The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

 

APSAD is pleased to announce that the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals will be merging with our Society. As APSAD members, they will form a Special Interest Group - the Australasian Smoking Cessation Professionals Special Interest Group (ASCP-SIG).

The amalgamation was flagged at last year’s APSAD Annual General Meeting. It is the result of careful consideration of the benefits and challenges involved. The amalgamation is a new exciting chapter in the Society’s history.

There will be no change to membership of APSAD and no change to the membership fee. There will be some exciting additions to benefit members including:

  • Access to the online Journal of Smoking Cessation in addition to the Drug and Alcohol Review
  • Annual Smoking Cessation Update Day to be held on the Sunday at the APSAD Conference
  • Ability to join the ASCP Special Interest Group
  • Monthly webinars - kindly coordinated by Kevin Price from the Seventh Day Adventist Group
  • Database of practising professional members as a referral source
  • Find a Tobacco Specialist – Finder on the APSAD website
  • ASCP Listserv

The APSAD website is currently being updated to include the ASCP-SIG, Tobacco Specialist Finder and the membership application form. Those interested can apply to join the ASCP Special Interest Group at the same time as applying to join APSAD. Current APSAD members who wish to join the ASCP-SIG will need to complete a new membership application form. This new form will help us update your details in our database as well as collecting the new information for the ASCP-SIG. 

The ASCP-SIG will require members to be accredited as Tobacco Treatment Specialists and will also facilitate accreditation as Tobacco Treatment Specialists for those interested in becoming members of the Special Interest Group.

APSAD’s updated website should be ready before the end of June, we’ll send another email to members when it’s ready.

APSAD and ASCP will be holding a teleconference on Tuesday 12 June at 1200 (AEST) hosted by Lynda Berends (Immediate Past President APSAD) and Renee Bittoun (Past President AASCP), to provide members with more information and to answer any questions you may have. Details to dial in are provided below. We have put together some slides for the teleconference and to provide further information for those unable to attend.

The slides are available for you to download.

Teleconference details:

Toll-Free Numbers:

Australia:       1 800 064 762

New Zealand:  0 508 31 0169

Toll Numbers:

Australia:        +61 2 8090 8323

New Zealand:  +64 9 973 7382

Conference Room Number: 528-225-008

If you are unable to join the teleconference but have questions you can contact Liz Baxter at the APSAD office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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