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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 $162.

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.

 

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.
For further information please visit the APSAD Conference website.
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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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Join in the conversation on the APSAD Early Career Networking group page on LinkedIn

This week's post to the ECR Networking Group conversation: 

How do you measure Research Impact? Posted by Dr Jason Ferris 

So, many of you may have heard that the wheels of 'impact' are changing again (see here for a refresh http://www.arc.gov.au/research-impact-principles-and-framework).

This issue has begun raising its head here at UQ as we prepare (in advance) for what might be the metrics behind 'measuring the societal benefits from research'. So, I thought it might be interesting what you have done to make 'impact' less about a journal (and its impact factor) and more about change.

I am mindful here of an exemplar by one of our own Caitlin Hughes - Which if I remember correctly lead to a change in 'legal thresholds' associated with serious drug offences. Correct me if I am wrong. Caitlin's research lead to a true change in policy - the gold standard of impact. 

So, what have you done, or what are you thinking of doing as the machinations around impact adjust again?

To join the conversation join us on LinkedIN 

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Free AOD webinars for APSAD members

We are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with the Insight Training and Education Unit in Queensland. APSAD members are now able to access FREE webinars of Insight’s Seminar Series Program.

Insight is a leading provider of alcohol and other drug training, education, information and advice for workers and services across Queensland.  They deliver a free seminar program each semester on a range of AOD related themes and topics. The seminars are delivered on the first Wednesday each month at 10am (AEST).

 
The first seminar for 2016 kicks off on Wednesday the 2nd March. This semester’s program draws together a diverse range of topics including pain management, Hep-C treatment, emotional regulation and motivational interviewing. This program also has a particular focus on methamphetamine as part of the Queensland Government’s response to ‘ice’.
 
To access full details please log in the Members' Area and go to the Workshop page on the APSAD website. 
 

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3 Weeks Left to Submit an Abstract!

The APSAD Sydney 2016 Conference will take place October 30 to November 2 at Four Points Darling Harbour.The Scientific Program Committee is excited to announce that Abstract Submissions are now OPEN.We invite submissions of abstracts for the following presentation types: poster; oral; workshop; symposium; and Food for Thought. Abstract Submissions Close: 15 May 2015
 
For further information and to submit an abstract visit the conference website

Download a copy of the Abstract Submission Guidelines. 

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