The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

WHO ARE WE

POSITIONHELD BY
PRESIDENT Prof Michael Farrell
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Dr Anthony (Tony) Gill
VICE PRESIDENT / PRESIDENT-ELECT TBA
SECRETARY Prof Emmanuel Kuntsche
TREASURER Dr Craig Rodgers
NEW SOUTH WALES REPRESENTATIVE Dr Suzie Hudson 
VICTORIA REPRESENTATIVE A/Prof Suzanne Nielsen
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY REPRESENTATIVE Mr David McDonald 
TASMANIA REPRESENTATIVE Dr Jackie Hallam
QUEENSLAND REPRESENTATIVE A/Prof Genevieve Dingle
NORTHERN TERRITORY REPRESENTATIVE Vacant 
SOUTH AUSTRALIA REPRESENTATIVE Mr Michael White
WESTERN AUSTRALIA REPRESENTATIVE Dr Robert Tait 
NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVE Dr David Newcombe
FIRST PEOPLES REPRESENTATIVE TBA
DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Prof Robin Room
EARLY TO MID CAREER RESEARCHERS REPRESENTATIVE Dr Amy Peacock
CHAPTER OF ADDICTION MEDICINE (ChAM) REPRESENTATIVE Dr Nikola Ognyenovits
DRUG AND ALCOHOL NURSES OF AUSTRALASIA (DANA) REPRESENTATIVE Dr Adam Searby

PRESIDENT

Professor Michael Farrell

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Professor Michael Farrell is the Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW since 2011. He worked in London for over 20 years where he was a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist in the Maudsley Hospital and a Professor of Addiction Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London.His extensive research interests include treatment evaluation. He is an editor of the Cochrane Drug and Alcohol Group.  Other interests include Evidence-Based Practice and Treatment Evaluation and the Translation of new evidence into practice. He has undertaken and published widely on psychiatric comorbidity, national mental health survey programmes and drug use in the criminal justice system.He has been a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug and Alcohol Dependence since 1995.  Professor Farrell chaired the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA). He has published over 200 scientific papers and has undertaken a wide range of work for international agencies and for National Governments on aspects of National Drug Policies.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Dr Anthony (Tony) Gill

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Dr Anthony (Tony) Gill is an Addiction Medicine Specialist who has worked in the Drug and Alcohol field for over 25 years. He has worked as a clinician and clinical leader primarily. He has held various Drug and Alcohol Clinical Director positions in NSW Local Health Districts and in the past in the NSW Ministry of Health. He is presently a Senior Staff Specialist in the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, and Medical Director of the Central Coast Local Health District Drug and Alcohol Service. His interests in drug and alcohol include teaching and clinical service development and redesign, and he has worked extensively with general practitioners to enhance their activities in drug and alcohol.

VICE PRESIDENT / PRESIDENT-ELECT

TBA

   

TREASURER

Dr Craig Rodgers

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Craig Rodgers completed his training with the College of General Practitioners in 2000 and has been working as a part-time GP in the inner city area of Sydney since that time. In 2004 he was inducted as a founding Fellow of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine and has continued to work in both the drug and alcohol sector and general practice. He enjoyed many years of work at the Kirketon Road Centre in Kings Cross, a primary health care service for people who inject drugs, sex workers and ‘at risk’ youth, and was the Medical Unit Manager from 2002 until 2012. Since 2012 he has been working as a Staff Specialist in Addiction Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital. He is also a conjoint lecturer at the University of NSW and has contributed to registrar and GP training in the areas of Addiction Medicine, HIV and Sexual health.

SECRETARY

Professor Emmanuel Kuntsche

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Professor Emmanuel Kuntsche has been trained in Psychology (University of Jena, Germany), Sociology (University of Jena, Germany), Public Health (University of Maastricht, the Netherlands) and Statistics (University of Essex, UK). After having mainly worked at Addiction Switzerland, an NGO located in Lausanne, he became a Professor of Public Health at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and the Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research in 2017. He continues his part-time position as an Associate Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and as an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He currently investigates the development and transformation of alcohol-related cognition from early childhood into adolescence and the role of parental alcohol socialisation. His research interests also include the measurement of both alcohol consumption (e.g. using ecological momentary assessment and transdermal monitors) and related cognition (e.g. by means of the Alcohol Expectancy Task he developed). Emmanuel has received career awards and personal funding from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the German Society for Addiction Research and Addiction Treatment, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and International Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol. He has had editorial appointments at six international journals (currently Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Review and European Addiction Research).

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY REPRESENTATIVE

David McDonald

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David is a social scientist with research interests in public health and criminology, particularly alcohol and other drugs policy and better understanding the research-policy nexus. As well as being a Consultant in Social Research and Evaluation, he is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University's National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, and a member of the Drug Policy Modelling Program research team.

NEW SOUTH WALES REPRESENTATIVE

Dr Suzie Hudson

 Suzie Hudson Suzie is an accredited mental health Social Worker and has over 20 years’ clinical experience in the fields of substance misuse, mental health, forensics, research and evaluation. Suzie has worked, developed and managed community-based and residential alcohol and drug services both in Australia and overseas and currently holds the position of Clinical Director at NADA (Network of Alcohol and Drugs Agencies). In addition, she provides training workshops designed to enhance the capacity of the AOD treatment sector and maintains a private counselling and clinical supervision practice. Suzie has a PhD in public health and community medicine and a passion for engaging with social change.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA REPRESENTATIVE

Michael White

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Michael is the Executive Director at SANDAS. He has over 25 years’ experience in the community services and health sectors. Most recently he was the Senior Project Manager – Workforce Development at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University. In this role Michael was responsible for a broad program of work including sourcing project opportunities; collaborating with external stakeholders; establishing projects and programs of work and overseeing them from conception to completion; participating in national and jurisdictional VET qualification committees and representing NCETA at national and state level on a number of workforce development committees. Michael co-authored a number of alcohol and other drugs publications at NCETA and presented conference papers on child and family sensitive practice, workforce development, vocational education and training in the AOD sector, workplace health and safety, and inter-sectoral practice.

VICTORIA  REPRESENTATIVE

Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen

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Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen (BPharmSc[Hons] PhD MPS) is the Deputy Director of the Monash Addiction Research Centre in Melbourne, and is a current NHMRC Career Development Fellow. Suzi also holds an Honorary Professorial appointment at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, is an Honorary Principal Fellow at the Burnet Institute, is a Conjoint Senior Research Fellow, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (UNSW Sydney), and is an Honorary Research Fellow, Alfred Hospital Pharmacy Department. Suzi has been a registered pharmacist for over 20 years with clinical experience in the treatment of substance use disorders includes in specialist drug treatment and community-based alcohol and drug treatment settings in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has published over 110 scientific publications and given over 170 national and international conference presentations on her research, which has led to a greater understanding of how to identify and respond to prescription and over-the-counter drug-related problems. Her recent work has a focus on reducing opioid-related harm and overdose prevention.  Suzi has worked with Australian state and federal governments to reduce opioid-related and other drug harm, is a current member of the Therapeutic Goods Administration Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling and has acted as an advisor for the World Health Organisation Expert Committee on Drug Dependence.

TASMANIA  REPRESENTATIVE

Dr Jackie Hallam

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Dr Jackie Hallam is the Policy and Research Officer in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council in Tasmania. Jackie obtained her Doctorate in Political Science and Public Policy in 2006. Her thesis was titled- ‘The Rise and Stall of Harm Reduction Policy in Australia 1980 to 2000’. This work examined the conditions in which policy change occurred using the ‘Advocacy Coalition Framework’. Across 20 years Jackie has worked in many roles in the AOD sector, including frontline, workforce development and research. As a policy officer in a peak body, Jackie is deeply committed to addressing stigma around drug use and contributing to the agenda that drug use be seen as a health issue.

QUEENSLAND REPRESENTATIVE

Associate Professor Genevieve Dingle

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Genevieve is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of QLD with a research interest in how groups and communities can influence mental health and wellbeing. This includes both formal groups (such as cognitive behaviour therapy groups, and therapeutic communities for alcohol and other drug treatment), as well as arts-based groups such as choirs and creative writing groups. Genevieve has completed a science degree in biochemistry and pharmacology, and later an arts degree and PhD in psychology at the University of QLD. Genevieve has worked for over a decade as a clinical psychologist in hospital and private practice settings, and was the Program Manager of the Belmont Private Hospital Rubicon Alcohol and other Drugs Treatment program for several years. Currently, she teaches an elective in Addiction Science and Practice and a core course on Evidence-Based Psychotherapies to postgraduate psychology students. Genevieve is an AHPRA registered clinical psychologist and supervisor and a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists

NORTHERN TERRITORY REPRESENTATIVE

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA REPRESENTATIVE

Dr Robert Tait

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Dr Tait is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug Research Institute and has worked in addiction research for more than 15 years. He has been involved in the development of new treatment interventions, including clinical trials, delivery of interventions to new groups and the use of new modes of delivery. He has also used existing datasets including the WA Data Linkage System, to assess the long-term relationships between substance use mental/physical health disorders and self-harm behaviours. His work has included those in the general population, high-risk groups and clinical samples. Currently, he is also collaborating on a multi-centre project evaluating the social cost of methamphetamine use in Australia. In 2015, he was a co-convenor for the APSAD annual conference in Perth.

NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVE

Dr David Newcombe

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Current Position: Senior Lecturer, Head Social & Community Health, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. Dr Newcombe is a Senior Lecturer in alcohol and drug studies in the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. He is the Academic Director of the Post Graduate Alcohol and Drug Studies programme and also an Associate Director of the Centre for Addiction Research.  He has had over 20 years’ experience working in various clinical and education roles in the addiction sector in both Australia and New Zealand.  Prior to coming to New Zealand, he was Senior Project Officer at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in the Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Problems responsible for managing large international studies and, coordinated the Post Graduate Addiction programme, both at the University of Adelaide.  His current research interests include: Screening and brief interventions for problematic alcohol and drug use; The clinical pharmacology of pharmacotherapies used for the treatment of dependence; Cognitive effects of drugs of abuse; The impact of co- existing problems (including prescription medication use) on well-being. 

FIRST PEOPLES REPRESENTATIVE

TBA

 

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW

Professor Robin Room

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Robin Room is a sociologist who has directed alcohol and drug research centres in the United States, Canada and Sweden, and now in Australia, his native country. He is a professor and the Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and a professor at the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs at Stockholm University. He has received awards for scientific contributions in the U.S., Sweden and Australia, and the premier international award in alcohol studies, the Jellinek Memorial Award for Alcohol Studies.  From 2006 to 2012, he was President of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, the national peak body of non-governmental organisations in the field. He has been an advisor for the World Health Organisation since 1975, has been a president of an international scientific society, the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, and is Editor-in-Chief of APSAD's scientific journal, the Drug and Alcohol Review. Professor Room’s research is on social, cultural and epidemiological studies of alcohol, drugs and gambling behaviour and problems, and studies of social responses to alcohol and drug problems and of the effects of policy changes. Recent books on which he is a co-author include Cannabis Policy: Moving beyond Stalemate; Drug Policy and the Public Good, and the 2nd edition of Alcohol – No Ordinary Commodity, all published by Oxford UP. 

DANA REPRESENTATIVE

Dr Adam Searby

 

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CHAPTER OF ADDICTION MEDICINE REPRESENTATIVE

Dr Nikola Ognyenovits

Dr Nikola Ognyenovits is an Addiction Medicine Specialist. He has a strong interest in the clinical management and research in substance use disorders, behavioural addictions and associated mental health conditions, including developmental trauma, PTSD, depression and anxiety disorders. Dr Ognyenovits is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Chapter of Addiction Medicine, and a council member of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs. He is also involved in advocacy to inform drug policy and service development.

Currently he is working as a Staff Specialist in Metro-North and West Moreton Alcohol and Drugs Services. He visits Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Health Service on North-Stradbroke Island. Dr Ognyenovits’ main interest in research is the exploration of novel approaches to addiction treatment. His latest project is to research and introduce ketamine-assisted psychotherapy as a therapeutic modality in substance use disorders.

As a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland School of Medicine, he contributes to the education of medical students and other health professionals. For the past four years, Dr Ognyenovits has been the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer of ASMOFQ.

Dr Ognyenovits graduated as Doctor of Medicine in Budapest, Hungary, initially training in Psychiatry. After moving to Australia in 1992, he worked in rural and remote centres across Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. He puts an emphasis on the importance of the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of disease and health.