feel it, we are, as a sector, making Progress in reducing harms for people who use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, their families and friends, and the broader community. In 2024, we’ll come together at this meeting place—Canberra—to reflect on how harm reduction is being applied in contemporary ATOD practice, research and policy.

As a further demonstration of innovation, APSAD 2024 will be held from Wednesday to Friday (30 October – 1 November), with Post-Conference workshops on the Saturday following (2 November). We invite you to stay in Canberra for the weekend to attend the Workshops, and to sample what this city has to offer—why not: explore the lake by boat; visit an exhibition at the National Museum; do the freefall at Questacon; walk the Birrigai Time Trail at Tidbinbilla; view the city from Mt Ainslie; attend the weekend Markets; and enjoy the wide selection of restaurants, cafes, bars and wineries in the city and region.

We look forward to seeing you all in Canberra to share, network and learn at APSAD 2024.

Anke van der Sterren, Chris Gough and Amy Faden

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APSAD has a strong reputation for delivering unique, inclusive, and stimulating multidisciplinary conferences. The conference will demonstrate outstanding science, best practice in treatment, harm reduction, law enforcement, prevention, and people with lived experience, and includes empiric knowledge at all levels.

The 43rd APSAD Scientific Drug and Alcohol Conference provides you with the opportunity to access and engage your target audience before, during and after the conference over an extended period.

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APSAD Conference

The annual APSAD Scientific Conference plays an imporant role in the life of the Society, providing a key avenue for APSAD to promote the use of best practice approaches in the prevention, early intervention and treatment of alcohol and other drug problems.

Since 1981, APSAD has been bringing together diverse perspectives in relation to research, policy, and practice from across the alcohol and other drugs sector to share, discuss, and present on evidence-based issues.

The first annual meeting of the Society was held at the Australian National University, Canberra, 31 July to 1 August 1981. The intention was to be primarily a medically-oriented organisation established to meet the needs of medical scientists and practitioners, and endeavour to attract a broad medical membership from individuals who had a scientific or professional interest in alcohol and drug related problems, their prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The Society recognised early on, that scientists and practitioners from other disciplines would make important contributions to such a Society, bringing a major change in focus during the first 10 years of the Society’s existence, and accepting non-medical professionals as full members. This made the society a truly multidisciplinary organisation representing all professionals involved in the drug and alcohol field.

The APSAD Conference provides an opportunity for networking and ideas sharing in a friendly and informal atmosphere with a cross-section of alcohol and other drugs workers, including; practitioners, researchers, peer workers, people with lived experience, and policymakers. The conference also contributes to building capacity and capability in alcohol and other drugs by providing opportunities for engagement and learnings from early to mid career, and more experienced researchers and clinicians.

In 2021 the Society, the annual Conference, and the Drug and Alcohol Review all celebrated 40 years.

In 2024 the conference will be held on Ngunnawal Country (Canberra) on 30 October - 2 November, and for the first time in twenty years will run Wednesday to Saturday.

For more information visit the current conference webpage or visit the APSAD Conference website.

Join the Conference mailing list on to get regular updates sent directly to your inbox. 

The APSAD Conference program each year includes;

  • Keynote /Plenary speakers
  • James Rankin Oration
  • Four Concurrent streams
  • Poster session/s including Poster Tours hosted by keynote speakers
  • Poster Highlights session/s; poster presenters have one minute and one slide to promote their poster during a plenary session
  • Late Breaking sessions; including a Late Breaking prize judged by members of the Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Food for Thought; presentations on case studies, clinical perspectives, new programs or services, and consumer viewpoints

One of APSAD Council's important annual responsibilities is to select the James Rankin Orator. This annual oration is held as part of the APSAD Conference and honours a significant contributor to research, practice, and or policy in Australasian alcohol and drugs.

APSAD members receive a significant discount registration to the APSAD Scientific Conference. 

If your membership has lapsed or you wish to become a member of APSAD please visit our Membership page for further information.


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