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APSAD Office closed 19 - 29 April

The APSAD Office will be CLOSED for a week over the Easter period.  Closed from Friday 19 April and reopening on Monday 29 April

We wish all members a happy and safe break during the Easter period!

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World No Tobacco Day Friday 31 May 2019

World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on 31 May. 

It was established in 1987 by the World Health Organisation to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. 

This year’s campaign focuses on tobacco and lung health.  It aims to raise awareness of the negative impact tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease.   For more information

How can you get involved?

Display posters at your service on the harms of smoking and benefits of quitting.  Here are some links to sites with free smoking cessation resources that you can either download or order.

Quit Victoria:

Commonwealth Department of Health

Disseminate Resources

Order some Quit kits and display at your service

  • Aboriginal Quit kits
  • Vietnamese Quit kits
  • Arabic Quit kits
  • Chinese Quit kits

Run an education session for staff

Invite a speaker to talk to staff on this year’s theme: smoking and lung health. 

Organise an event

Organising an activity or event is a great way to raise awareness about tobacco harms and to deliver brief interventions.


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APSAD Conference - Call for Abstracts

The Scientific Advisory Committee is delighted to announce that the call for abstracts is OPEN.

The conference program will feature an extensive range of topics with International and local keynote speaker presentations, Invited speakers, concurrent sessions, workshops, symposia, service delivery/practice based presentations, late-breaking sessions, poster sessions, food for thought sessions and pre-conference workshops running over 4 days.   

We invite submissions of abstracts for the following presentation types: Poster; Oral; Workshop; Symposium; and Food for Thought, Service Delivery/Practice-Based. 
Details for each type of presentation can be found on the conference website.

Submit an abstract before Sunday 26 May for your opportunity to present at this year's conference

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.


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Research survey – AOD workforce capacity for responding to new psychoactive substances in Australia

The project is being completed as a student project for the Masters of Addictive Behaviours at Monash University. 
It aims to understand AOD workers’ capacity (knowledge, skills, confidence) for supporting people who may use novel psychoactive substances (NPS). 

We are recruiting workers and volunteers from a range of alcohol and other drug (AOD) agencies, programs or services, Australia wide. This includes AOD practitioners, peer support and harm reduction workers or volunteers who provide therapeutic, psycho-education, harm reduction or outreach services directly to people who use/have used drugs.

Participation involves completing an anonymous 20 minute online survey. Participants DO NOT need a working knowledge of NPS to participate.

All respondents are eligible to enter a $100 prize draw.

The survey will ask about:

  • attitudes towards managing NPS in different AOD settings
  • experience discussing NPS with people who use drugs
  • knowledge and perceptions about NPS

We want to know more about how NPS use impacts AOD worker’s practice, if at all, to help inform workforce development strategies and improve service provision for people who use NPS.

The project has been approved by Eastern Health Human Research Ethics Sub-committee and ratified by Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Participate in the survey by following this link:

More information available in this poster or by contacting Rita Brien (Student Researcher) on 03 8413 8513 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Student Investigator: Rita Brien (Monash University & Turning Point, Eastern Health)

Principal Investigator: Dr Naomi Crafti (Turning Point, Eastern Health)

Associate Investigators: A/Prof Victoria Manning & Dr Jasmin Grigg (Monash University & Turning Point, Eastern Health) & Dr Matthew Dunn (Deakin University)


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Professor Robert West webinar: Addiction Paper Authoring Tool (PAT)

We are delighted to announce an upcoming webinar with Professor Robert West, Editor-Chief of Addiction. Department of Behavioural Science and Health University College London

When: 16 April 2 pm to 3 pm (AEST)

Addiction Paper Authoring Tool (PAT)

Addiction PAT, aims to assist researchers in writing research reports that contain all the required information, presented clearly and using consistent terminology, and structured in a way that makes it easy to see what was done and why, what was found and what this means. It also stores the key information in a computer readable form making it much easier and quicker to use the paper in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The first version of Addiction PAT focuses on 2-arm randomised controlled trials but it contains modules that can facilitate writing of any research report. Behind Addiction PAT is the beginnings of an Addiction Ontology, a formal system for representing knowledge in addiction and research methods that is used to provide intelligent prompts for authors and facilitate evidence integration and theory development and use.

The scope of Addiction PAT and the Addiction Ontology includes all addictions including the use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs as well as behavioural addictions such as gambling.  

Robert will cover examples from the smoking field, including mention of a new E-cigarette Research Ontology that Cancer Research UK has commissioned to help identify gaps in the literature and evaluate research findings using a consistent evaluative framework.


Please click the link to join the webinar:

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Long Walk to Treatment

Dqi itdWsAAFCcqDear friends and colleagues,

This is a last-minute call for your help in the culmination of Uniting’s “Long Walk to Treatment” from Dubbo to Sydney. This was done to highlight the lack of access to life saving drug treatment that occurs in Australia where 50% of pepoe who present seeking help with alcohol or drug problems can’t get it. An event tomorrow,  Friday November 2 will start at St Stephens Uniting Church in Macquarie St and cross the road to deliver our statement, from the Uniting Church Moderator to NSW Parliament.

Our urgent ask of you at this point is:

  1. Please be there tomorrow, 12.30 at NSW Parliament House if you can – details and registration link below. We need to show parliament how strongly we feel about this!
  2. Please URGENTLY sign to draw the line (link below) – and follow up with your networks. We need more signatures so they know it’s important to people.

Here are the details:

Long Walk to Treatment arrives in Sydney this Friday

It’s taken 15 days and more than half a million steps for our 100-walkers to make the journey from Dubbo to Sydney.


You are invited to St Stephens Uniting Church this Friday 2 November at 12:30pm to attend this milestone occasion. Be inspired by the people who have walked from Dubbo and hear the stories they want to share.

As part of the event, the Uniting Church Moderator will walk across the road to NSW Parliament to hand the Long Walk to Treatment baton over for the final time.

Invitation to attend: Long Walk to Treatment, Sydney

  • · Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • · Venue: St Stephen’s Church, 197 Macquarie St, Sydney (opposite NSW Parliament | map)
  • · RSVP: register your attendance by clicking here

Show your support for drug reform

There’s still time to draw the line on drug policy by adding your online signature of support at .

Thanks for your support.


APSAD and Drug and Alcohol Review will be launching a new award at the APSAD Conference

APSAD and Drug and Alcohol Review (the Society’s official journal) will be launching a new award at the APSAD Conference Early Career Researchers (ECR)  Networking Breakfast on Tuesday 6 November. 

The award will be for the most cited paper published in 2015-16 by an ECR in Drug and Alcohol Review. The award is recognition only, providing a measure of esteem that can be used for ECR career development - a great addition to your CV!

Eligible papers will be those that are:

  • Published in an issue of Drug and Alcohol Review in 2015-2016 (Volumes 34 & 35);
  • First-authored by a current APSAD member, who met APSAD ECR criteria at the time of
  • publication*;
  • An original report, brief report, or comprehensive review (i.e. not letters/commentaries).

*Not more than 5 years post last postgraduate degree and have been working in the field as a researcher or scientist for less than 10 years, career disruptions excluded.

The winner of this award will be determined through the APSAD membership database, so to be in the running, make sure your APSAD membership is current. If you are unsure of your membership status please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you think you might be eligible for this award but are not a member, it’s not too late to join!

You can apply for membership here – please be sure to list the year your PhD was completed (conferred) on the application form. If you supervise or work with ECRs, please share these details with them so they can make sure their APSAD Membership is current. For further information on APSAD Membership and the ECR Group.  


Webinar 2: The Non-Medical Use of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids: The Challenges Faced by the AoD & Medical Fields

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Tuesday 30 October

Webinar 2: The Non-Medical Use of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids: The Challenges Faced by the AoD & Medical Fields

Dr Matthew Dunn
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, School of Health & Social Development, Deakin University.

There is increasing interest in the non-medical use of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), with some suggesting we are facing a ‘looming public health problem’. The use of these and other performance and image enhancing substances pose some unique challenges for the AOD and medical fields.

This webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of the types of substances people use;
  • Outline the purposes for use and the contexts within which they are used;
  • Present the short- and long-term effects experienced; and
  • Consider how the medical community can engage this group.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This webinar is part of the Specialty Society Webinar Service pilot that is being undertaken by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in partnership with its affiliated speciality societies.


Nicotine Addiction & Smoking Cessation Training Course

Gain in-depth knowledge and skills in nicotine addiction and smoking cessation to work in primary and allied healthcare as a tobacco treatment and smoking cessation specialist.

Hosted by A/Prof Renee Bittoun Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Adjunct Associate Professor Medical School, University of Notre Dame Australia, along with other experts in the field of smoking cessation. A/Prof Bittoun has been teaching this coursefor over 15 years, regularly updating the content and has many years of experience in clinical practice and professional training regarding smoking cessation.

Topics: Causes, consequences, treatment and research of smoking cessation, nicotine addiction and appropriate evidence based smoking cessation techniques in practical application. Our aim is to improve the implementation and evaluation of programs in smoking cessation. This three day course includes a USB stick with course materials and a certificate of attendance is awarded on completion.

 Date:  23 - 25 October 2018
 Time:  9am – 5pm
 Location: Woolcock Institute of Medical Research,
Level 5 431 Glebe Point Rd,
Glebe, NSW 2037
Cost: $1,870 incl GST
Catering provided


Alternatively DOWNLOAD and complete the registration form.


Drug Trends, NDARC: Two Research Fellow A/B and one Research Officer position

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre are currently advertising two Research Fellow A/B positions and one Senior Research Officer position to work on Drug Trends. These positions are a unique opportunity to contribute to this program of research, shaping the way drug use and harms are monitored in Australia into the future. The two Research Fellows will be involved in strengthening various aspects of the program, bringing innovation in methodology, statistical analyses, dissemination and communication of findings. 

For further information and to apply, please click here:

Applications close 11 pm Wednesday 15th August. Please feel free to direct any queries to Amy Peacock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; +61 2 9385 0282)