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Nominations for the 2024 APSAD Awards for Excellence in Science, Research & Practice are open

In 2024 we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of APSAD Awards. The Awards will be presented at the 43rd APSAD Conference on Ngunnawal Country (Canberra) from Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 2 November.

As Australia's leading multidisciplinary organisation for professionals involved in the drug and alcohol field, these prestigious Awards are our unique celebration of the outstanding efforts and achievements of individuals and teams who provide devoted and unstinting service to their communities in diverse fields and go unrecognised.

Acknowledging dedication and excellence in our sector is a key part of the APSAD Awards and encouraging future generations of great researchers and clinicians.

The Awards are nominated by APSAD members and decided by the APSAD Awards Committee. 

The closing date for nominations in all award categories is 11.59pm (AEST) 29 July 2024.

Ready to nominate? Head to APSAD Awards Information & Nomination Forms.


Each Award recipient will receive:

  • A plaque and a certificate,
  • $1,000 to assist with professional development,
  • One-year APSAD membership.
  1. The Kyp Kypri Early Career Award recipient will present the Kyp Kypri Early Career Keynote* address at the 2024 APSAD Canberra Conference.
  2. The Advocacy Award recipient will have the opportunity to hold an Advocacy Workshop* at the 2025 APSAD Sydney Conference.

*Subject to review by the abstract by the conference Scientific Advisory Committee.

All eight APSAD Awards reflect excellence in the application of theory, knowledge and practice to any aspect of drug and alcohol use.

The focus of the Awards:

The Kyp Kypri Early Career Award is for excellence in research relative to career opportunities.

The Mid Career Award is for significant contribution in the alcohol and other drug field.

The Senior Scientist Award is for a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of substance use.

The First Peoples Award recognises an individual that has made an important contribution to the advancement of the health of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples.

TheClinician Award recognises excellence and leadership in clinical practice in the field of substance use in any discipline.

The Mentor Award recognises an individual who has made an important contribution to mentoring and supporting the career development of clinicians, researchers or students.

The Advocacy Award recognises the outstanding impact by an individual or a team in the alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs sector who works in the policy and/or advocacy area.

The Lived and Living Experience Award recognises an individual that has made an important contribution to clinical practice, research, training, prevention, or policy in their role as someone with lived experience working or volunteering in the area of substance use or harm reduction services.

Please contact the APSAD Office by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require further information.

Details of the Awardees and highlights of the 2023 Awards can be found here.