The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

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.

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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.