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Drug and Alcohol Review seeking Methods Editors

Drug and Alcohol Review is the Asia-Pacific’s leading multidisciplinary journal addressing issues related to alcohol and other drug-related use and harms. As the official journal of APSAD, Drug and Alcohol Review is an international meeting ground for the views, expertise and experience of all those involved in studying alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The Journal examines and reports on alcohol and other drug use from a wide range of perspectives including clinical, epidemiological, psychological and sociological. Professor Robin Room is Editor-in-Chief, supported by an expert Editorial Board.


The Journal is seeking to make two Methods Editor appointments to support the work of the Editorial Board, a Statistics Editor and a Qualitative Methods Editor. These Editors will be experts in their respective fields with a capacity to advise on the appropriateness of statistical or qualitative techniques applied in scientific manuscripts submitted to the Journal, as well as overall methodological rigour. The Statistics Editor will be expected to have expertise in the appropriate use and reporting of advanced epidemiological and psychological statistical analyses including Bayesian and frequentist approaches. The Qualitative Methods editor will be expected to have expertise in the appropriate conceptual framing and analytical reporting of different types of qualitative data.


Methods Editors will be appointed for 12 months in the first instance, open to renewal, and will receive a modest honorarium for their work.

Enquiries:
In the first instance enquiries should be directed towards Erin Grech, Editorial Officer, Drug and Alcohol Review (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Applications comprising a brief letter outlining relevant experience (maximum 1 page) and a short CV should be submitted via email to the above address by 31 August 2017.

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Call for Late Breaking Abstracts - submission is OPEN

We invite you to submit a Late Breaking Abstract for the APSAD Melbourne 2017 Conference. 


Late-Breaking Abstract Submissions open Monday 17 July The Late Breaking Presentations sessions are lively and informative with fast paced 5-minute presentations. The session is dedicated to new information or important findings not (fully) available before the general abstract deadline. The Late Breakers are held as a standalone session, this is an opportunity to address all conference delegates, and is one of the most popular sessions at the conference.  

 

Late Breaking Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday 20 August

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

 

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2017 APSAD Awards Nominations are Open

APSAD is calling for nominations for the 2017 APSAD Awards for Excellence in Science, Research and Practice.

The APSAD Awards will be presented at the APSAD Melbourne 2017 gala conference dinner to be held at The Park, Albert Park on Tuesday 14 November 

Recipients of the APSAD Awards will be recognised as having made an outstanding contribution to reducing the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use in Australasia.

All five APSAD Awards reflect excellence in the application of theory, knowledge and practice to any aspect of drug and alcohol use or misuse.

For further information download the APSAD Awards Information Pack  outlining the selection criteria and nomination process.  Download a copy of the APSAD Awards Nomination Form . 

The closing date for nominations and receipt of all associated documentation for the 2017 APSAD Awards is 8 September 2017.

Please contact Liz Baxter at the APSAD Office on (02) 9252-2287 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require further information.

 

Drug and Alcohol Review Hard Copies - Now Optional

As we move further into the digital era and less people are reading print copies, APSAD is offering members the choice to “opt out” of receiving hard copies of the Drug and Alcohol Review. Members will retain digital access to the journal via the APSAD website for every article published. You can also contact the APSAD Office to request PDF copies on any articles of interest. You can easily opt back into print copies at any time if you realise you’ve made a mistake.

To opt out of receiving hard copies of the journal contact the APSAD office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wiley are currently working on a Smartphone App for the Drug and Alcohol Review, we are hoping will be available to members in the next few months and we will keep you informed. 

If you are having problems with logging into the Members’ Area of the APSAD website let us know so we can fix this for you. You can call us on (02) 9252 2281 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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New caterogy of membership retired members

New APSAD Membership Category from 1st July
A new membership category for retired members is being introduced in the new financial year providing long-term APSAD members the ideal way to stay in touch with former colleagues and keep up with the latest sector news. This membership category is available to existing members (>5 years continuous membership) who are no longer in paid employment due to retirement.

APSAD Retired Member

  • For long-term APSAD members who have retired / almost retired from practice, but wish to continue their association with APSAD.
  • For members aged 65 years or over, with at least 15 years’ continuous membership in APSAD.
  • Allows continuing active participation in committees if desired.
  • Annual subs take into account the members’ reduced income.
  • Same voting rights and access to services as for the Individual Member category
 

Membership fee changes notice

Membership Fee Changes from 1st July 2017

The APSAD Council after consultation with members at the AGM held on 1st Nov 2016 in Sydney has reviewed membership fees in parallel with budgeting for the 2017-2018 financial year, and from 1st July 2017 will increase Individual Membership dues from $200 to $210 per year from the 1st July 2017 with Concession dues increasing to $163.

Student Membership dues will increase to $105.

Small Institutional Membership dues will increase to $468 and Large Institutions to $914

The Council will continue to review these on an annual basis but aim to keep membership fees affordable and competitive against those of other professional societies.

Individual: $210  
Concession: $163 for those with a gross income < $50k
Student: $105  
Retired: $150  for long term APSAD members (>6yrs continuous membership) who have retired
Small Institution: $468  
Large Institution: $914  
 

APSAD Conference Abstract Mentor Program

Need Assistance with your Abstract for this year's conference? 

The APSAD Conference is running the Abstract Mentor Program 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 Career Researchers 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.

 

 

Call for Abstract | Super Early Bird Registration OPEN

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS NOW OPEN

The Scientific Program Committee is excited to announce that the call for abstracts is now OPEN.
We invite submissions of abstracts for the following presentation types: Poster;OralWorkshopSymposium; and Food for ThoughtNeed help with your Abstract? 
Once again the APSAD Conference will run the Abstract Mentor Program 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 Career Researchers 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 Close: Sunday 21 May.
For further information and to submit an abstract visit the conference website

 


 

 

SUPER EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION 

Don't miss the opportunity to register at 2016 prices and save up to $110.
Register by Sunday 26 March to take advantage of the discounted Super Early Bird rate.

Not an APSAD member?  Join now and save!
Become an APSAD member and attend the APSAD Annual Conference at the APSAD member price. You will save $200 on registration and have access to the Society’s journal the Drug and Alcohol Review online going back to issue #1, as well as receiving hard copies, You’ll also have access to past APSAD Conference presentations and other member benefits.

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.  

 

 


 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT

We are excited to announce we have confirmed our first two International keynote speakers; Professor Fiona Measham and Professor Harrison Pope with more speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.
  • Fiona Measham Professor of Criminology in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University UK. 
  • Dr. Harrison G. Pope, Jr. is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and Director of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA.
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Clinician's Corner | Drug and Alcohol Review

Clinician's Corner | By Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin

Modifiable health risk behaviours and attitudes towards behaviour change of clients attending community-based substance use treatment services.

People diagnosed with substance use disorders face a wide range of challenges and stigmatisation related to their lifestyle, behaviours and effects of their condition throughout their lives.  In their forthcoming paper in Drug and Alcohol Review, available on Early View, Tremain et al. highlight how health risk behaviours independent of primary substance use, such as tobacco smoking, play a key role in the experience of harm, and contribute to the 23-year life expectancy gap between people diagnosed with substance use disorders and the general population. They then explore the leading health risk behaviours exhibited by a sample of people seeking treatment for substance use disorders.

Tremain et al. show that tobacco use, insufficient fruit and vegetable intake, and insufficient physical activity form a cluster of health risk behaviours that account for the greatest risk of chronic health diseases, both in the general population and in people seeking treatment for substance use disorders.  However, the authors found that these health risk behaviours are reported much more frequently by people diagnosed with substance use disorders, and within this population, young people (aged 18-34 years) are 4.4 times more likely to smoke tobacco than are people in older age groups.

The good news is that tobacco use, physical inactivity, and insufficient fruit and vegetable intake represent health behaviours that are amenable to change.  Further, Tremain et al. found that up to 61% of people engaged in substance use treatment services in New South Wales have already considered modifying these behaviours, and up to 97% thought it acceptable to be provided access to preventive interventions to reduce this health risk. Younger people in the Tremain et al. sample were more interested than other age groups in increasing their fruit and vegetable intake, indicating that a potential strategy for engaging this typically challenging age group in substance use treatment services may be to offer a broader “lifestyle-focussed” intervention.

While more research is needed in this area to determine the most effective strategies for supporting people diagnosed with substance use disorders to address tobacco use, fruit and vegetable intake, and physical activity, Tremain et al. provide a compelling argument for integrating lifestyle-focussed assessment and interventions (including the integration of the many apps and online programs currently available) into substance use treatment services in Australia.

A full copy of this paper is available online.

Tremain D, Freund M, Wolfenden L, Wye P, Bowman J, Dunlop A, Gillham K, Bartlem K, McElwaine K, Gow B, Wiggers J. Modifiable health risk behaviours and attitudes towards behaviour change of clients attending community-based substance use treatment services. Drug Alcohol Rev 2016; Available on Early View.

 

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