The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

Early Career Researcher



The APSAD Early Career Researchers (ECR) sub-committee was formed in 2014 and is made up of APSAD Members at all different stages and levels in their research careers.  The ECR committee is designed to assist ECRs and PhD students improve their confidence, effectiveness and capacity by providing opportunities for networking, mentoring, collaboration, skills development and career planning. 


Each year at the APSAD Conference the ECR committee organise a networking event for PhD students, Post-Doctoral fellows, Honours students and experienced clinicians who may be earlier in their research career.

 The networking event features informal presentations from leaders in the alcohol and other drug sector sharing their top tips for career success. There is plenty of opportunity for networking with peers, exchange ideas, gather information and explore opportunities.

(As places are limited first preference is given to APSAD Members.)

Visit the Conference Networking Event webpage for further details. 




The APSAD Early Career Researchers Network on LinkedIn and Facebook provides a discussion forum for APSAD Members as well as being open to the public. Join in the conversation where our Network shares information on job opportunities; career resources; grant funding; networking events; share blogs and support each other.  In particular, the Network aims to provide mentorship opportunities to those who may not have access to mentoring programs in their current work or research environment.

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The Abstract Mentor Program was initiated in 2015 and is being continued at the APSAD Sydney 2016 Conference, with the objective of assisting Early Career Researchers working, or studying in the AOD field to improve their abstracts before submitting them for the APSAD Conference, thus increasing the chance of their work being represented at our conference.

The program is especially targeted at ECRs from resource-limited settings who may lack access to opportunities for rigorous mentoring in research and writing.

For further information visit the conference website



 The annual APSAD Awards for Excellence in Science, Research, and Practice are designed to provide peer recognition for those working in the drug and alcohol field in Australasia. The Early Career Award is for excellence in research relative to career opportunities.

The winner of the Early Career Award gives the Early Career keynote address at this year’s APSAD Conference. Nominations for the APSAD Awards open in June.

For further information on all the APSAD Awards go the AWARDS page on the APSAD website.


Visit the APSAD YouTube Channel to view the past Early Career Award winner’s keynote presentation.

2016 Early Career Award winner and Keynote Louise Mewton, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, NSW  

2015 Early Career Award winner and Keynote Dr Amy Peacock, University of Tasmania

2014 Early Career Award winner and Keynote Dr Sarah Larney, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, NSW 
 APSAD YouTube Channel



Are you enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, studying full time, or working part time? You may be eligible to apply for APSAD Student membership.

To find out more about the different types of membership visit our Membership page


  • Dr Matthew Dunn,  Deakin University, VIC 
  • Dr Christina Marel, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
  • Dr Suzanne Nielsen, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
  • Dr Amy Peacock,  University of Tasmania and National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
  • A/Prof Leanne Hides, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Jason Ferris, University of Queensland
  • Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, Burnett Institute, VIC
  • Mr Ben Riordan, University of Otago, Dunedin
  • Ms Kerryn Butler, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre,

To contact the members of the ECR sub-committee or for further information please email Deborah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.