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Calling for nominations for chair position for the ASCP-SIG

Australasian Smoking Cessation Professionals Special Interest Group (ASCP-SIG)
 
APSAD invites interested members to nominate for one of two Co-Chair positions available in the Australasian Smoking Cessation Professionals Special Interest Group.
 
If you would like to nominate for the position, please complete the nomination form and return it no later than Wednesday 1st December to Deborah Dmoch at;
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Fax: (02) 9252 2209
 
Refer to the Terms of Reference and the Chair Position Description for further information about the Australasian Smoking Cessation Professionals Special Interest Group.
 
Download the nomination form
 
Have an Interest in Smoking Cessation? 
Registration to join the ASCP-SIG is open to all financial members of APSAD who are interested in nicotine addiction and smoking cessation. If you are already an APSAD member and not on the SIG listserv download and complete the brief form, and you'll be added to the SIG membership and the listserv.
 
Networking opportunities with access to the APSAD Smoking Cessation Listserv will get you in touch with other tobacco treatment specialists to discuss smoking cessation related topics.
 
We encourage members to join us at this year's ASCP-SIG annual meeting. 
Details are as follows:
THURS 2 DECEMBER 12 PM (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra) | 11 AM (Brisbane) via zoom. 
A copy of the meeting agenda will be sent out closer to the time. 
 
To join the meeting: 
Zoom:          Access Link
ID:              913-492-2698
Password:    889059
‪Phone:        (AU) 07 3185 3730, ‪(NZ) 4886 0026
 

ASCP-SIG Annual UPDATE DAY - Online

SUNDAY 7 NOVEMBER

09:00 - 12:00 (AEST) | 10:00 - 13:00 (AEDT)

The annual Australasian Smoking Cessation Professionals (ASCP) Update Day provides an important avenue for ASCP to promote latest research and best practice approaches in the treatment of nicotine dependence and smoking cessation. The Update Day is open to any worker who is interested in enhancing their knowledge around tobacco cessation / electronic nicotine delivery systems and the latest evidence based treatment interventions.

This year the APSAD Smoking Cessation Special Interest Group Update Day will focus on a range of topics including:

  • Nicotine vaping - evidence on efficacy for supporting smoking cessation, possible harms, and experiences with nicotine vaping on both sides of the Tasman
  • Adolescents and exposure to nicotine
  • Cytisine for smoking cessation
  • Smoking and smoking cessation in First Nations people
  • Brief student presentations

To register click here | Download the program

 

A meeting of the ASCP Special Interest Group members will be held at 12:00 (AEST) | 10:00 (AEDT) Thursday 2 December, more details will be announced soon. This meeting is open to all APSAD members.

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Drug and Alcohol Review - Call for Papers

Call for papers for the special section of Drug and Alcohol Review – Drinking in the home: New perspectives on everyday practices.

 This Special Section will bring together research that shines a light on drinking in the home. We encourage qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods submissions on topics including (but not limited to):

  • patterns and prevalence of home drinking and associated harms; 
  • contextual factors influencing home drinking; 
  • the nature and/or meanings of drinking occasions and practices in the home; 
  • effects of drinking on domestic relationships (including on children);
  • home delivery of alcohol; and
  • policy, regulation and interventions to reduce home alcohol consumption and harms.  

 

Read more here.

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2021 APSAD Brisbane Conference Moving to Virtual

Important Update – 2021 APSAD Brisbane Conference Moving to Virtual

We were looking forward to seeing everyone at APSAD 2021 in Brisbane, however, due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in some states, the fluctuating situation around Australasia, and its impact on our community’s ability to travel to the conference, we have made the difficult decision to move the 40th APSAD Conference to a fully virtual conference. Our priority is the safety of our staff, delegates, sponsors and stakeholders and we do not feel that holding a large indoor public gathering is the right thing to do at this time.

As the conference was already a hybrid model, we are fully equipped and ready to deliver a world-class virtual event. There will be plenary sessions and concurrent sessions, along with the pre-conference workshops and breakfast sessions.

All sessions will be recorded and available for delegates to view at a later date for up to 3 months.

The conference will still be held over 3 days and there will be a mix of live presentations (including panel discussions) and pre-recorded presentations with presenters live online answering questions.

The dates and schedule of the conference are unchanged, and conference registration (at the lower virtual rate) will still be required for all attendees and speakers. We consider the current circumstances as an opportunity to innovate the conference into an engaging virtual event that will be rewarding for both presenters and attendees.

For delegates that have registered and paid to attend face-to-face, registrations will be changed to virtual and refunds will be automatically arranged to return the difference in ticket cost, no action will be required from you to facilitate this process. In addition, we will continue to provide regular updates as we move this event to virtual. Please bear with us as we implement these changes, we will be in touch with everyone who has registered as soon as we can.

We acknowledge the difficult situation many of those in the sector and community find themselves in during extended lockdowns and border closures, and will cover the 30% administration charge. Therefore, if you have already paid for your registration, the difference in value will be fully refunded. If you have purchased a conference dinner ticket, this will be fully refunded.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and exhibitors, we greatly appreciate the ongoing support for this leading alcohol and other drugs conference and look forward to continuing to work with you in the virtual environment. 

More information about the digital platform and virtual format will be posted soon along with details of the conference program and satellite events.

Secure your ticket to APSAD 2021   APSAD 2021 Brisbane Conference Website (apsadconference2021.com.au)

 
APSAD Conference Convenors | Prof Leanne Hides and A/Prof Mark Daglish
 
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NEW APSAD ADVOCACY AWARD!

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As part of the Society's 40th Anniversary celebrations, we are announcing a new Advocacy Award, in order to recognise the outstanding impact by an individual or a team in the alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs sector who works in the policy and/or advocacy area.

This is the first APSAD Award open to teams and the recipient of the Advocacy Award will have the opportunity to present a workshop at the APSAD Conference in November.

Details for the new Advocacy Award:

  • Nominations can be for any individual or team that meets the criteria for the Advocacy Award category.
  • APSAD Membership is not a prerequisite, nor is it of any advantage or disadvantage during the nomination process.
  • The nominator must be a current (financial) member of APSAD. Any member can nominate across multiple Award Categories.
  • Nominations close 7 September 2021, the Award recipient is announced in October and is given the opportunity to organise a workshop at the 40th APSAD Conference in Brisbane.
  • The Recipients for all Award Categories are announced at the official Awards Ceremony held during the 40th APSAD Conference in Brisbane on 8-10 November.
 

18th Annual APSAD Awards

APSAD Awards BannerThe 18th APSAD Awards for Excellence in Science, Research, & Practice

APSAD is pleased to confirm that the 2021 Annual Awards for Excellence in Science, Research, & Practice is calling for nominations. The Awards will be presented in Brisbane at the 40th APSAD Conference in November.

Australia's leading multidisciplinary organisation for professionals involved in the drug and alcohol field, these prestigious Awards are our unique celebration of the outstanding efforts and achievements of individuals and teams who provide devoted and unstinting service to their communities in diverse fields and go unrecognised.

Acknowledging dedication and excellence in our sector is a key part of the APSAD Awards, as well as encouraging future generations of great researchers and clinicians.

The Awards are nominated by APSAD’s members and decided by the APSAD Awards Subcommittee. The recipients of the Early Career and Advocacy Awards will be announced in October 2021.

Head to the Awards page for more information.

 

APSAD 2021 Virtual Conference

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APSAD 2021 Virtual Conference

We were looking forward to seeing everyone at APSAD 2021 in Brisbane, however, due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in some states, the fluctuating situation around Australasia, and its impact on our community’s ability to travel to the conference, we have made the difficult decision to move the 40th APSAD Conference to a fully virtual conference. Our priority is the safety of our staff, delegates, sponsors and stakeholders and we do not feel that holding a large indoor public gathering is the right thing to do at this time.

As the conference was already a hybrid model, we are fully equipped and ready to deliver a world-class virtual event. There will be plenary sessions and concurrent sessions, along with the Pre-conference workshops and breakfast sessions.

All sessions will be recorded and available for delegates to view at a later date for up to 3 months.

The conference will still be held over 3 days and there will be a mix of live presentations (including panel discussions) and pre-recorded presentations with presenters live online answering questions.

The dates and schedule of the conference are unchanged, and conference registration (at the lower virtual rate) will still be required for all attendees and speakers. We consider the current circumstances as an opportunity to innovate the conference into an engaging virtual event that will be rewarding for both presenters and attendees.

For delegates that have registered for face-to-face, we will be in touch to arrange a refund to the virtual price for you. In addition, we will continue to provide regular updates as we move this event to virtual. Please bear with us as we implement these changes, we will be in touch with everyone who has registered as soon as we can.

We are dedicated to bringing the 40th APSAD Conference to as many alcohol and other drugs workers as possible with APSAD Council making the decision to cover the administration fee for all in-person registrations converted to virtual.

We would like take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and exhibitors, we greatly appreciate the ongoing support for this leading alcohol and other drugs conference and look forward to continuing to work with you in the virtual environment.

More information about the digital platform and virtual format will be posted soon along with details of the conference program and satellite events.

Secure your ticket to APSAD 2021.

To learn more about the conference, view the program, read the abstracts, apply for a scholarship, or to register head over to our dedicated APSAD 2021 website.

 

APSAD 2020 WEBINAR SERIES NOW AVAILABLE TO WATCH ON DEMAND

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Through November in place of the annual conference APSAD held a series of webinars. The 2020 Webinar Series was convened by Prof Leanne Hides with input from APSAD's members through subcommittees and special interest groups.

The Webinar Series included the annual APSAD Awards presentation ceremony, with APSAD Early Career Awardee Cheneal Puljević's presentation on Missed opportunities to reduce tobacco smoking among people who experience incarceration or homelessnessProfessor Wayne Hall delivered the keynote oration Retrospections of a Recovering Drug Researcher. The ASCP-SIG put together the annual Australasian Smoking Cessation Professionals Update Day with two 1-hour webinars, where Professor Tom Calma AO provide an Overview of the Commonwealth’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program: Priorities and Evaluations, and Dr Raglan Maddox looked at the continuing downward trend within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking rates, among other great speakers and topics. The EMCR Subcommittee solicited abstracts from students and ECRs to put together a Rapid Fire session. The APSAD 2020 Webinar Series concluded with two sessions on COVID-19 and the impact it has had on people who use drugs and clinicians.

Watch the 2020 APSAD WEBINAR SERIES now as a Playlist or watch the individual webinars.

 

NHMRC ‘QUITLINK’ STUDY in Victoria Recruiting Online


From 16 November 2020 – 31 March 2021

Professor Amanda Baker from the University of Newcastle is leading a NHMRC funded study evaluating the effectiveness of commonly available forms of smoking cessation care among people receiving support or treatment for alcohol and other drug and/or mental health issues. The study is limited to people in VICTORIA.

If you are based in VICTORIA and have any clients who may be interested, please pass on this advertisement to them.

If you would like further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online recruitment will be running from 16th November (closed 21st December 2020 -10th January 2021) til 31 March.

Click here to view the advertisement.

 

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