The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

APSAD Awards Recipients 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 APSAD Award winners!

All three APSAD Awards reflect excellence in the application of theory and knowledge to any aspect of drug and alcohol use or misuse. Recipients have been recognised as having made an outstanding contribution to reducing the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use in Australasia.

Prof. Alison Ritter - Senior Scientist Award 
Has worked as a clinical psychologist in the alcohol and drug treatment sector prior to commencingfull-time research. She was the Deputy Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre from 1995 to 2005. She has contributed significant policy and practice developments in the alcohol and drug sector over many years. She is the President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, Vice-President of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia and an Editor for a number of journals, including Drug and Alcohol Review, and the International Journal of Drug Policy.


Annalee Stearne - First People's Award
Is a member of the Nyungar people from WA, has been working in the National Drug Research Institute’s Indigenous Australian Research Program since 2001. She has been involved in numerous evaluations of Indigenous Australian substance misuse interventions in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. Between September 2005 and November 2008, while located in Alice Springs she worked closely with Tangentyere Council’s Research Hub. In 2006, she was a member of the research team that won the National Drug and Alcohol Award for Excellence in Research, and a Curtin University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence. Currently she sits on the board of Palmerston Association.

Dr Adrian Carter - Early Career Award
Adrian is an NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Health investigating the way in which a neurobiological understanding of addiction affects how we think about and treat individuals with an addiction. He completed his doctoral dissertation on the ethical and public policy implications of addiction neuroscience - "Addiction neuroethics: The promises and perils of addiction neuroscience" - at the Queensland Brain Institute and Department of Philosophy, The University of Queensland in 2009. Adrian is particularly interested in the impact that neuroscience has upon our notions of autonomy and responsibility in addiction, the use of coercion and the capacity to consent in addiction treatment, as well as the use of novel neurological technologies to treat, and possibly, prevent addiction. He is also examining the impact that neurobiological explanations have upon the public, affected individuals and other stakeholders understanding of addiction, and their attitudes towards the use of emerging technologies to treat addiction. Adrian has published numerous articles on these issues, as well as reports for the World Health Organization, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, and the Australian Ministerial Council on Drugs Strategy.


For further information on the APSAD Awards

APSAD Award Recipients

Adrian Carter (left) Alison Ritter, Annalee Stearne (right)

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