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Drug Trends, NDARC: Two Research Fellow A/B and one Research Officer position

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre are currently advertising two Research Fellow A/B positions and one Senior Research Officer position to work on Drug Trends. These positions are a unique opportunity to contribute to this program of research, shaping the way drug use and harms are monitored in Australia into the future. The two Research Fellows will be involved in strengthening various aspects of the program, bringing innovation in methodology, statistical analyses, dissemination and communication of findings. 

For further information and to apply, please click here:

Applications close 11 pm Wednesday 15th August. Please feel free to direct any queries to Amy Peacock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; +61 2 9385 0282)


Interested in participating in a research study on ecstasy use?

This study involves completing a 20-minute online anonymous survey which will ask questions about your experiences with drug use, personality, mental health and basic demographic information. Your responses will be kept anonymous and confidential. Note you must be at least 18 years old to enter.

This research is being conducted by Sally Meikle for a Psychology Honours degree, under the supervision of Dr. Gillinder Bedi and A/Prof Olivia Carter.

All participants will be given the option to enter a prize draw of two $50 AUD gift vouchers.

Open the link below to find out more and participate


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New Thoughts of Substance Podcast from the ECR sub-committee

On this episode of Thoughts Of Substance, Dr Christina Marel is talking to the 2007 winner of the APSAD Early Career Award, Associate Professor Katherine Mills, about some of her career successes and challenges. Has it all been smooth sailing? What were some of the biggest obstacles she’s encountered along the way to becoming an independent researcher?


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Call for Late Breaking abstract submission is OPEN

Now Calling for Late Breaking Abstract Submissions
The Scientific Advisory Committee invites the submission of Late-Breaking abstracts for presentation at the APSAD Auckland 2018 Conference.
The Late Breaking sessions are lively and informative with fast-paced 5-minute presentations. The sessions are dedicated to new information or important findings not fully available before the general abstract deadline.The Late Breaking presentations are held as standalone sessions, this is an opportunity to address all conference delegates, and is one of the popular sessions at the conference.  
Abstracts must be submitted by Sunday 12 August 2018, there will be no extension to the submission closing date.
Please note that the Late Breaking Abstract deadline is NOT an extension of the general abstract submission deadline.
For further information about the Late Breaking Session and how to submit visit the conference website

2018 NDRI Annual Symposium

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) is bringing its annual symposium to Melbourne for the first time 

NDRI invites you to

2018 NDRI Annual Symposium – Alcohol and Other Drug Research, Policy and Practice

Date: Thursday 22 November 2018

Venue: RACV City Club, Bourke St, Melbourne

Early Bird Rate: $210 (inc. GST)


  • International keynote speaker Professor Tom Decorte, from Ghent University, Belgium, outlines the latest international developments in regulating cannabis
  • An outstanding panel of national and international drug policy experts debate global developments in cannabis policy and regulation – and their impact on Australia
  • Perth and Melbourne-based NDRI researchers present the latest innovative research and findings aimed at preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug-related harm
  • A range of alcohol and other drug topics discussed including take-home naloxone, alcohol policy, justice health, school drug education and addressing stigma
  • World-first trial 
  • More speakers and symposium information announced soon

Note: RACV City Club is offering discounted accommodation rates to symposium attendees.

To enquire about accommodation rates, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

To find out more about NDRI’s research, visit our new website or follow us at @NDRIau



ECU Study on Microdosing Psychedlics

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What we are trying to discover: The purpose of the study is to explore wellbeing, stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms in people who microdose compared with a group practising an activity that has similar aims to microdosing.

Why? While there is growing research demonstrating the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs, there is limited research on microdosing. Anecdotal reports of microdosing are consistent with research on the therapeutic effects of psychedelics in larger doses. Microdosing might provide the beneficial therapeutic effects associated with psychedelics without the intense experience of a full dose.


Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals will be merging with our society


APSAD is pleased to announce that the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals will be merging with our Society. As APSAD members, they will form a Special Interest Group - the Australasian Smoking Cessation Professionals Special Interest Group (ASCP-SIG).

The amalgamation was flagged at last year’s APSAD Annual General Meeting. It is the result of careful consideration of the benefits and challenges involved. The amalgamation is a new exciting chapter in the Society’s history.

There will be no change to membership of APSAD and no change to the membership fee. There will be some exciting additions to benefit members including:

  • Access to the online Journal of Smoking Cessation in addition to the Drug and Alcohol Review
  • Annual Smoking Cessation Update Day to be held on the Sunday at the APSAD Conference
  • Ability to join the ASCP Special Interest Group
  • Monthly webinars - kindly coordinated by Kevin Price from the Seventh Day Adventist Group
  • Database of practising professional members as a referral source
  • Find a Tobacco Specialist – Finder on the APSAD website
  • ASCP Listserv

The APSAD website is currently being updated to include the ASCP-SIG, Tobacco Specialist Finder and the membership application form. Those interested can apply to join the ASCP Special Interest Group at the same time as applying to join APSAD. Current APSAD members who wish to join the ASCP-SIG will need to complete a new membership application form. This new form will help us update your details in our database as well as collecting the new information for the ASCP-SIG. 

The ASCP-SIG will require members to be accredited as Tobacco Treatment Specialists and will also facilitate accreditation as Tobacco Treatment Specialists for those interested in becoming members of the Special Interest Group.

APSAD’s updated website should be ready before the end of June, we’ll send another email to members when it’s ready.

APSAD and ASCP will be holding a teleconference on Tuesday 12 June at 1200 (AEST) hosted by Lynda Berends (Immediate Past President APSAD) and Renee Bittoun (Past President AASCP), to provide members with more information and to answer any questions you may have. Details to dial in are provided below. We have put together some slides for the teleconference and to provide further information for those unable to attend.

The slides are available for you to download.

Teleconference details:

Toll-Free Numbers:

Australia:       1 800 064 762

New Zealand:  0 508 31 0169

Toll Numbers:

Australia:        +61 2 8090 8323

New Zealand:  +64 9 973 7382

Conference Room Number: 528-225-008

If you are unable to join the teleconference but have questions you can contact Liz Baxter at the APSAD office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please pass on this information to your networks.


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The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) - update


NADA CONFERENCE - Updated program outline
An updated program is now live on the conference website, and attached for your convenience. It’s time to start planning: 
your day will be filled with keynotes, panel discussions, exciting presentations and workshops.

Conference streams include: withdrawal management, integrated approaches to treatment, client outcomes and more.

Learn from our keynotes, including:

  • the impact of decriminalisation on integrated responses and delivery of treatment services in Portugal
  • why the consumers’ voice should be central to AOD treatment
  • what responding to family and domestic violence might mean in AOD service provision context
  • current evidence base and innovations for primary and comorbid substance use disorders in young people.

Join the panel discussion on ‘Access and equity in AOD treatment’ and a Q&A with Minister Brad Hazzard. 

Register now for NADA Conference 2018: registrations close 25 May.

Pre-conference workshops
Two one-day pre-conference workshops have been announced, free for NADA members and conference delegates:
Magnifying motivational interviewing workshop’ and ‘Well beings: A workshop on workplace wellbeing for managers and supervisors.’


The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Meeting

CPDD 80th Annual Scientific Meeting

9 - 14 June 2018 Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego CA USA 

We will have a number of symposia and workshops, some in conjunction with the International Narcotics Research Conference (INRC), which overlaps with CPDD for a few days, and others that also include the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA). If you are attending the INRC or RSA conference after the CPDD conference you can qualify for a 20% discount.

Early Bird Registration Deadline:  April 16, 2018; Standard Rates will apply on and after April 17, 2018

To register and for further information on the speakers and program click here to view. 




Call for abstract submission is now open

Submit an abstract before the 13 May for your opportunity to present at this year's conference

The Scientific Advisory Committee is delighted to announce that the call for abstracts is OPEN.
We invite submissions of abstracts for the following presentation types: Poster; Oral; Workshop; Symposium; and Food for ThoughtNew to this year is the DELIVERY/PRACTICE-BASED oral presentation.Details for each type of presentation can be found on the conference website

Need help with your Abstract?
The Abstract Mentor Program is run with the assistance of our volunteer abstract mentors. The aim of the program is to provide an opportunity for First Peoples (Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori), Community Groups, Consumers, and Early Careers to have their draft abstracts mentored by more experienced authors before submitting their abstract to the conference.For further information visit the Mentor page on the conference website.

Abstract Submissions Closes: Sunday 13 May 
For further information and to submit an abstract visit the conference website
Download a copy of the Abstract Submission Guidelines.