The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs



Be engaged and involved in a multidisciplinary professional society, gaining access to unique opportunities to broaden your knowledge across the AOD sector, network with colleagues, and fuel your passion for collaboration.

Networking and Collaboration: Connect with a diverse network of professionals in the AOD sector from researchers, policy makers, and clinicians. Build relationships, exchange ideas, and collaborate on projects with like-minded individuals from various sectors and disciplines.

Multidisciplinary AOD Conferences and Events: Receive exclusive registration fees and discounts to the annual APSAD conference, annual state-based symposia, workshops, webinars, and events with partnership organisations (DANA). Engage in thought-provoking discussions, share your insights, and gain fresh perspectives from professionals across the AOD sector. These events provide a platform to showcase your work and network.

Scholarship Grants and Funding: APSAD is committed to supporting rural/remote workers, frontline workers, students, and early-to-mid career researchers. As a member, you have the opportunity to apply for travel scholarships and funding to attend the annual conference or annual symposium.

Awards and Recognition: Celebrate your achievements, or a colleagues and receive well-deserved acknowledgment from your peers through our distinguished annual APSAD Awards for Excellence in Science, Research, and Practice, conference presentation awards, and recognition programs.

Engagement: Join an existing special interest group, or start a new member-led special interest group to connect with members who have similar interests. Join a subcommittee and assist with developing the society's position papers, policies, and advocacy.

Publication: Receive free access to APSAD journal via the website or app. Share your expertise and research findings with a diverse audience. Contribute articles to the society's journals, and newsletters.

Mentorship Opportunities: Access mentorship opportunities designed to nurture your professional growth. Connect with professionals who can guide you on your career path, provide invaluable advice, and help you overcome challenges. Take advantage of career development resources, job boards, and opportunities within our network.

Knowledge Sharing and Learning: Stay ahead of the curve with access to cutting-edge, evidence-based research and best-practice. Benefit from our curated resources, publications, and educational programs designed to enhance your skills, expand your knowledge, and foster professional development.

Additional benefits for Students, Early Career and Mid Career members

  • Information regarding mentoring
  • Exclusive student registration rate at the annual APSAD Scientific Conference
  • Access to the Early-to-Mid Career Researcher (EMCR) Network Listserv, for communication of opportunities and events relevant to EMCR and student members.


Membership is for one financial year. Members joining later in the financial year will receive full benefits including access to current and back issues of the Drug and Alcohol Review. Renewal notices are posted to all members in June.

Membership categories are split into voting and non-voting categories. Voting members may nominate for a position on the APSAD Council and vote at the Annual General Meeting, held during the annual conference.

* for DANA Affiliates and those with a gross yearly income of between $35,001 and $80,000, (e.g. concession, retired, early career)
^ for students and those with a gross yearly income of less $35,000


Membership Fee Changes from 1st July 2023

Individual: $210 for those with a gross yearly income over $80,001
Individual Reduced-Fee: $140 for DANA Affiliates and those with a gross yearly income between $35,001 and $80,000  (e.g. concession, retired, early career)
Individual Free $0 for students and those with a gross yearly income <$35,000
Small Organisation: $420 receive three conference registrations at the member rate
Large Organisation: $840 receive six conference registrations at the member rate
Subscriber: $0 APSAD Discussion Forums