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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.


APSAD Conference Super Early Bird Registration is open!

Register by Sunday 18 March to take advantage of the discounted Super Early Bird rate and save up to $150 on the standard rate.

Get in quick to take advantage and save!  


  • Be inspired by the high calibre of keynote & invited speakers from all around the world 
  • Network and connect with peers and colleagues in the alcohol and other drug sector
  • Hear the latest research findings into treatment, policy, law enforcement, harm reduction and prevention
  • Hear from Practitioners sharing their latest insights into practice 
  • Spread the impact - share the knowledge learnt with your organisation 
  • Location, location, location!  Enjoy all the beauty of Auckland a diverse city full of activities and surrounded by breathtaking scenery
Not an APSAD member?  Join now and save!
Become an APSAD member and attend the APSAD Annual Conference at the APSAD member price. 
For all membership information and to apply visit the APSAD website or contact the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or phone: 02 9252 2281.  

Senior Lecturer (Education Focused) Addiction Studies

Closing Date Sunday 4  March, 11.55pm AEDT

Turning Point and Monash University are currently advertising a full-time level C position to coordinate the ongoing development, administration and delivery of content of our Masters of Addictive Behaviours, as well as assist with the development of related certificate and short courses. The position is a permanent full-time role, and applicants with a passion for education are encouraged to apply. The position closes on 4/3/18.The relevant web link to the job opportunity is

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Insight Seminars | free for APSAD Members

To download semester one calendar click here


Insight Seminar Calendar 2018 Semester 1


Position Vacant | Specialist/Senior Specialist Addiction Medicine

Canberra Hospital and Health Services | Applications close 2 March 2018

 A growing service with exciting opportunities

  • Great location and lifestyle
  • Free parking and easy commuting
  • An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services provides health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery and maintenance and harm minimisation.

Applications are invited for this position from AHPRA registered medical practitioners with FRACS or equivalent and recognition as a Specialist in Psychiatry.

Contact: Dr Mandy Evans

Phone: 02 6205 0687

Apply now at



Drug & Alcohol Review App

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The new Drug and Alcohol Review App is now available on both Android and iOS.

You can download it for Apple devices from iTunes here:

And for Android from the Google Play store here:

APSAD members can access content by clicking “I already have access” when prompted, and then “Through my society affiliation” which will bring them to the APSAD login page.

If you don't remember your password you can reset it by clicking here. If you don't remember your username then contact the office for the details.


Thoughts of Substance Podcast #2

Thoughts of Substance podcasts have been created by the APSAD Early Career Researcher sub-committee. 

In this episode, Dr Amy Peacock is joined by Dr Sarah Larney, winner of the 2014 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD) Early Career Researcher Award. Dr Larney is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, conducting epidemiological research related to injecting drug use and related problems. In this episode, Dr Larney describes her career highs and lows, and offers tips for establishing international collaborations and building an academic social media presence.

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Save the date 2018 APSAD Conference

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Kia ora

On behalf of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs, we are pleased to invite you to our beautiful City of Sails and fun, Auckland, for the APSAD Auckland 2018 Conference.

The Conference will be held at the Pullman Hotel in the centre of Auckland from 4 - 7 November. It will showcase high quality and state of the art scientific research into treatment, prevention and policy while also providing an opportunity for practitioners to share their latest insights and lessons learnt.  Where ever you have travelled from you will be warmly welcomed.

We will be sharing with you a uniquely Kiwi experience.  Auckland is a diverse city full of activities and surrounded by the breathtaking scenery! It’s the sort of place where sleep gets in the way! Exploring beyond Auckland will also be highly rewarding. And for those with a few extra days before or after the conference opportunities are endless - explore subtropical Northland and the Bay of Islands; the low rises of the Coromandel Peninsular; the magical Māori experience in Rotorua; our vibrant capital Wellington; or the breathtaking scenery of the Southern Alps. There’s plenty more!

On behalf of the APSAD Council, Organising Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee we would be honoured to welcome you and your families/whanau to Auckland, New Zealand in 2018.

Dr Susanna Galea and Dr David Newcombe

2018 APSAD Conference Co-Convenors  


Opportunity to give your opinion on opioid consumption and take-home naloxone

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) is currently conducting a research project on the professional issues posed by opioids, overdose and take-home naloxone for people working in relevant areas.

We’re currently interviewing Victorian health professionals about their experiences with and knowledge of opioids, overdose and take-home naloxone.

We would like to interview:

  • Pharmacotherapy prescribers
  • Pain management specialists
  • General practitioners
  • Pharmacists

Participation involves a confidential audio recorded interview of about one hour. Compensation of a $75 gift voucher for your time is also available.

Interviews will be conducted in a location convenient to you.


For a project description and extra details please visit

For additional information, or to participate in the study, please contact Dr Adrian Farrugia on 03 9079 2205 / 0467 633 751 or at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.