The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

WHO ARE WE

POSITIONHELD BY
PRESIDENT Dr Anthony (Tony) Gill
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Dr Lynda Berends
VICE PRESIDENT / PRESIDENT-ELECT Prof Michael Farrell
SECRETARY Prof Emmanuelle Kuntsche
TREASURER Dr Craig Rodgers
NEW SOUTH WALES REPRESENTATIVE Dr Suzie Hudson 
VICTORIA REPRESENTATIVE Dr Matthew Dunn
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY REPRESENTATIVE Mr David McDonald 
TASMANIA REPRESENTATIVE Dr Jackie Hallam
QUEENSLAND REPRESENTATIVE Assoc Prof Leanne Hides
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 Ms Kim Gates 
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 ASSOCIATION (DANA) REPRESENTATIVE Ms Lucinda Scopelliti

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.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Dr Lynda Berends

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Lynda Berends is the Director of TRACE Research, a health services research and development consultancy, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW. Her former positions include Senior Research Fellow in the Drug Policy Modelling Program, UNSW, and Program Leader at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. Lynda has worked as a health services researcher for 20 years and she has a keen interest in community-based models of service delivery, systems planning, and consumer experiences of care pathways. Much of Lynda’s work is concerned with service and system development. Her recent / current projects include the exploration of interventions for young people with risky and entrenched AOD use, exploring ways to address unmet demand for residential rehabilitation in regional Victoria, and strategies to improve AOD workforce capacity in community settings. Lynda works collaboratively with service providers, managers, and funders to advance effective service design and delivery for positive client outcomes.

VICE PRESIDENT / PRESIDENT-ELECT

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.

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

Dr Emmanuel Kuntsche

 

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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

Dr Matthew Dunn

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Matthew Dunn is a senior lecturer in public health at Deakin University and a conjoint senior lecturer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Matthew was awarded his PhD in 2006 in the field of behavioural and community health, and has graduate qualifications in psychology and population health. Matthew’s research interests are varied, and include monitoring trends in the use of and harms associated with ecstasy and related drugs, emerging and novel psychoactive substances, performance and image enhancing substances, and substance use in sport. Matthew also teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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 Leanne Hides

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Leanne holds an  Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship at the Queensland University of Technology. She is a clinical psychologist with expertise in primary and co-occurring substance use disorders in young people.  Her main areas of interest include the development and testing of brief and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) interventions for substance use and comorbid mental health issues in young people, including web and mobile phone based interventions.  Leanne is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR), the only youth-focused research centre of its kind in Australia. She is also the QUT project leader of the Etools for Wellbeing project, which is developing Etools for enhancing the mental health and wellbeing young Australians people as part of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. Leanne has published 55 peer reviewed journal articles and 11 book chapters (66 in total) and has attracted almost $10 million in funding in the past 10 years, including nearly $6 million in current Nationally competitive funding. She was the recipient of the 2008 APSAD early career award.

NORTHERN TERRITORY REPRESENTATIVE

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Kim is the Executive Director with the Northen Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC). In Darwin in the Northern Territory. Kim was the inaugural winner of the APSAD First Peoples Award in Darwin in 2009.Kim is originally from Western Australia were she worked in the WA public service in the areas of Housing and Education before moving into the not for profit alcohol and

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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FIRST PEOPLES REPRESENTATIVE

Ms Kim Gates

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Kim is currently the  Senior Project Officer – Service Learning and Strategy Projects - DVC Indigenous Strategy and Services at the University of Sydney. Kim was the inaugural winner of the APSAD First Peoples Award in Darwin in 2009. Kim is originally from Western Australia were she worked in the WA public service in the areas of Housing and Education before moving into the not for profit alcohol and other drug sector. She moved to Darwin in December 2000 to take up a position at the Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services (CAAPS). After 8 years as the CEO of CAAPS Kim was recruited as the Deputy Director at the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) in the then Department of Health and Ageing.  Kim has also worked in the NT government for a short period of time, in the Department of Health and the Department of Justice. Kim held the position of Deputy Director with NTAHC since November 2012 prior to her appointment as Executive Director in March 2014. Kim left NTAHC and the Northern Territory in May 2017 to relocate to NSW.   Kim holds a Masters in Indigenous Health and a Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health from Sydney University.

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

Ms Lucinda Scopelliti

 

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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.