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Important Update – 2021 APSAD Brisbane Conference Moving to Virtual

We were looking forward to seeing everyone at APSAD 2021 in Brisbane, however, due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in some states, the fluctuating situation around Australasia, and its impact on our community’s ability to travel to the conference, we have made the difficult decision to move the 40th APSAD Conference to a fully virtual conference. Our priority is the safety of our staff, delegates, sponsors and stakeholders and we do not feel that holding a large indoor public gathering is the right thing to do at this time.

As the conference was already a hybrid model, we are fully equipped and ready to deliver a world-class virtual event. There will be plenary sessions and concurrent sessions, along with the pre-conference workshops and breakfast sessions.

All sessions will be recorded and available for delegates to view at a later date for up to 3 months.

The conference will still be held over 3 days and there will be a mix of live presentations (including panel discussions) and pre-recorded presentations with presenters live online answering questions.

The dates and schedule of the conference are unchanged, and conference registration (at the lower virtual rate) will still be required for all attendees and speakers. We consider the current circumstances as an opportunity to innovate the conference into an engaging virtual event that will be rewarding for both presenters and attendees.

For delegates that have registered and paid to attend face-to-face, registrations will be changed to virtual and refunds will be automatically arranged to return the difference in ticket cost, no action will be required from you to facilitate this process. In addition, we will continue to provide regular updates as we move this event to virtual. Please bear with us as we implement these changes, we will be in touch with everyone who has registered as soon as we can.

We acknowledge the difficult situation many of those in the sector and community find themselves in during extended lockdowns and border closures, and will cover the 30% administration charge. Therefore, if you have already paid for your registration, the difference in value will be fully refunded. If you have purchased a conference dinner ticket, this will be fully refunded.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and exhibitors, we greatly appreciate the ongoing support for this leading alcohol and other drugs conference and look forward to continuing to work with you in the virtual environment. 

More information about the digital platform and virtual format will be posted soon along with details of the conference program and satellite events.

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Presentation slides from the 2019 Concurrent sessions are available to view by visiting the 2019 Conference website program page.  


APSAD Conference

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

The First Annual Meeting of the society was held at the Australian National University, Canberra, on July 31 and August 1, 1981.

In 2021 the both the Society and the APSAD Conference will be celebrating 40 years.

The destination for 2021 is Brisbane and the conference will take place on 7-10 November.

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;

  • Nine Keynote/Plenary speakers,
  • James Rankin Oration,
  • Four to six Concurrent streams,
  • Poster session/s including Poster Prizes for best Early and Senior Career posters along with a People's Choice vote from conference delegates
  • 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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