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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.

https://ecuau.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9pK4Rmqc624XWcJ

 

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. 

 

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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.

 
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
 

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!  

GREAT REASONS TO ATTEND THIS YEAR'S CONFERENCE 

  • 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.  
REGISTER NOW
 

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 http://careers.pageuppeople.com/513/cw/en/job/572079/senior-lecturer-education-focused-addiction-studies

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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

http://www.health.act.gov.au/employment

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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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https://soundcloud.com/user-960069631-756237016/2-podcast-thought-of-substance

 

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